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    of the forest policy adopted recently by the forest department Image credits Super stock The ICT tools will prevent land encroachment and will help in overall management of natural resources Jammu and Kashmir has prepared the blueprint for taking up Information and Communication Technology ICT initiatives for saving the dwindling forest wealth of the state The project has been prepared in line with the m Governance Mantra for Forest Management of Madhya Pradesh by which the central Indian state is successfully managing its forest wealth with the help of ICT Some of the features of the new ICT initiative will be Forest Protection Management System FPMS which would monitor protection status of forests and wild life Forest Offence Management System FOMS which registers forest offences electronically Fire Alert Messaging System FAMS which uses processed remote sensing data of active fire locations obtained from MODIS satellite and sends alerts to concerned field staff Protection Information Management System FIMS and Protected Area Network Management System PANMS According to sources the J K Forest Department has finalised the blue print of the project and work on it would start soon The ICT initiative is expected to accelerate the pace of implementation of the

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    bring greater financial returns in the longer term China Mobile the country s largest telecommunications operator has invested heavily in rural areas The company claims that more than half of its new users since 2007 are in rural areas even though the per capita income in these regions is only a third of that in cities The development of rural areas that results from being better connected and better informed also brings long lasting financial returns In the rural Ningxia Autonomous Region for example telecom operators and ICT companies have joined forces with the China Association for Science and Technology CAST in setting up a centre to provide online information text messaging services and ICT training to poor rural farmers So far the project has trained about 170 000 farmers to use the Internet And since mid 2007 farmers in the region s Pingluo County have used the centre to sell produce worth an estimated 230 million yuan US 34 million By providing economically valuable and relevant information on agricultural technologies and markets the operators have secured growth in the use of their services and created sustainable returns Government support But we cannot rely on economic factors alone to fulfill developmental objectives In China a strong government and its firm commitment towards promoting social development are also crucial Many Chinese telecom corporations are owned by the state and ICT companies are strongly influenced by government attitudes This puts the government in a strong position to establish ICT projects that provide social services and promote social development It has already achieved much in this arena The government s Village to Village project launched in the early 1990s has extended television telephone both landline and mobile and Internet connections to rural areas By 2010 more than 716 000 villages will have access to satellite TV signals The project is not particularly profitable for example the network in Inner Mongolia is worth less in financial terms than the network in Beijing despite being hundreds of times bigger But the government s influence means that companies have been keen to get involved Local solutions Of course there are disadvantages to such a centralised system too The most notable drawback is that there is little incentive to link to local communities This can lead to the provision of training or technical support where it is not needed or the introduction of farming technologies that are inappropriate to local conditions But there are clear signs that the situation is improving The Safety and Mutual Help Network for example is an emergency service for rural areas that represents a new form of partnership between industry and local communities The network was established when rural communities in Shandong Province asked for a security service because many young people were leaving to work in cities and the old and weak left behind became vulnerable to attack robbery and accident The telecom company China Unicom responded by connecting every telephone line to the public loudspeaker in the village broadcasting station

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    s most densely populated countries is highly vulnerable to natural disasters including cyclones storm surges droughts floods and earthquakes which often affect millions of people In a bid to minimise loss of life and damage to property Bangladeshi authorities have signed an agreement with two mobile operators in the country to provide disaster early warning alerts to subscribers Grameenphone and state owned Teletalk will send instant messages to their subscribers in two of the most vulnerable areas flood prone north central Shirajganj district and cyclone prone Cox s Bazar district on the coast This new initiative will mean that people will get an alert on their phones warning them that they are likely to face flooding or a cyclone said Syed Ashraf communications specialist for the country s Disaster Management Bureau So they will then be able to take action like evacuate their homes and seek shelter in assigned places User friendly Bangladesh with a population of around 162 million has more than 46 million mobile phone subscribers Messages would flash automatically on the screen of mobile phone sets instead of going to message boxes Ashraf said the messages would not be the usual SMS format but would flash automatically on the screen of mobile phone sets instead of going to message boxes This way people would not have to even push a button on their handsets making it very user friendly he added Bangladesh is one of the riskiest countries in the world for natural disasters according to a UN list published last week Each year the low lying country faces numerous challenges from regular flooding to severe tropical storms and cyclones causing loss of life as well as devastation to livelihoods agricultural output and infrastructure Early warning mechanism Cyclone Aila which struck the coastal belt last month killed

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    society by 2015 a commitment that governments made at World Summit on the Information Society WSIS held in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis in 2005 The report recommended that half the world population should have access to broadband by 2015 It also called for building an ICT literate society globally and developing online content and applications The number of internet users has more than doubled since 2003 when the World Summit on the Information Society first met and today more than 25 percent of the world s population is using the internet Director of ITU s telecommunication development bureau Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid said More efforts are needed to increase the number of internet users While today 75 per cent of all households have a TV only 25 per cent have internet access In the developing countries home internet penetration is as low as 12 per cent the director said Where home access to the internet is low it is particularly important for countries to invest in public internet access Many governments across the world are actively promoting public access and some are turning libraries museums and post offices into internet cafés Noting that many health care institutions and schools in developing countries were deprived of high speed internet access the report called upon policy makers to commit resources to connecting educational institutions to ICTs and to adapt the curriculum The development of online content and applications in local languages should be promoted for example through the digitization of books and documents to create an e culture the report said The report pointed to the lack of local content in local languages on the internet The web is still largely dominated by English even though only around 15 per cent of the world s population understands it On

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    access to knowledge and treatment on the dreaded disease The document brings out the significance of mobile phones in tracking and prevention of the virus Using mobile phones to fight HIV AIDS Publisher IRIN PlusNews 2008 Using mobile phone technology millions of people could be reached with HIV prevention messages Image credits Google Cell phone technology in Africa As Uganda s HIV prevalence is rising again policy makers are on the look for innovative ways of educating people about the virus The document reports on a pilot project in western Uganda aimed at communicating knowledge about the disease and encouraging mobile phone subscribers to volunteer for HIV testing Text to Change TTC an NGO that uses a bulk short message service SMS platform for HIV and AIDS education partnered with the AIDS Information Centre in Uganda AIC and Celtel a local mobile phone network TTC chose a list of 15 000 Celtel subscribers in Mbarara district in southwestern Uganda and sent them an introductory SMS asking if they would like to participate in a free interactive quiz about HIV with the incentive of handsets and airtime as rewards for correct answers In this project a question was sent each week if the recipient answered correctly a confirmation SMS was sent and if he or she answered incorrectly a rectifying message was sent Questions included What is the difference between HIV and AIDS How is HIV transmitted Have you ever tested for HIV Of the about 15 000 subscribers contacted the authors report that 2 500 of these responded to each question At the end of the trial period of questions and answers participants were encouraged to go for HIV testing Over the pilot s six week duration the authors report that requests for HIV testing at the AIC Mbarara facility

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    and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Kenya ICT Board to host technology summit in October 11 September 2012 Kenya ICT Board and Kenya IT and Outsourcing Services KITOS have jointly partnered with technology event organizer AITEC Africa to be the host partners for the East Africa ICT Summit The summit slated to be the largest annual ICT conference and exhibition in the region is scheduled for Nairobi on October 24 25 With the theme Smart Cities Smart Communities Smart Enterprises the 2012 edition of the East Africa ICT Summit will include a major focus on smart city management IBM will be the Smart Solutions Partner for the Summit given it has taken a lead in technology and systems in this area across the world KITOS chairman Tej Bedi said the summit theme for this year resonated well with the needs of governments and private sectors in the region From Rwanda to Kenya the private sector is becoming more technology savvy and it is saying We want smarter government services he said There is a raging demand for systems to manage public transport energy security water and

