February 2007

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BFA Bangladesh launches ICT4D report

Successful usage of ICT to the purposes of social development in Bangladesh is not that old. Past few years have been very eventful in the means and the context of using ICT for development (ICT4D) which has now turned into an independent domain of interest to different stakeholders. Therefore a study on the present status of different areas in ICT4D (in Bangladesh) was very important and Bytes for All Bangladesh teamed up with a number of local lead organisations/individuals in preparing a status report on these areas and uploading that document as a Wiki to seek feedback from our readers. Please read and edit the document with your views, correction and information at:
http://bangladeshictpolicy.bytesforall.net/?q=national_report

Courtesy: Monjur Mahmud

Global engineering and design portal

Autodesk Inc. has announced the launch of its Global Student Engineering and Design Community portal (http://students.autodesk.com) in India. The launch of this portal is part of Autodesk's global initiative to educate the student community with latest 3D design technologies and prepare them for careers in engineering and design. As of today, more than 1,100 universities across 54 countries are part of Autodesk's student community portal.
Courtesy: Frederick Noronha,
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FLOSS feeds

Want to know what's happening in the world of Free/Libre and Open Source Software around Asia? Check http://feeds.goa-india.org/ http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/bytesforall_readers/message/9350

Webcast on eSecurity

ICT is becoming increasingly pervasive in development projects, and is often cited as a tool to reduce corruption and improve the efficiency of government services. As a result, e-Security is becoming a significant challenge for developing and transition countries, especially those that are ill-prepared to deal with technology risks. This seminar provides insights into how such risks can be recognised and addressed by both public entities and task team leaders (TTLs) across all sectors to ensure better financial returns and overall impact for e-Government initiatives.
Courtesy: Oleg Petrov
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Telecentre movement in Pakistan

Pakistan is gearing up for a massive and expansive Telecentre movement evolving as a multi-stakeholder initiative. However, the crown for advocating and initiating the process of Telecentres goes to both the World Bank and Mr. Salman Ansari of SATC (Salman Ansari Technology Consultants) who has completed the final report titled 'Telecentres and Community Resource and Information Centers in Pakistan' programme that will be targeting setting up of rural 'Telecentres' in Pakistan under the Universal Service Fund Programme.
Courtesy: Fawad Riaz Bajwa
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Tracking news online for non-profit

Subramanya Sastry has created this superb tool called NewsRack that allows one to electronically track news published on certain subjects (of your choice). You can set up the keywords, and it will keep track of the news. It's meant primarily for non-profit organisations, and one could try it out too. Sarai.net in New Delhi has a server that allows one to create 'alerts' for themes of one's choice.
Courtesy: Frederick Noronha
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Panel on global waste flows

Toxics Link and International Institute of Industrial and Environmental Economics, Sweden conducted a panel discussion on 'Materials, Products and Waste Global flows and local environments

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