October 2007

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Pitroda calls for 1,000 community radio stations, India

Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, Sam Pitroda, has called for at least 1,000 community radio stations to be set up in India in a year's time. In a video message to participants at a media workshop in Auroville, Pitroda also called for greater awareness of radio's usefulness. Expressing concern over the ban on news and current events under India's radio policy, Pitroda said he believed that 'the community radio can fulfil its objectives to facilitate exchange and bring out more information on events of local importance'.
Source: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/bytesforall_readers/message/11041

Myanmar cuts public Internet access

Myanmar's generals appeared to have cut public Internet access on Friday to prevent more videos, photographs, and information about their crackdown on the biggest protests against military rule in nearly 20 years, getting out. Internet cafes were closed and the help desk at the main Internet service provider did not answer its telephones to explain why there was no access. Citizen reporters have been at the forefront in informing the world of the protests against 45 years of military rule and declining living standards in the former Burma.
Source: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Crackdown-on-Myanmar-cuts-public-Internet-access/222137/

Buy a laptop for a child, get another laptop free

One laptop per child, an ambitious project to bring computing to the developing world's children, has developed considerable momentum. Years of work by engineers and scientists have paid off in a pioneering low-cost machine that is light, rugged and surprisingly versatile. Mr. Negroponte, the founding director of the M.I.T. Media Laboratory,is reaching out to the public to try to give the laptop campaign a boost. The marketing programme, to be announced today, is called 'Give 1 Get 1,' in which Americans and Canadians can buy two laptops for $399. One of the machines will be given to a child in a developing nation, and the other one will be shipped to the purchaser by Christmas.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/24/business/worldbusiness/24laptop.html

The US Justice Department has said that ISPs should be allowed to charge for priority traffic.

The agency said it was opposed to 'network neutrality', to see net is treated equally. The comments put the agency at odds with companies such as Microsoft and Google, who have called for legislation to guarantee equal access to the net. The agency submitted its comments to the Federal Communications Commission, which is investigating net access. Several US Internet service providers (ISPs), have said that they want to charge some users more money for certain content.
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/technology/6983375.stm

Announcements

3rd International Youth Media Summit

Organised by Media Education Centre, the 3rd International Youth Media Summit will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, from 20th to 27th August 2008. This programme is exclusively designed to provide Skills and Professional Development as well as familiarising the young participants with codes and standards of Media.
Source: http://tech.groups.yahoo.cogroup/bytesforall_readers/message/10998

Workshop on migration, globalsation, security and development

The South Asia Migration Resource Network is organising its Second Residential Training Workshop on Migration, Globalsation, Security and Development in Godavari Village Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal, from 09th March to 16th March, 2008.For more information see link: 
Source: http://www.samren.org/workshop2008/index.htm

Call for application : Human Rights Advocates Programme(HRAP) at Columbia University

Application for the 2008 session of the annual Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University is now available. HRAP is designed to prepare proven human rights leaders from the Global South and marginalised communities in the U.S. to participate in national and international policy debates on globalisation by building their skills, knowledge, and contacts. It features a four-month residency at Columbia University in NewYork City with a structured curriculum of advocacy, networking, skills-building, and academic coursework.
Source: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/bytesforall_readers/message/10993

Asia Foundation Launches Mobile Library Initiative in Sri Lanka

The San Francisco-based Asia Foundation, with support from the AIG Disaster Relief Fund and Give2Asia, has announced a new mobile library initiative designed to serve an estimated eighty thousand families and children living in southern and eastern Sri Lanka. The foundation has retrofitted buses as mobile libraries stocked with books selected by local authorities and available in Sinhala, Tamil, and English, as well as a laptop computer, multimedia projector, and educational DVDs.
Source: http://www.asiafoundation.org/Locations/srilanka_mobilelibraries.html

Call for Participation, NGOmobile : a text message-based competition

NGO mobile is a text message-based competition aimed exclusively and unashamedly at grassroots non-profit organisations working for positive social and environmental change throughout the developing world. NGOs from developing countries are invited to submit a short proposal outlining how text messaging could make their job easier.
Source: http://www.ngomobile.org/?id=1

The Journal of Community Informatics

The Journal of Community Informatics has just published its latest issue.
Source: http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej.

