My main concern about WorldSpace is that it is billed as a "communication" system. Most electronic communication systems are two-way, they allow conversations. But WorldSpace is one-way. It is, in fact, a broadcasting system, not a communications system. Just as you would call TV a broadcast system. WorldSpace users are passive observers.
I think it is a good broadcast system. It supports data broadcasting, which is new and has many uses. But if we are talking about ICT, information and communications technologies, this is an IT, not a CT. While communications systems involve connections and interaction, broadcasting involves transmitters and receivers. Although WorldSpace's own websites are very careful to speak only of transmission and reception, others make mistakes. " The WorldSpace satellite network is an innovative communication technology that enables people to access information even in the remotest villages where there are no telephone lines or electricity." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1608394.stm "The unique, patented technology allows inexpensive connectivity to the computer directly from the satellite." <http://thinkcycle.media.mit.edu/thinkcycle/main/ development_by_design_2002/ publication__innovative_internet_access_to_a_remote_school_in_kenya/ Implementation_of_SchoolWeb_Project_at_Kabarak_High_School.pdf> The internet is very poor at broadcasting. But it's excellent as a communication medium. As another person recently wrote: "Because the WorldSpace product is a satellite receiver, there's no back-channel for data upload. As a result, you can't send email, request additional cached webpages or give feedback on whether a particular piece of content is useful." http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/xdev/000022.html So, in conclusion. WorldSpace is an innovative and obviously useful information dissemination tool. But, on the other hand, a basic, slow email system (even with intermediaries) is better at communication. simon On Friday, November 28, 2003, David J.A. Sawe wrote: > Arguably, the initial step towards joining the information society is to > receive information, and not to transmit blindly. In the same way, a > newborn's first breath is always to inhale and not to exhale. Especially > in terms of educating, informing and entertaining, there is much that > can be achieved through being able to merely receive broadcasts. If this > were not the case, then the traditional forms of media dissemination > (ie. radio/TV/print) could never have become as pervasive as they are > now in our more privileged urban areas. > > So WorldSpace satellite radio "receivers" bring about inclusivity by > merely offering a new option for reliably receiving high quality audio > and data content in locations hitherto excluded from any of the > traditional media forms. Of course, as with traditional broadcast > media, other options would need to be looked into on a case-by-case > basis to contribute anything in return; but at the outset, this > requirement is not a sine qua non. -- 99% Devil, 1% Angel anti-spam: do NOT post this address publicly homepage http://www.simonwoodside.com for the developing world http://www.openict.net member of http://www.mozilla.org/projects/camino ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org