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 Monday, May 04, 2009

Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN)  encourages telecentre networks to add their details to the BTN National Telecentre Database.

Telecentres are invited to visit the BTN website at http://www.mission2011.net.bd in order to view up to 2.068 telecentres which were collected during the past year.

Recently opened telecentres are asked to add their information as well as those telecentres not already listed. BTN are planning to launch a nationwide survey in order to capture other telecentre initiatives through their BTN Resource Centres.

The important links are:

  1. To visit the National Telecentre Database please click http://www.mission2011.net.bd/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=58&lang=en
  2. To register your new telecentres please visit http://www.mission2011.net.bd/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=166&lang=en
  3. To see Division wise telecentres please visit http://www.mission2011.net.bd/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=171&lang=en
  4. To see district wise telecentre please visit http://www.mission2011.net.bd/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=168&lang=en
  5. To see Upazilla/Thana wise telecentre please visit http://www.mission2011.net.bd/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=172&lang=en
  6. You can search telecentres by Area (up to Union Level) or by Location or by Coordinating Institute or by Model Name or even by Typing a Key Word at http://www.mission2011.net.bd/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=169&lang=en
  7. To see your telecentre in the Bangladesh Map please visit http://map.mission2011.net.bd/. The GIS part is still under process. We need to make some ammendments too.

While visiting your telecentre, if you find any incorrect information or you want to make some amendments, please let BTN know by e-mail to mahumd@mission2011.net.bd

Monday, May 04, 2009 1:25:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 10, 2009

ITU is pleased to announce the launch of its 2009 Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition.

The 2009 ITU Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition is open to current students and recent graduates in economics, political science, law, literature, telecommunications, computer science, information systems and related fields between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. The winners of the 2009 Essay Competition will be offered the opportunity of a consultancy contract within the ITU Development Sector's ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division for three months. The winners will be given a contribution towards the cost of an economy class flight from their place of residence. In addition, they will be paid the sum of CHF 6000 towards living expenses for the duration of the contract.

To enter the competition you need to submit an essay on one of the following essay topics:

  • Mobiles for Development: Enabling Low-Cost e-Applications for Rural and Remote Areas (e-Health, e-Government, e-Environment)
  • Protecting Children and Youth in the Internet and Mobile Age: Innovative Technical and Social Solutions
  • Connecting the World Responsibly: Empowering Women and Girls Through Creative Uses of ICTs
  • Personal Information Online (internet/mobiles): Responding to User Safety Concerns

All applications should be submitted online through the competition website.

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2009.

We look forward to reviewing your applications and wish you the best of luck in the competition!

 

Friday, April 10, 2009 7:17:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 23, 2009

The ITU has launched new partnerships to help 13 Pacific Island countries develop information and communications technology (ICT) in the region.

In a joint communiqué issued at the end of the Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum, held in Tonga, senior officials from the 13 countries called for greater coordination to minimize overlap in ICT initiatives and maximize the impact of investments in development projects. The ministers, including two Prime Ministers, called for rapid implementation of regional connectivity projects and for reinforced efforts to create more ICT professionals and a workforce with technical skills.

“The Pacific Island countries have clearly stated their objectives and priorities,” said Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid. “ITU is fully committed to work with our partners in delivering results for the Pacific Island States,” added Mr. Al Basheer, who announced several new partnerships to assist the countries. “We are building on the expertise and resources of all interested partners to reinforce our collective impact on ICT development in the Pacific.” The Pacific Island ministers also directed officials to work towards establishing a shared regulatory resource centre and encouraged regional States to make full use of ICT for early warning and response systems to improve disaster preparedness.

See the full ITU press release here.

Monday, February 23, 2009 8:09:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 03, 2008

Jooce, a virtual desktop aimed at users who access the Web via cybercafes is attracting interest from organisations set up to bridge the digital divide. It is claimed that Jooce is presently targetting the estimated 500 million people who log on to the Internet from a cybercafe each day. Experts suggest that its free web-based desktop may be of great use for people who cannot afford their own personal computer.

Jooce provides the same functions as a personal computer, allowing access to files, e-mail, instant messaging, storage and other applications. "It's a platform that will make it much easier for the world's cybernomads to manage their digital lives",  said Jooce founder, Stefan Surzyck, referring to this platform as "their very own private space online".

Joocetop, a public desktop, is also said to be able to allow friends to access and share files. In addition a dedicated e-mail client is underway.

Eloisa San Mateo, regional IT coordinator for the Philippines National Computer Centres, has some concerns about the performance of Jooce on lower spec machines with poor bandwith.

Meddie Mayanja, a senior program officer with telecentre.org sees organisations such as Jooce  as essential to the sustainability of net access centres.

Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with JupiterResearch is less positive about web-based operating systems.

CNET.com, an online technology news site, nominated Jooce as a finalist in its 2008 Webware 100 awards.

Read full article at BBC website.

Monday, March 03, 2008 10:17:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 12, 2008

UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2007-2008, Science and technology for development: the new paradigm of ICT, Chapter 7, Promoting Livelihoods Through Telecentres, provides a comprehensive report on the importance of telecentres in supporting sustainable livelihoods, stating that this will depend largely on their capacity to support local development and not only access to ICT.

More information at the UNCTAD website.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 10:47:10 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 29, 2007

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on 26 November about the launch of 20 broadband-enabled teacher resource centres in the Maldives to help the Ministry of Education to provide quality education to every child of a population spread across 1,000 small islands.

Using information and communication technologies (ICTs) enables administrators and teachers to be part of one learning community across the country. Teachers can simultaneously receive online training, access and exchange information through the common network. Moreover, the internet and state-of-the-art technologies are aimed to enhance interactive education and to increase motivation of both students and teachers, as UNICEF noted.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:16:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 04, 2007

Inveneo is a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to get the tools of ICT into the hands of organizations and people who need them most - those in remote and rural communities in the developing world. To do this, Inveneo creates and sells highly affordable and sustainable ICTs that are specifically designed for organizations- governments, NGOs, private enterprises - that serve these rural communities with vital services that include education, healthcare, economic development, relief and telecentres.

During September 2007, CNN showed a programme about the work of Inveneo in rural Uganda where the co-founder, Kristin Peterson stated that she regarded providing ICT to rural areas as important as providing food.

Thursday, October 04, 2007 3:49:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |