Announcement and Call for Papers: Indian Telecentre Forum 2006

Abstract Submission: June 30, 2006

Abstract Acceptance: July 05, 2006

Full Paper Submission: July 25, 2006

Final confirmation: July 31, 2006

Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS) is organising a three-day conference and exhibition titled ‘Indian Telecentre Forum 2006’ to be held in conjunction with ‘egov India 2006’ and ‘Digital Learning India 2006’ on August 23-25, 2006 at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, India.

The conference and workshop programme has been conceptualised to bring Indian and international practitioners on a single platform for learning and sharing experiences, and to address critical issues of content, collaboration, sustainability and up scaling. Further, issues relating to project monitoring, steered by external financial support, either from international development agencies, or from governments in Asia, will be closely assessed.

The Indian Telecentre Forum 2006 will highlight trends and strategies all over the world in telecentre domain, bringing forth the challenges and opportunities specific to Asian region. Along with the exhibition, it will be a forum to showcase best practices, innovative technologies and ICT solutions for the rural sector. For all stakeholders with an interest in telecentre initiatives, it will be an ideal place to meet old friends, make new friends, share notes and foster partnerships. It will provide a knowledge-sharing platform, where one could hear and meet the policymakers, practitioners, industry leaders and academicians of Asia-Pacific nations and learn to carry forward telecentre initiatives, by consolidating them into actionable programme.

We invite stakeholders from NGOs, governments, private sector, donors, development agencies, academia research community, etc. to participate in this forum. Please provide a brief outline (abstract of no more than 500 words) of your work and the perspectives that you wish to share in this forum. You will have an opportunity to showcase your work, share your experiences, and learn from others in dialogues/workshops. Presentations, short case study papers, posters and video and exhibitions are different formats in which sharing will take place.

Some of the key themes of the conference sessions include (among others):

* The Telecentre Forum – Vision 2010
* South Asian Telecentre movement – Catalytic Factors
* Emerging Markets – the opportunity for technology, content, and support providers
* Tech Support and Services gaps and localisation needs
* Mapping TC Services – banking, insurance, agri/health info
* Capacity Building for effective e-Learning

We welcome papers from practitioners and experts, in the various sessions of the conference. Please take a few minutes to view (and bookmark) the conference website which is being frequently updated with latest information about the partners, and associates who are supporting this event.

Global Alliance for ICT and Development

El 19 de junio pasado las Naciones Unidas lanzaron la Alianza Global para las Tecnologías de la Información para el Desarrollo.

Abajo varios documentos y comunicados de prensa sobre la misma.

Principles and elements of a Global Alliance for ICT and Development (Multi-stakeholder Forum)

A principal distinguishing feature of the Alliance, and its key value added, will be in providing a multi-stakeholder cross-sectoral platform and forum that will bring together all stakeholders representing relevant constituencies (for example, in governments – development cooperation, foreign policy, finance, social, sectoral (health, education) and regulatory agencies; in the private sector – industry and workers associations, producers and consumers of ICT, the media; in civil society – NGOs, CSOs, foundations, scientific, academic and ICT communities and individuals providing advocacy and oversight on Information Society issues and implementing programs addressing MDGs).

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Inaugural Meeting of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development

In a follow up to the recent decision of the Secretary-General (see press release), the inaugural meeting of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development will be held on 19-20 June 2006 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia following a generous invitation by the Government of Malaysia. All interested stakeholders are invited to participate in the meeting. A registration form for indicating both your interest in participating in the Global Alliance and, specifically, your participation in the Kuala Lumpur meeting is attached.

Global Alliance Strategy Council

The strategic overall guidance to the Alliance, such as identification of priorities and themes for discussion, will be provided by a multi-stakeholder Strategy Council that will be set up by the Secretary-General taking into account inputs from all stakeholders. The Strategy Council will consist of about fifty members from all stakeholders: governments, the private sector, civil society (in particular gender and youth groups), media, the academic and technical communities, as well as secretariats of relevant intergovernmental organizations. The members of the Council will be chosen in their personal capacity and will enjoy equal rights in the work of the Council. The basic requirement for the members of this policy-setting group will be commitment, experience and vision in ICT for development, as well as traditional development fields.

