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September 2007 Blog Posts (14)

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 30 September 2007

UN sponsored meeting to link remote Asia-Pacific communities to the web

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has organised a two-day long meeting on 29 - 30 September 2007 at UN Conference Centre in Bangkok. The meeting aims to establish a regional knowledge network of e-Centres in Asia and the Pacific. The community e-Centres (also known by different names such as telecentres or community information centres) serve the people… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 30, 2007 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Manthan Award 2007 and ICONECS

Recognising the best of e-Content (electronic content) innovations and creativity in India, the 2007 edition of the Manthan Award event gala was held on September 22nd evening in New Delhi, India. The Award ceremony was preceded by two day long Conference on ‘e-Content for Development and Sustainability’ from 21-22 September, 2007, culminating in the felicitation ceremony and Award ceremony on September 22, at India Islamic Cultural Centre auditorium, New Delhi. The principal organisers of the… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 27, 2007 at 3:30pm — No Comments

i4d Film Festival 2007 - Beyond the mainstream

There is no escaping the mass media. Whether its print, television, radio or the latest communication channel – the Internet, mass media is ubquitious and represents the voice of the masses. In India, about 20 major media houses represent the voice of the a nation of over a billion. There is an assumption that in a free and democratic society, exemplified by the US, the media is free, unbiased and objective. However, the politik of media is endowed with some essential ingredients which falsify… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 26, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 24 September 2007

Telenor sets up Rabta Centres in rural Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan is a leading GSM cellular service provider, and is a subsidiary of Telenor, Norway, has launched Telenor Rabta Centres as part of a pilot project involving local communities. These community information centres offer all modern communication facilities under one roof. The services use Telenor Pakistan's high-speed EDGE network. Telenor Pakistan is collaborating with the GSMA Development Fund, Nokia Siemens… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 24, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Intel chairman's visit to Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN)

DR. Craig Barrett, Chairman, Intel, global leader in micro processor production and Chair of United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UNGAID) visited Bangladesh on September 04, 2007, to launch the much expected Intel's World Ahead Programme. On the same eve, Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN), a coalition of organisations for fostering telecentre movement in Bangladesh, organised a Technology Show, to showcase the various telecentre initiatives of BTN and its' members. Dr.… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 20, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

“Telecentre lakh dukhon ki ek dava hai” (telecentre is the universal panacea for a million (rural) problems ): Dr. R. P. Singh

Dr. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Hon. Union Minister for Rural Development, Government of India

is every inch the Minister for Rural Development; and this is well reflected through his dress, his lingua franca, mannerisms and his total personality. Any villager from any part of India can relate to him. With no airs of being one of the Union Cabinet Ministers, he is one from the ‘masses’, not the one from the bourgeoisie; defying all the bureaucratic standards. (Sorry for bringing in my student… Continue

Added by Shipra Sharma on September 19, 2007 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Indian Telecentre Forum 2007 - Telecentre tales


The present write-up on Telecentre Tales would cover the discussions and suggestions that came up during Indian Telecentre Forum of the eIndia 2007 Conference, which was held in Hotel Taj Palace (New Delhi, India), from 31 July 2007 to 2 August, 2007. Ms. Rumi Mallick from Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS), Noida (India) introduced the Indian Telecentre Forum, 2007. She informed that it was for the second time, Indian Telecentre Forum, a part of… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 17, 2007 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 16 September 2007

Filipino farmer starts to ride on technology wave

The Philippines, an island nation in the Southeast Asian region, enables its farmer community to make use of technology. Farmers can freely make use of the Department of Agriculture's (DA) “Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture” through “Mobile Internet Bus” and “Farmers' Information and Technology Services Centres” spread across the country. It has also initiated the one-and-a-half-month online training course on… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 16, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Katha School creates IT Savvy Kids in a Delhi Slum Community

16 year old Amit's earlier days were spent in a roadside shop. His parents are daily wage labourers living in Govindpuri slum in South Delhi, the capital of India. Five years ago, Amit was exposed to a computer for the very first time at Katha. Now, he speaks fluent English and uses the computer with ease. He shows his wonderful drawing skills and uses computers to explore new avenues to improve his skills. There are many young girls and boys who work on the streets of Govindpuri are back to… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 14, 2007 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Community Radio India 2007: Engaging stakeholders in a learning environment

Community Radio India 2007 was introduced as a new track in the country's biggest ICT event, eINDIA2007 held at New Delhi, between 31 July – 03 August 2007. The event was jointly organised by UNESCO, UNICEF and UNDP, and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MI&B), Government of India (GOI), and supported by One World South Asia (OWSA), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), and AMARC. The conference brought together various stakeholders, including the government, donors, civil society,… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 14, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Consultation Workshops and Convention on Advancing Development through Information and Communication Technologies

Development of Humane Action (DHAN) Foundation, a professional development organisation is hosting a National Symposium under the banner of “Madurai Symposium 2007” on Development Interventions between 24th and 29th September 2007 at Madurai, a temple town located in the southern part of Tamil Nadu, India. The Symposium is envisioned to be a development arena, where all stakeholders of Development - Community Institutions, Civil Societies, Government, NGOs, Financial Institutions and Academia… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 10, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 07 September 2007

Indian farming set to go hi-tech

Based on it's success in Kerala, Karshaka Information Systems, Services and Networking (KISSAN), an innovative agri-information portal of Department of Agriculture, Government of Kerala, India will be extended to other Indian states.

The project was launched five years ago and it offers numerous services for the benefit of farming community including toll-free call centre, TV programmes etc. The project integrates the expertise of… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 7, 2007 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Weekly news roundup - Asia, 1 September 2007

Village resource centres to provide telemedicine facility

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), New Delhi, has established three village resource centres. The centres are located in three different northern states of India, namely Gohana (Haryana), Kaithun (Rajasthan) and Dasmal (Himachal Pradesh). The centres aim to provide tertiary level health services at the doorstep of the poor in rural areas. Each centre is connected to SGRH, New Delhi through a satellite link for providing… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 1, 2007 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Interview with Rajen Varada, Director, Technology For The People, India

I got an opportunity to catch up with Rajen Varada, Managing Director, Technology for the People, Karnataka, India. Rajen Varada has more than eight years of experience in the field of ICT. Basically, he is an animation artist, since then, he used to work various NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations). His journey started from his early inquest to find out how social messages could be conveyed effectively through animation and other multimedia tools. Later he joined UNICEF as project manager to… Continue

Added by Vignesh Sornamohan on September 1, 2007 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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