ISOC Fellowship for developing country professionals

The Internet Society has announced that it is seeking applications for the next round of the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF programme. The programme offers engineers from developing countries fellowships that fund the cost of attending an IETF meeting. The Internet Society is currently accepting fellowship applications for the next two IETF meetings. IETF 70 is being held in Vancouver, Canada on December 2-7 2007, and IETF 71 being held in Philadelphia, USA on March 9-14, 2008
Source: http://www.isoc.org/educpillar/fellowship

2nd i4d Film Festival, 9-10 December 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS) in partnership with Global Knowledge Partneship  (GKP) is organising the 2nd i4d Film Festival, between 9th and 10th December 2007, at Crowne Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for the film festival is 'New Media for Development'. The event is slotted under the Associated Events at the GK3 calendar.
Source:
http://www.gkpeventsonthefuture.org/GK3/dsp_page.cfm?pageid=682

Projects/Resources

The InkMedia mobile computer

The InkMedia mobile computer (Ink MC) by Ink-Media Inc. (www.ink-media.com) Canada, is a low cost mobile computer running on Linux/FOSS, and costing under US$300, manufactured for the developing and developed world to reduce the digital divide. InkMedia have a different technology and approach to market than the other low cost computer initiatives.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InkMedia

Doko or Backpack Radio Station in Nepal

“Imagine a doko-basket carrying a 30-watt FM radio transmitter, a generator to support its power supply, a laptop, few good microphones and a sound mixer. Welcome aboard a journey to Nepal's far-flung remote FM-Shadow regions as the Doko Crew trek and transmit with local people's voice – locally. This is Doko Radio – Nepali Mobile Radio Unit Backpack Style.” The mobile Doko Radio unit treks and stations for a week in each location. So far it has completed five locations in the mountains of Nepal.
Source: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/bytesforall_readers/message/11030

3G network in a rural village in India

On a desolate, 300-square kilometre stretch of land bordering the coastline near Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu, a revolution is brewing. This is the site of Gramjyoti Rural Broadband Project, a 3G pilot community program. The promoters of India's first 3G network did not wait for new spectrum allocations to emerge from the discussions of the department of telecom and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Source: http://www.rediff.com///money/2007/sep/26spec.htm

CLP, An innovative approach for spreading IT to rural Bangladesh

CLP's first step was to establish Computer Learning Centres (CLCs) in educational institutions in rural Bangladesh. In selecting the sites for CLCs, consideration was given to geographical location, availability of electricity, eagerness of the school management and its willingness to help. Every CLC has a computer lab for hands-on training, and is provided with a minimum of four computers, one printer, and other accessories. An introductory curriculum was developed in consultation with computer scientists, based on which a student's manual, 'Esho Computer Shikhi' (Let Us Learn Computers), has been published.
Source: http://voiceofsouth.org/2007/09/17/clp/

UNDP-APDIP and APCICT Release ePrimer on ICT for Disaster Management

This e-Primer introduces policy makers and development practitioners to the application of different ICTs for disaster management, with case studies from the Asia-Pacific region. A key conclusion is that the effectiveness of ICTs in reducing disaster risks depends on how these ICTs are used. A multiplicity of communication channels and technologies exist, and each can be suitable in a particular situation. The challenge is to identify suitable combinations of technologies.
Source: http://www.apdip.net/news/ict4dm

APDIP e-Note 19 

Telecentre Technology: The aplication of free and open source software, the affordability of FOSS and its openness to modification and localization is contributing to the sustainbility of telecentres, and more broadly, to empowered communities and poverty reduction. APDIP e-Note explores the benefits of using FOSS applications in telecentres with case studies from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: http://www.apdip.net/news/apdipenote19

NGO Post: People's platform for sharing and discussing social welfare ideas and initiatives.NGO Post is more than the traditional news website or mailing list. More than about news, it is about ideas that facilitate action.
Source: http://ngopost.org

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