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    on a digital ride 24 09 2009 Undersea fibre optic network Seacom will not only link Africa to the global knowledge economy but also foster infrastructure growth says Calestous Juma co founder of Victoria Institute of Science and Technology Kenya He however adds that liberalising markets for internet access devices is critical to reap benefits more Image Credits Image credits BBC First undersea fibre optic cable Seacom reached the east African coast Related topics Connectivity Science and Technology Africa Economy Community radio stations crucial in times of crises 22 09 2009 Media s role during crisis is not just about getting the message across but also strengthening accountability linkages between government and citizenry says Ashish Sen Trustee Voices a development communications NGO Indian government needs to encourage community media for disaster preparedness and mitigation he adds more Image Credits Image credits i4d Ashish Sen Related topics Information Access to knowledge Community Radio India Disaster Management Integrate e governance in education sector 16 09 2009 Implementing e governance in educational systems will enable effective monitoring of academic standards says N N Sachitanand a technology writer He cites the example of M Star education expert system which has overhauled the infrastructure in schools and colleges across India making the learning system more accountable more Image Credits Image credits ADB Indian officials learning best practices on e governance Related topics Education India E Governance NComputing solution for rural India 10 09 2009 NComputing technology has the potential to provide affordable computing to millions of people worldwide including India says Manish Sharma Vice president Asia Pacific NComputing The single desktop solution has already been adopted by 5 000 schools in a southern Indian state he informs more Image Credits Image credits Digital Learning Manish Sharma Related topics Education India Access to knowledge ICTs Visioning

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    more Related topics ICTs Internet Governance Internet The believer in open spaces 30 07 2009 Michel Bauwens founder of the Peer to Peer Foundation talks about the Free Software and Wikipedia movements as pointers to a genuine change in the way we think create and distribute goods more Image Credits Michel Bauwens Photo credit InfoChange India Related topics Open source Innovations Second Life bubble burst 20 07 2009 Jianggan Li Assistant Editor of FutureGov blogs on why Second Life failed as a citizen outreach tool in Asia more Image Credits Jianggan Li Photo credit FutureGov Related topics New Media Internet A media success story Radio Salus in Rwanda 13 07 2009 Nduhura Dominique Director of NUR School of Journalism and Communication explains how Radio Salus of the National University of Rwanda has contributed to media capacity building and enhanced and diversified radio programming in the whole country more Image Credits UNESCO Léonidas Ndayisaba first blind radio journalist in Rwanda Related topics Community Radio Education Disability Capacity building Now is the time to opt for change 10 07 2009 Jane Thomson MD Softworx highlights the importance of flexible software applications that are built to change to evolve along with the dynamic businesses they serve more Image Credits IT News Africa Jane Thomson Related topics Software Economy Technology for all 23 06 2009 In an interview with e Gov magazine Microsoft India s Rajan Anandan speaks about the company s focus on promoting innovations and special programs for digital inclusion in India more Image Credits eGov Rajan Anandan Related topics ICTs E Governance Cybercafé in a container rural Kenya s mobile internet stations 12 06 2009 APCNews talks to Noah Lusaka programme manager at Arid Lands Information Network ALIN to find out more about Cybercafes in a container that is changing the

