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May 2009 Blog Posts (75)

Telecentres and socio-economic development ,"PID + One Malaysia = MALAYSIA"

Telecentres and socio-economic development

"PID + One Malaysia = MALAYSIA"

“Today I ask you to join me in this task of renewing Malaysia. I urge us to rise to the challenge of building a One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now. Let us begin this great journey together.” Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

This noble call is quoted from his first address as Malaysia’s 6th Prime Minister and was broadcasted life nationwide when… Continue

Added by Siti Suhaily on May 31, 2009 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Between Technology & Developement


We have diagnosed more than a difficult choice when trying to balance between the technical development, or to contain the trend towards economic development issues and their impact on poverty levels and the rate of income in society.

True that developing countries need food, medicine and the basic formula is one of the priorities of development, but pushing and delivery of information to a large segment of people will upgrade their skills and their competitiveness, and… Continue

Added by akram mohammed ahmed on May 31, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

E-Agriculture in Bangladesh:- A spatial skeleton demanding

Bangladesh has stepped into new era of Digital World with a spectacular vision for making Digital Bangladesh. This vision would be saddled by E-Agriculture involving multidisciplinary initiatives of Agricultural Informatics, Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship towards building a Hunger-free, Efficient and Resourceful Bangladesh.

The history of ICT use in Bangladesh Agriculture is not so rich. In 2003, Support to ICT taskforce program launched by the Ministry of Agriculture.… Continue

Added by Md. Saiful Islam on May 31, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Telecentre Sustainability - Problems and Solutions

Telecentre is a powerful tool for the rural people communicate to the rest of the world. Government of India, has planned to roll out 100,000+ Common Services Centers (CSCs) across the country through which, around 6,00,000 villages will be benefited. Government of India has vision of rolling out all the CSCs by the end of 2009.

Many leading companies in communication, Infrastructure, Finance have been allotted to roll out this project all… Continue

Added by Anusha Raman on May 30, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments


China to have world's first tuition-free online university

May 19, Beijing

With over 20 students registering in the first 48 hours, the world's first tuition-free, non-profit online university, University of the People(UoPeople) began enrollment this month, with a major boost from Chinese students

In fact, during the last two days, 27 students from across China registered with UoPeople, which provides higher education to anyone with a… Continue

Added by Sabyasachi Kashyap on May 30, 2009 at 7:52pm — No Comments

New humanitarian technologies, Telecentres, Deseases, and the near future

It is well known that most technological advances emerged as a consequence of research and development for military purposes. The Internet and the GPS (Global Positioning System) technologies themselves started as an initiative of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) [1]. Other technologies such as communication satellites and our beloved microwave oven also came as a result of heavy military… Continue

Added by Martin J. Murillo on May 30, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments


Africa lags behind in use of free software

21st May 2009

While Asia and Latin America are seeing a boom in the use of free software, now taking the global lead, Africa is still lagging behind, depending largely on expensive programmes and pirate copies.

Researchers from the University of Seville, Spain, have carried out a report mapping the use of free software around the world, concluding that the use of free software in South America and Asia will be around… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on May 29, 2009 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Obama calling for better security for computers

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is calling digital security a top priority, whether it's guarding the computer systems that keep the lights on in the city and direct airliners to the right runway or those protecting customers who pay their bills online.

To oversee an enhanced security system for the nation's computer networks, Obama is creating a "cyber czar" as part of a long-awaited plan stemming from a review he ordered shortly after taking office.

On Friday, Obama… Continue

Added by Sandra Nassali on May 29, 2009 at 8:34pm — No Comments

More reflections from the Boston CHI conference, and a suggestion for us all

As you all know, I attended a 2-day workshop on HCI for International Development on 4-5 April in Boston, followed by a 4-day international conference – CHI 2009. HCI and CHI mean the same thing – Computer-Human Interaction. Here are some more thoughts to share - sorry it's a bit long!

The aim of the workshop was to promote the use of HCI concepts in a development context – in particular, to learn about and study the needs of people in developing countries and look for solutions.… Continue

Added by Polly Gaster on May 29, 2009 at 6:39pm — 6 Comments

Realistic Path To Sustainability for the Telecentre Champions Group

I observed that the is gloriously accomplishing its plans for the global communities as a whole from the time the final version was released a year ago. It has laid a very strong foundation in terms of building networks, creating content and services, sharing knowledge and connecting networks.

To illustrate, had been like a mother to the telecentres. Its business plans were successfully delivered to its children or members.

As’s… Continue

Added by Claire Peque Fernandez on May 29, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Baseline Survey on Community Radio in Bangladesh

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is advocating promotion of community radio with the government in relations with other organizations since its inception. The objective of BNNRC’s Community Radio intervention is to address critical social issues at community level, such as poverty and social exclusion, empowerment of marginalized rural groups and catalyze democratic process in decision making and ongoing development efforts.

Community Radio is going to play… Continue

Added by AHM Bazlur Rahman on May 29, 2009 at 4:16am — No Comments Academy gets ready to train 10.000 telecentre workers

During 2010 and 2011 more than 10,000 telecentre workers will be able to gain knowledge and professional training through an eLearning system with standardized curricula developed by the Academy and endorsed by a number of open universities around the world.

In the first step towards this effort, a "write-shop" is being organized in Singapore from 2-5 June 2009, where ten subject matter specialists from eight countries are expected to gather and, together, create a… Continue

Added by on May 29, 2009 at 2:13am — No Comments

Latin America and the Caribbean telecentres move towards a united voice

The ability of telecentres to promote development through public access to information and communications technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean recently got a major boost. At the Telecentre Leaders Forum (TLF) in Brasilia, Brazil, more than 50 participants, drawn from key organizations and institutions that represent over 6,000 telecentres and nearly 20 million users, agreed to begin work to form a regional organization to strengthen the impact of grassroots telecentres across Latin… Continue

Added by on May 29, 2009 at 2:10am — No Comments English-language site crosses 1000 member mark while participation increases daily across all language sites

The English-language community of has crossed the 1000 member mark in fewer than 6 months and it keeps on growing. The rapid rise in membership reflects both the community's commitment to the telecentre movement and the value of what provides: a place to share information on all things telecentre and to seek help through the various online features including blogs, forums, groups, online events, and photo and video sharing.

The younger Spanish-language site… Continue

Added by on May 29, 2009 at 2:04am — No Comments

Check out Telecentre Magazine latest issue

This issue features an interview with agriculture scientist and the father of the Green Revolution in India M S Swaminathan, an article about Networking the Latin American Telecentre Movement, a report from the First National Nenasala Convention in Sri Lanka: One Event, Multiple Outcomes, A Telecentre Debate: Are Telecentres Effective

Tools for Financial Inclusion?, among many other interesting articles which deal with telecentres around the globe.…


Added by on May 29, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

Lithuania´s contribution to the groundbreaking Global Impact Study Research Project

Over the past year, Lithuanian researchers have criss-crossed the country, taking the scientific pulse of public access centres to information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Eastern European nation. Together with researchers in Bangladesh and Chile, they have just completed the first phase of a groundbreaking research project aimed at assessing the impact of public access to ICT on development.

The Global Impact Study of Public Access to Information and Communication… Continue

Added by on May 29, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

A survey report analysis----- Digital divide among educated people...

We, Circle research Center, arranged a survey to get the data about the consciousness of ICT among people in urban areas under Habiganj district. In that survey the data analysis was as below.

More than 1200 respondents took part in our one month survey. Most of them are academically literate who took part in our survey.

The respondent’s age group was ranging from 14 to 45. Among them 45.23% was students, 12% was school & college teachers, 23.5% was women who were housewives,… Continue

Added by Md. Saifur rahman Khan on May 28, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Honey I Unearthed a Gold Mine in Rural India!!!!

I am back to blog after a long time. For all of you who missed me (I wish!), in case you thought I was upto something exciting, hmm well yes. I and Senthamil (Our resident Tech Geek) were going through the final submission of the winners of Rural Innovation Fund. In case you are new to this blog let me run through briefly on what I have been upto for the last 3 months.

The reach of the ICT movement needs a lot of technological innovations and many a support for the successful… Continue

Added by N.Ganga Vidya on May 27, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Massive Africa Update on Google Maps

The Map-the-World and Map-Maker teams at Google have been making some major, and much needed, additions for Africa. With a large data push yesterday, Google Maps has one of the most impressive sets of maps on Africa that you can find.

There are now 27 more African countries that now have detailed maps, including:

Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia,… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on May 27, 2009 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Can current telecenters reach out to more users by many folds and really close the digital divides?

Telecenters generally have been effective to bring about better connectivities and bringing ICT to many rural areas. These bring with them a lot of facilities otherwise impossible to many rural poor. One of the most important of these is ICT for education.

It is accepted that millions have benefited tremendously from telecenters around the world.

However, if we are to look very closely into the effectiveness in actually reaching out to the rural areas, one wonders if the… Continue

Added by Alan Foo on May 27, 2009 at 7:03pm — 2 Comments

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