Re: [GKD] RFI: How Can A Grassroots Project Obtain Financing From Private Donors In Rich Countries?

2005-06-29 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 6/24/05, Gena Fleming wrote: Currently, people in need of funding need to do quite a bit of sleuthing to find funding sources. Can we create an alternative? I am imagining a website which showcases a diversity of projects through photos and brief descriptions (women's rights, sustainable

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] RFI: IT Training Curriculum for Rural Community Local Government

2005-05-23 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 5/20/05, Femi Oyesanya [EMAIL PROTECTED] asked: What ICT training curriculum do you then introduce to the leadership of, take for example, a tribe of nomads, so that he/she can begin to think of policies that will use IT to improve rural livelihood ? I have been thinking about the

Re: [GKD] Sneaking Up on the $100 Computer

2005-03-08 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 3/2/05, Sam Lanfranco wrote: There is no need to detail all these options here except to note that a significant, necessary, and important component to in-vehicle telematics is the need for voice-to-voice interaction between the driver and onboard systems. This is necessary for safe

Re: [GKD] The $100 Computer: A Polite Scam

2005-02-23 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 2/22/05, Edward Cherlin wrote: On Thursday, 10 February 2005, Sam Lanfranco wrote: Dear Colleagues, The $100 computer for those on the other side of the digital divide has once again surfaced in what are mainly self-promoting (occasionally well intended) pronouncements from various

Re: [GKD] A Nigerian Farmer Using ICTs to Seek Information

2005-01-28 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 1/21/05, Scott Kleinberg [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: If there are no sources of used machinery, perhaps he could lease something -- using the funds he has to pay the lease for a specified time -- with an option to buy later at a specified price. Often you may be able to apply some of the

Re: [GKD] Should Developed Countries Subsidize the Internet for LDCs?

2005-01-14 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 1/11/05, Medard Gabel [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: A Thought experiment / Cost/benefit question: What would it cost (ball park estimate) to provide everyone in the world with broad band Internet access? ..snip... Building the high-speed wireless connection devices (or wired ones where

Re: [GKD] NGOs and Free Software

2004-12-24 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 12/22/04, Sam Lanfranco wrote: Many of these take place in areas where markets fail to work properly, in any event. And where on this planet exactly do markets work 'properly', without hedging them with consumer-protecting regulatory provisions? -- Vickram ***GKD is solely

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Win-Win Business Models

2004-12-03 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 12/1/04, Peter Burgess wrote: My current view is that we need to start looking very hard at how human resources in communities can be used best to produce the most ... and then market to get the most cash revenue and at the end have the most value for the community as a whole. I have

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Win-Win Business Models

2004-11-23 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 11/19/04, Lee Thorn wrote: The hard work of the people in Phon Kham and elsewhere in Lao PDR cannot be over-emphasized. They defined the problems to be addressed, they searched for solutions that fit their situation, they helped us define and test their solution and worked hard to achieve

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What is the Future for Cyber-Security?

2004-10-18 Thread Vickram Crishna
On Friday, October 15, 2004, Jim Burnham wrote: While the Macintosh OS is not exactly a new technology (more a niche technology unfamiliar to the majority of computer users), I feel that the Mac OS is a valuable 'tool' for helping protect both businesses and individuals from the flood of

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What Are the 'Right' Resources to Foster Professional Development?

2004-06-24 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 6/22/04, Gary Garriott [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I was happy to see this post advocating a return to the concept of development of basic supporting infrastructure.. My personal experience in rural development for more than a quarter century is that if people have the basic

Re: [GKD] Community Learning by Radio and the Internet

2004-06-01 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 5/26/04, John Hibbs wrote: What would happen if micro radio would be so ubiquitous (and affordable) that children everywhere would have a frequent opportunity to be their own content developers? broadcasters? Wouldn't this activity compare to the piano recital? Christmas play? soccer

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] The Role of the Private Sector

2003-11-28 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 11/25/2003, Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator wrote: Many GKD members have argued that the for-profit private sector must play a key role in expanding access to underserved communities. The notion is appealing. At the outset, let me state that I operate as an entrepreneur, mainly because

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What's on the Horizon?

2003-11-24 Thread Vickram Crishna
My two bits... 1. What new high impact technologies are on the 3-year horizon? Who (exactly) needs to do what (concretely) to make those technologies widely available? Optical frequencies communication for exceptionally low power, very high bandwidth, short distance communications

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Misunderstanding Broadband

2003-11-07 Thread Vickram Crishna
Al Hammond wrote: WiFi networks already cover ranges of 100 miles or more, with repeaters and tuned anntennae--in Laos, in California, in India, and in many other places. If it is happening in India, sadly, it is illegal. We are only permitted to operate WiFi indoors. However, the definition

Re: [GKD] RFI: Pico Hydro Power and ICT Deployments

2003-10-15 Thread Vickram Crishna
At 3:31 PM +0530 13/10/2003, Venkatesh (Venky) Hariharan wrote: Has anyone on this list come across a deployment of ICT specifically meant for powering computers in rural areas? I would be interested in hearing about this. Venky - you have separately been in direct contact with Udit about

Re: [GKD] RFI: Computer Donations To The Third World

2003-06-27 Thread Vickram Crishna
At 9:46 PM +0100 25/06/2003, Tony Roberts wrote: What we need to do is make an appropriate distinction between dumping and providing quality, fully refurbished, Pentium PCs into contexts where the appropriate capacity is already in place to make productive use of them. This means that secure

Re: [GKD] New Graph on ICTs in Africa

2003-03-10 Thread Vickram Crishna
This is just one more example of how things are structured AGAINST development (by which I mean equitable distribution of wealth and opportunity)... and anyone who raises a voice is labelled anarchic or some other convenient socio-eco-political pejorative. This graph refers to status quo in

Re: [GKD] World Computer Exchange Article

2003-02-19 Thread Vickram Crishna
At 1:11 PM + 13/02/2003, Pamela McLean wrote: We are exploring possibilities for equipping a community centre, such as getting computers through World Computer Exchange (WCE). Any advice or comments would be welcome. In the long term we recognise that there are good reasons for using

Re: [GKD] Radio and ICT

2002-07-09 Thread Vickram Crishna
. -- Vickram Crishna ceo Net Radiophony India Pvt Ltd Wireless Freedom! www.radiophony.com how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom? -- R. Buckminster Fuller ***GKD is solely supported by EDC, an NGO that is a GKP member*** To post a message, send

Re: [GKD] Literacy -- A Forgotten ICT?

2002-06-24 Thread Vickram Crishna
Richard Labelle [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I guess that this all depends on what is meant by literacy. Not being able to read and write does not preclude being able to develop, test and use technology and reading and writing may not be necessary to use some of the newer ICTs. People can