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OH MY NEWS! ANYONE CAN BE A REPORTER 
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Which online news service recently played an instrumental role in the
election of a President? The South Korean on-line news service
'Ohmynews' is probably the only example to date of a Net-based
initiative that has made a decisive difference in a presidential
election.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69902/1138/493


$53.7M FOR TECH-BASED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL US
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Last week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced 128 awards
totalling $53.7 million for rural tech-based economic development
initiatives. The 84 distance learning and telemedicine grants, which
total $32.4 million, are aimed to provide greater educational
opportunities and medical service to rural citizens in 41 states.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69867/1138/493


ARAB YOUTH LEARN COMPUTER SKILLS AT TRAINING CENTRES
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An after school programme for Arab youth in the West Bank city of
Ramallah is providing students a safe place to interact and be creative
while learning technology skills. Youth, ages 10 to 18, have access to
high-tech equipment, professional software and adult mentors to help
them develop the self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning they need
to be successful in the future.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69866/1138/493


CHINA RELEASES CYBER DISSIDENT QI YANCHEN 
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The Chinese government has released from prison cyberdissident Qi
Yanchen before completion of his four-year sentence for alleged
subversion and žputting out anti-government newsÓ by posting
pro-democracy articles on the Internet, Reporters Without Borders has
confirmed. China remains by far the world's biggest prison for cyber
dissidents and Internet users, with at least 37 currently in jail for
speaking out online.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69737/1138/493


CRIS WELCOMES INCLUSION OF COMMUNICATION IN WSIS DRAFT DECLARATION
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The Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) campaign has
welcomed the inclusion of Paragraph 4 - which refers to communication as
a basic human need - in the draft declaration of the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS). It called on all governments, however, to
ensure that communication as a central and crucial human activity
remains in the final declaration that will be presented at the summit in
December 2003.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69735/1138/493

PAKISTAN TO SET UP WIRELESS EXCHANGES
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Pakistan plans to establish Wireless Local Loop (WLL) system exchanges
all over the country, including rural areas and mountainous terrains.
The aim is to tackle unemployment and usher in development in areas that
have remained untouched.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69734/1138/493

CIVIL SOCIETY PONDERS ALTERNATIVE DECLARATION FOR WSIS
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Civil society organisations (CSOs) are frustrated that a large number of
their proposals have been ignored by state officials crafting the
declaration for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in
December 2003. CSOs are now deliberating on an alternative declaration
of their own for delegates' consideration at the summit.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69632/1138/493

NEW ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS OF THE AMERICAS
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The Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (FIPA) has launched the
latest version of the Virtual Parliament of the Americas, an online tool
enabling parliamentarians to communicate and work together on issues of
hemispheric importance. The project intends to address the communication
needs expressed by FIPA's member parliamentarians.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69628/1138/493

MICROSOFT TO SUPPORT ANGOLA'S TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY
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Microsoft will support the Angolan government in formulating its
information technology strategy and assist with projects worth US$ 10
million. It will work with the government to set up partnership with
Angolan firms dealing in computing and select five to officially
represent the country at the World Summit on the Information Society.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69623/1138/493

U.S. GOVT ANNOUNCES TOP GRANT AWARDS
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The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced the award of almost $14
million in Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) grants to 28 nonprofit
organizations. The grants demonstrate how ICTs can address public
concerns over areas such as economic development, housing, public
safety, health and e-government.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69539/1138/493

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Analysis
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/1134
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AN OPEN LETTER TO FELLOWS OF TWAS 
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Most scientists in the developing world do not get all the information
they need. Subbiah Arunachalam of the M. S. Swaminathan Research
Foundation, in this open letter to fellows of the Third World Academy of
Sciences (TWAS), stresses the need to support institutional
self-archiving and open access for better access and visibility of such
information. TWAS is meeting soon in Beijing.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69744/1134/493

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Get Involved
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/1112
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AIDS DAY COMPETITION FOR YOUNG RADIO, TV PROFESSIONALS
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If you're aged between 18 and 34 and fancy yourself as a budding radio
or TV director, now's the time to get creative. MTV and OneWorld are
running a global competition in the run up to World AIDS Day, on 1
December 2003, to enable young people to produce and submit original
audio or video public service announcements that convey the messages of
MTV's award winning HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, Staying Alive.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69641/1112/493

COMPETITION FOR ETRANSPARENCY CASE STUDIES
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The eGovernment for Development Information Exchange is seeking short
case studies involving use of ICTs to improve public sector transparency
in developing/transitional economies. All case studies accepted for
publication will receive a £150 payment.  The best three cases will
attract a total £300 payment. You can submit case studies using the
online form or by email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] Last date for
submissions: 10 October 2003.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69640/1112/493

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Partner News
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/4678
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BELLANET COMES OUT WITH NEW ANNUAL REPORT
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Bellanet has published its Annual Report for April 2002-March 2003.
Included in this report (910kb, PDF) are the highlights of important
initiatives such as: the new strategic programme directions, results of
the external evaluation, present initiatives and a snap shot of
Bellanet's financial situation.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69739/4678/493

IEARN SIERRA LEONE, TAKINGITGLOBAL ORGANISE WSIS AWARENESS ACTIVITIES 
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Interactive online and offline discussions and phone-in programmes were
held recently in Sierra Leone to increase the level of awareness about
the World Summit on the Information Society. Organised by the youth
groups of the TakingITGlobal Sierra Leone Network, they received an
overwhelming response and brought ICT and young people in the mainstream
of the nation's public discussion and opinion.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/69064/4678/493

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