Re: [GKD] Flaws in India's Model e-Governance Project

2003-10-01 Thread Udit Chaudhuri
It is high time to find a technology that will end this holy cow
computerisation, so typical of India. I don't know if this attitude
holds in other 3rd world countries too.

The same thing happenned in several organisations including banks and
commercial firms throughout the 70s to the 90s, that the first wave of
computerisation pervaded various sectors of the Indian economy. With
computerisation of records and information, data-entry operators and
those authorised to allow access or process outputs became the new power
centres, instead of becoming catalysts for efficiency.

However, with progrssively less complex technology, increased computing
power in desktop machines, advent of the Net, widespread, networked and
cheaper PCs, this power of information is slowly being disseminated to
the direct beneficiaries intended to be served, i.e. customers,
tax-payers, citizens at large, etc.

One expected that with the integration of cheap and powerful hand-helds
like the Simputer and slew of Linux boxes, this dissemination would
receive a shot in the arm, but we seem to have hit a speed-breaker here
too.


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[GKD] Social Appropriation of ICTs in Jamaica

2003-10-01 Thread Tony Roberts
Regarding Karin Delgadillo's posting on the social use and appropriation
of ICTs in Jamica you may be interested to learn of the work of some of
Computer Aid's partners.

Computer Aid has sent professionally refurbished PCs to Kingston School
to St Patrick's Youth Training Project and on two occasions to the
Jamaica Society for the Blind.

In the later case we have supplied 170 PCs fitted with adaptive
technologies for sight impaired and blind users in association with
another UK NGO, Sight Savers International. Voice recognition software
and other output enhancements enable users to develop vocational skills
and join mainstream education and recreational activities as well as
accessing email and the internet.

Blind led organisations from other Latin American and Caribbean
countries are participating in this innovative project inlcuding
Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, St. Vincent, Guyana, and Belize.

Computer Aid International is a non-profit organisation registered as a
charity with the government in England and Wales. We are the world's
largest and most experienced non-profit supplier of quality refurbished
Pentium computers to non-profits in developing countries. We have
supplied almost 25,000 fully refurbished PCs to where they are most
needed in schools, colleges and community organisations in 80 different
countries.

Kind regards

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Re: [GKD] New Book Highlights Priorities for WSIS

2003-10-01 Thread S Woodside
Nice to see this list is back after the hiatus. I have heard that the
Civil Society groups have been having trouble at the WSIS prepcoms. I do
not see how a world information SOCIETY can be discussed without a full
and adequate treatment of the concerns of the Civil Society
representatives.

simon


On Monday, September 29, 2003, at 09:22 AM, Karen Higgs wrote:

 At the United Nations' World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS),
 to be held in Geneva in December, governments will agree on a
 declaration and action plan that could enhance or hinder access to ICTs
 for the vast majority of the world's population. The Association for
 Progressive Communications (APC) and the CRIS Campaign have been
 following the WSIS process and their publication - Involving Civil
 Society in ICT Policy: the World Summit on the Information Society -
 highlights some of the principal issues at stake.


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[GKD] Low-Cost Computers for the Developing World?

2003-10-01 Thread Sudhakar Chandra
http://h2o.law.harvard.edu/viewRotisserie.do?rotisserieId=285

Interesting question being posed by the author: Should the developing
world fund research to build a low cost (read around $100) computer or
invest in building IT/education upon the platform of a device such as
internet-capable mobiles.

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