ICT for development

Latin Mosaic
Latin Mosaic 31 July 2006 Luísa Gockel

With the objective of producing and disseminating relevant content on the Latin American reality from civil society’s perspective, Rits, in partnership with another eight South American organisations, launched the Social Mosaic information portal on July 5.

Tiny Indian religious centre dreams of WiFi solutions for rural world
Tiny Indian religious centre dreams of WiFi solutions for rural world 20 July 2006 APC

In a remote part of India, techies from across the globe plan to link up and share ideas to build solutions that could make a big difference to how the non-urban millions communicate.Wireless mesh networking is mesh networking implemented over a Wireless LAN. This type of Internet infrastructure is decentralized, relatively inexpensive, and very reliable and resilient, as each node need only transmit as far as the next node.

Hello, hello... spotlight on how the poor use their phones
Hello, hello... spotlight on how the poor use their phones 11 July 2006 FN for APCNews

What kinds of phone connections do the poor use? How much do they spend on telecom services? Are they willing to spend more? How do they choose their phone connection? What do they use phones for? And, what difficulties do they face while doing so? Many questions here… but the hints of possible answers come up in a South Asian study that looks at telecom users in India and Sri Lanka who h...

Wiki part II: Find your wiki at the bazaar
Wiki part II: Find your wiki at the bazaar 07 July 2006 Strategic Use and Capacity Building Programme for APCNews

“The word wiki is a shorter form of wiki wiki (weekie, weekie) which is from native Hawaiian, in which it is commonly used as an adjective to denote something ‘quick’ or ‘fast’,” says Wikipedia, the world’s most important collaborative online encyclopaedia. Fast and quick, they are. But did you know they were free and open? While shedding light on the larger context of free and op...

UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning?
UN-GAID: One more acronym - or a new beginning? 26 June 2006 APC

South Asia-based BytesForAll‘s newest member, Nalaka Gunawardene of Sri Lanka, who is a veteran journalist and observer of the “ICT4D” (information and communication technologies for development) field, was there at the launch of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) in mid June 2006 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He wonders whether the newly-formed UN-GAID will m...

Wiki part I: Progressive communications, wiki style
Wiki part I: Progressive communications, wiki style 30 May 2006 Strategic Use and Capacity Building Programme

APC staff started playing with wikis internally four years ago, and started using this online tool seriously about a year later. Collaborative work can normally be documented with the help of a drawing board or some tape recorder in the corner of a room. At the Association for Progressive Communications, people’s collective space is not a room. Instead they work from home, some in small offic...

Future of the internet [in Pakistan]
Future of the internet [in Pakistan] 20 May 2006 APC

Here are my predictions about the Future of the Internet in Pakistan in particular. What you thing about this in your part of the world.

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 its newest 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 b...

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 – ...

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

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