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    National Digital Literacy Mission said Sandeep Aurora Director Marketing Intel South Asia Related topics regions Microsoft Empowering India digitally Sandeep Aurora Director of Marketing Intel South Asia in a short talk with Ashok Kumar of OneWorld South Asia tells about the global IT firm s initiatives Related topics regions Microsoft Workshop to bring IDS knowledge to Indian NGOs OneWorld Foundation and the Institute of Development Studies IDS came together to hold a two day workshop to facilitate knowledge sharing between NGOs and Related topics regions Digital AIR News can be retransmitted on community radio The Indian Government is also in the process of creating a single window clearance system for making the process friendlier for setting up a community radio Related topics regions South Asia With CR good governance is upheld Lucio Tabing CR practitioner Foreign experts at the community radio meet say that the people s media helps in fostering community development which is inclusive as people get an Related topics regions South Asia Self regulation lends credibility to community radio expert The community radio movement will have to find out ways and means which will ensure its credibility as well as acceptability among the community it seeks to Related topics regions Community Radio News is a very tricky business says Indian Minister Community radio has the power to influence the mainstream discourse on various issues even at the national level said Manish Tewari India s Information and Related topics regions South Asia National Community Radio Awards 2013 conferred India s minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tiwari conferred awards on thirteen community radio stations at the final day of the 3rd National Related topics regions Community Radio CRS to use IDS knowledge platforms for radio content Operators of various community radio stations in India said that collating relevant content for their programmes is a challenge they face every day Related topics regions South Asia Google India to help 50 mn women get online in one year Google India will create awareness about the benefits of Internet for women and empower them through digital literacy initiative Related topics regions Internet Lotus Greens launches online carbon calculator Lotus Greens claims to become Asia s first real estate developer to launch its own Green Application to help companies measure carbon footprint Related topics regions Digital UIDAI to issue first ID set next February The Unique Identification Authority of India is set to issue the first set of identity numbers in February 2011 The pilot project to begin by August this year Related topics regions Security Now an app to help children build vocabulary The app recognizes 1 500 words and verbally recognizes 500 of those by name and is available in India on both iOS and Android Related topics regions Digital E governance will bring more transparency V Narayanasamy V Narayanasamy India s Minister of State for Personnel Public Grievances Pensions and Prime Minister s Office in an interview with OneWorld South Asia Related topics regions South Asia Has digitisation made

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    the data center population in the country has led to a demand for a highly efficient network infrastructure Among the various segments the BFSI and IT ITeS segments in particular have been steadily looking at upgrading their network infrastructure With ATM centers across multiple locations in the country and the availability of online banking facilities the BFSI segment is required to have a robust and fast network infrastructure in place The growth of the IT industry in the country has led to an increase in the data center population This in turn has created a demand for faster networks Organisations are increasingly virtualising their infrastructure to save on costs related to capital investments and resources Organisations would eventually need to look at moving virtualised infrastructure across physical locations As a result of the economic slowdown organisations are increasingly adopting Unified Communications technologies such as web conferencing video conferencing and audio conferencing to improve communications and reduce associated costs All this activity has led to a growing demand for a robust network infrastructure While most organisations have managed to set up LANs that meet their IT connectivity requirements WAN connectivity remains an issue In smaller towns and villages the availability of bandwidth is still a problem Due to other challenges such as consistency latency and downtime quality bandwidth is still a concern for most organisations The networking scenario today Owing to the economic conditions IT products and services in general have taken a hit in terms of overall adoption During the last year there have been fewer shipments of IT products Projects are being undertaken only on a priority basis and many projects have been deferred As a result organisations have delayed their hardware refresh cycles or have gone in for certain products only to meet specific business requirements The market is moving to bigger bandwidth switches which help in remote application delivery Many organisations are increasingly moving their infrastructure to a managed or hosted model There is also a need to meet business demands while reducing operational costs Owing to these factors WAN optimisation or application acceleration devices have seen better adoption Due to the need for faster connectivity organisations are opting for Gigabit switches which offer speeds of up to 10 gigabit The market is moving to bigger bandwidth switches which help in remote application delivery We are seeing a lot of growth in the adoption of products such as 1G switches both manageable and web managed We are also seeing a growth in the adoption of 10G switches says Subhodeep Bhattacharya Country Manager India and South Asia HP ProCurve Bhattacharya also observes that there is an increase in the adoption of devices with Power over Ethernet switches These devices would help reduce consumption while simultaneously providing optimum power and bandwidth availability Along with faster bandwidth switches there is an increase in demand for network devices which not only offer better speed but also better network security and threat management at the network level On the connectivity side most

