[GKD] Digital Opportunity Channel Newsletter

2003-10-22 Thread Kanti Kumar
' FOR OPEN SOURCE

   South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has
   launched an Open Source Centre as an attempt to stimulate the adoption of
   Open Source software technologies in Africa. The centre has adopted as
   its theme the concept of 'Meraka', a SeSotho term meaning common grazing
   land. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70537/1138/557


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Analysis
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/1134
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MAKING TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR THE POOR
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   At the upcoming WSIS conference on technology and development, delegates
   should consider not just how to improve Internet access in the developing
   world, but how to overcome the other half of the digital divide -
   making the new technologies work in poorer, less literate societies,
   argues David Dickson. OneWorld's Open Knowledge Network is already doing
   just that. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70900/1134/557

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WRITE A VIDEO SCRIPT AND WIN A DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA!

   The UK Department for International Development, Gamos and Big World
   invite you to compete for a digital video camera, plus accessories, to
   enhance your information and communication for development. Develop a
   script for a short video that you will use the digital video camera to
   make and its project planning and send by email or post. Closing date: 30
   October 2003 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70784/1112/557


TALK TO HER: DIALOGUE AMONG YOUNG WOMEN IN ICT
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   From October 24 to November 21, 2003, young women from across the globe
   will connect in an electronic forum to discuss strategies for the
   integration of gender dimensions and empowerment of young women and girls
   at all levels of the ICT for development field.   
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70783/1112/557

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Partner News
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/4678
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'MAKING THE LINKS' OF DIVERSE VOICES IN CANADA'S HEARTLAND
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   Making the Links is an independent, alternative radio from the heartland
   of Canada, now in its sixth year of broadcasting. Airing on community
   stations in Saskatoon and Regina, it features the voices of many
   communities fighting for social and economic change at home and globally.
 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70901/4678/557

AMARC LAUNCHES RADIO NEWS AGENCY FOR AFRICA'S RURAL AREAS
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   The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) has set up
   a news agency on development issues. Simbani [1] Africa News Agency will
   make use of technical information from various organizations, editing it
   into radio format, thus making it accessible to a wide audience,
   including to people in the most remote rural areas. Read more in French  
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70570/4678/557

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Current Funding Opportunity
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/4889
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OSISA INVITES ICT4D PROPOSALS FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA
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   The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) has formally
   launched its new ICT Programme Guidelines and has invited organisations
   to engage with OSISA on developing effective proposals for ICT s and
   development in Southern Africa. OSISA will support programmes where ICT
   policy, technologies, networking, literacy and development awareness are
   not an end in themselves, but where the emphasis is on social action for
   change. Contact Ashraf Patel at [EMAIL PROTECTED]
mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] for more
   information. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70905/4889/557


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[GKD] Digital Opportunity Channel Newsletter

2003-10-14 Thread Kanti Kumar
 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

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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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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[GKD] Digital Opportunity Channel Newsletter

2003-09-25 Thread Kanti Kumar
 in South Africa to comply with empowerment criteria. A split
in opinion quickly emerged at a workshop, where members of the ICT
sector hoped to draw up a charter setting out clear black empowerment
targets.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68301/1138/433


SCIENTISTS TAP GLOBAL COMPUTER POWER TO PROBE CLIMATE CHANGE

British scientists have launched a new program, climateprediction.net,
that will draw on the input of thousands of personal computer users
around the world to track climate change and provide comprehensive
forecasts.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68300/1138/433

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Success Stories
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/article/archive/1136
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SOUTH AFRICA: TAKING TECHNOLOGY TO RURAL LIMPOPO

Until a year ago, some villagers in deep rural Limpopo had never seen a
computer. Now their fingers fly across the keyboard. They are the
members of the Mogalakwena Hewlett Packard i-community where villagers
are being exposed to technology in a project initiated at the World
Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) a year ago.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68387/1136/433


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JOIN OUR NEW FORUM ON GENDER  ICT ISSUES
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Are women increasingly getting even access to information technologies
and services? Is unequal power relations in our societies contribute to
differential access for men and women in information society? How can
the situation be improved through ICT? These are some of the issues that
our new Gender  ICT forum aims to address.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68410/1112/433


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Partner News
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MAHITI BUILDING ONLINE DONATION CHANNEL FOR INDIAN COMMUNITIES
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Mahiti from India provides simple and affordable information and
communication technology services to the civil sector. It specialises in
multi-platform, multi-lingual Web, intranet, multimedia and kiosk
applications. Mahiti is building an online donation channel on a portal
called ICICI Communities, in collaboration with Give Foundation and
Murray Culshaw Advisory Services.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68759/4678/433


NEW VERSION OF KABISSA'S 'TIME TO GET ONLINE' TOOLKIT
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Kabissa has come out with an updated version of its highly successful
'Time to Get Online' self-learning materials for African civil society
organisations. The materials help civil society activists and organisers
to get online, learn the essential steps to success on the Internet and
to integrate the Internet into their work. The toolkit is available
online for free download and in print and CD-ROM version at a nominal
cost.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/67590/4678/433


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[GKD] Information Society Forum Discussion Summary NowAvailable

2003-07-10 Thread Kanti Kumar
Dear Friends,

The summaries of discussions on the first topic of Knowledge Societies
in our online discussion forum 'Information Society: Voices from the
South' are available now on the Web.

The discussions in this forum, being run by Digital Opportunity Channel
in partnership with Bytes for All, began May 15, 2003 under the theme of
'Information Society: What does it mean for the South?'

This discussion, which continued for over a month, was then split into
three sub-topics:

*  Should ICT be always associated with Information Society? 
*  Information society for grassroots development: Who takes the most
important role (of the information intermediaries)?
*  Indigenous knowledge and information for local needs: How to collect,
process and deliver that?

You can read the summary of the discussions over the main theme at
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/fulltext/IS_summary1_knowledgesociety.ht
m
You can find links to the summaries of the sub-topics from therein.

To read recent messages to the forum, visit
http://www.dgroups.org/groups/IS/index.cfm?op=maincat_id=2777
To join the forum, sign up at:
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/discussion/signup/
More information about the discussion forum is available at
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/discussion/wsis/


Kanti Kumar
Editor, Digital Opportunity Channel
www.digitalopportunity.org
OneWorld South Asia
New Delhi, India




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[GKD] Vacancy at OneWorld South Asia

2003-02-25 Thread Kanti Kumar
Dear Friends,

Please circulate the following vacancy announcement among your
colleagues and friends. This post is open to South Asian nationals.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial Centre Director to provide
leadership and direction to the OneWorld South Asia team based in Delhi.

OneWorld is a dynamic, non-profit network using the Internet to promote
human rights and sustainable development.Our award-winning
initiatives have consistently broken fresh ground in showing how Civil
Society can profit from new technology.

The OneWorld South Asia team of 10 has already established itself as
front-runners in South Asia in the use of ICTs for development, through
a range of targeted activities:

Partnership networking among 200+ regional partners.

Syndicating news stories from South Asia to Yahoo, the web¥s biggest
news site, alongside Reuters and AP.

Highlighting news and features from partners on the regional portal
www.oneworld.net/southasia.

Running training sessions and delivering technical services to partners.

Publishing specialist global portals on Education
(www.learningchannel.org) and ICTs (www.digitalopportunity.org). Other
new initiatives such as the Open Knowledge Network (see
www.openknowledge.net) are in the pipeline. The current budget of R1.5
crore is expected to grow substantially.

OneWorld South Asia is currently registered as a representative office
of OneWorld International, but the new Centre Director will lead the
office to become an autonomous Centre within the OneWorld Network. The
post will initially report to the OneWorld International Southern
Programmes Manager, and later to a representative Regional Board.

We are looking for someone who is both an idealist and a realist:
idealist enough to project a vision of how the new information tools can
be used for social goals, and realist enough to know that nothing gets
achieved without tight management, effective planning, and a keen eye on
the bottom line.

Responsibilities:

1.  Management

To provide overall leadership to the OneWorld South Asia (OWSA) team.
To line-manage senior OWSA staff.
To ensure that OWSA meets its statutory legal and fiscal obligations.
To ensure sound budget management.

