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Kerala (India) Govt. releases draft ICT policy

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In India, Kerala State Government has released the State draft ICT policy to promote the free software and offering special incentives to companies developing Free and Open Source Software.


The Government is planning to establish an International Centre for Free Software and Computing for Development, ITES Training Centre in Kochi, Kerala, India. Under this policy, the government will expand the Internet in all educational institutes and villages by 2010. The government is planning to set up around 3,000 broadband-enabled information hubs called Akshaya e-Centres. The government is also expanding the Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and Infopark in Kochi, India. The policy is mainly focused on e-Governance, free software and development of appropriate technologies. The State will network with national and international organisations and industry for research and development in ICT and knowledge sharing. The policy has given stress to use the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in e-Governance projects. Open standards like Unicode and Open Document Format and Open Architectures will be followed in e-Governance projects to avoid total dependence on select vendors. The State Government will try to make maximum use of ICT in governance. The Government will make use of all the media tools and emerging technologies to ensure proper communication between the Government and the citizen. The Government will also promote the use of Web sites, e-mails and other news communication facilities in various Government and semi-Government organizations. 

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