[GKD] Digital Opportunity Channel Newsletter

2003-10-22 Thread Kanti Kumar
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INDIA PLANS MASSIVE CYBER PROJECT IN KASHMIR, SANS POWER AMP; CONNECTIVITY
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   The Indian government has announced an ambitious US $8.2 million plan to
   set up 139 Community Information Centres connecting all villages across
   the state of Kashmir, alongside call centres and other schemes to boost
   information technology, even though both power and connectivity remain
   elusive in the state. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70973/1138/557


UK COUNCIL PUTS CITIZEN BENEFITS CLAIMS ON EXPRESSWAY
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   In an innovative e-government initiative, the Halton Borough Council in
   UK is driving its housing and other benefits straight to the citizenry,
   literally. Equipped with laptops connected to the council's
   benefits-management system, its Benefits Express bus helps local people
   navigate the bureaucratic maze of applying for housing benefits and
   council tax relief.  
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70972/1138/557


AS ONE COMPANY TAKES OVER US AIRWAVES, DIVERSITY DISAPPEARS 

   Before the deregulation of radio in the US in 1996, no company could own
   more than 40 radio stations. Now one - Clear Channel - owns over 1,200,
   as well as hundreds of thousands of billboards, concert halls, and other
   entertainment products. All this means most of what we hear is only what
   they want us to hear, explains Free Speech Radio's Dante Toza.  
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70894/1138/557


MEDIA, COMMUNICATORS CONCERNED AT WSIS MEASURES
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   The Bellagio Symposium on Media, Freedom and Poverty, which came together
   recently, has expressed concern that in the World Summit on the
   Information Society some of the measures being considered run counter to
   freedom of expression and that there is inadequate mapping of development
   objectives against the proposed actions. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70782/1138/557


ACCESS TO INFORMATION ESSENTIAL TO KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES: MINISTERS
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   Meeting in Paris in preparation of the World Summit on the Information
   Society in December 2003, ministers from all over the world have agreed
   that universal access to information and press freedom must guide the ICT
   use to maximize its effectiveness for individual, community and national
   development. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70780/1138/557


BOLIVIA ACTIVISTS PROTEST FORCED CLOSURE OF RADIO STATION
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   Communication rights activists in Bolivia have denounced the forced
   closure of Radio Pio XII, one of the affiliates of the Association for
   Wireless Education in Bolivia. The closure was a direct result of the
   radio station's role in providing information on the crisis that is
   developing in the country. Latin American and Caribbean communicators
   have also expressed their solidarity with the Bolivian people. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70682/1138/557


RADIO PROJECT IN WEST AFRICA GIVES VOICES TO COMMUNITIES

   The Panos Institute West Africa has set up, in Ghana and Sierra Leone, a
   pilot radio project using ìOral Testimoniesî, or interviews that are long
   and extensive discussions on specific topics. Using the oral testimonies
   of the local population in their original languages, it aims to bring
   about a concept of a more listener-friendly radio format that facilitates
   integration and synthesis and encourages creativity. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70675/1138/557


FINALISTS NAMED FOR APC BETINHO COMMUNICATIONS PRIZE 2003
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   APC has announced the 12 finalists for the Betinho Communications Prize
   2003. Three of the projects will be awarded US$ 7,500 in prize in
   recognition of their outstanding people-centred technology initiatives in
   Latin America and the Caribbean. 
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/70540/1138/557


SOUTH AFRICA GETS ITS OWN 'GRAZING 

[GKD] Digital Opportunity Channel Newsletter

2003-10-14 Thread Kanti Kumar
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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

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 ìputting out anti-government newsî 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 

[GKD] Digital Opportunity Channel Newsletter

2003-09-25 Thread Kanti Kumar
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HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA EXCLUDED FROM WSIS

Human Rights in China (HRIC), the only organisation devoted exclusively
to human rights issues in China, has been denied accreditation to the
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) scheduled for Geneva in
December. HRIC feels rejection of its application to attend WSIS raises
serious concerns about transparency and legitimacy of this multilateral
process.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68617/1138/433


SYNTHESIS OF INFORMATION SOCIETY DEBATES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
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The World Forum on Community Networking (WFCN) has published the 2nd
issue of Mosaic, a newsletter presenting a synthesis of civil society
debates on the information society. Published in English, French and
Spanish, it summarizes discussions held on a number of lists and sites
from different cultural and linguistic perspectives.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68616/1138/433


INTERNET CREATES A NEW CLASS OF USERS IN AFRICA
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Even critics of massive spending on computer and Internet technology in
Africa - at what they fear is at the expense of poverty alleviation
efforts - are conceding that so-called ìnew mediaî are helping Africans
economically. Computers linked to the worldwide information Web via the
Internet are also helping efforts to promote democratisation and gender
empowerment.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68505/1138/433


CISCO TO FUND VOICE MAIL FOR POOR IN THE US
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Community Voice Mail, a Seattle-based nonprofit, provides free voice
mail for the homeless, poor and jobless around the US. A Cisco grant
will more than double the number of people Community Voice Mail assists
nationwide, from 25,000 to 65,000 by the end of 2007.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68502/1138/433


TELECENTRES HELP LATIN AMERICANS TO BE CONNECTED

Several Latin American governments are setting up telecentres where
people can surf the Internet, often free of charge, in an attempt to
narrow the digital divide within their societies, which is perhaps
larger than the gap that separates them from the industrialised world.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68386/1138/433


DIGITAL POWER HELPS INDIA'S DISTRICTS PREPARE FOR DISASTERS
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When cyclones, earthquakes or other calamities next strike in India,
district officials in many areas can go online and quickly mobilize
support for evacuation, search and rescue, medical aid and other relief
priorities. The India Disaster Resource Network - a nationwide inventory
of resources - was recently launched for emergency response to
disasters.
  http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68385/1138/433


SOMALIA'S TELECOM INDUSTRY SHINES IN SEA OF POVERTY
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Somalia is home to some of the world's poorest people. Yet, amidst all
the anarchy of a country reduced to ruins by civil war and over 12 years
of protracted power struggles between warlords, some things still shine
bright: it has one of the best and cheapest telecommunications systems
in Africa.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68384/1138/433


WORLD FORUM ON COMMUNICATION RIGHTS DURING WSIS
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The Communication Rights in the Information Society campaign (CRIS) will
hold the World Forum on Communication Rights, a one-day event, alongside
the WSIS. The forum is an independent civil society-led initiative,
aimed to demonstrate and document the importance of communication rights
for people and communities in an emerging information society.
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/link/gotoarticle/addhit/68302/1138/433


BLACK EQUITY ISSUE SPLITS SOUTH AFRICA'S ICT SECTOR
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Battle lines that could prove tough to breach have been drawn in the
debate over whether multinational IT firms must place some equity in
black hands in