ICT for development

e-Learning module developing electronic communities
e-Learning module developing electronic communities 08 May 2006 Ann Tothill

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) steering group announces the release of the newest information management resource kit e-learning module ‘Building Electronic Communities and Networks’. The module is designed to help users develop the strategic, interpersonal and technical skills required to establish and sustain electronic communities. It provides an overview of the benefits and opportunities offered by online communities for facilitating knowledge and informati...

So near yet so far: Bangladesh awaits a smoother ride to cyberspace
So near yet so far: Bangladesh awaits a smoother ride to cyberspace 04 May 2006 FN

So near, yet so far. Bangladesh is keenly looking forward to having an easier, more affordable and smoother ride into cyberspace, as APCNews staff writer Frederick Noronha finds out. In the eighth most populous country in the world (population 144 million), voices from civil society, the media and industry are increasingly surfacing, as this piece – filed from Dhaka in late April – demonstrates. "We are concerned about regulatory matters. In particular bandwidth," says Reza Sal...

Workshop on the Management of International Networks for Knowledge Sharing
Workshop on the Management of International Networks for Knowledge Sharing 29 April 2006 APC

A brief report on the workshop I just attended in Switzerland, St. Gallen A brief report on the workshop I just attended in Switzerland (Workshop on the Management of International Networks for Knowledge Sharing, 25th – 28th April 2006, St. Gallen) There were about 40 participants, mostly “networkers”, people focused on knowledge sharing etc. Quite a few of them work in sanit...

Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations?
Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations? 26 April 2006 APC

Where the Government in Pakistan, Intellectual Property Organization, Federal Investigation Authorities and the Business Software Alliance BSA are initiating a crackdown on Software Piracy in Pakistan, there is hardly any awareness of piracy and its implications within society apart from members of the IT Industry. It is crucial to the basic Human Rights of the citizens of Pakistan that they fi...

For South Asia, an intended FOSS bridge
For South Asia, an intended FOSS bridge 24 April 2006 APC

Here’s an early initiative to flow out of the APC South Asia Consultation: BytesForAll has just launched a new mailing list, specifically focused on Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS, or FOSS). Details of the group are below. We invite all interested to join. Here’s an early initiative to flow out of the APC South Asia Consultation: BytesForAll has just launched a new mai...

Another provocative one...
Another provocative one... 21 April 2006 APC

Does civil society understand ICT policies at all? Take your pick…. Take a position on an issue, and then justify your position. That’s the approach of the ‘spectogram’, a tool that seems to be used with growing popularity in non-profit organisations meets, conferences and consultations. Thursday afternoon saw another contentious proposition come up: civil society doesn...

The dark subcontinent
The dark subcontinent 21 April 2006 APC

As far as radio waves go, South Asia could perhaps call itself the dark continent. This part of the planet has an almost-uniformly unenlightened policy when it comes to opening up its airwaves. Voices from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal…. As far as radio waves go, South Asia could perhaps call itself the dark continent. This part of the planet has an almost-uniformly unenlightened p...

Of Hammers and Nails
Of Hammers and Nails 21 April 2006 APC

“When a hammer is all you have, everything begins to look like a nail… "When a hammer is all you have, everything begins to look like a nail…" and when ICT4D focuses too much on technology, ICTs begin to look like they will hit the nails of development issues on their heads. This was the premise of Mridul Chowdhury’s critique of common ICT4D assumptions and strategies....

How could governments get it so wrong?
How could governments get it so wrong? 21 April 2006 APC

"Whatever is the state of localisation in India, the government is definitely responsible for framing the policies. We have dreams of software superpowerdom, yet basic tools are not in place. They have spent crores (tens of millions by Government of India organisations) CDAC and TDIL, and that too all in the name of undertaking work in Indic computing and benefitting the people," says Ravikant...

You're right. Copyright is wrong.
You're right. Copyright is wrong. 21 April 2006 APC

It is assumed that everyone who buys a cheap illegally-copied ("pirated") copy of music or software CD would actually buy the costly ‘official’ version. Links have been made by piracy and terrorism, which are actually quite ludicrous. ‘Intellectual property’ is used as a term, instead of ‘creative expression’. When something is called property, we are steal...

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