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 Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Head of Government of Mexico City (Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon), and the Director of Telefonos de Mexico (Hector Slim Seade), put into operation the free service of Mobile WiFi Internet in Infinitum access in Mexico Park, with what there is a total of over 600 networking services in public spaces in Mexico City and it will be added about a thousand, as it was reported by TELMEX. This action is part of "TELMEX 2010: Technological Innovation Drive", which includes three main bodies: i) Connectivity, ii) impetus for Digital Education and Culture, and iii) the strengthening of Information Technology.

TELMEX has installed in all states of the country more than three thousand sites with Mobile WIFI connectivity in Infinitum. Also, as part of the program "Special Telephony", Telmex continues with the installation of public places in strategic locations in Mexico City for people with disabilities. This service was put also in Mexico Park. In this regard, the Head of Government said: "Telmex is committed to helping to Mexico City to meet its
objectives of digitization. Up to date, Telmex has installed 600 access points of free internet access, making this city with the most free Internet connections in public places. We will be the first city in Latin America where public schools are all digital, for that the support of TELMEX is essential".

Source: Telmex, AHCIET
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 7:00:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
On the occasion of the National Earthquake Simulation, the Minister of Transportation and Communications from Peru, Enrique Cornejo Ramírez, called to the public to use the telecommunications responsibly to any disaster or emergency situations. In that sense, beside the main officer from Telefonica del Peru, the minister presented the spot "1, 2, 3 ... communication in disaster situations" which aims to raise awareness on the proper use of telecommunications services in emergencies.

The minister explained that according the international and national experience, in cases of earthquakes or natural disasters, communication networks are congested, because in a situation of this nature, all people want to communicate with their family and that creates congestion. Therefore, it is important to be properly prepared to facilitate communications in an emergency situation, using SMS (Short Messages Service) or Internet.

It is very important to consider the following recommendations:
1. Avoid calling, and do not insist in case the call is not completed because this makes the network even more congested. In case the call is got, everybody should be sure that the call will not take more than a minute. In an emergency situation, as it was described, communication is a scarce resource and should be used responsibly.

2. Use text messages. It is a very efficient communication channel, as it uses minimal resources, it has a better chance to reach their destination in a congested environment.

3. Use the Internet to send emails and communicate via chat, Facebook, Tiwter, etc. Like the text, this channel consumes minimal bandwidth compared to voice communication.


Source: MTC and AHCIET
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 5:37:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 30, 2010

Google is taking on internet telephone companies like Skype by allowing users to call from its free web-based email service. The service allows users to make calls to land lines and mobiles from inside their Gmail account. Phoning anywhere in the US and Canada will be free until the end of the year, while calls to the UK, France, China and Germany will cost 2 cents a minute. Until now Google offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services.

"This is a real big deal because now hundreds of millions of Gmail users can make phone calls right from their Gmail page," Craig Walker, product manager for real-time communications told BBC News. "They don't need to download an additional application or anything to start making really high-quality low-cost calls. For the user it means much more efficient and low-cost communications."

The company plans an eye catching way to get non-Gmail users to give the product a go. It is in negotiations with a number of university campuses and airports to install red telephone boxes around the country to give users the chance to dial and try.

(Source: BBC News, Google)

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Monday, August 30, 2010 10:50:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

TEACHERS in Kenya can now acquire laptops complete with broadband internet connection and other software from Safaricom at affordable rates. This follows the signing of a partnership between Kenya’s leading telecoms firm, Safaricom, Equity Bank, Microsoft, Intel, Kenya Institute of Education and teachers’ main employer body, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Speaking during the signing ceremony at Safaricom Center, Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Michael Joseph said the initiative would allow teaching professionals in the middle and low- income segments of the economy to embrace technology at an affordable price.

The partnership will see Equity Bank provide credit facilities to teachers, while Safaricom will make the acquisition of the devices, bundled with internet usage, possible through its 32-strong Safaricom Retail Centre network across Kenya. Microsoft will provide certified and subsidised Office Application software and antivirus for the laptops. It will further host and support Microsoft Live@edu email solution to all Kenyan teachers and provide access to Microsoft Learning Essentials. The laptops will also come loaded with the KIE syllabuses for both primary and secondary education. Intel will provide an application for self- training material while the TSC will create awareness about the loan among its members, and help administer the facility through a check-off system.