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    use of ICTs analyses the potential of mobile Related topics regions Mobiles 3G based crime buster solution for NIA A Technopark based mobile value added services provider will now assist the National Investigation Agency NIA to track down crimes across distances in India Related topics regions India Malaysia to invest 9 8 billion in ICT by 2020 Malaysian government s Digital Malaysia initiative aims to boost ICT s contribution to the country s gross national income with projects such as e payment Related topics regions Governance New technologies allow better planning for natural disasters ICT tools are playing a major role in averting natural disasters and managing its impact across the world Related topics regions Technology Power Check Protecting the digital commons This think piece by Kelly O Neill independent researcher and co founder of Wired Woman Toronto reflects on the evolution of ICT as a tool to monitor report Related topics regions ICTs ICT tools help the differently abled in Zambia The pupils of a special needs primary school in Kitwe Zambia will receive tablets and smart boards to help them channel their creativity and stimulate them to Related topics regions ICTs Smart waterpumps for rural Africa Researchers hope to harness mobile phone technology to improve water supplies in rural parts of Africa Related topics regions Mobiles E learning programme to give students competitive edge in South Africa Dimension Data s nationwide E Learning Centre initiative in South Africa continues to give students access to premium technology applications to support the Related topics regions ICTs Indian villages to recieve 26 new e Governance services Every village in north western state of Uttar Pradesh will now be able to receive 26 services through e governance This move will make all official services Related topics regions E Governance SMS for Life Tanzania s solution to healthcare SMS for Life an initiative of Novartis IBM Vodafone the Roll Back Media Partnership and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania uses SMS and Related topics regions Mobiles E bookstore launched by Thai Univ Chulalongkorn University Thailand has launched an electronic bookstore which will be a gateway for students writers and professors The e bookstore Related topics regions ICTs Thailand revamps intra governmental e transaction system The Comptroller General s Department CGD in Thailand has recently implemented a new government electronic transaction system to provide better and faster Related topics regions E Governance E vouchers to bridge gap between farmers and retailers E vouchers an innovative market based approach is providing farmers with agricultural inputs in Zimbabwe Related topics regions Agriculture Digital inclusion sought for inter American connectivity through broadband roll out The Connect Americas Summit called for a surge in the roll out of broadband connectivity in the Americas region and digital inclusion to enable universal Related topics regions Mobiles Bridging the ICT skills gap The UK ICT skills gap is a real issue and not one that will be addressed by the established academic channels alone says BG Srinivas Head

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    owners will encourage diabetic children to test their blood sugar levels regularly and win Related topics regions Innovations Mobile tools boosting development activities Android an open source platform for mobile devices and other toolkits are being widely used by organisations to collect data on the field The toolkits allow Related topics regions Innovations Mobile games promoting literacy in rural India Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies MILLEE project led by a UC Berkley team uses mobile phone based games for teaching English Related topics regions ICTs Improving learning in the digital world An integrated use of technology enables a range of positive outcomes for children and young people Becta s latest publication b i The impact of digital Related topics regions ICTs UN award winners for using ICTs in education Moscow s Institute of Open Education and Jordan s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology have been chosen for the 2009 King Hamad Bin Isa Related topics regions ICTs Indian women benefiting from mobile revolution According to a new study by Stanford University mobile phones are contributing towards women s autonomy and providing them access to social services Related topics regions India Doctor on Call on your mobile phone now A first of its kind doctor on call service brings instant medical assistance to patients through the phone Related topics regions Health How SMS can be SOS for endangered languages Many language advocates are pushing to make more written languages available on cellphones to save endangered languages Related topics regions Access to knowledge How green are my gadgets Companies are making their products greener in line with the expectations of their market This year s Consumer Electronics Show witnessed many companies Related topics regions Innovations All you want to know about IPTV Internet Protocol Television IPTV referring to TV delivered through broadband services is hotting up in India Read about how this new technology is set to Related topics regions Innovations Single Universal Identification for all Indians by Early 2010 Indians are set to benefit from a unique identity UID number that will be assigned to them as a permanent identifier through life obviating the need for Related topics regions E Governance Online platform for climate adaptation A global initiative by the International Institute for Environment Development will bring together donor agencies NGOs and research institutes from over 50 Related topics regions ICTs Using WiFi Nepal village goes online Once without a telephone line and in the grip of insurgency a remote village in western Nepal stands transformed A local visionary s efforts with a home WiFi Related topics regions Innovations Preserving dying languages for posterity Two US based linguists toured from Siberia to India and Bolivia to Arizona to audio record dying dialects using language technology kits Nearly 40 of the Related topics regions ICTs Unveiling the Sixth Sense This demo from the MIT Media lab USA was the buzz of the TED community It s a wearable device with a projector that paves the way

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