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January 2013 Blog Posts (62)

Telecentre-Europe Newsletter January 2013

In this issue:

News from Telecentre-Europe (TE):

MIREIA survey to map EU27 eInclusion actors – Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft's Youthspark program – CARERplus Digital Competence Framework – TE’s new member organization in…


Added by Lize De Clercq on January 31, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Health care telecentres


Added by Yuliya Melnyk on January 30, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Call for Papers: IDIA2013 Conference

IDIA, the International Development Informatics Association, is an association serving as a forum for international cooperation between individuals and organisations focusing on research in the use of ICT for developing economies and societies (ICT4D), where various constraints impact on the use of ICT compared to highly developed regions. IDIA, established in 2006, provides opportunities for scholars and technical specialists alike to exchange knowledge on the modes and…


Added by Seu Yapa on January 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

TCF unveils new design of community site

Our English community site is sporting a new look! After months of hard work, we are happy to announce the launch of our redesigned community website.

Aside from having a similar look and feel as our corporate site, our new community site has a cleaner, easier-to-navigate interface plus more streamlined features and content. Here are some of the changes we have…


Added by on January 29, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Breaks Language Barrier In Rwanda

Rwandan authorities believe the availability of Microsoft Windows 8 in the country's main language will help develop ICT literacy.

Microsoft recently announced that it has made Windows 8 available in Rwanda’s main language, Kinyarwanda. 

The US software giant released…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 29, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Over 500,000 women trained through Telecentre Women

A total of 567,411 women have been trained through the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign as of end of December 2012. The milestone marks the halfway point for the campaign, which is organized by Foundation and the International Telecommunication Union, and aims to provide 1 million women with digital…


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Thai Telecentres Conduct Massive Open Online Courses for the Marginal Communities

Thai has launched a new initiative where they will conduct "Massive Open Online Courses" (MOOC) for the marginal communities in the country. The MOOC will use the Public-Private Partnership Model for its pilot project and it will be fully supported by many of the active partners including the Korat’s Municipality, the Faculty of Sciences and Liberal Arts at Rajamangala University (RMUTI), the Provincial Statistical Bureau, Asia Pacific Telecentre Network, etc. In few months…


Added by Seu Yapa on January 28, 2013 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Downtown Fascination – A Telecentre under Ploenchit Expressway in Bangkok

Amidst the busy traffic and the bustling noise of Bangkok, it is hard to notice that there is a small community located under the expressway. For other people, this area is merely a shortcut to get to the other side of the expressway, but in fact, this is home to a group of urban poor Bangkokian, where…


Added by Cuchie Echeverria on January 28, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Work begins on Kenya's Konza city

Construction of Kenya's Sh850 billion Konza city officially began on Jannuary 23rd, with the groundbreaking ceremony by President Mwai Kibaki.

Information Ministry Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo said already 15 companies have promised to begin construction works immediately as the country aspires to become a middle-income economy by 2030.



Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Rwanda releases ICT Sector Profile

Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT has released the country’s first comprehensive ICT Profile to track ICT performance indicators.

The report was developed by the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in collaboration with Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 28, 2013 at 12:37pm — No Comments

New video codec to ease pressure on global networks

Geneva, 25 January 2013. A new video coding standard building on the PrimeTime Emmy award winning ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC was agreed by ITU members today.

The new codec will considerably ease the burden on global networks where, by some estimates, video accounts for more than half of bandwidth use. The new standard, known informally as 'High Efficiency Video Coding' (HEVC) will need only half the bit rate of its predecessor, ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 'Advanced Video Coding' (AVC),…


Added by Vida Gabe on January 28, 2013 at 6:49am — No Comments

Internet – now a life-saver

The Internet is becoming more and more important for many remote health centers that get neither the funding for specialized medical journals nor other forms of professional development. Via the Internet doctors and nurses from such isolated (in terms of updated medical knowledge) communities can get access to the…


Added by Yuliya Melnyk on January 28, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

MY World: Vote for the changes that would make the most difference to your world

The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda.

The United Nations…


Added by Seu Yapa on January 25, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Telecentre-Europe signs Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft’s YouthSpark

On January 22nd, during the high-level event Youth, the key to Europe’s future at Microsoft's Executive Briefing Center in Brussels, Telecentre-Europe's Chair Mara Jakobsone and Microsoft's Executive Vice-President Brad Smith, signed a Memorandum of…


Added by Lize De Clercq on January 24, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

TCF, NIA announce new category in Global Telecentre Awards Foundation (TCF) and the National Information Society Agency (NIA) of Korea are happy to announce the inclusion of an additional category in the 1st Global Telecentre Awards, a major initiative that seeks to recognize and celebrate the best players in the…


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Call for Applications for Korea IT Volunteers Program 2013

To kick off its Korea IT Volunteers (KIV) Program for this year, the National Information Society Agency (NIA) of Korea is running a survey to identify the demand for volunteers in telecentres, government agencies, schools, NGOs and other organizations in different parts of the world.

The KIV Program is classified into two: short term (which lasts for 1 month, starting between…


Added by Cuchie Echeverria on January 24, 2013 at 10:09am — 4 Comments

The saga of the telecentres/ Public internet access centres as cultural and economic change agents on the African continent

In Africa, the term “telecentres” covers diverse examples, ranging from a multitude of small telephony shops or Internet cafés, telecentre networks and multi-purpose community telecentres to projects initiated by governments and supported by international funding (1). However, each of them plays a specific role in the population’s adoption of ICT practices.…


Added by Cleopa Timon Otieno on January 23, 2013 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: An Asian Perspective

Higher education has experienced phenomenal growth in all parts of Asia over the last two decades — from the Korean peninsula in the east to the western borders of Central Asia. This expansion, coupled with a diversity of delivery and technology options, has meant that more and more young Asians…


Added by Nabil Eid on January 23, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments

TCF's Spanish Online Community Hits 3,000!

Today, Foundation’s online community in Spanish reached a significant milestone as it welcomed its 3,000th member in the person of Mª Angeles Tristan…


Added by Cuchie Echeverria on January 23, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

ICT and e-Business: Selected Trends and Issues on the ICT for Dev't Agenda

This note presents some conclusions of the work carried out by the secretariat in the area of e-business, ICT and development since the ninth session of the Commission. It provides information concerning basic trends in the spread and usage of ICT with a focus on developing countries. It also includes the secretariat's analysis of the implications for the wider usage of ICT in developing countries of several issues on the international agenda.…


Added by ahmad shaaban on January 22, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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