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K-Agrinet roadshow brings Internet link to countryside
The Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture (OPAPA) has brought Internet connectivity to the countryside of Philippines with its two-month K-AGRINET ICT Roadshow across the country.

Five big buses, equipped with notebook computers with wireless Internet access, roamed from La Union down to Cagayan de Oro during the summer to promote KONEK NA! (Connect Now). It is a campaign that urges local chief executives to allow their agricultural extensionists to go online. OPAPA, also known as the Pinoy Farmers Internet, is pushing for agricultural modernisation through access of information in the Internet. Pinoy Farmers Internet-OPAPA is a network of national, local and international institutions providing e-Extension advisory services and distance education to extension workers and farmers with an aim of empowering farmers' groups through interactive network services, giving direct access to extention agents and agricultural experts.

Community Radio

Community radio station for slum dwellers in Kenya
A community radio station in Kenya equipped with machines of newly launched 101.5 Koch FM is being privately owned by youth from the Korogocho slum in Nairobi.

From outside, it looks like any other transit goods container. But inside the nondescript structure is the studio of the country's first slum radio station. With a range of only 5 kilometres, the station has been successfully tested and is expected to go on air in two weeks' time once the Communications Commissions of Kenya (CCK) gives the green signal. The station is a product of Miss Koch Initiative, a project started in 2001 to respond to rising cases of sexual abuse in the slum. The station will air programmes from 6 am to 10 pm daily. It will play reggae and local music. It will also air local news. CCK officials promised to support the initiative. The initiative won the Mayor's 2004 Award, while the winner of the Miss Koch 2003 was declared the Eve Young Woman of Year in 2004.


Low-cost rural ATM with biometric sensor in India
Grammteller, a low-cost ATM machine, developed by the Telecommunications Network (TeNet) Group of IIT, Chennai is being tested in the metropolis at two places. The kiosk

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