2.  Representational

To represent OWSA within the OneWorld network.
To build the reputation of OWSA with its partners, the regional media
and other stakeholders.
To develop relations with donors, corporates, Trusts and other potential
income-sources for OWSA.

3.  Centre Business Development

To develop a diversified income-generating strategy including both
grants and technical services delivered to partners.
To incorporate this income-generating strategy in a Centre business plan
to be put to the OneWorld International trustees as the basis for Centre
autonomy.
To develop and manage balanced annual budgets for OWSA.

4.  Technical

To coordinate the development of the Open Knowledge Syndication Centre
under or within OWSA.
To coordinate the development of ICT services to be provided to
partners, including on a paying basis.

Essential Skills and Experience

Proven track record of leadership achievement - not necessarily within
NGOs.
Management of technical services such as programming, web development
and hosting.
Financial Management and budgetary control.
Fund-raising.
Line management of staff in inter-disciplinary teams.
Strategic thinker, professional, entrepreneurial, committed to the use
of ICTs for social purposes.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Passport-holder of a South Asian country willing to work in Delhi, with
regular international travel.
Commitment to OneWorld's values.

Desirable Skills and Experience

Knowledge of Web based ICT software applications.
Experience of international working.
Experience in the civil society sector.
Experience of working within networks.

Notes:
This is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not re-apply.

This is a paid position.

Salary / Benefits : : Equivalent to c. 15,000 pounds sterling per year
Type of work : Contract

Location : New Delhi, India

Closing Date : 5 Mar 2003

To apply :
Please send for an application form to [EMAIL PROTECTED]

In exceptional cases, a CV and covering letter will also be considered.

Closing date for return of application forms: 5 March 2003.
Interviews will take place in Delhi in the week beginning 24 March 2003.
Agreed travel costs will be reimbursed.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted no later than 14 March. Applicants
who have not been contacted by this date should assume that their
applications have not been successful.

OneWorld is committed to equal opportunities.
For more information about OneWorld see: http://www.oneworld.net/about
For more information see : http://www.oneworld.net/southasia

Kanti Kumar
Editor, Digital Opportunity Channel
www.digitalopportunity.org
OneWorld South Asia
New Delhi, India
Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]




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[GKD] Digital Opportunity Channel Weekly Digest

2002-07-10 Thread Kanti Kumar

Dear GKD Members,

I thought you may be interested to see a sample of the weekly email
digest of Digital Opportunity Channel.

We hope this product is a useful way for all those interested in ICT for
development issues to keep informed on latest news, analysis, success
stories, campaigns and upcoming events. If you would like to subscribe,
details of how to do so are near the foot of this message or you can do
so on the web at www.digitalopportunity.org/get_involved/email/.

Apologies to any current subscribers and for any other cross-postings.

Kanti Kumar
Editor, Digital Opportunity Channel
www.digitalopportunity.org
OneWorld South Asia
tel: +91-11-6498791 email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

What's new on DigitalOpportunity.org http://www.digitalopportunity.org
10-Jul-02


News
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/


Broadcasters create forum to push children's radio
http://www.worldradioforum.org/
Broadcasters from all over the world have come together to create the
World Radio Forum to strengthen the links between all sectors for the
support and promotion of radio produced for, with and by children and
youth. The forum has just launched its Website. Have a look at what they
are about.

Africa gets supercomputer for HIV, genome research
http://allafrica.com/stories/200207090009.html
The first supercomputer in Africa devoted specifically to research is
now operational. The supercomputer will be used for research tasks that
include greater understanding of HIV and better analysis of human
genome.

Internet touches lives of Iranian villagers
http://www.digitaldividenetwork.org/content/news/index.cfm?key=686
Shahkooh, a village 240 miles from Tehran, has built a computer lab to
help all interested villagers become computer literate. Classes are free
and the village has its own Farsi-language Website, Shakooh.com.
http://www.shakooh.com Two dozen villagers have become entrepreneurs
and the Website is used to market local crafts.

India's digital library stokes controversy
http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=10756
India's new Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, meant to preserve and
protect the country's biodiversity and traditional knowledge, has come
in for criticism. Activists fear it may provide biopirates the fodder
they are looking for.

