September 2007

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Meraki's Guerilla Wi-Fi to put a billion more people online

Like some kind of techno-utopian Johnny Appleseed, a start-up called Meraki wants to cover the earth with ad hoc Wi-Fi networks. Meraki Networks, Inc., is a three-year-old company headed by Sanjit Biswas, a polite and bespectacled Massachusetts Institute of Technology student-cum-CEO on permanent hiatus from the pursuit of a doctoral degree in computer science. Biswas says his goal, and that of Meraki, is to 'connect the next billion people.'
Source: http://www.sciam.com

Awarded Magsaysay for connecting remote village to Internet highway

A Nepali from the remote Myagdi district, Mahabir Pun, has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay 2007 for his outstanding contribution to community leadership. He won Asia's premier prize for his innovative application of wireless computer technology in Nepal, bringing progress to the remote mountain, connecting Nangi village to the global village.
Source: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com

Microsoft India selects five entrepreneurs for 'rural innovation' funding

Microsoft India and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has chosen five organisations to be funded under the Rural Innovation Fund, a collaborative effort between Microsoft and IRDC. The successful five are: Aravind Eye Hospital, Theni, Tamil Nadu, Janastu, Bangalore, Society for Participatory Research and Integrated Training, Tamil Nadu, Vritti Solutions Limited, Mumbai and Aruntec. The were chosen from among 700 applicants with solutions focusing on enhancing livelihood and agriculture practice, education and literacy, rural health and telemedicine, e-Commerce, local content management applications and village level administration tools; and disaster preparedness and management.
Source: http://www.domainb.com

War of formats: India shows thumbs-down to Microsoft

India gave Microsoft a thumbs-down in the war of standards for office documents. In a tense meeting at Delhi's Manak Bhawan, the 21-member technical committee decided that India will vote a 'no' against Microsoft's Open Office Extensible Mark Up Language (OOXML) standard at the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in Geneva on 2 September 2007.
Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

IBM helps NIIT to establish Linux competency centre

IBM announced the opening of a Linux Competency Centre which it has donated to NUST Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) http://www.niit.edu.pk, Rawalpindi. This Linux Competency Centre will help customers, students, developers and business partners in Pakistan to experience and test Linux hands-on and to explore the benefits of open standards-based computing. The Teach the Teachers programme will span several Universities and teachers will be trained at NIIT. In addition IBM is extending its scholars programme to offer free software, course material and access to IBM portals to major Universities in Pakistan.
Source: http://www.ibm.com

National ID project of Bangladesh driving through wrong way

Is it a voter list with pictures project or national identity cards (NID) project? The confusion was started from the beginning. The election commission of Bangladesh claims it as a voter list with pictures project although Bangladesh army claims it as a national identity cards project. Government has taken the project of preparing NID for about 100 million people according to the claims of Army. Leading weekly news magazine of Bangladesh 'Shaptahik 2000' published a cover story on the current National ID Card process.
Source: http://www.shaptahik2000.info

Intel Foundation's fillip to women's education

The Intel Foundation has announced a donation of $60,000 (INR.25 lakh) towards women's education and empowerment. The sum, being granted to mark the 60th year of independence, will fund a project which Intel will execute in partnership with the Digital Empowerment Foundation, a New Delhi-based non-governmental organisation, which is working towards bridging the 'digital divide' in India. The fund will be used over two years and, depending on future needs, Intel may provide more. The centres will focus on developing skills and learning abilities among women and children by training them in English language, computer literacy and subject-based learning with digital tools.
Source: http://www.hindu.com

Grameen-Intel Partnership for World Ahead programme

Dr. Craig R. Barrett, the chairman of Intel, will visit Bangladesh on September 04, 2007. The purpose of his visit is to introduce Intel World Ahead programme in Bangladesh. Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chairman of Grameen Solutions, will sign an agreement with Intel Chairman to introduce Grameen-Intel Partnership for World Ahead programme. Besides this, Intel Chairman will attend several meetings with Bangladesh government, community, academia and industry.
Source: http://voiceofsouth.org

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