It is envisaged that the Strategy Council will have one physical meeting annually, with most of consultative and deliberative work done on-line. The first meeting of the Strategy Council is planned to be held on 19 June 2006 in Kuala Lumpur.

The nominations received are available here.

More information on the inaugural meeting

Global Prize for IT Benefiting Youth in Developing Countries – Call for Nominations for US$100,000 Development Gateway Award

The Development Gateway Foundation is calling for nominations for its US$100,000 prize for outstanding achievement in the use of information and communication technologies to improve lives in developing countries. Sponsored in part by Intel Corporation, this year’s Development Gateway Award is focusing on initiatives that empower or improve the conditions of youth.

The award will be launched here today at the United Nations’ World Urban Forum III, at a special reception for youth participants following the close of this weekend’s World Youth Forum. Both events have gathered people from around the world to focus on critical development issues.

Both individuals and organizations are eligible to apply for the award. Applicants must demonstrate that their initiatives are successful, sustainable and replicable. The initiatives must also show significant impact on youth in areas that are important to social and economic development, such as employment, education, health or agriculture.

“Better access to basic information or services through technology can change the life of a poor person,” said Mark Fleeton, Chief Executive Officer, Development Gateway Foundation. “As first adopters of new technologies, young people in urban areas can often benefit most quickly. As entrepreneurs, they are also critical to spreading the benefits across their communities and to the rest of the world.”

In 2005 the award was presented to the ITC eChoupal program in India for its overall contribution to development. eChoupal has helped increase the incomes and productivity of millions of farmers by giving them more direct access to markets, as well as pricing and product information, via village-based Internet kiosks. eChoupal is now expanding its service to include education. For full award criteria and to access an online application, please go to www.developmentgateway.org/award. The application deadline is August 11.

The Development Gateway Foundation puts the Internet to work for the benefit of people in developing countries. We provide web-based solutions for effective aid and e-government – increasing access to critical information, building local capacity and bringing partners together for positive change. The Development Gateway is a non-profit organization with activities around the world. For more information go to www.developmentgateway.org.

elpoderdelagente.net

El elpoderdelagente.net es un “Unidad Básica virtual”

Para aquellos que no seáis argentinos, se llama Unidad Básica a un local partidario del Justicialismo (Peronismo) donde se llevan adelante todas las actividades relativas a la acción política del candidato. Esencialmente la función principal es la coordinación con sus militantes (colaboradores)

Esta iniciativa fue lanzada el 13 de junio pasado por el diputado justicialista Oscar Lamberto.

En el acto de presentación el diputado Oscar Lamberto, dijo que “esta página es una herramienta útil para abrir la mente de los peronistas y no peronistas”.

Destaco esta acción porque me parece muy interesante, aunque por supuesto, muy lejos del objetivo para el que fue diseñado. El contenido de relevancia al militante es poco, no hay herramientas de colaboración, no existe forma de lograr una “comunidad online” etc. Por supuesto, espero que en el futuro estas carencias se superen y le deseo el mayor de los éxitos al diputado.

Y más allá de lo comentado, como herramienta de Marketing político es excelente. Felicitaciones por una muy buena idea.

Citizen, content and connect: inclusion through technology

(This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). The Concluding Report of the Urbact Information Society Network, May 2006.

The Information Society Network (ISN) is made up of partners from 13 European cities lead by Manchester, UK. The principal focus of the network has been on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to promote social inclusion and economic development. The work of the ISN is essentially pragmatic. Members of the network have presented their projects and programmes to each other in a series of seminars and workshops facilitated by an expert in the field. This report is the result of that process. The report is analytical and is illustrated by the more informal presentations of illustrative case studies which are to be found running in parallel at the bottom of each page. Both sections have been colour coded for clarity.

