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May 2008 Blog Posts (15)

The EATLF participants' voice

Dear Friends,

Preparations for the 5th EATLF are finished here at UgaBYTES. So far ,30 participants from different parts of the world have confirmed attendance. As we shape it even better, a Special edition of the Telecentre Times is being prepared. It collects many issues around the event but more important your opinion on this method of sharing information. Kindly take some time to respond to any or all of the questions below urgently.

#1. The EATLF is a fomidable force in… Continue

Added by Betty Iyamuremye on May 29, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

SREI to setup 25,000 telecentres

SREI Sahaj e-Village Ltd, a subsidiary of Kolkata-based SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd (SIFL), would set up 25,000 IT kiosks to be known as common service centers (CSC) across six states, with a total investment of around Rs 1000 crore over the next two years.

The six states are West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Under this project, every center would provide a bouquet of services starting from e-governance, e-commerce to e-learning and… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on May 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Telecentre Times: Voice of the community

The Telecentre Times is a newspaper that reports on the people, ideas, and activities that fuel the global telecentre movement. Published regularly in English, French, and Arabic, it is a tangible way to share knowledge, especially important for telecentre operators with limited connectivity.

“The focus is on the practical, on day-to-day issues,” said Christine… Continue

Added by on May 29, 2008 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

The Government Leaders Forum - Asia, Conference Report


Education, Healthcare and Sustainable Development came under the spotlight during this years’ Government Leaders Forum (GLF) at Jakarta, Indonesia. The forum focuses on ‘Serving the citizen: The transformative power of information technology in delivering government services’. This year’s GLF provided an opportunity to bring together leaders to exchange experiences in these areas and discuss the specific challenges and opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. More than 100… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on May 28, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 26 May 2008

Global ICT spending tops $3.5 trillion

According to a study Digital Planet 2008 released at the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), the growth of ICT market will exceed $370 billion this year. The study was released at the first day of the World Congress for Information Technology, held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18-22 May 2008.

According to the report, the top 10 ICT spending countries in descending order are the United States, Japan,… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on May 26, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The winners in the Stockholm Challenge Award 2008

The winners in the Stockholm Challenge Award 2008celebrated during the Gala Evening in the City HallSource:, May 22, 2008)

The winners of the Stockholm Challenge Awards 2008 were announced tonight in the Blue Hall of the City of Stockholm before a multinational gathering of dignitaries,community leaders and finalists from 158 projects representing 52 countries.The winners each take away a Stockholm Challenge trophy and a cheque for… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on May 25, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Philippines launches national academy to train telecentre managers

The Academy — a global initiative that provides telecentre managers with ongoing training, capacity building, and professional development opportunities — aims to train one million telecentre managers by 2010. The initiative is structured as a network of national academies, coordinated and supported by a small global support unit.

One by one, national academies are taking root. On April 3, 2008,… Continue

Added by on May 16, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments events: Non-Stop Convening

March and April were busy months for and our partners; busy and productive in terms of networking,convening, and research. We supported several events in Peru, Thailand, Latvia, United States, and Philippines engaging more than 300 ICT4D and telecentre activists from different parts of the world.


In March 2008, the Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES), in partnership with, launched a two-year helpdesk project to support and connect… Continue

Added by on May 16, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Fourth Knowledge Exchange Conference Report

All the efforts in the past to close the digital divide and bring the benefits of development to the countryside have come into fruition at the 4th Knowledge Exchange Conference on Community eCenters (KEC4) held on April 3-4, 2008 at The Heritage Hotel Manila in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Two hundred fourteen participants composed of conference delegates, guests, resource persons, and organizers attended the two-day conference.

Aptly themed ‘Engaging Communities in knowledge-based… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on May 15, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Un telecentro en común

¿Que tienen en común un hombre de mediana edad que trabaja en la sección rotiseria de un supermercado, un estudiante de Secundaria de 17 años, una ama de casa con hijos adolescentes y un jubilado que ya paso los 75 años? Un telecentro.

Todos ellos acuden al mismo lugar para conectarse a Internet y aprender a usar las herramientas de información y comunicación que el telecentro les ofrece. Pero cada uno de ellos tiene planes y expectativas diferentes. Para Alvaro Rodríguez de 17 años… Continue

Added by Mariana Rethen on May 14, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

Shilpa Sayura 2.0 launches new e Learning System

A Sinhala Software marks a new era in Local Language e Learning

Shilpa Sayura 2.0 the latest development by e fusion presented at ICTA, Sri Lanka to Community of ICT4DEV professionals on 7th June 2008.

The presentation facilitated by ICTA, attended by Officials of ICTA, Ministry of Education, PWS e SDI process consultant, members of the E Society Focus Group, Sinhala Unicode Group, ICT Researchers of UCSC, Tele Center Support Team and Community ICT experts.

The… Continue

Added by Niranjan Meegammana on May 13, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 12 May 2008

Sri Lanka ranked 79 from 127 countries on Network Readiness

According to the World Economic Forum’s, Global Information Technology Report 2007–2008, Sri-Lanka has moved to 79 rank out of 127 nations in terms of the most networked economies in the world in its Networked Readiness Index. In the 2006 – 2007 Report, Sri Lanka had been ranked 86 out of 122 nations and ranked 83 out of 115 nations in the 2005–2006 report. The index was compiled based on assessments on an individual… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on May 12, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What is the role of ICT in enthusing students.

What is the role of ICT in enthusing young people and students in decrease desertion and Procrastination via schools. It is a vital topic to know how we can decrease desertion students in learning and teaching activities, and what the role of emerging networked ICT in variety of case studies and learning , more issues of integrating emerging technologies into the classroom context for inquiry based learning and a widening of career opportunities in education to these students.which newly… Continue

Added by Nabil Eid on May 4, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Social Development Vs. Enterprise Model, Which one works better in your opinion?

Dear Telecentre Practitioners,

This is a platform for readers to share their views and opinions on the key issues facing telecentres.

Question: Social Development/Community Ownership Model Vs. Enterprise Model, Which one works better in your opinion?

We request you to contribute and keep this forum live. You can add your views below. Kindly add your name and designation along with your response.You may reach me for any technical assistance at… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on May 4, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

One step forward

A community is formed by people, common interests and as many different points of views as individuals. is no exception.

As a member of this community I feel committed to participate, to share my perspective, to help in some way that benefits all the community.

Although since July 2007 embraces me as part of the team I still feel humble and timid to write or express firm opinions about telecentres as a whole. The reason behind is quite simple I still have… Continue

Added by Mariana Rethen on May 2, 2008 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

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