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    for Information and Communication Technologies Ruhakana Rugunda wants Ugandans to go digital by fully adopting paperless communication in their everyday lives Speaking at a stakeholders meeting held at the Ministry of ICT in Kampala on Nov 14 ahead of the Africa ICT Week Rugunda noted that Ugandans just like other citizens around the world are living in an Information Society where ICT tends to render paperwork redundant However he observed that the amount of paper that continues to flow from the mailbox into people s files and homes on a daily basis remains high A paperless society is one in which paper communication written documents mail and letters is replaced by electronic communication and storage Besides its obvious contribution to saving the environment through reduction of deforestation a wholly digitized society could provide a more democratic access to professional journals newspapers magazines books and databases notes a statement from the Uganda Communications Commission the country s communication regulatory body Rugunda encouraged Ugandans to take advantage of the Africa ICT Week to embark on a paperless society I may not pay attention to paper correspondence sent to me during the Week he said However the minister expressed optimism at the degree

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    anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Ghana Govt distributes laptops in Central Volta regions filed under Technology Education Africa Digital Students and educational institutions in Ghana s Central region have received free laptops from government The Minister of Environment Science and Technology Ms Sherry Aryeetey led the distribution exercise which lasted several hours In all 2 554 laptops were distributed to individuals and educational institutions made up of polytechnic teacher training colleges nursing training colleges universities and senior high schools The distribution of the free laptops is part of the ministry s Better Ghana Laptop project under which laptops are distributed to institutions and individuals to promote research teaching and learning Sector Minister Sherry Aryeetey commended government for mooting the initiative She expressed the hope the equipment would stimulate academic performance in schools Central Regional Minister Ama Benyiwa Doe said the NDC government was working tirelessly to ensure transformation of the economy with emphasis on growth and human capacity building She asked electorates to retain the party in power to enable it facilitate more developmental projects and programmes In a another development hundreds of people made up of beneficiary students of senior high schools

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    Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info South Africa Broadband doubles as country shifts to mobile 14 December 2012 According to researchers World Wide Worx broadband access in South Africa has more than doubled in the last two years Broadband access in South Africa more than doubled in the last two years as mobile operators slashed the cost of data and network roll outs accelerated according to researchers World Wide Worx According to the final version of the Internet Access in South Africa 2012 study released last week the number of broadband subscriptions in the country grew by 128 from 3 6 million at the end of 2010 to 8 2 million by the end of 2012 Over the same period the number of individual broadband users more than doubled growing by 140 from 2 8 million to 6 7 million The study conducted by World Wide Worx with the backing of the howzit MSN online portal shows that many users have multiple forms of broadband access such as an ADSL account as well as 3G while many hop between operators to

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    Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Tanzania government to promote ICT in education 21 November 2012 Huawei Technologies Tanzania is launching an ICT education program that will foster ICT development and ICT talent training in Tanzania This ICT education programme to foster ICT development will be in partnership with the government of Tanzania and it will work with students starting from primary to university level Speaking The Huawei Tanzania Managing Director Bruce Zhang said The program will be known as Huawei ICT Star program for Tanzania education It will support primary secondary schools as well as universities to develop ICT interests which will contribute to the development of ICT industry in Tanzania For primary and secondary schools the program will contribute in improving the learning infrastructures that gives a better learning environment for the students in their earlier stage And it will raise ICT awareness among students as well Zhang said For universities we are going to set up Huawei ICT Star scholarship After that we will provide specific free packages of ICT training to excellent students in Huawei Africa Training centers This program will provide ICT knowledge transfer and ICT talent trainings make ICT students practice the latest

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    industrial productivity and strengthen sound environmental practices The partnership extension letter was signed by Director General of UNIDO Kandeh K Yumkella and Chairman Emerging Markets Microsoft Orlando Ayala on the side line of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio 20 The partnership began in 2006 with aim of harnessing the role of ICT in the micro small and medium sized enterprises MSMEs of developing countries and economies in transition Over the last six years the collaboration has evolved and resulted in the establishment of the AfrIPAnet investment monitoring platform a computer refurbishment and e waste initiative and most recently the launch of the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Uganda At the signing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro the representatives of the two organisations expressed their joint commitment to foster sustainable industrial development and positive social change through the use of innovative ICT solutions in Africa and agreed to extend the partnership until September 2015 UNIDO and Microsoft intend to pool their expertise and available resources to support youth and women s entrepreneurship to develop technology applications for agro industry and to foster the Green Industry Platform The Green Industry Platform launched by UNIDO during Rio 20 is a global

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    electricity they walk every three days to the city where they leave the phones on little charging stations explains Anne This means a lot of effort time and money is spent on charging Electricity would make them more independent When one thinks of animal dung one usually thinks messy Dutch research institute TNO has developed a prototype of a socket that turns biogas heat into electricity Together with SNV and BoP Innovation Center students at Delft University of Technology visited Rwanda for TNO to test this new prototype in people s homes Who could have ever imagined that one day mobile phones would be charged with cow dung Students Anne Jansen 24 and Diana Alacron 32 spent six weeks in Rwanda s countryside where they spoke with families to understand their specific needs when it comes to gas and electricity We noticed a need for gas for cooking but also for electricity says Diana Eighty percent of the Rwandan population has no access to electricity Meanwhile according to their research almost everyone owns a mobile phone both parents and their children Phone charging When people don t have electricity they walk every three days to the city where they leave the phones on little charging stations explains Anne This means a lot of effort time and money is spent on charging Electricity would make them more independent The biogas socket is still in development but after their research in Africa the students are confident with its development It s easy to apply says Diana The idea is to simply connect the socket to the cook stove which means no new difficult system regarding the installation How many cows Although biogas installations require refined technology the underlying process is quite simple One gathers dung and urine in an underground tank and

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    ICT to help Ugandan farmers cope with climate change Ugandan cattle farmers are set to benefit from the use of information and communications technology ICT tools and meteorological data to improve their Related topics regions Africa Kenya s tech innovators face many roadblocks Young tech innovators in Kenya have developed new online services that can help address the key challenges faced by the country But lack of support from Related topics regions Innovations ICT led information exchange can help adaptation to climate change By enabling information exchange at many levels ICTs are strengthening the adaptation efforts of communities in Africa says b Ben Akoh b project manager Related topics regions Information Nigeria Govt reveals plans to censor social media The Nigerian online community with its over 48 million internet users and rapidly growing social media users has metamorphosed into the country s most Related topics regions Digital New information tools must to monitor climate Geneva based Humanitarian Forum s new weather system will use the mobile network as weather stations to SMS information to farmers across Africa The ongoing Related topics regions Disaster Management Is Africa s digital revolution under threat A report written by Rohan Samarajiva former Director General of Telecommunications for Sri Lanka and CEO of Lirne Asia an ICT think tank predicts dire Related topics regions Digital South Africa Digital revolution hits northern cape It was a historic day for the Northern Cape on Wednesday when the province became the first in the country to enjoy the digital revolution with the launch of Related topics regions Digital Ethiopia Are social networking sites good for society Social Networking Sites SNS are only a decade long phenomenon However today SNS has championed in affecting the lifestyle of people across the globe Related topics regions Digital Ghana ICT services liberalisation detrimental to local companies Although liberalisation of trade in ICT services has led to increased investments in Ghana over the years it has nonetheless been detrimental to indigenous Related topics regions Digital New rules to curb SMS hate speech in Kenya New guidelines by Communications Commission of Kenya CCK will prohibit politicians from sending unsolicited campaign text messages Related topics regions Mobiles 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 Mobiles Tanzania ties up with IBM to accelerate use of ICT IBM has signed a collaboration agreement with the Tanzanian Ministry of Communication Science and Technology to help accelerate the adoption of technology as Related topics regions Africa From Brain Drain to Brain Gain UNESCO Hewlett Packard is planning to scale up its Brain Gain initiative to help create a sustainable university e infrastructure for science linking Related topics regions ICTs Hi tech imagery helps rural African farmers The Seeing is Believing West Africa SIBWA project is helping farmers in the region with accurate satellite information and imagery of

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    fight HIV AIDS i b a report on a pilot project conducted in Western Uganda highlights the lack of access to knowledge and Related topics regions Access to knowledge Kenya ICT Board to host technology summit in October 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 Related topics regions Africa Solar mobile chargers benefit Ghana farmers Farm cooperatives are reaping huge benefits from the solar chargers for mobile phones provided by A Solar a Dutch company in Ghana Farmers are now able to Related topics regions Africa Community radio has given a voice to rural India The decade old community radio movement in India has a lot to learn from the countries in Africa which had begun to establish and run their radio stations in Related topics regions ICT Mobile masts could help measure rain and chill vaccines The researchers say their findings could be applicable in Africa and other places that lack a reliable network of rain gauges Related topics regions ICT Kenya Kieni farmers get Sh2 mn Internet centre KieniI farmers have benefited from a Sh2 million information centre where farmers

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