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    interactive Facilitated by Open Learning Nepal the innovative Related topics regions Education Children ICTs Uganda uses telemedicine to improve health service delivery The Ugandan Government has launched an ambitious project to provide telemedicine facilities in different health centers across the country enabling patients Related topics regions Globalization ICTs Health Market rates on phone to help farmers in Punjab Farmers in Punjab now have a facility to access real time market rates right on their phones so they can pick and choose the best market where to sell their Related topics regions Information ICTs Agriculture Philippines Government launches K Agrinet project to benefit farmers The Government of Philippines is promoting the use of information and communication technologies ICTs in its latest bid to attain agricultural sustainability Related topics regions ICTs Agriculture Education moves online in India Launch of the first e education programme in India gives hope that access equity and quality of higher education in the country will be substantially enhanced Related topics regions Education Access to knowledge ICTs UN ITU to help develop ICTs in Pacific Islands A collaborative initiative by 13 Pacific Island countries to give impetus to Information and Communication Technologies for development in the region Related topics regions ICTs United Nations TV series educates on women s rights UNICEF is promoting rights based empowerment of women in India through a TV serial that highlights issues of social and gender discrimination and how its Related topics regions Gender ICTs Advocacy Sweden tops UN s information technology development index According to new ranking report published by the UN ITU Sweden holds the first rank in the ICT Development Index IDI Related topics regions ICTs CRY launches online games to promote child rights To sensitise people on child rights CRY has posted a series of web based games that will entertain as brain ticklers while informing people how they can play Related topics regions ICTs Children Green mobile network for rural Sri Lanka under trial Remote parts of Sri Lanka could benefit from an improved mobile phone network if an experiment with green energy proves successful and the results of the Related topics regions Environment ICTs Innovations China launches high tech fight against TB A new programme aims to use innovative technologies to improve the detection and treatment of tuberculosis TB in China Related topics regions ICTs Health Disease UNESCO to launch digital library UNESCO and 32 partner institutions will soon launch a free world digital library The site will include manuscripts maps rare books films sound recordings Related topics regions ICTs Access to knowledge United Nations Kashmir hospital to launch telemedicine Aiming to bring quality health care to remote areas a hospital in Kashmir has become the nodal agency for telemedicine in north India The state of the art Related topics regions Information ICTs Health Mobile phone diagnosis approaches field trials Two innovative devices that use modified mobile phone technology to diagnose disease now have funds for more research and field tests in developing countries Related topics regions

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    signed a financing deal with the World Bank worth 70 million for leveraging ICT for Growth Employment and Governance Project on Monday The project aims to create an estimated 30 000 direct jobs in the Information Technology IT and Information Technology Enabled Services ITES sectors which has the potential to create up to 120 000 indirect jobs and expects to increase the IT and ITES industry revenue by over 200 million by the end of the initiative Studies indicate that Bangladesh possesses significant comparative advantage in the IT and ITES industry due to the availability of a large English educated talent pool and competitive labor costs In addition the industry possesses particular strengths in niche sub segments such as software programming graphics and animation The project would directly benefit 30 000 youth who will gain marketable and globally recognized IT and ITES skills Among them 9 000 will be women said Ellen Goldstein Country Director World Bank Bangladesh Bangladeshis will benefit from increased incomes due to upgrading of and enhanced employment opportunities in a growing global IT industry The project will also establish basic e Government foundations to support governance reforms and significantly improve the government s efficiency and effectiveness Specifically the proposed technology foundation will enable all ministries and agencies to host their systems and information on a shared datacenter exchange information and collaborate using standardized frameworks and protect data through information security policies and standards Bangladesh needs targeted programs to develop Bangladesh s potential in the IT ITES industry along with focus to build the necessary e Government foundations said Mr Iqbal Mahmood Senior Secretary Economic Relations Division This initiative will meaningfully leverage ICT for development and will allow the country to tap into the tremendous potential of the global IT and ITES industry for economic and social

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    in Bangladesh The Financing will help growth of the country s IT and ITES sectors and generate employment for 30 000 people Related topics regions ICTs World Bank Bangladesh An advanced citizenship is vital for e Governance WB economist Tracey Lane Senior Economist at the World Bank was involved in the Bank s Open Data initiative In an interview with OneWorld South Asia at the sidelines of Related topics regions