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    want to wait for donors to come with money or superpowers to tell us what we have to do We want to change the world we see around us our local environment and solve our own problems In the spring of 2011 Lindunda co founded BongoHive When I finished my studies in South Africa he says one of the challenges when I came back to Zambia was that there was nowhere I could get together with other people interested in technology There was no place where we could meet to brainstorm ideas or share experiences no open space with internet access or where we could work together Lindunda found a job as an ICT advisor with the Belgian development organisation Flemish Association for Development Co Operation and Technical Assistance VVOB in Zambia which focuses on educational programmes in the country Together with his colleague Bart Cornille Lindunda was looking for ways to develop sustainable locally driven solutions to some of the challenges they encountered in their work They had heard about the hubs in Kenya and South Africa and realised that a similar initiative could be useful in Zambia We managed to convince VVOB that it was a good idea too says Lindunda and we negotiated the use of a room at the Ministry of Education which we used to start BongoHive Part of the deal was that some of the ideas that would be developed from the hub would be applied for use in VVOB s educational programmes Hands on While the hub does not focus exclusively on developing applications for education Lindunda is convinced that it is an area worthy of new developers attention From my experience students do not learn the necessary practical skills in universities That s the nature of most universities but in Zambia it s even worse because the university here does not have access to a stable internet connection or enough computers even for the people who are studying computer science Broadband internet is readily available in Lusaka and one of the biggest ISPs there was recently bought over by the multinational telecommunications company Vodafone which is now rolling out a 4G fourth generation WiMax network that will deliver high speed internet to subscribers in Lusaka The cost of a connection is still too expensive for consumers small businesses NGOs and many educational institutions And prices are likely to remain high for the next few years as the ISPs recoup the costs of their investment in the new infrastructure The number of Zambians using the internet is rising with many accessing slower connections on their cell phones But these are early days and there is still a long way to go before people learn how to make the best use of it and to develop applications to suit their specific needs The lack of facilities and advanced level training in technology subjects presents a significant challenge for BongoHive and for other tech hubs in ACP countries It s not enough to offer people

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    Irish teen highlighted on Girls in ICT Day 01 05 2012 Cork teenager Joanne O Riordan who has no limbs inspired global leaders at the United Nations conference for Girls in ICT Day held on 26th April on how technology has changed her life more Image Credits ITUpictures No Limbs No Limits Cork teen Joanne O Riordan tells UN how technology improved her life Related topics Youth ICTs Capacity building UNDP s Himalayan Meltdown wins top prize at International Film Festival 26 04 2012 Revealed The Himalayan Meltdown a one hour film by the United Nations Development Programme on glacial ice melt in the Himalayas and its repercussions in South Asia has won the Platinum Award at the 45th Annual Worldfest International Film Festival Houston the US more Image Credits UNDP Revealed The Himalayan Meltdown serves a warning that shrinking glaciers can disrupt billions in Asia Related topics Environment Media Awards Making Money Mobile in Haiti 30 03 2012 An initiative of the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID to support mobile based financial services in Haiti highlights the potential of low cost cellular technology to serve the poor more Related topics Security Innovations Mobiles Economy Mobile apps boost Trinidad and Tobago fish market 21 03 2012 The mFisheries suite of mobile applications developed by the University of the West Indies is improving life for fisher people in Trinidad and Tobago enhancing their safety at sea and ensuring better market linkages and prices for fish more Image Credits ICT Update Mobile apps boost Trinidad and Tobago fish market Related topics Livelihoods Mobiles Economy We re sorry you re not allowed to read this 23 01 2012 Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidu decries the proposed US anti piracy laws SOPA Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA Protect IP Act to censor the

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    daily wages to make the two ends meet and no assets to lean on the struggle to run around offices and court for follow up is a luxury that they cannot afford Andhra Pradesh has nearly 200 laws and acts dealing with land many of them unknown to the people and even to the revenue officials who deal with land administration Bridging the gap The programme responded to an average of about a dozen callers per episode and each episode is divided into four sections In the first section a generic land issue is discussed with the experts providing detailed information on the subject These are accompanied with visuals graphics and video clippings This five minute long package is researched by Landesa India and produced by HMTV and usually highlights a real person s problem pertaining to land The problems could be loss of their ownership documents or incorrect or incomplete documents land related conflicts or as is often the case the problem could be that the ownership claims have not been recorded in the revenue records The land experts on the show explain how the situation can be resolved and provide information on relevant laws rules and regulations In the second segment viewers are encouraged to call in with their queries Two telephone numbers are repeatedly shown on the television screen throughout the show on which calls are received at the television station From August 2011 three new sections were added to the programme These are to explain revenue terminologies and records to showcase solutions and best practices The programme has dealt with queries raised by nearly 280 people who called from across the state from various districts Most of them had problems related with land for which they were seeking solutions Many of them are poor and illiterate people who cannot afford an attorney don t have the skills or knowledge to navigate the bureaucracy or understand how they could address their problem Though meant for rural audiences it has a sizeable following in the urban centres too Impact We get very useful information from this programme This kind of information on land issues is not available anywhere else and it is free of cost said P Prasad who was one of callers on the show The primary impact of the program has been of providing information and through callers of clearing doubts Making people aware of their land rights in their language and in a style that is accessible was the unique selling point of Bhoomi Kosam Training on legal issues related to land has never been part of revenue administration s affair in Andhra Pradesh especially from the perspective of landless and vulnerable communities Bhoomi Kosam also played an important role in bridging the knowledge gap and was very useful for the revenue officials The state government had launched a programme in 2003 to train and work with a cadre of paralegals at the grassroots One of their key tasks has been to identify land related

