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February 2008 Blog Posts (18)

UNESCO uploaded radio shows of GK3 conference

UNESCO actively participated in the Third Global Knowledge Conference (GK3) from 11 to 13 December 2007 and its associated

and parallel events and exhibits. It set up

an onsite Community Multimedia Centre (CMC)

and an exhibition promoting the…

Added by Niranjan Meegammana on February 28, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Infosys join hands with ACDI/VOCA to help Indian farmers

IT major Infosys Technologies has partnered with ACDI/VOCA, a non-profit organisation, for providing an application to improve efficiency of the country's agro supply chain.

The information and communication technology-enabled application minimises inventory requirement, reduces waste and facilitate better integration between retailers and farmers, Infosys said in a statement. The application manages the supply chain from the level of profiling of farmer clusters, crop planning,… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 28, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

IPDC project enhances Chanderi Community Multimedia Centre in India

Uinted Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) assists in the development and reinforcement of the Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) at Pranpur and Chanderi, so as to deepen their communication, awareness and advocacy activities.

“I am now familiar with basics of computer, typing in Hindi and Urdu, Internet browsing, email and can manage website content. I have also learnt radio programme production and recorded and edited one radio programme “Chanderi ki… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 28, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Web desktops to bridge the digital divide

A virtual desktop aimed at users who access the web via cybercafes is attracting interest from organisations set up to bridge the digital divide. Offered by Paris start-up Jooce, it is being billed as a way of personalising any computer. Jooce is targeting the estimated 500 million people who log on to the Internet from a cybercafe every day.

Its free web-based desktop could prove valuable for those who can't afford their own PC, said experts. Jooce offers users the functionality… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 28, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007 - 2008

Publishers Name: Orbicom, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Sage Publications

Publication Year: 2007

ISBN No: 978-0-7619-3674-9

Editor Summary: The biennial Digital Review of Asia Pacific is considered as a comprehensive guide to the state- of-best practice and trends in the world of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) in the Asia Pacific region.

The present third edition for the period 2007-2008 covers… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 27, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Building the capacity of NKN telecentre managers

NASSCOM Foundation (NF), conducted its Second National Consultation on 'Sustainability of NKN telecentres' between 19 and 21 December, 2007 at the Vishwa Yuva Kendra, New Delhi. NF has been formed with a vision to provide technology assistance to NGOs and leverage ICTs for development. NF is also mandated and aims to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the IT industry. NASSCOM Foundation's key activities are geared to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 26, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Asia to get ultra high-speed cable system

A consortium of Asian and U.S.-based carriers has signed an agreement to construct a new high-bandwidth submarine cable system which will link the United States to Japan.

The carriers--SingTel, Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, Google, KDDI Corporation and Pacnet--will construct the US$300 million system, named Unity.

It will link Chikura, Japan directly to Los Angeles, and is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2010.

Potentially, Unity will be able to… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 26, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

CPRsouth2: Empowering the rural communities

LIRNEasia, in association with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, organised the CPRsouth2 (Communication Policy Research) conference, in Chennai, India between December 15 and 17, 2007. The conference aimed to provide a forum for senior, junior and mid-career scholars to meet face-to-face and exchange ideas, establish networking opportunities and improve the quality of their… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 25, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

iREACH: Pilot community telecentres in Cambodia

iREACH stands for Informatics for Rural Empowerment and Community Health. It is a project supported by IDRC (International Development Research Centre). IDRC has awarded a three year grant of US$1.2 million to the Ministry of Commerce (MoC), to conduct a pilot project called the Informatics for Rural Empowerment and Community Health (i-REACH) in the field of information and communications technology (ICT). The project duration is between 1st May 2006 and 30th April 2009. Three Sangkat… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 25, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 23 February 2008

NTT launches mobile phone technology for hearing-challenged

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's premier mobile communications company has launched an unusual mobile receiver-microphone combo especially for the elderly people and those having hearing difficulties at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The ultra slim Bluetooth handset known as 'Sound Leaf Plus' weighs just 45 grams and works when pressed against the bone, just below the ear. Using a principle known as bone conduction, it… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 23, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Telecentres and mobile phones narrow poverty gap in emerging markets: UN Report

According to the new Information Economy report 2007 -2008 released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD), the use of modern ICT gadgets like the mobile phones and net access are helping to narrow the digital bridge between the rich nations and emerging economics.

