Re: [GKD] The Great African Internet Robbery

2002-07-17 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
You should be more precise: The world except US is being ripped off by the US Telcos. Reason: the situation you describe is true for all Internet-connections from outside the US. According to ITU we're talking about 500 Million (!) US$ anually at least that US Telcos would lose (or would have

Re: [GKD] The Great African Internet Robbery

2002-07-23 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Philipp Schmidt wrote: The ARPANET, the first stage of what has grown into today's Internet, was implemented by the U.S. military. It was then extended to be used by U.S. universities mainly for research purposes. It seems that anybody wanting to connect to the network that was up to this

[GKD] Literate Societies and the Internet

2002-08-14 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear all, Just as I had a recent presentation on the topic in El Salvador (for directors of primary and secondary schools, I'll forward the ppt in Spanish to whomever likes a copy), I would like to describe another pitfall or mistake committed many, many times by people from the north. They

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

2003-10-31 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear GKD Colleagues, Jean-Marie Blanchard wrote: Main barriers to Internet penetration are identified as: lack of Telecom infrastructure, limitation of population income, not adequate enough content and applications, lack of local expertise and population awarenessAlcatel is

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] How Much Bandwidth is Necessary?

2003-11-07 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
I would like to throw in my 20 ounces of salt ... and support Pam McLean. Stories from my life: When changing the German National Research Center for Computing in 1985 for the Engineering University of Nicaragua I felt like I was transported to the moon - dark side. Whereas in Germany I had

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

2003-11-28 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Let me preface my comments by some more general considerations: (a) No matter how wealthy he might be, a donor is only willing to finance operation costs -- or even a substantial fraction thereof -- for 1 or 2 years. (b) As accumulated cost for ongoing operations rapidly exceeds inital

Re: [GKD] RFI: Impact of ICT on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

2004-02-17 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Michael, I am well aware of the claimed global impact of ICT on overall capital-productivity, i.e. that improved supply- and distribution chain-management reduced the amount of capital bound to goods in store, that improved decision making reduced time-to-market, that standardizing

Re: [GKD] Knowledge Bank Evaluation Criticizes Dev. Gateway

2004-03-17 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear GKD Members, I would think it's extremely useful to precisely define that about which we are going to exchange opinions. To clarify some citations: Since FY97, the Bank has spent some US$220 million for corporate, network, and Regional knowledge-sharing activities and more than US$60

[GKD] RFI: Low Cost / Low Energy Printing Devices

2004-05-25 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear GKD Members, I'm setting up the initial balance sheets and specs for a National Crusade by which we pretend to equip each and every of the 6700 public school in the country with a low-scale internet access (2 computers per school, sufficient bandwidth for email and slow downloading of

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Cyber-Security and E-commerce

2004-10-04 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Mr. Sharkovski, I do understand perfectly your frustration, yet don't share your opinion - or perception - that there are just some powerful anonymous groups out there, which intentionally try to harm Macedonia by putting it on a black list. Why should they? (And by the way, this IMHO

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Cyber-Security, Policy and Cyber-Terrorism

2004-10-05 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Sam, Though I agree with your intention, I disagree that there is commonly shared definition even of Cyber-crime. Why? Looking strictly at criminal-codes in different countries, there are Internet-based activities which are protected by the Constitution in one country, and are criminal

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Can Technology and a Business Approach Make Globalization Work for the Poor?

2004-10-26 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Colleagues, I think we should separate (and not mix) the question of what marketing and packaging strategies are needed to sell ICT-services to the poor in a profitable way from what ICT-services the poor might need (and how to provide them in sustainable, maybe even profitable way). The

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Is Profitability Essential for Sustainability?

2004-11-02 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Initial remarks: the Moderator's question does not contain a definition of profit; it might be a monetary return on invested capital, it might be an excess over pure operation-costs, it might be equal to the operation costs but those who use the offered ICT-services do better by using those

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Blurring Corporate and NGO Lines

2004-11-05 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Al, On one side you are perfectly right: large corporations do have resources like technical expertise, logistics and capital, that could and should be leveraged to fight poverty (yet be aware of Halliburton's performance in Iraq or the Water-companies in Bolivia). Yet I'm afraid that your

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

2004-11-15 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Al, (1) It's simply and plainly wrong that what sells, serves - sometimes it serves, sometimes it doesn't. (2) It's again a gross misperception that earnings even of hundreds of thousands of new middlemen in ICT-service-distribution-chains eradicate poverty. (3) If it were true, then your

[GKD-DOTCOM] What Do We Mean By Poor?

2004-11-18 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Colleagues, I suspect that we operate under two quite different concepts of poor, which in turn gives rise to more confusion. Under the first concept -as for instance used by UNDP for the Human Development Index- poor or not so poor is -to put it briefly- measured in terms of liberty -

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

2004-12-10 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Colleagues, As it was tacitly touched upon in our recent focused discussion and is a hot topic for WSIS-2005, I would be interested in other opinions. To state it: in many cases they should not!...and not for the sake of avoiding spending but rather to avoid harming the Developing

Re: [GKD] The $100 Laptop

2005-04-18 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear Colleagues, I'm a little bit puzzled: if the cost of the components by themselves and isolated add up to $90 - assuming low costs due to the scale of the operation - they will be assembled into a laptop which is then preloaded, tested, packed, stored and shipped all for $0? (this is

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] How Can ICT Help Improve Local Governance?

2005-05-03 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Dear GKD Members, With all respect (but based on my almost 20 years of experience) what was missed in the catalogue of Key Questions is whether there are social-cultural contexts that condition success or failure? (i.e., [il]literacy, ethnic, cultural or religious [un]homogeneity at the local

Re: [GKD] RFI: Who is Linking DE with BOP Strategies?

2005-08-25 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
On 8/11/05, Jim Stodder wrote: Point (1): There would be large pedagogical advantages, even in the 1st world, to having MUCH greater use of sophisticated DE. However -- and this is key to my argument -- the institutional constraint of Academic Tenure, at both the Primary-Secondary and