[GKD-DOTCOM] What's on the Horizon for ICT and Local Government?

2005-05-23 Thread Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator
What's on the Horizon for ICT and Local Government? GKD members have identified a number of cases where ICTs have improved local government performance, and outlined major obstacles and critical success factors. With increasing emphasis on decentralization in developing countries, the role of ICT

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] What's On the Horizon for Professional Development?

2004-06-24 Thread Keith Birkhold
On Monday, June 21, 2004, Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator asked: KEY QUESTIONS: 1) What are the most innovative, cutting edge ICT-related practices currently used for professional development in developing countries? 2) Can technology innovations revolutionize professional training for

[GKD-DOTCOM] What's On the Horizon for Professional Development?

2004-06-21 Thread Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator
Dear GKD Members, The future of technology is exciting: online face-to-face courses with simultaneous translation; virtual reality training offering real-world experience; tiny hand-held devices providing just-in-time job mentoring from top experts. It is easy to imagine inspiring possibilities.

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

2003-12-03 Thread Don Osborn
I'd like to add a set of technologies involving language to the list before this thread is entirely cold: translators, text-to-speech (TTS), and speech-to-text (STT). In societies of the global South that are multilingual, and have strong oral traditions and low literacy rates, these technologies

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

2003-11-26 Thread Mullinax, John (J.)
I think what Allen is speaking of here can be generalized: IMHO, ICT is a tool (or more accurately, a very large suite of tools) that can be used to achieve a wide array of goals. It is not more, and it is not less. Tools have been around for thousands of years, and though the implementation of

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

2003-11-26 Thread Venkatesh (Venky) Hariharan
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? It seems to me that most of the component technologies needed for deploying ICT in rural areas are already in place. What really needs to be

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

2003-11-26 Thread Udit Chaudhuri
As for Guido Sohne's comment on battery life of hand-helds: Of course the real alternative is in effecient circuit design and perhaps the genre of mini fuel cells being researched on by various East Asian companies. However, there is one solution in low-cost solar power. Do visit

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

2003-11-25 Thread Satish Jha
Dear GKD Members: It is interesting to note the emphasis on policy. I for one, based on my education and experience base have come to believe that the Governments must not make technology choices and it should be best left to the forces that are well experienced in using it to the purposes they

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

2003-11-24 Thread William Lester
If we were to ask What SHOULD be on the horizon?, then I would answer: IMHO, the number one thing that would help Africa catch up to the technology revolution would be the elimination of the telecom monopolies. Whether by allowing competition from both internal and external vendors, privatization

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

2003-11-24 Thread Royal D. Colle
3. Where should we focus our efforts during the coming 3 years? On ICT policy? Creating ICT projects with revenue-generation models that are quickly self-supporting? Demonstrating the value of ICT to developing country communities? Universities in developing countries need to build their ICT

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

2003-11-24 Thread Al Hammond
I agree strongly with Simon Woodside's answers--experimentation, more modern technology, and broadband. But I was also struck by what another contributor said, e.g. Find successful and sustainable activities. Replicate. Get constraints out of the way. Get funding on the right basis. Let the demand

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] What's on the Horizon?

2003-11-21 Thread Guido Sohne
It's hard to predict or foresee technology. Mainly, it becomes an exercise in wishful thinking. So here are my wishes ... On Mon, 2003-11-17 at 20:28, Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator wrote: 1. What new high impact technologies are on the 3-year horizon? Who (exactly) needs to do what

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

2003-11-20 Thread Morris Miller
Perhaps we should ask: what could be on the horizon? After all, this is a question more likely to lead to proposals for action that are feasible in terms of their possible payoff in the medium term if appropriate action would be taken now. In that connection I would suggest an examination of the

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

2003-11-20 Thread Don Richardson
This new set of questions is intriguing. I am not sure I agree with the direction of the questions and the focus on magic bullet technologies. First, I submit that the focus of efforts should be on policy, particularly universal access policy. IDRC's Acacia programme, DFID's CATIA programme and

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

2003-11-20 Thread Ahmed Isah
Dear GKD Members, In response to the question asked on What's on the Horizon, to us in the developing world it is more or less provision of basic connectivity, integrating basic services in the connectivity and a lot of capacity building. I wish to concentrate on educational delivery and discuss

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

2003-11-19 Thread S Woodside
Time for peering into the crystal ball, I guess. First, three years is about the outer limit IMO for any kind of computer technology predictions. I tend to look at trends that are coming in the next year or two and that's quite challenging enough... This week we ask GKD members to consider the

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

2003-11-19 Thread Peter Burgess
Dear Colleagues, I am not sure that what I have to say can be described as valuable input and insights!, but here goes anyway! 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? Affordable

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

2003-11-17 Thread Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator
Dear GKD Members, During the past three weeks, GKD members have discussed a number of intriguing technical solutions to bringing access to underserved communities, several of which have demonstrated promise in the field. Especially noteworthy are various forms of wireless connectivity, in