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    computer labs in government schools However there is a move towards delivering education through the use of tablets and some talk of Cloud computing 2012 s Union Budget boosted allocation for the education sector by 21 7 year on year Manish Bahl Director India and Research Operations and Senior Analyst serving Vendor Strategy Professionals Forrester Inc commented on his blog The proposals to set up 6 000 schools through public private partnerships and implement a service tax exemption for school education infrastructure will generate substantial opportunities around PCs desktops laptops and tablets classroom technologies like interactive engagement and back office technologies like CRM ERP BI and Smart Campus Low cost tablets will be in much greater demand when backed by government initiatives Clearly a shift is on the horizon for education and IT is the catalyst here Use of ICT in government schools colleges The education sector has witnessed a lot of progressive changes in recent times The most prominent has been the shift to instructor led delivery aided by technology enabled solutions Technology has become an integral part of the classroom and an increasing number of teachers are using technology led tools as teaching aids to enhance the delivery

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    to see for themselves if they had the answer to Dalila s question The team had worked on it for the previous six months They had talked with the authorities in Tanzania They had discussed the health questions with professionals and malaria specialists They had looked into the supply problems with Novartis Central Medical Stores and multiple NGO s They had researched the technical issues with Vodafone IBM and Google Their work had shown that the problem was not political or bureaucratic or even financial It was essentially logistical We knew from our research that the barriers were in the supply chain and the solution was technological said Jim Barrington the Program Director for SMS for Life on special assignment from Novartis We have the medicines We can get them to Tanzania But they aren t getting through to the people who need them in time and in sufficient quantity What we wanted to see on this trip was if the solutions we designed back in our organisations could work on the ground The idea was elegant and simple to harness text messaging over mobile phones with Google maps to manage stocks of anti malarial drugs and diagnostic tests in public health facilities Vodafone had designed a system that would automatically send a weekly text message to health posts requesting reports on stock levels Google maps could then be used to provide an overview of stock status and needs With this information medicines could be supplied when and where they are needed Accompanied by Winfred Mwafongo Senior Health Officer from the Ministry of Health the team travelled more than 2900 kms on the three week visit Their trip took them into remote rural areas mainly on dirt roads that were at times almost impassable They visited hospitals health posts and

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    has blossomed into a program with more than 500 000 users and huge effects on the lives of Indian farmers How can technology help the places I grew up in That s Deepa Bachu describing her personal mission Bachu was born in Bangalore India but spent a decade at Intuit s Mountain View headquarters developing flagship products like Quicken She returned home several years ago for family reasons and after becoming the director of emerging market innovation at Intuit set out to build products for many of the neighbors she grew up with It s so motivating she says It s just so awesome If Quicken is the product she felt most passionately about stateside then Fasal which she developed in India has certainly become the pride of her hometown Fasal is a free SMS based product that connects rural farmers with buyers and provides them with real time price information Roughly 70 of India s economy is tied to agriculture but it s a market fraught with obstacles The problem is that farmers didn t know how to get the best price for their produce nor what markets to go to and when Bachu explains Nine times out of

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