RD grants available for Asia-Pacific ICT proposals
http://www.idrc.ca/reports/read_news.cfm?article_num=1072
The ICTs for Research and Development Grants programme is now accepting
proposals. The programme aims to promote an RD environment for
Internet-based applications, systems, and policy research in the
Asia-Pacific region. The last date for submitting proposals is 15 July
2002.

Techniques, policies needed to preserve digital knowledge
http://allafrica.com/stories/200206120600.html
An enormous trove of digital information covering all areas of human
endeavour could be lost if specific techniques and policies are not
developed to conserve it, the United Nations Educational Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has warned.

Indian rural markets being connected for real time prices
http://www.propoor.org/news/xar0617.asp#3
India's efforts to network more than 7,000 agricultural markets have
begun with 72 markets in the southern state of Karnataka being
networked. The network will provide farmers real time prices and other
farming information.

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Analysis
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/features/analysis/
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ICTs for indigenous women in Bolivia
http://www.eldis.org/dbtw-wpd/exec/dbtwpcgi.exe?AC=GET_RECORDXC=/dbtw-wpd
/e
xec/dbtwpcgi.exeBU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eldis.org%2Fsearch.htmTN=a1SN=AUTO235
72SE=1280RN=3MR=20RF=s1DF=f1RL=0DL=0NP=3ID=MF=eldismsg.iniMQ=TI=
0
The participatory action research of OMAK, an indigenous women's
organisation in Bolivia, shows that there is a need for developing a
methodology that allows women to access information themselves.


Success Stories
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/features/success_stories/


Zambia uses ICT-based development  to avoid isolation
http://www.iconnect-online.org/base/ic_show_news?sc=220id=1877
In order to avoid isolation in the developing knowledge society, Zambia
has initiated various development activities based on effective use of
ICTs. A national network and think-tank of NGOs is helping the
government to formulate a common vision for ICT-supported development.

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Campaigns
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/get_involved/campaigns/
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A mailing list devoted to gender aspects of ICTs
http://server778.dnslive.net/mailman/listinfo/ictnet_un-instraw.org
The ICT Net is an e-mail based discussion

[GKD] Supporting Local Development Content

2002-01-30 Thread Kanti Kumar

Dear Friends,

Forwarding the following for those who're interested in and working on open
content. They can share their experiences and ideas.

Kanti Kumar


-Original Message-
From:  Peter Ballantyne [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent:  Tuesday, January 29, 2002 2:01 AM
Subject:  Supporting Local Development Content

For several years now, there has been talk of the need to focus our
'development with ICTs' efforts on ways to encourage and support 'local
content.' Thus, the report of the DOT Force points to local content
development and dissemination as critical to the local appropriation of
ICTs for development purposes. But it gives little insight into exactly
what content, for what purposes, and with what expected development
impacts.  Nor does it indicate how exactly the processes of local
content creation, adaptation, and sharing can best be supported. As an
input to the work of the Digital Opportunities Taskforce (DOT Force),
IICD is working with DFID, OneWorld and other partners to identify and
document how local organisations and communities in developing countries
are using ICTs to create, adapt, and exchange local content. We are
looking for examples and cases as well as insights into critical success
and support factors. We will provide a short report to DFID on these
issues by the end of March 2002.
Brief information about the project is available on the web at:
http://www.iconnect-online.org/base/show_template_hl?template=1articl=e_id
v6subcat7

But we need your help. By:
* Sharing your experiences and ideas regarding what is meant by 'local
content' and how it can be propagated.
* Requesting and completing a form describing how you are generating,
adapting, or exchanging a particular type of local content.
Case study forms can be requested from me at [EMAIL PROTECTED]
* Forwarding this message to any local contacts or partners who are
doing interesting things with local content.
* Suggesting who we can contact to solicit further case experiences and
lessons.

If there is sufficient demand, we will bring the various discussants of
these issues together in an online workspace to avoid inconveniencing
people not directly interested in this issue.

Looking forward to hearing from you in the coming month!

Peter Ballantyne
Team Leader, Knowledge Sharing
International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) PO
Box 11586  *  2502 AN The Hague  *  The Netherlands
phone:  31 (0)70 311 7311  *  email:  [EMAIL PROTECTED]  *  web:
www.iicd.org
www.iconnect-online.org




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