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    timed to their expected due date or baby s date of birth These free messages focus on a variety of topics critical to maternal and child health including birth defects prevention immunization nutrition seasonal flu mental health oral health and safe sleep In addition to developing the text4baby system Voxiva worked with the CTIA and all the major US mobile operators to make text4baby the first ever free to end user mobile health service in America Unlike other text messaging based services text4baby participants pay nothing to send or receive messages Text4baby demonstrates the tremendous reach of mobile health technology and the ability of mobile phones to inform and engage people to help them live healthier lives said Paul Meyer Chairman and President of Voxiva These same tools can be applied to many of America s big health care challenges Voxiva has been delivering interactive mobile health services around the world since 2001 and brings that wealth of experience to text4baby and the many solutions the company delivers for its health plan pharmaceutical pharmacy provider and public health clients We decided to work with Voxiva on text4baby not only for their long experience in mobile health and their track record in bringing together partnerships like this one but also because their technology platform was built specifically for health behavior change and provides a great foundation to enhance and expand the text4baby service in the future said Judy Meehan HMHB s Executive Director Lynn O Connor Vos CEO of Grey HealthCare Group a WPP company and a text4baby founding partner said Text4baby would never have been possible without Voxiva Voxiva has a unique understanding of the intersection of health care behavior change technology and telecom No one else has the same depth experience in mobile health as Voxiva According to Meyer Over nearly a decade we have worked with innovators in health behavioral change to create a range of mobile health solutions focused on prevention programs like smoking cessation and weight management as well as treatment programs for specific conditions such as diabetes heart disease and HIV AIDS There is clear evidence that mobile health services can modify behavior through a steady flow on education encouragement and engagement and we are working with multiple partners to analyze the impact and effectiveness Studies from around the world have shown that mobile health applications can help smokers quit HIV AIDS patients adhere to treatment and diabetics manage their disease Mobile health is an untapped market that provides the health care industry with unique opportunities to engage consumers in managing their health Over 90 percent of American in the United States own a mobile phone and more than 1 5 trillion text messages were sent in the U S in 2008 Source CTIA The Wireless Association According to Meyer Voxiva s approach to mobile health is to create solutions with the broadest possible reach Programs like text4baby leverage SMS text messaging because it can reach every mobile phone in the world 4 6 billion

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    to care for and a precarious future My husband s disappearance left us in the sea she said We are now leading a very poor life Serious storms off the coast of Bangladesh are increasing in frequency endangering the lives and livelihoods of Bangladeshi fishermen According to Ahsan Uddin Ahmed executive director of the Dhaka based Centre for Global Change CGC between 140 000 and 160 000 households of coastal Bangladesh depend on fishing for their livelihood Ziaul Hoque Mukta a policy manager for Oxfam in Bangladesh said that in each of the past three years the country experienced 10 to 14 storms significant enough to earn a Signal III warning level which indicates the likelihood of very rough and potentially dangerous seas Thirty years ago just four or five such warnings were issued each year he said The increased number of dangerous signal storms indicates that an unstable situation has risen in the sea Mukta said An Oxfam study suggests this is likely due to climate change he said In address the growing problem the Centre for Global Change and Oxfam along with CARE Bangladesh and the Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods have teamed up with Airtel Bangladesh Ltd for a venture that aims to use the latest telecom technologies to make coastal fishermen less vulnerable to sudden storms Working together staff at the rural livelihoods campaign and at the Centre for Global Change will look for signs of rough seas and try to generate warnings 48 hours in advance of incoming serious storms Airtel then will use newly constructed telecommunication towers to disseminate recorded warnings through digital telecom devices supplied to each fishing boat If a boat is caught in rough seas and capsizes Airtel will be able to track its position and forward the information to the Bangladesh navy and coast guard The new system is due to begin operating at the start of the rainy season which typically begins in mid April Accurate storm warnings are essential to help fishermen maximize profits while remaining safe experts say Many fishermen take high interest loans from money lenders to purchase fuel and provisions for two week trips If a Signal III warning is issued by the government s Disaster Management Bureau they are required to return to shore TOUGH CHOICES Curtailing a trip can lead to a loss of income and drive fishermen into debt but ignoring a signal can endanger their lives More advance warning of coming storms could help them avoid such binds Ahmed who directs the Centre for Global Change cites the loss of life from super cyclone Sidr which struck the Bay of Bengal and coastal regions of Bangladesh in November 2007 as an example how the tensions between protecting incomes and protecting lives can be difficult to resolve Before Sidr hit taking more than 3 000 lives in coastal Bangladesh many fishermen had repeatedly abandoned fishing trips accepting financial losses in response to bad weather during the monsoon season By the time that

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    farmer advisory services The inventory brought out for FARA documents all the known innovative ICT enabled farmer advisory services or systems being designed implemented or Related topics regions Livelihoods ICTs Innovations Storm warning system for fishermen in Bangladesh Fishermen venturing into the Bay of Bengal face frequent storms threatening their lives and livelihoods Oxfam International and local NGOs partnered with Related topics regions Disaster Management Technology Livelihoods Fisher friendly mobile application in India Fisher Friend Mobile Advisory FFMA application in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu offers fishing related vital information to fisher folk through mobiles for Related topics regions Information Mobiles Livelihoods Twitter festival for a cause Twitter is organizing Twestival worldwide in September to raise funds and build awareness on local issues affecting communities Five participating Indian Related topics regions Livelihoods India Campaign Internet Mobile telephony impact on rural communities e agriculture s policy brief b i Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas i b discusses the use of mobiles in creating economic opportunities and strengthening Related topics regions Development Communications ICTs Livelihoods Rural highland communities go online in Peru Installation of computers in a small town in southern Peru has helped thousands of people expand their business by

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    Wide Web to a whole new set of people The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN the non profit group that oversees domain names is holding a meeting this week in Seoul Domain names are the monikers behind every Web site e mail address and Twitter post such as com and other suffixes One of the key issues to be taken up by ICANN s board is whether to allow for the first time entire Internet addresses to be in scripts that are not based on Latin letters That could potentially open up the Web to more people around the world as addresses could be in characters as diverse as Arabic Korean Japanese Greek Hindi and Cyrillic in which Russian is written This is the biggest change technically to the Internet since it was invented 40 years ago Peter Dengate Thrush chairman of the ICANN board told reporters calling it a fantastically complicated technical feature He said he expects the board to grant approval on Friday the conference s final day The Internet s roots are traced to experiments at a US university in 1969 but it wasn t until the early 1990s that its use began expanding beyond academia and research institutions to the general public Rod Beckstrom ICANN s new president and CEO said that if the change is approved ICANN would begin accepting applications for non English domain names and that the first entries into the system would likely come sometime in mid 2010 More than half use languages that have scripts based on alphabets other than Latin Enabling the change Thrush said is the creation of a translation system that allows multiple scripts to be converted to the right address We re confident that it works because we ve been testing it now

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    happens to us while working abroad the compensation will automatically go to our family members An increasing number of young Bangladeshis are looking to work abroad because of limited opportunities within the country And registering their details with the government is the first step towards achieving that goal Text service Until recently migrant workers depended on middlemen to manually register them but the service cost them hundreds of dollars The new online registration will cost only US 1 30 80p for the workers They can pay this fee by sending a text message from their mobile phone About seven million Bangladeshis work overseas and the government also plans to use the registration system as a new database We are trying to develop connectivity with our missions abroad with the employers and with the country of destination Khurshid Alam Chowdhury director general Bureau of Manpower said A foreign employer will have the scope to choose workers from a list in our database Image credit BBC Workers unfamiliar with using the machines are offered help to get on the database They can see the workers professional skills and qualification on the site So right from his country the employer can source a group of workers or a single worker using our database Overseas remittances reached a record 11bn 6 8bn last year making migrant labourers one of the backbones of the Bangladeshi economy Millions of Bangladeshis depend on money sent by relatives working overseas mainly in the Middle East South East Asia and Europe The money has also helped to lift millions of people out of poverty in the past 20 years But the global economic crisis and the political turmoil in the Arab world has caused a sharp drop in the number of workers going abroad Now the government is keen

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    Education Employment ICTs keywords Related topics regions Human Rights Afghanistan Vocational Education Technology gives employment to Bangladesh s migrant workers The Bangladeshi government is looking to simplify the process for citizens who want to work overseas by posting their personal information on a government Related topics regions Technology Employment Governance UNIDO and Microsoft extend partnership to harness ICT development The United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO and Microsoft have agreed to extend their partnership to use e initiatives to create new Related topics regions Development Employment ICTs Africa India s rural job portals covering new grounds A wide range of rural job portals offering employment opportunities to villagers are increasingly becoming popular in India As part of public private Related topics regions India Vocational Education Employment India Prison outsourcing unit set for operation A unique outsourcing unit established in the Cherlapalli jail in India s southern city of Hyderabad is expected to be functional by the end of January The BPO Related topics regions Employment Capacity building Job Xpress an SMS based app to help unemployed youth in Nigeria The launch of new internet free app Job Xpress by ForgetMeNot Africa will allow mobile operators to offer enhanced access to employment opportunities to Related topics regions ICTs Africa Youth New vistas for working women in India s IT industry By 2010 60 of graduates across Asia America and Europe will be women At its third annual IT Women Leadership Summit held recently in Bangalore India s Related topics regions Gender Employment Hi tech solutions for India s job guarantee scheme The impoverished state of Bihar in India will soon introduce e muster rolls biometric smart cards and an online system for effective and transparent Related topics regions Technology India Governance IT industry in India Women still not on top Though

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