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    our economic and social lives and use of technologies will not necessarily make them go away Technology is not a silver bullet it is useful in some areas mandatory in some and overkill in some others The purpose of Digital Bangladesh policy making should be to make clear distinctions between those three areas and sometimes make hard choices if needed Over the last few decades the world has shifted from industrial to knowledge based societies The questions surrounding Digital Bangladesh are real and often politically sensitive Should the government implement a mid day meal program to attract students or pay for a computer in a school a Tk 20 000 computer can feed 15 students for a year Should the government build a new bridge or computerise the Roads and Highways Department When resources are severely limited these are valid and difficult questions But these should be answered in the context of a rapidly changing world Over the course of the last few centuries the world has shifted from agricultural to industrial based societies where efficiency in manufacturing has determined global economic influence Over the last few decades the world has been shifting from industrial to knowledge based societies where proficiency in creating and disseminating knowledge has been an increasingly predominant factor for national growth The phenomenon is well reflected through the shift in national goals of Malaysia a country widely perceived to be on the forefront of transition countries In 1991 the then leader Mahathir Mohamed declared that Malaysia would become a fully industrialised country by 2020 However over the next decade the national Vision 2020 was updated to reflect Malaysia s aim to become a knowledge society rather than a fully industrialised nation During these phases of global transition countries which have been able to ride on the bandwagon of inevitable change have succeeded and those which have not been able to have fallen behind Bangladesh government s decisions on its priorities during this on going global transition will determine whether we will be in the category of emerging economies or laggard economies What is Digital Bangladesh The concept of Digital Bangladesh should be centered around the creation of what is popularly termed as a knowledge based society in which creation and exchange of knowledge becomes an increasingly key factor of production and in the process reducing the relative importance of traditional factors of production such as land labour and capital In order for government to hold its own feet to the fire what is needed is some measurement of change in the various components of Digital Bangladesh Information and communication technologies ICTs are a critical component for building this knowledge society So Digital Bangladesh in that sense is the crucial platform the enabler for such a vision There are various dimensions to building a Digital Bangladesh all of which are equally important pillars A Digital Bangladesh may constitute the following Governance A government that has the capacity to deliver services to citizens through the Internet radio and

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    will facilitate sharing of medical and agro technologies within Islamic Related topics regions Science and Technology Access to knowledge Partnerships UNESCO launches World Digital Library UNESCO and 32 partner institutions have launched the World Digital Library a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives Related topics regions Culture ICTs Access to knowledge Online atlas for endangered languages UNESCO has unveiled the digital version of the b i Atlas of the World s Languages in Danger i b This interactive electronic tool has updated information Related topics regions Culture ICTs Access to knowledge India Water Portal launched in Hindi b i India Water Portal i b a comprehensive information repository on all topics related to water gets a new avatar in its Hindi launch in India s Related topics regions Information Water and Sanitation Access to knowledge Internet Exploring learning technologies The b i Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning i b by George Siemens and Peter Tittenberger from the University of Manitoba has been designed as Related topics regions Education Access to knowledge ICTs TAG CLOUD Related topics regions Development Community Radio Open source Radio and video promote agricultural innovations in Africa Conventional media radio and video are powerful accessible and relevant forces of agricultural innovation and transformation in Africa than usually Related topics regions ICTs Agriculture Access to knowledge Plea for African digital libraries African countries are falling behind in building digital libraries and archives to provide continent wide access to local knowledge and the poorest are Related topics regions Information ICTs Access to knowledge Internet governance must ensure access for everyone With the Internet becoming such a powerful medium through which individuals exercise a range of human rights it is crucial to address who and what shapes the Related topics regions Policy Information Internet Governance Access to knowledge Google reacts strongly after cyber attack in China Google has raised serious concerns over the security breach of Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists Citing these to be targeted attacks by third Related topics regions Human Rights Cybercrimes Access to knowledge Internet Catalysing knowledge for development The Indian cabinet has approved setting up of a National Knowledge Network to encourage sharing of knowledge specialized resources and collaborative research Related topics regions Development ICTs India Access to knowledge Free pass to Mars NASA and Microsoft have jointly launched a new website that will allow people to explore the red planet and assist scientists in producing better maps It Related topics regions Science and Technology Access to knowledge Internet Visioning Digital Bangladesh Technology may not be a silver bullet but can act as enabler for a knowledge society says b Mridul Chowdhury b co founder of youth activist organisation Related topics regions Development ICTs Bangladesh Access to knowledge Community radio stations crucial in times of crises Media s role during crisis is not just about getting the message across but also strengthening accountability linkages between government and citizenry says Related topics regions Information Access to knowledge Community Radio

