Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Bringing Connectivity to Under-Served Communities

2003-11-26 Thread S Woodside
WorldSpace is a broadcast system. With a WorldSpace system you are only capable of receiving data, not sending it. While I think WorldSpace is a great and wonderful thing, it's very dangerous if people thinking it's a substitute for the real thing which is an internet connection that allows

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] How Much Bandwidth is Necessary?

2003-11-26 Thread Don Osborn
Njideka, This is an interesting initiative and the notion of scanning handwritten letters is a nice innovation as it permits a more direct communication of content. It's not clear from your third point, 3) The youth agents will have a customized form they will use to document the message(s).