Further information on Citizen, content and connect: inclusion through technology – in pdf format (3,697kb) »

BID y Microsoft formalizan acuerdo para impulsar desarrollo tecnológico en América Latina y el Caribe

El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y Microsoft Corporation formalizaron un acuerdo para facilitar el acceso a los beneficios de las tecnologías de la información y comunicación (TIC) para los habitantes y las instituciones de América Latina y el Caribe.

El acuerdo firmado por el presidente del BID, Luis Alberto Moreno, y el vicepresidente senior de Microsoft, Orlando Ayala, contribuirá a la competitividad y el desarrollo social y económico de la región mediante el impulso de la ciencia y la tecnología.

“El proceso de desarrollo no es sostenible sin el aporte del sector privado, motor de las inversiones, la innovación, la productividad y el empleo”, afirmó Moreno. “Nuestra alianza estratégica con las empresas es crucial para promover el crecimiento y el empleo en América Latina y el Caribe”.

“La innovación progresiva, científica y tecnológica propulsa la economía global del conocimiento mientras nuevas ideas crean nuevos negocios y trabajos que mejoran la productividad de los negocios y mejoran el bienestar de las personas”, dijo Orlando Ayala. “Microsoft está comprometido a formar alianzas con organizaciones como el BID para construir una fuerte y sostenible infraestructura que le permite a ciudadanos, los negocios, los gobiernos y las naciones llegar a ser más competitivos”.

El acuerdo define seis áreas estratégicas de interés común para el BID y Microsoft, que constituyen el marco para el desarrollo de proyectos específicos que se irán elaborando y anunciando paulatinamente. Estas áreas son:

  • Gobierno electrónico
  • Seguridad de TIC para el sector público
  • Fortalecimiento de la capacidad científica y tecnológica
  • Educación
  • Remesas y microfinanzas
  • Juventud, tecnología e inclusión social.

Actualmente se están elaborando proyectos específicos bajo cada una de dichas áreas. Bajo el tema de seguridad de TIC para el sector público, ya se han realizado seminarios conjuntos del BID y Microsoft con entidades de gobiernos en la región. Un objetivo en este caso será llevar a cabo un programa regional de capacitación en seguridad informática para el sector público de América Latina y el Caribe.

Recientemente también se anunció la creación por parte del BID del “Programa de Desarrollo Juvenil para la Innovación y Acción Social”, para el cual Microsoft ya ha comprometido su apoyo técnico y financiero. Este programa tendrá énfasis especial en grupos juveniles socialmente excluidos, la juventud de áreas rurales y de bajos ingresos, y se enfocará en tres áreas principales: microempresa (de negocio y social); tecnología de la información y comunicación para el desarrollo; y desarrollo comunitario y voluntariado.

En general los proyectos a ser ejecutados en el marco del acuerdo, buscarán la creación conjunta de conceptos y mecanismos innovadores, proyectos piloto, complementación de esfuerzos e inversiones, y la identificación temprana de nuevos retos en el desarrollo de la región donde las TIC puedan aportar soluciones e impacto positivo.

El acuerdo forma parte y contribuirá a instrumentar la “Facilidad de Tecnología de Información y Comunicación para el Desarrollo” que se encuentra en proceso de preparación. El objetivo de esta facilidad es la creación del instrumento institucional que permitirá al BID el desarrollo de alianzas público privadas con empresas líderes en tecnología, conducentes al apalancamiento de los recursos financieros y técnicos disponibles para operaciones de cooperación técnica para la región.

El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo es la más antigua y mayor institución de desarrollo regional multilateral y principal fuente de financiamiento multilateral de América Latina y el Caribe. Promueve el desarrollo social y económico y contribuye a reducir la pobreza y a fortalecer las instituciones democráticas en los países de la región.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”), fundada en 1975, es líder mundial en servicios y soluciones de software que ayudan a las personas y a las empresas a desarrollar su potencial en pleno.

Fuente: BID