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    sounds of footsteps and chattering of people at a rally before the festival focusing on the information and communication technology got off to a colourful start There were similar initiatives in the past but of no avail This one drew attention of the mass people A non government organisation named Amader Gram arranged the festival called Knowledge Festival 2009 It was an awareness build up extravaganza about how to bring forward a district to others digitally It paved the way for the country to turn digital by arranging a digital seminar launching websites for district administration www dcbagerbat gov bd and local press club www bagerhatpressclub com and a Community e Centre CeC for Rampal upazila arranging a roundtable conference on Information and Communication Technology ICT to prevent Crime and a workshop on how to enrich district information on wikipedia The slogan is Bagerhat Hobe Digital According to Munir Hasan general secretary of Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee it was an awareness build up extravaganza about how to bring forward a district to others digitally He said intellectuals of the knowledge based society participate in ICT oriented programmes but Bagerhat truly broke the jinx Festival chronicles On the first day State Minister for Science and ICT Dr Yeafesh Osman in a seminar titled A Dreamy Bagerhat and Digital Technology encouraged all to use digital technology to make the country prosperous Eminent professor Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal the co ordinator of the seminar asked to start the second atomic electric plant of the country with the help of local scientists Khulna City Mayor Talukdar Abdul Khaleque lawmakers Mir Shawkat Ali Habibun Nahar Talukdar and Mojammel Hossain welcomed the move Mostafa Jabbar president of Bangladesh Computer Samity stressed being connected with second submarine cable network within the shortest possible time Bagerhat Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Moazzem Hossain police chief Md Mizanur Rahman Bagerhat Mayor Khan Habibur Rahman also spoke on the occasion After inauguration of Bagerhat district administration website Moazzem Hossain said not only the administration but also the people would be empowered through this website The DC said people will now get information about various important issues the moment they want In another programme the Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology inaugurated Rampal upazila CeC with support from the Asian Development Bank It offers various facilities such as using computer with Internet connection making international calls through mobile phone capturing digital image through web cam and many others Four other upazilas are going to get CeC soon with the help of CeC Bangladesh A roundtable conference titled ICT to prevent Crime was held at the local press club the same day where the discussants opined to create a database of criminals and a digital map of the areas of all police stations of the country to improve law and order They informed that a project was underway with Sadar Police Station piloting the project of creating database On the second day a workshop styled Keeping the information of Bagerhat district up

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    knowledge festival raises hope for Bangladesh i Gyan Utsob i which took place earlier this month focussed on digitalising local administration school education and community e centres in Bangladesh Related topics regions ICTs Bangladesh Governance An advanced citizenship is vital for e Governance WB economist Tracey Lane Senior Economist at the World Bank was involved in the Bank s Open Data initiative In an interview with OneWorld South Asia at the sidelines of Related topics regions South Asia World Bank IT Governance Indian prisoners to become technocrats A prison in south India is soon to become an ICT training hub with a full fledged library and computer lab The first of its kind the Jeevika project will Related topics regions ICTs India Governance Reforms Radio broadcasters reaffirm commitments to protect earth The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC has issued a statement to COP 15 reaffirming its commitment to adopt best practice for promoting Related topics regions Community Radio Copenhagen Governance Indian Government steadily going 2 0 Social networking is the latest apparatus of the Government of India to promote citizen participation in governance Various departments like the Ministry of Related topics regions Governance Reforms Tunisian Interior Ministry beefs up internet security post breaches Recent breaches in cyber security of Government websites in Tunisia are prompting an emergency response in building up better defenses for the internet in the Related topics regions Cybercrimes Security Governance Internet First set of UIDs to be issued by 2011 As one of the biggest projects happening in the world the UID project of the Government of India is generating a lot of excitement says b Nandan Related topics regions ICTs Governance Innovations Community radio for good governance Community radio acts as a direct link between the government and the governed says b Osama Manzar b director of Digital Empowerment Foundation As a Related topics regions Community Radio India Governance E petitions giving power to people The Department of Communities and Local Government UK is planning to roll out e petition systems for all councils by April 2010 The objective is to reach out Related topics regions Reforms Governance Internet Developing technological capabilities R4D s document b i Learning Technology Acquisition and Governance Challenges in Developing Countries i b looks at specific problems of technology Related topics regions Development Technology Governance Access to knowledge Sri Lanka gets eRevenue Licence facility A new online service initiated by the Lanka Gate Project in partnership with ICTA allows people to renew or get a new vehicle revenue license issued sitting Related topics regions Sri Lanka Governance Access to knowledge Internet Enabling good governance in India The State Data Centre will provide a common secured infrastructure that will be helpful in effective governance says b S P Singh b Senior Director Related topics regions ICTs India Governance Tapping a billion plus people i b R S Sharma b i Director General and Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India shares the work in progress on the

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    at federal level in its pursuit of good governance The e office suite is being implemented in Federal Ministries and Divisions in phases and the process is expected to be completed soon The e office suite consisting of six modules will ensure efficiency accuracy and effectiveness in the government sector Bangladesh to set up its first Digital University With the aim of improving the standard of information and communication technology education in the country Bangladesh is all set to establish its first digital university The new digital university to be established in Gazipur s high tech park will provide distance and online education Two Information and Communication Technology ICT entrepreneurs will also be represented on the academic council of the upcoming university Bhutan to bridge the digital divide by 2020 Bhutan is moving forward to bridge its digital divide in terms of internet broadband connectivity by the 2020 said Lyonpo DN Dhungyel Bhutan s information and communications minister at the 19th International Telecommunications Union ITU plenipotentiary conference held in Busan South Korea Recognising the high costs of building ICT infrastructure Lyonpo said that the high internet connectivity costs was a big challenge for the landlocked country We re confident that by 2020 more than 90 percent of our rural population and 50 percent of all households will have access to affordable broadband connections the minister said Sri Lanka to provide ICT training to teenage girls Sri Lanka s national mobile service Mobitel along with a leading telecom firm has signed a memorandum with the Open University of Sri Lanka OUSL for delivering information and communication technology ICT training to teenage girls from farming communities through Connect to Learn This initiative includes delivery of laptop computers broadband internet access and online educational resources and relevant skilling Another programme to boost literacy

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