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 Monday, March 16, 2009

3rd Annual Connecting Rural Communities Asia Forum

Stakeholders, policy makers and executives from across the ICT sector are preparing to come together and shape the future of rural connectivity. Join them at the CTO’s latest Connecting Rural Communities Asia forum and meet the people with the funding and expertise to transform Rural Connectivity.

Over three hundred leading ICT decision makers have already joined us at this series of annual conference. Plans have been initiated, funding opportunities identified and fruitful future partnerships struck. Ensure that this year you are able to join them.

Crucial points to be discussed include;
• How can governments best support the creation of self-sustaining rural connectivity initiatives that benefit local people? 
• Step-by-step practical guidance on overcoming the most pressing technical challenges
• Developing a world-class telecentre rural development programme
• Progress on delivering the promise of the United Services Obligation Fund
• Realising the benefits of greater rural connectivity though the delivery of E-services
• Mapping the future need for connectivity: Identifying choke points in the delivery network 
• Training and empowering rural populations to make full use of the potential inherent in greater connectivity

More information available here: http://www.events.cto.int/crcindia09

Monday, March 16, 2009 10:14:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 13, 2009

The Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) launched the first Digital Club e-Mexico to young people between 12 and 18 years to develop their creativity in science and technology issues.
This project looks to identify interested people (youth) who can work as designers, inventors and developers of projects using new technologies, which initiated the deployment of 25 clubs that will be distributed in the states of Mexico, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz and the Federal District. 
The SCT reported in the local press that the Digital Club came into operation through the Coordination of e-Mexico National System, the Research Center for Advanced Studies (Cinvestav), the National Polytechnic Institute, and Youth Services (Seraj).
The model, which aims to motivate young people to experience new ideas over the Internet and its tools, born out of collaboration between the National e-Mexico System and the Computer Clubhouse, a program of the Science Museum of Boston in collaboration with the Media MIT Lab.
With the official opening of the first digital Club installed in the country, also known as "Club Cinven", a consolidation phase starts to generate in young people interest for science and technology as one of its main goals, said the agency .
Through this too it is targeted to build a network of participating states through the use of social networks.
The project was designed to be implemented in places of community access to the Internet that already have infrastructure such as Digital Community Centers, Learning, Libraries, Telecentres, among others, as well as already existing in the 9 (nine) Centers with which Cinvestav accounts  in our country .
The model has the "shape" of its promoters, who are youth specialised in using animation software, design and publishing. Should be highlighted that this project is in compliance with four guiding principles: learning by designing, follow their interests, build a community, trust and respect.

More information available here: El Universal Ciudad de México Domingo 02 de noviembre de 2008

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Designed to provide a comprehensive on line resource for all stakeholders involved in implementing the digital accessibility agenda of the Convention, the G3ict ITU Toolkit is making good progress towards completion by the end of March 2009. The Toolkit was announced jointly by G3ict and ITU on April 21, 2008. The complete table of contents of the Toolkit can be downloaded here.

Friday, March 13, 2009 2:50:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Joint ITU-T & G3ict Forum 2008 - "The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities for ICT Standards" 

  • ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
  • April 21, 2008
  • Co-hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
ITU-T Web site for the event: http://itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/accessibility/200804

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is one of the fastest human rights treaties ever adopted. It was developed with the active participation of country delegations and NGOs representing persons with disabilities, and includes a number of detailed mandates related to accessible and assistive Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Today, ICT devices such as personal computers, fixed and mobile telephones and television are widespread, with over one billion people, globally, having access to the Internet. An increasing number of applications and services for e-commerce, e-government, transportation, public services, health services, cultural life and leisure are delivered electronically. However many of these services are developed without consideration of the needs of the 10 per cent of the world population with disabilities. This directly impacts the rights of these persons. The Forum explored the likely impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the evolution of ICT standards with the active participation of industry, Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), NGOs, and other interested parties. It was addressed to leaders overseeing accessibility standards issues, representatives from the industry, SDOs, NGOs representing persons with disabilities, research institutions, assistive technology developers, governments and academia.

Objectives:
-Reviewed existing and in-progress technology standards and standardization of product development methodologies
-Discussed the role of public policy and procurement in support of standardization and the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
-Identified follow-up actions to facilitate the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Expected Outcome of Meeting:
Review and document the areas of standardization which match the mandates of the Convention and explore critical gaps. Receive feedback and suggestions from industry, policymakers and NGOs to explore how they can best support the work of SDOs in fostering greater accessibility of ICTs.

Friday, March 13, 2009 2:39:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Featuring an interview with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, this film illustrates how ICT serves as a cross-cutting enabler in helping Rwanda to achieve the 6 Pillars of its Vision 2020, and how the World Bank's eRwanda project is contributing to the process.

In its Vision 2020 plan, the Government of Rwanda aims to transform the country from a largely agriculture-based economy to a knowledge and information based economy, in an effort to reach middle income status by 2020. The Government has emphasized its intention to use investment in ICT as the key driver for this transition and as a vehicle for improving the delivery of public and private services, particularly in the rural areas.

The World Bank's eRwanda project emphasizes the use of technology as an enabler to growth and development, and focuses on core activities, applications and content which have the greatest impact for the citizens. The project aims to improve efficiency and effectiveness of some internal processes of the Government of Rwanda, as well as the delivery of social services in selected key sectors. The Movie available here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UYBw0nSr1o&NR=1

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:23:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The European Commission DG INFSO has a DVD posted on YouTube about Girls and ICTs. Its brief (4 minutes) and a lot of fun!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:11:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ITU launches the "International Women's Day-09" web-site

8 March- International Women's Day

History

International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for "liberty, equality, fraternity" marched on Versailles to demand women's suffrage.

The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies. Following is a brief chronology of the most important events:

1909

In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of that month through 1913.

1910

The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.

1911

As a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.

Less than a week later, on 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working girls, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a significant impact on labour legislation in the United States, and the working conditions leading up to the disaster were invoked during subsequent observances of International Women's Day.

1913-1914

As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with their sisters.

1917

With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again chose the last Sunday in February to strike for "bread and peace". Political leaders opposed the timing of the strike, but the women went on anyway. The rest is history: Four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. That historic Sunday fell on 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia, but on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere.

Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point for coordinated efforts to demand women's rights and participation in the political and economic process. Increasingly, International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women's rights.

The Role of the United Nations

Few causes promoted by the United Nations have generated more intense and widespread support than the campaign to promote and protect the equal rights of women. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in San Francisco in 1945, was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right. Since then, the Organization has helped create a historic legacy of internationally agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.

Over the years, United Nations action for the advancement of women has taken four clear directions: promotion of legal measures; mobilization of public opinion and international action; training and research, including the compilation of gender desegregated statistics; and direct assistance to disadvantaged groups. Today a central organizing principle of the work of the United Nations is that no enduring solution to society's most threatening social, economic and political problems can be found without the full participation, and the full empowerment, of the world's women.

Source: www.un.org

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 5:55:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The “Youth Education Scheme (YES)” is one of the cornerstones of the ITU-D “Children and Youth”  Special Initiative, in support of needy and deserving young people, from Least Developed Countries (LDCs),  developing countries and countries in transition who wish to complete their tertiary education in the information and communication technologies (ICTs) and related fields. The objective is to enable motivated young people to contribute to the development of their communities, country and region using their achieved ICT knowledge and skills.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:04:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |