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    on an ageing transponder on INSAT 2B The public broadcaster Doordarshan entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource Development on January 26 2000 As the story goes the Indira Gandhi Open University IGNOU set up an earth station in association with ISRO for experimenting on Interactive Media counselling for its distance learners The channel was called TDCC Training and Development communication channel its legal sanctity open to question An extended C band not particularly in vogue was used for this virtually close circuit telecasts and every now and then IGNOU would telecast a lecture via regional centres equipped with dedicated antennas to allow for two way interactivity This technology originally tested as part of one of the most elaborate educational television experiment in the 70 s remained still born as ISRO never attempted improving it Hundreds of research papers were presented on these experiments all over the world The then Education Secretary MK Kaw and the then vice chancellor of IGNOU Prof AW Khan along with yours sincerely thought of creating a 24 x 7 channel for Education A transponder was allotted for education and IGNOU became the nodal agency to provide hardware and contents from its studios Organisations under the MHRD were urged to part with their videos for IGNOU to broadcast on this channel Major players like NCERT IIT UGC and IGNOU and the Central and State Institutes of Education and Training that produced school programmes thus came together to begin the new channel Sadly these programmes were not aired by Doordarshan on prime time They were put in cold store after their first telecast Yet UGC claimed that the project had a good viewership proud that its programmes were watched by senior citizens The concept of bouquet of channel called the GyanDarshan basket was

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    Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong recently launched a mobile application called My Culture The app allows users to view information on cultural presentations venue schemes of events film programmes organised by museums and other cultural venues in Hong Kong According to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department the app aims to disseminate brief programme information to users in a user friendly manner By leveraging on mobile platforms users can view information on cultural events anytime anywhere Apart from being able to browse information on current events the app also features a built in mapping feature that allows users to view a list of cultural venues nearest to their location a trivia section to give users quirky and helpful information about the cultural events they are attending and a Social Networking sharing function for users to update their Facebook and Twitter Furthermore the app also enables users to avoid long queues in cultural venues by connecting to the URBTIX online ticketing system or telephone ticketing system to purchase tickets The Department advised that while the information available in the app will be updated four times a day users are still encouraged to view the Department s website to

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/a-mobile-app-for-the-culture-lovers-in-hong-kong/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Internet has no off switch says web inventor 06 September 2012 Tim Berners Lee the British inventor of the World Wide Web has warned the government s all over the world about any possible attempt to block the internet Berners Lee feels that any such attempts are bound to fail because of the scattered structure of the internet Speaking at the launch of a league table showing which countries use the web most effectively Berners Lee said the lack of a global internet off switch meant authoritarian regimes could not stem the influx of digital information The way the Internet is designed is very much as a decentralised system he explained at the London launch At the moment because countries connect to each other in lots of different ways there is no one off switch there is no central place where you can turn it off In order to be able to turn the whole thing off or really block suppress one particular idea then the countries and governments would have to get together and agree and co ordinate

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    the government s all over the world about any possible attempt to block the internet Related topics regions Technology IT Internet Governance Internet eGovernance to cover all commercial activity in India The MCA21 project will foray seamless eGovernance practices that promise to improve interaction between the government and business while optimizing revenue Related topics regions Digital India IT Real world contentions spill on to the net The Google episode in China is an indication that cyberspace may soon become the next war arena in the fight for basic human freedoms observes b i John Related topics regions Human Rights Corruption and transparency Internet Governance Traditional media and internet are part of same ecosystem say experts Siddharth Varadarajan Editor of India s leading daily The Hindu said traditional media and new media being part of the same ecosystem should not be Related topics regions Information Media India Wikipedia struggles between credibility and openness In a move to gain credibility investors are breaking away from the earlier model of unrestricted entries to make the site more accountable Illegitimate Related topics regions Information Internet Governance Access to knowledge Indian PM reviews National e Governance Plan The Indian Prime Minister s Committee desired that a National e Governance Academy should be established as a national institution Related topics regions India Internet Governance South Asia Global broadband subscribers hit 600 million mark A recently published Broadband Forum report revealed that the global number of broadband subscribers has risen by more than 20 per cent with over 600 million Related topics regions ICTs Technology Internet Governance Japanese netizens fret about internet safety Eighty per cent of Japanese internet users are worried about their privacy and feel insecure when using the web according to the results of a government Related topics regions Security Internet Governance E Governance

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    platform Alhendawi who has extensive experience working with youth in the Middle East said women are increasingly turning to technology to tackle complex situations in their countries They use ICTs not just for political change but to help their communities he said adding that linking online and offline activities is essential to turn ICTs into a transformational development tool However he stressed that ensuring young women have access to ICTs is still a big challenge particularly in developing countries Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis who is the International Telecommunication Union ITU Special Envoy for women and Girls in ICT pointed out that even when girls have access to ICTs their representation in media including online is inaccurate and does not encourage their engagement with technology Research conducted by Davis Institute on Gender and Media found that in family movies produced in the United States which is a major exporter of entertainment across the world for every female character in a family movie there are three male characters What kids are seeing is very much bereft of female presence Davis said This needs to change Girls need to be more involved in the production and entrepreneurial nature of this technology explosion and have their status elevated in the culture by seeing themselves represented in more interesting varied and non traditional ways Doreen Bogdan Martin of the ITU Strategic Planning and membership noted that governments can make a difference by supporting women s participation in the ICT workforce and encouraging young women to take up careers in the technology sector Governments also are key to enabling access to ICTs Bogdan Martin said Many countries are now including gender in their national broadband plans promoting access and training women to use ICTs She also pointed out that during a time when youth

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    2009 Sensors and sensor networks have an important impact in meeting environmental challenges Sensor applications in multiple fields such as smart power grids smart buildings and smart industrial process control significantly contribute to more efficient use of resources and thus a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other sources of pollution This report gives an overview of sensor technology and fields of application of sensors and sensor networks It discusses in detail selected fields of application that have high potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reviews studies quantifying the environmental impact The review of the studies assessing the impact of sensor technology in reducing greenhouse gas emissions reveals that the technology has a high potential to contribute to a reduction of emissions across various fields of application Whereas studies clearly estimate an overall strong positive effect in smart grids smart buildings smart industrial applications as well as precision agriculture and farming results for the field of smart transportation are mixed due to rebound effects In particular intelligent transport systems render transport more efficient faster and cheaper As a consequence demand for transportation and thus the consumption of resources both increase which can lead to an overall negative effect This

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    entrepreneurs have benefited from improved access to mobile communication technology writes Minenhle Ngwenya With about three quarters of a million inhabitants Bulawayo is the second city of Zimbabwe located 439 kilometres southwest of the capital Harare Agriculture is an important additional source of income for the poor residents in the outskirts of the city especially for the women who mostly run urban agricultural businesses In 2009 SNV Netherlands Development Organisation started a DFID funded programme in partnership with World Vision and in cooperation with the farmer producer association PMRG for the implementation of a poultry mushroom and rabbitry commercial production and marketing venture in the suburbs of Bulawayo This programme coincided with a period of comparative political stability in Zimbabwe which brought prospects for improved economic performance ICTs are playing an increasingly important role in this urban agricultural programme because they help to link the production end of the value chain to the markets The ICT context prior to 2009 can be characterised as poor with low outreach However significant improvements since 2009 have given farmers better opportunities In Zimbabwe national mobile phone signal coverage in 2009 was just 37 in 2012 it is 93 The average cost per minute

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    Human Rights Afghanistan Vocational Education Launch of the Asia Pacific Future 100 program The Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship launched today the Asia Pacific Future 100 program that aims to inspire and empower young people in Asia to Related topics regions Capacity building Entrepreneurship Rural women in India join the tech fraternity An all women BPO working in the hinterlands of Rajasthan has brought rural women closer to technology Training

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