The study finds that mobile telephones and telecentres are supporting livelihoods in developing countries. It states that the mobile telephony is rapidly progressing in the developing world. In… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 22, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Helpdesks answer questions in four languages

Telecentre operators share questions, problems, and challenges. And they also share time and resource constraints — making it hard to get answers, advice, and solutions. Because of this, many depend on helpdesks. Helpdesk services, run by partner networks around the world, provide support, guidance, and connections to peers and experts — improving access to the knowledge and relationships that telecentre managers need to serve their communities.

In March 2006, UgaBYTES… Continue

Added by on February 22, 2008 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Importance of Knowledge Exchange: Interview with Sarath de Silva, Consultant, Field Operations, ICTA, Sri Lanka and Jegath Seneviratne, Programme Head, Monitoring and Evaluation, ICTA, Sri Lanka

This is in continuation to my earlier blog on knowledge sharing mission of nenasala operators to MSSRF, India. After interviewing the nenasala operators, Prabha and I had an informal discussion. We realsied the importance of such a knowledge sharing study tour. We were excited to hear different success stories and key challenges from the grassroots workers.

We wanted to get the perspectives of government officials and continued our interview with M V Sarath de Silva, Consultant,… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 21, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Believing in the potential of knowledge exchange at the grassroots level: Interview with Basheerhamad Shadrach (Shaddy) and Harsha Vijayawardane

Interview with Harsha Vijayawardanae, Assistant Secretary, President Secretariat, Government of Sri Lanka

What is the strategic importance of your being part of this study tour?

Our President has executive powers. He is the chief of the cabinet and appoints all ministers. ICTA is coming under the direct control of the President. The President appoints the Chairman and CEO of ICTA. Prof Apasinghe is the current Chairperson and Reshan Dewapura is the CEO. It also has a Board… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 20, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Catalysing the Sri Lankan telecentre movement: Knowledge sharing mission of nenasala operators to MSSRF, India

A smile lifts her mouth and her eyes brighten up as she talks of her Nenasala.

Deepika Gurusinghe Arachchige, operator of the Sooriya Wewa Nenasala, Sri Lanka, is one of the best twenty nenasala operators of Sri Lanka chosen for the 'Study Tour of Nenasala Operators to M S Swaminathan Foundation's Village Resource Centres (VRCs) / Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs) on Knowledge and Experience Sharing Mission'. The tour was organised between 4th and 11th February, 2008. It is worth… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 20, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments Academy: First steps in Latin America

In order to find solution to the most common problems that telecentres face, Colnodo launched in Colombia a program to train telecentre managers. Thanks to Spanish foundation Esplai experience and support in this matter, Colombia will be able to answer many of the managers bigger questions concerning telecentre installation, sustainability, new digital tools, and specific needs for different audiences that depend on telecentres.

Both institutions agree that well trained managers are… Continue

Added by on February 20, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 19 February 2008

e-Krishi in Bangladesh

In yet another effort to reinvent e-Agriculture, the Bangladesh Governemnt in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), organised 'National e-Krishi Vision Consultation' programme. The e-Krishi draft has been principally designed to serve the farmers community with advanced information on agriculture, seeds, high-end crops, fertilisers and pesticides. The programme calls for the use of ICT's in the disbursement of agricultural and… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on February 19, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments A report for community feedback

GK3 was a major milestone for

Two days before the main event, on December 9 and 10, hosted the Telecentre Leaders Forum (TLF), a participatory gathering that created deeper relationships among community members; provided an opportunity to share skills, experiences, and strategies; and resulted in the development of a community charter outlining shared values and priorities for the… Continue

Added by on February 4, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

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