ICT policy

The IGF in figures...
The IGF in figures... 26 October 2006 APC

PressZoom which describes itself as the “global news service and press release distribution” network, has these figures about the Internet Governance Forum, which begins in Athens, Greece from October 30. Participants: 1200. Main sessions: eight (focussing on the Internet’s openness, security, diversity and access). Workshops: 30 (held in parallel to the main sessions, focusing on specific issues relevant to Internet governance).

NEPAD e-School Project : An end-to-end Technology Solution
NEPAD e-School Project : An end-to-end Technology Solution 20 October 2006 APC

The NEPAD e-school project is no doubt a very noble idea. It aims to equip schools throughout Africa with an ‘end-to-end Technology solution’. But will this project live beyond the implementation period?

ICT Update Magazine Issue 33 - Urban Agriculture
ICT Update Magazine Issue 33 - Urban Agriculture 17 October 2006 APC

The latest edition of ICT Update has just been published. This edition’s theme is ‘Urban Agriculture’.

Kenya wins fight to delay regional telecoms project
Kenya wins fight to delay regional telecoms project 31 August 2006 APC

An article on EASSy just came out on the Daily Nation online on August 31, signed James Mugendi. Here is the link: http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=3&newsid=80383

If copyright won't work, try copyleft
If copyright won't work, try copyleft 11 August 2006 APC

If copyright doesn’t work in the less affluent world, try copyleft. This is no joke, and a wide network of corporates, campaigners and senior officials are to meet this month-end in the national capital to look at new paradigms of creating and sharing knowledge. Titled "Owning the Future: Ideas and their role in the digital age", this symposium in India is being jointly organized by prest...

New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp  DRM
New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp DRM 20 July 2006 APC

India is planning to significantly amend its Copyright Act of 1957, to include among other things the concept of Digital Rights Management, a move which could well restrict access to knowledge. Lawyers-with-a-difference are closely monitoring what’s happening on this front.

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 tr...

ICTPolicy Portal Workshop, London: learning points
ICTPolicy Portal Workshop, London: learning points 05 July 2006 APC

A five days exposure to intensive learning about the ICT-policy issues and tracks throughout the APC network helped me stay tuned and understand the importance of what we all are doing. The experiences gained were aggregated into an ICT-policy ballad, in .phf (post-haiku format).

Horrifying image of lack of internet cables to Africa
Horrifying image of lack of internet cables to Africa 29 June 2006 APC

At a presentation at APC’s national ICT policy workshop currently going on in London, I was shocked to see a map in a presentation by Russell Southwood which shows how poorly connected Africa is with submarine internet fibre.

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...

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