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August 2009 Blog Posts (38)

Announcing the photo contest!

Dear All, is proudly announce the holding of the first ever photo contest in the English website.

Because photos make up a major form of content and because they have a story of their own to tell, recognizes the significant role played by photography as a valuable medium of knowledge sharing in the telecentre ecosystem.

The contest, which will run from August 17 to September 17, 2009, is open to all registered members of the… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on August 17, 2009 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

E3 - 3: Developing Culture as Foundation for Future Telecenters

The interesting discussions on administration of internet content took my mind in multiple directions on explicit content related to different forms of knowledge and their use by people of different life styles. These life styles may have existed and evolved from explicit architectural and artistic masterpieces like Khajuraho, Konarak, Ellora and Puri in India (see as well as Sigiriya in Sri Lanka, and… Continue

Added by Niranjan Meegammana on August 16, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments


Mobile Phones Creating New Opportunities for Activists

10th August 2009

Increasingly widespread penetration of mobile phones around the world is creating new opportunities for activists to organize, connect and open windows to their lives. Innovative use of technologies like short message service (SMS), video recorders and cameras, coupled with the power of social networking platforms, represents the new toolbox for activist groups that want to spread messages and access… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on August 14, 2009 at 6:17pm — No Comments

ICTA initiated 'Vidu Suwa' – e Consultancy Project

Story Source: ICTA quarterly Newsletter

Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) together with University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) and Health Ministry of Sri Lanka has launched a patient-centered e consultancy project, which is full of benefits to both patients and physicians. The project called "Vidu Suwa" that will bring comfort to the rural patient, specialist doctor and the peripheral clinic is an ICT oriented project came into operation in… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on August 12, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Weekly News Round Up: Asia (6- 12 August, 2009)

MDEC To Host Additional MSC Malaysia Great ICT Sale In KL, Malaysia

7 August, 2009

The Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) will host an additional MSC Malaysia Great ICT Sale here on Aug 20-21 due to strong response from small and medium enterprises (SMEs). In a statement here Friday, MDeC said SMEs could expect up to 30 percent in savings through a series of smart bundles that included information and communication technology (ICT) software, solutions and software...… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on August 12, 2009 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Discussion Summary | Africa Knowledge Network (AKN) launched in Dar es salaam

The following is a recap of a discussion that was recently concluded on the UgaBYTES mailing list.


The Africa Knowledge Network was launched on 3rd July 2009 in Dar es Salaam/Tanzania. The Africa Knowledge Network is being implemented by United Nations in its five regional commission including Africa. The main goal of the project is to empower poor and disadvantaged communities through the transformation of existing ICT access points /Telecentre in… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on August 10, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

More East African countries to benefit from broadband

Story Source : Science and Development Network

Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania are set to benefit from affordable communications services following a US$151 million funding boost from the World Bank.

The sum marks the third phase of the Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (RCIP 3), which aims to connect eastern and southern Africa to reliable and high-capacity communication services.

Since the project started in 2007, US$424 million has… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on August 10, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

eIndia 2009, Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India

eIndia 2009, the fifth one in the series of very popular conferences organised by Centre for Science Development and Media Studies (CSDMS), is scheduled to take place from 25th to 27th August, 2009 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India. This conference is co-organised by the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India; and Information Technology & Communication Department, Government of Andhra… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on August 8, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments


Price Controls Can Drive ICT Boom, Study Says

3rd August 2009

African governments should regulate the prices of telephony and internet services to realise the benefits of improved international connectivity, says the annual African Economic Outlook annual report. It says East Africa's GDP growth dropped from an average 8.8 per cent in 2007 to 7.3 per cent in 2008, and is expected to drop further to 5.5 per cent in 2009 and 2010. The report says Africa's economy has been… Continue

Added by Francis Mwathi on August 7, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Future of higher education: How technology will shape learning

Source: UNESCO

A report titled “Future of Higher Education: How Technology Will Shape Learning” was published by the Economist Intelligence Unit of The Economist in 2008. This publication analyzes the impact of technology on higher education and the job-preparedness of graduates based on a global online executive survey with approximately 300 respondents and 12 interviews from university chief information officers and leaders. The underline questions are “what it will mean to be an… Continue

Added by Eiko Kawamura on August 7, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

ICTA's 1919 Project Wins Award as Best e-Content Product in the World!


The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka attracts international attention for creating the world's best e-Content. The multimedia product "Government Information Center (GIC)" has won the World Summit Award (WSA 09) with a single, electronic, trilingual (Sinhala, Tamil and English) knowledge base of 1,600 services available to citizens from 77 key government organizations. For more information visit the homepage… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on August 6, 2009 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Weekly News Round Up: Asia (30 July- 5 August, 2009)

Punjab (Pakistan's Province) planning to switch to E-governance by January 2010, Pakistan

30 July, 2009

The Punjab government is planning to switch to E-governance by January 2010 with a plan to enable all 36 districts of the province to update vital data on a daily basis. The switch to electronic monitoring would enable the chief minister to analyse developments in each district promptly, Punjab government’s Task Force on IT Chairman Nadeem Haq told members of the Lahore… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on August 6, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step

I was born and brought up in Delhi, and barring two short visits to villages as part of the orientation programmes conducted by IRMA, had never visited a village. I had also never been to Rajasthan and hence was suitably excited at the prospect of visiting this colourful and romantic state. As our bus crossed the city of Bikaner and drove towards the village of Dandkala, located 50 kilometres from India’s western border, we were catapulted into an entirely different world.

The… Continue

Added by Amit Goel on August 6, 2009 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Call For Papers : eAsia 2009

eASiA 2009 seeks call for abstracts/proposal(s) for speakers who illustrate innovation in using ICT for development, by September 15, 2009

Abstracts and Extended Abstracts Submission: September 15, 2009

Notification of Acceptance of Abstract: October 1, 2009

Full Paper Submission: November 3, 2009

Guidelines for Abstract and Paper Submission

People sending their abstracts/ full paper through email are requested to strictly follow the guidelines… Continue

Added by S Gavashkar on August 5, 2009 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Building the Broadband Economy from the Bottom Up: A Community Informatics Approach to BB and Economic Development

The Journal of Community Informatics - Vol. 5 No. 1

Michael Gurstein

Editor-in-chief, The Journal of Community Informatics

High speed Internet at relatively affordable prices is rapidly becoming available in large parts of both the developed and developing worlds. This means that the technical restrictions on high volume information access and transaction management, very high speed communications at a distance, and a highly expanded range of Internet and information… Continue

Added by Eiko Kawamura on August 5, 2009 at 12:24am — 4 Comments

The Challenge of Digital Inclusion in Mozambique

Dear all

SANGONet (South Africa NGO Forum) has been coordinating a regional research project into ICT4D issues in different countries in the region. Reports are produced, and then debated in Forums in the respective country. So I want to give you a quick report on the Mozambique Forum, which as you know from SANGONet took place on 30 June. SANGONet also circulated the address for downloading our report, so maybe some of you have already had a look - it's available in both Portuguese… Continue

Added by Polly Gaster on August 4, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Rural 21

Rural 21is an international journal for rural development. Its latest issue focuses on the still untapped potential of ICT in rural regions and shows many interesting examples of novel solutions.


(Many Thankx to our friend, EIKO for sending this link to one interesting magazine about… Continue

Added by Seu Yapa on August 3, 2009 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

Battle for control of the internet in Peru

Fuente: APC

Someone turns on his or her computer, clicks on a link to a website that someone recommended and gets a message like this from the internet service provider: “This site is not available with the basic service plan. To subscribe to premium service, please call 0-800-555-1234.”

Then, the same person tries to visit the website where his or her family uploads and stores photos and videos and get this message: “This service is… Continue

Added by Eiko Kawamura on August 1, 2009 at 4:52am — 3 Comments

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