“We are putting internet technology in the hands of those who need it most; teachers. This will give a boost to e-learning and improve overall performance in Kenyan schools,” said Joseph.

(Source: ict news Africa)

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Monday, August 30, 2010 10:40:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
With an investment of 159.231 million Colombian pesos, the Ministry of ICT of Colombia executes the plan of Broadband Internet connectivity in 25 departments of the country, which is run by Telefonica Telecom.

The third bi-annual telecommunications social plan will install 69.000 fixed broadband access in homes and in small and medium enterprises from 143 municipalities. The objective of this plan is the massification of broadband in the country and the installation of 2.500 access high-speed Internet in rural areas that are into the Bi-annual Plan 2.

The Minister for Information and Communications Technology said "The commitment of the Ministry of ICT III Bi-annual Plan is to provide 69.000 new fixed broadband ports to benefit the most needy Colombians and promote the development of small and medium industries in 143 locations, in 25 departments of the country". To provide connectivity, Telefonica Telecom will upgrade the infrastructure in these departments, migrating 31 microwave links to fiber optic technology. The importance of this modernization is to strengthen and expand the capacity and speed of broadband.

The population can purchase the service through Internet plans more than 1 Mbps, low-cost packages with duos and trios services. Also, this includes digital television and satellite telephone. In addition, implement a training program for ownership and understanding of the use of new technologies in communications.


Source: AHCIET and MIntic-Colombia
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Monday, August 30, 2010 5:30:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, August 29, 2010
The purpose of the realization of this event by the CRC, is focused on continuing to promote academic spaces for the exchange of knowledge on developments in the ICT market in Colombia and in the region, with special emphasis on new trends in the regulation on the above topic in the international context. The development of the workshop will focus on knowing an overview of the regulation of infrastructure sharing, both locally and from an international perspective, looking at case studies on the subject mentioned. It aims to complete the above workshop with a panel discussion involving all the guest speakers and also opens space for event attendees to express their views and concerns on this subject..

This event will feature the participation of international authorities in this topic from Europe and America. This event will take place from 25th to October 26th 2010, at the Hotel Las Americas Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Source:Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRT) -Colombia
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Sunday, August 29, 2010 7:07:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 26, 2010

Republica Dominicana is on the way to triple their bandwidth. The president of Indotel said the country is one that has greater bandwidth in Latin America, it has the same bandwidth capacity of Colombia, which has three times the size of Republica Dominicana and several times its population.

The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) announced the installation of three new undersea cables, a fiber optic ring that will surround the island, and other measures to reduce costs by 50% the cost of interconnection in the country.

The president of Indotel, Jose Rafael Vargas, said that these initiatives seek to influence in the reduction of charges to Internet and telephony services. He found that the rates for these services not only are affected by taxes, but also by the costs of interconnection providers.

Source: INDOTEL
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Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:36:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

This initiative of the Government of Chile and the company Entel provides public and private investment of over US$ 100 million.

For most of these towns it will be the first time they have access to advanced communication, benefiting schools, clinics and various productive activities. The Minister Felipe Morande said "this is a historic change in the rural world, the greatest advance in connectivity and communication for remote areas over the last 20 years."

This project constitutes the greatest improvement in rural connectivity over the last 20 years. It is the legacy of the Bicentennial project "Rural Internet Network: All Chile communicated", that enables the provision of broadband and mobile telephony to 1474 remote locations in the country.

This initiative of the Government of Chile and Entel will open its first phase in September, in 450 rural villages from 15 regions, and it will conclude in the year 2011. This project involves an investment over 100 million dollars benefiting in total more than three million Chileans.

Source: SUBTEL

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Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:32:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Technology experts from charity Telecoms Sans Frontieres are providing emergency telecoms services to the victims of the flooding in Pakistan.

TSF, which has been in Pakistan since 9 August, said it has been providing telecoms services to victims of the flooding to allow them to call relatives and friends abroad. Around 945 families have been provided with calls so far, according to TSF. “For many people, the call provided by TSF is the first call since the outbreak of the disaster,” the organization said. “Many victims have lost their mobile phone or are in places with no electricity to recharge or simply have no money to buy credit.”

According to UN officials, the Pakistan floods cover an area the size of England with up to 20 million people affected. At least 1,600 people have been killed, with health officials warning the toll could rise as water-borne diseases spread, TSF reported.

TSF said it has 8 mobile teams, equipped with satellite and GSM phones, in the districts of Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda and plan to operate in the country for at least a month. The teams are composed of one man and one woman to allow both men and women to make a call, TSF said.

TSF staff also provides support to OCHA/UNDAC and the other UN agencies in the inter-agency office in Multan, Punjab Province. This assignment is scheduled until staff from the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and other OCHA partners (IHP) take over. TSF continues to coordinate with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) as per further needs for ICT support to aid agencies.

Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) deployed to Haiti in January to respond the impact of the earthquake in the country. The charity specialises in setting up communications infrastructure to allow aid-agencies to communicate on the ground more effectively.

( Sources: eweek europe, TSF )

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:58:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame has promised to continue maintaining growth in all sectors of the economy in the next seven years after winning the August 9 election by 93.08%. He said his regime would focus on social and economic transformation, political processes and democratization.

He singled out food security, women empowerment, health care, insurance, and education as areas he will focus on.He said he would continue increasing investment in infrastructure in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to enable Rwandans to be informed and to communicate.

(Source: East African Business Week)

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:39:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré has issued a global appeal for contributions to assist the flood-affected victims in Pakistan. ITU’s emergency telecommunications team is also working with the Government of Pakistan towards rehabilitating the telecommunication infrastructure, which has been rendered inoperative in many parts of the country.

The floods ravaging Pakistan are the worst ever in living memory. Over 15 million people have been displaced and vast tracts of fertile agricultural land have been inundated, with many facing the prospect of a continuing battle with water-borne diseases and malnutrition. The livelihoods of several millions have been affected with severe long-term repercussions on the economic and social life of the country.

“The whole world is in deep shock as this tragedy continues to unfold,” Dr Touré said. “ITU stands in utmost solidarity with the people of Pakistan in their hour of need and I join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in urging our stakeholders to respond generously to meet the urgent demand for relief and rehabilitation efforts.”

ITU regularly contributes emergency telecommunications assistance in the wake of humanitarian disasters, such as in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January this year as well as in other parts of the world.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 10:18:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The effort of two entities (AHCIET and CyberVolunteers), envolved in this agreement, will be developed around a main axis: the ICT and civil society. AHCIET already done important work in this field especially in ICT applications for various productive sectors, for which it is holding meetings on: ICT and Farming, ICT and Tourism, or ICT and Health, among others.

The collaboration with Cybervolunteers will focus on the formulation of projects related on training in the use of technology, digital literacy and other related on social utility. Both institutions will also participate in consortia, in the identification and development of programs of funding and implementation of projects. AHCIET in turn will promote their networks through the creation of a network of cybervolunteers in Latin America. The elaboration of reports together and the participation in events which involve ICT  are other areas of collaboration.


About AHCIET, it is the Iberoamerican Association of Research Centers and Telecommunications Companies. AHCIET is a private and nonprofit organization, which includes more than 50 operators and telecommunications companies in Latin America and Spain. More information at www.ahciet.net

About
Cybervolunteers, it is a nonprofit organization that promotes the use and knowledge of new technologies, that means to promote social innovation and citizen empowerment. More information at www.cibervoluntarios.org

Source: AHCIET
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 4:56:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 23, 2010
The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) from the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of total grants US$ 2 million to fund seven pilot projects of information and communication technology (ICT) to benefit small and medium enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. Among these Projects is Turístic: A Showcase for the World Tolima, University of Ibague (Colombia).

The projects were selected through a call of the Programme for Innovation in Information and Communications Technology for Electronic Commerce and the Development of SMEs. From more than 400 proposals submitted by organizations from 21 countries in the region, were chosen as follows:

- ICTs to strengthen SME business National
consortium partners by Intercooperation Foundation of Ecuador.
- Information System for Agricultural and Agroindustrial Sector- The virtual extension, Foundation for Agricultural Technological Innovation (FIAGRO), El Salvador.
- System Information and Training for Quality Seeds, Vox Terra de Bolivia.
- Turistic: A Showcase from
Tolima for the World, University of Ibague, Colombia.
- Virtual Platform Bahamas, Center of Commerce from Bahamas.
- Innovative Technology Platform for Foreign Trade - PTI-COMEX, Cluster Technology Córdoba, Argentina.
- Innovation in ICT for Industry Development of the Carnival of Trinidad y Tobago, Coalition of Services of Trinidad y Tobago.


Source:CINTEL (Research Centre for Telecommunications)
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Monday, August 23, 2010 5:55:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, August 22, 2010

In order to refine the first agreement in the technological area, delegates from Venezuela were working with representatives of the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society (Mintel) from Ecuador in the Infocenter project . Under the cooperation agreement signed between the governments of Ecuador and Venezuela, signed by Mintel from Ecuador and the Ministry of Popular Power for Science, Technology and Intermediate Industries (MPPCTII) from Venezuela (Infocenter Foundation) there are various activities between these two countries.

Under this agreement there is a number of projects that encourage the exchange of experience between these governments to create new socio-techlogical spaces  (Infocenter). Anibal Ghanem, Venezuelan Manager in Technology, said that the purpose of this visit is to strengthening the Infocentre program, and develop this project in Ecuador. Also, Mr. Miguel Albán - Digital  Director of Mintel was pleased by the work done as part of this process of exchange of experiences.

(Source: Mintel- Ecuador)
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Sunday, August 22, 2010 9:41:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, August 20, 2010

The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society from Ecuador (Mintel) and SENACYT are institutions that share common interests in the field of research, science and technology. Mintel and SENACYT promotes coordination with public and private institutions, scientific and technological research in the field of information and communication technologies for the development of information society and knowledge.

The purpose of the agreement between Mintel and SENACYT is to establish a general framework of cooperation to coordinate and joint actions that allow to allocate  the financial, human and technical resources of the institutions involved in conducting studies and projects.

The specific objectives of this agreement are:

- Supporting each other and cooperate for the development, promotion and dissemination of scientific research and innovation - technology in Ecuador.

- Participate jointly in terms of scholarships, training, conferences, seminars, workshops and other related to the promotion and dissemination of science and technology.

(Source: MINTEL)
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Friday, August 20, 2010 5:47:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NASHUA Mobile, one of South Africa’s leading mobile service providers, is launching a new programme aimed at addressing educational woes in the country. The programme, Streetwise Solution, is “an online learning system that has been implemented at four schools in South Africa in line with Nashua Mobile’s commitment to boosting education across the country”, according to a press statement.

Nashua Mobile says it aims to focus on making a contribution to the improvement of the education system. “The Streetwise Solution is a unique text-based email and information terminal that connects underprivileged schools to live on-line information that is sourced from reputable content developers,” reads the statement. The new solution, dubbed Online Encyclopedias, would comprise email, live current news, curriculum based worksheets and a host of other teaching and learning tools which would be brought right into the classroom.

(Source: it news Africa)

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:32:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Handicapped Youth Development Association breathes a sigh of relief after getting UN-HABITAT backing for disability project in Sierra Leone with $20,000 grant.

The Handicapped Youth Development Association (HYDA) was founded in 1998 as a response to salvage the numerous social ills faced by the disabled youth in Sierra Leone. HYDA is dedicated to the goal of enhancing the full and equal participation of young people with disabilities in social and economic life as well as providing an enabling environment for the enjoyment of human rights.

The centre would have been shut down unless emergency funding prevents the youth from being homeless. But fortunately, UN-HABITAT has provided $20,000 to support the group‘s Disability Is Not Inability initiative, a 10-month project targeting urban disabled youth in the capital, Freetown, with training courses in information and communication technology (ICT), entrepreneurship and vocational skills.

The project, which was selected from among 1,500 applications from 85 countries, was announced on 12 August, which is observed as International Youth Day. The award come from UN-HABITAT’s flagship Youth-led Development Fund, which is dedicated to supporting innovative ideas aimed at alleviating poverty, improving employment prospects for young people and increasing the participation of young people in democratic processes.

(Source: Sierra Express Media)

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:09:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Digital Network in Education (RED) is a program funded by the Ministry of Education of the Province of Rio Negro. In the website of this program can be found several proposals with ICT, including material aimed at teaching and activity guides for students.

There is also possible to access to a library of resources for primary and secondary level in education, from which everybody can download educational software, utilities and visit several educational sites, blogs and virtual libraries.
The program also offers several courses and workshops and a mobile digital classroom project. More information is available in the website of the program.

(Source: website RED Program and Inclusion Digital)
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:08:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

EDUTEKA is published by the Foundation “Gabriel Piedrahita Uribe (FGPU)” which provides, free of charge, all class material for teachers, school managers and teacher trainers interested in improving elementary and secondary education with the support of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

EDUTEKA offers hundreds of their own resources and several links to other sites for educators. Some of the educational contents cover general topics, because their special value. However, most of them focus on the missionary theme of EDUTEKA: theoretical and practical resources that help to enrich the learning environments using ICT.

(Sources: Eduteka and inclusiondigital)

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010 3:56:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 16, 2010

Computer micro-processor manufacturing giant INTEL Corporation has announced a number of initiatives to further develop ICT in Ghana. The company which has already established a local presence is pledging to assist the country with the needed expertise and technology to grow it into an IT hub in the region.

Corporate Affairs Manager of Group Intel, Olubunmi Ekundare explained to Joy Business some of the projects. “We have been able to help programmes that make it possible for teachers to have access to PC’s to buy their own PC “We are looking within the next one year to bring ICTs to the fore front in terms of education and small businesses,” he said.

He added farmers will also be introduced to the use of ICT to inform them on which pesticides and other things to use in order to boost their production.

Intel worldwide has been operating in Ghana since 2006. It is already working in partnership with both the Ministry of Education and Communication to offer awareness and training in ICT.

(Source:Joy Online )

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Monday, August 16, 2010 10:49:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Coalition has announced a $120 million program of grants for "technology improvements" at schools.

Schools would be able to apply to a School Technology Assessment Panel for up to $50,000 in funding, according to Opposition leader Tony Abbott. The money was intended to support "new and future teaching and learning approaches - including the integration of ICT and multimedia technologies". But it was up to individual schools to decide on what technology they would procure, Abbott said.

Applications from "the most disadvantaged schools" would be given priority under the scheme to ensure the benefits of ICT could be spread around.

(Source: itnews)

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Monday, August 16, 2010 10:39:00 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, August 15, 2010
"Aulas Hermanas" is a international collaborative project aimed to students between 12 and 17 years old, promoting interaction and collective construction of two classrooms in different countries (twin classrooms), through technology and Internet platforms. As a result of the interaction between the participating classrooms they get a blog that records the investigations, interactions and results of the "twin classrooms" coming around to the subject treated. This year, under the title "Living together", the organization proposes to address the issue of tolerance and coexistence in the context of societies with different kinds of differences.

The collaborative project "Aulas Hermanas" which has met since 2002, aims to link teachers and students from member countries of the Latin American Network of Educational Portals (RELPE), including Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru , Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Guatemala.
The registration for teachers and students who wants to participate are open until August 20th,2010.

(Source: EducAR and Aulas Hermanas)
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Sunday, August 15, 2010 6:26:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 12, 2010
As part of the inauguration of the second Campus "Mexico Party powered by movistar", the Minister of Communications and Transportation, Juan Molinar Horcasitas, announced the creation at national level of Digital clubs to promote the use of technology and cut the digital gap existing.

The director of Telefonica Movistar (Francisco Gil Diaz), the Coordinator of the Information Society and Knowledge of the SCT, (Talavera Eloisa Hernandez), urged young people "campuseros" to participate in this digital clubs and increase the use of technology and the Internet in their regions.

(Source:CampusPartyNews)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 3:41:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The meeting is part of the schedule of Information and Training of the National Plan of Inclusion Digital in education, specifically into the program "One computer to each student".

The meeting was held with the participation of around 65 people. This Workshop consisted in the Training and information of the participants about the National Digital Inclusion Plan in education and the program "one computer to each student". The organization of the Seminar and the development of this was led by the National Team of Plan IDE.

After the opening of the "model classroom", there was a plenary presentation to all attendees on the scope of IDE Plan. In this space the training materials were showed by the Plan team to see this first stage. Also the participants could navigate in the website of the Plan and the presentations, resources that were already stored, the educational map with information on technical schools, news, digitized materials and teaching aids.


(Source:Ministry of education of Argentina)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 3:19:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
"Fono Ya" has become an opportunity for communications for households and small businesses that could not have a landline because their low income level and irregular monthly income. This is an innovative technological solution for their marketing model.

It is an innovative fixed phone service with wireless access for urban households which belong to lower socioeconomic segments. Before this initiative this areas had no landline at home and were within wireless coverage. Technically the product is supported on the Telefónica Móviles mobile network, allowing you to take advantage of the extensive network deployed by the company in order to provide service at low cost and the possibility to reach more locations connected.

Thanks to this characteristics and the low price and purchasing ability according the locations where these are offered, "Fono Ya" become the most convenient landline communications. The price is $ 1 (one sol) diary, which equates to US$ 0.30.


(Source:Confederacion Espanhola de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE))
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 2:41:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In the International Day  of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Microsoft Peru Announces the availability of training materials for teachers to provide content for the proper adaptation of Windows XP and Office 2007 in "Quechua". This initiative is part of Microsoft Peru social responsibility program "Partners in Learning and the Native Language Program Microsoft Corp."

According to the General  Manager of Microsoft Peru (Mariscal Torres) "according to recent statistic information, in Peru there are more than 7 million Quechua speakers. This means that approximately one quarter of the population has Quechua as their mother tongue in our country".

(Source:Agencia Digital)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 1:59:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Through its program "Unlimited Potential", Microsoft Peru made a donation (in cash and software) to the organization "YES Peru" to implement the project "Digital Literacy Infocentre", which seeks to provide training in the use of virtual tools.

This project will let that low-income youth people from San Juan de Lurigancho, as well as women from grassroots organizations, can be trained in the use of virtual tools (E-business, E-Governance, among others). They can ensure their integration into the labor market and improve their life expectancy. With a duration of one year, this initiative will benefit 500 young people from the area and approximately 250 women and it hopes to be replicated in other parts of the country.

(Source:Universia Peru)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:57:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Digital Inclusion Programme, which takes place in Cajamarca region (north-east of Peru), will train more than four thousand teachers in the effective and appropriate use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This programme will be applied in the classroom, enhancing the academic conditions of teachers and students in the region. Thus, the project constitutes an important tool for building better students and promote the development of the region.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) grouped the elements and techniques used in the processing and transmission of information, especially information technology, Internet and telecommunications.

Around the country this project operates in different cities of Peru, benefiting about 41 000 teachers in the regions of Ayacucho, Piura, Ica, Cusco, Apurimac, Arequipa, Tacna, Huancavelica, Pasco and La Libertad.


(Source:Panorama Cajamarquino)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:34:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
"Consegi 2010" is the International Congress of Free Software and Electronic Government, is an event of Latin America for the world. In this event the participants will share the progress and the achievements on the free software in public administration. This important event will take place in Brasilia, Brazil, from Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 August.

The event has (9) nine different topics with more than 200 conferences and 50 workshops, as shown below:
1 - Infrastructure and Environment Platform as a service for computing
2 - Software as a Service for computing environment
3 - Governance, Management and Strategy
4 - Free Software Ecosystem: Communities and Collaboration
5 - Free Systems and Applications: Development and use
6 - Mobility,
Open-hardware technology
7 - Patterns, and Policy Interoperabilidade technological and industrial development
8 - Social Development, Education and Digital Inclusion Training
9 - Multimedia & Convergent Media.


(Sources:Somoslibres.org and Consegiwebside)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 11:58:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

YouTube is making the tens of millions of videos it hosts more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing by putting automatic captions on them.

The Google-owned company said this use of speech recognition technology is probably the biggest experiment of its kind online. Previously captions were only on a small amount of content. Initially the feature will apply to English language videos, with other languages being added in the coming months. In November last year, YouTube rolled out automatic captions to a handful of partners including the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University and National Geographic.

YouTube said by opening all this content to those who have not really been able to access it in the past should democratize information and "help foster greater collaboration and understanding".

(Source: BBC News)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:59:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

IBM East Africa has announced plans to partner with regional universities on software development. In an agreement with several institutions in the region, both private and public, the company’s academic initiative will also facilitate curriculum development in technology training.

The East Africa Country Manager Tony Mwai told journalists in Nairobi that the collaboration would place emphasis on the development of software that is relevant to the local market. “IBM EA will create a linkage with universities abroad that have specialized in software development and tailor make the curriculum to produce software relevant to this part of the word. IBM has unveiled the zEnterprise System, a technological breakthrough that is set to revolutionize the way data centres work,” he said.

(Source: it news Africa)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:47:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bicentennial Microsoft Plan is a set of initiatives and actions that aim to contribute to the development of Chile through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in strategic areas such as education and innovation. Thus, in 2010 there will be a most competitive country that provides better and more opportunities to all its inhabitants.

Bicentennial Microsoft Plan is developed through three pillars, such as: Digital Inclusion, Country Calendar and Economic Development.

Regarding Digital Inclusion, the Bicentennial Microsoft Plan responds to the problem of Digital Gap with its initiative of Digital Inclusion: to involve those outside to this new era and provide them access to all their profits. To achieve this objective, the corporation has a number of projects to mitigate this problem:

(i) Alliance for Education; This program is working fully to support education. This support consist in the training of teachers and students in the use of ICT, software support to merchants and other programs to generate "digital" contents for the classrooms. Here you can learn more about some cases where this program has been implemented in Chile.
(ii) Unlimited Potential (UP);This program is aimed at creating social ecosystems suitable for adoption of information technologies in marginal sectors of society.Some examples where Microsoft has been working with agencies as part of the program in Chile are here.


(Source:Microsoft Chile/educacion)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010 9:17:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, August 11, 2010

MICROSOFT, together with the Ministry of Education in Kenya is in the process of implementing programs that will enable all schools in Kenya to be online. According to Microsoft Corporate and Social Responsibility East and South Africa Manager Mark Matunga, plans were underway to ensure that all schools in Kenya get to be digitized with the curriculum installed from primary to high school at the shortest time possible.

Speaking in Nairobi, Matunga said Microsoft was working together with the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) in developing digital content that is mapped into the current curriculum and said so far the programme for form one was complete and they were working on form two which they hoped would take about six months to complete.“Students will in future able to study online by using this new curriculum that we will have installed in their respective schools. Government will also save on costs of buying text books and also avoid scams like the recent one of money being misused at the Ministry of Education” said Matunga.

He also said the government was making efforts to ensure that all teachers were ICT compliant by ensuring all the Teachers Training Colleges were equipped with the latest technology and online.  The minister said that the programme that was being installed in school computers was user friendly and easy to learn.

(Source:it news Africa)

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010 7:19:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Since establishing the KERIS on April 22nd, 1999, KERIS has been responsible for Korea’s educational Information & Communication Technology (ICT) development. It works closely with international organizations such as the World Bank and UNESCO to assist other nations in developing or improving their own ICT infrastructure and implementation.

The National Teaching & Learning Center (EDUNET), is a comprehensive education information service in Korea with public access, but designed specifically for teachers and students. Through linkage to the central government, local governments, and schools, EDUNET provides a range of instructional and learning support material and other education-related information.

The Cyber Home Learning System is a web-based that enables self-study at home or at sites other than schools. Students can learn at their own pace with adjustable materials to suit individual needs.

The Digital Library Support System (DLS) is a system that supports school libraries built within metropolitan and provincial Offices of Education, and is an Internet-based, one-stop service system that helps school libraries carry out the functions of a teaching-learning support center, digital library, and reading & culture center.

U-Class, the actual ubiquitous classroom model built by the Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS), is celebrating its 3rd anniversary since opening, in June of 2007 and to date has had a total of 5058 domestic and international visitors. U-class is a state-of-the art “classroom of the future”, a place where students and teachers can experience future educational facilities consisting of cutting edge technologies for classrooms. KERIS has been implementing robotic assistants within primary school classrooms, using them to aid children as they learn English. KERIS looks forward to the important role of the U-class to promote the establishment of the future classroom model in Korea.

KERIS received the Received the 1st UNESCO Prize for ICT in Education in 2007.

(Sources: KERIS, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 6:50:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Government of Colombia evaluated the progress of its initiatives "Compartel" and "Computers for Schools", which over ten years ago were implemented with the intention of providing access to information and communication technologies for children and young people. The results exceeded the expectations of the autorithies and realized that ICT helped to improve education and increase the chances that people enter university.

According to Minister of ICT, Daniel Medina, the plan became a real contribution to national development. "Not only by improving the infrastructure of the schools and teaching qualification, but also the contribution to enhancing the quality of education and expanding opportunities for new generations."

(Source:CanalAR)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:33:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Ministry of Education of Argentina began providing computer equipment to schools in Santa Cruz, which is framed in Digital Inclusion plan of the country, which aims to provide a computer for each student in the upper level of technical schools. At this early stage, the schools No. 4 in Rio Gallegos, the school No. 5 Rio Turbio, the school No. 3 in Puerto Deseado and the School of "Biologia Marina" of Caleta Olivia will receive the equipment; according a report from the Regional Office in the downtown of Puerto San Julian.

"This Plan is an initiative of the Ministry of Education that aims to democratize the access of everyone to the new technologies in the educational context. Also this Plan is composed of four sub-components: the program 'A computer for every student ', Connectivity, Digital TV Models for Schools and Classrooms.. "


In Santa Cruz the delivery is done through the Provincial Department of Education, which is under the Provincial Board of Education. The teachers of these institutions who will receive the training, the learning resources and all information related to this plan are now available on page www.inclusióndigital.gob.ar.

(Source:Diario Sur Noticias)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:59:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Visual Classroom is the largest online educational library of Chile, which already offers more than one thousand videos on the web. This innovative web tool, was designed to encourage active use of media as resources to support in class, and it began as a way of responding to new demands of the twenty-first century students.

"Water is Life", this is a video made with stop motion technique by Professor Luis Norambuena (from the College Republica de Portugal), from Chillán, took first place in the category of basic education, while the teacher Omar Leiva, (from the school Internacional Sek del Pacifico) from ConCon, with the video "The mysteries of Kafka", won in the category of middle school.

(Source:Fundacion Chile)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 4:57:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

This past May, elections were held in the Philippines during which a different government was elected and a change in administration took place.  Recently, it was reported that despite the change in government, the country's iSchools Project is still on track to be completed on time.  The iSchools project was created by the Commission on Information Communication Technology's Commissioner Emmanuel Lallana.  The project focuses on three main components of school connectivity:  Internet-enabled computer laboratories, capacity building for teachers, and the use of free and open source software.  One way in which the iSchools Project aims to connect the schools is through installing Wireless Internet Computer Laboratories in each public school; these laboratories are comprised of 19 desktop computers, a server with a webcam, a laptop, an HP four-in-one printer, a multimedia projector, and speakers for each computer.

The project is still slated to connect 1000 public schools across the archipelago.  While the new administration will most likely restructure the priorities of the project, the goals will remain the same.  So far, 680 schools have been connected through the wireless computer laboratories, and over 8400 teacher have been trained.  The thousands of teachers who have been trained can be attributed to workshops held by the iSchools Project in subjects such as the Computer and Literacy Course, Laboratory Management Training, Sustainability Planning Workshop, and others.  Teams are currently ready to be deployed to help the remaining 320 schools overcome key obstacles such as lack of Internet access, and will be sent to do so within a year, which is by the culmination of the four year project.

(Sources: FutureGov and The iSchools Project)

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 3:31:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Digital Inclusion Project intends to improve the learning system. Through it the teachers of the targeted educational institutions will be trained in the various areas of the curriculum through the use of internet and other media resources.

The region Pasco plans to reach 50 teachers trainers, who will conduct 159 workshops in groups of 10 in their own educational institutions. According to the Regional Direccion of Education (DRE) referred to the province of Pasco, this methodology will allow install infrastructure capacities, so that qualified teachers will continue generating in students and colleagues, skills in use of ICT and its application in classrooms.

Full funding of the training will be conducted by the Regional Government of Pasco, the Association of Entrepreneurs for Education and mining companies from the communities of Milpo, Atacocha and Pan American Silver. It also will be supported by the Ministry of Education and Microsoft Peru.

(Source:Reportaje Peru)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:43:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
With the support of Microsoft and accompanying of the company "Prominente", the institution "Inclusión Social sustentable" develops this initiative that aims to contribute to digital inclusion of youth in vulnerable situations from strengthening social spaces for interaction and training in information and communication technology.

This project enables a study assessing the situation of youth digital literacy in the Villa "El Libertador" and areas around of the province of Córdoba. On the other hand provides support and promote community access to space technologies through the implementation of various recreation programs and training in information
and communication technology.

(Source:InclusionSocial/webside)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:48:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 09, 2010
Pakistan has been severely affected by unprecedented floods triggered by heavy rains. It has led to tragic loss of lives besides widespread loss of livestock, destruction of physical/communication infrastructure in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh. Flooding has submerged whole villages in the past week, killing at least 1,600 people, according to the UN. Pakistan authorities believe more than 12 million people have been affected, with the figure likely to rise as flood waters head south.

Christian aid agencies have warned that the destruction of transport and communication links is leaving many victims of the Pakistani floods virtually “cut off” from outside help. Ashraf Mall, Tearfund’s Country Representative for Pakistan, said: “It’s one of the biggest floods in the history of Pakistan. People need food immediately as they have lost their homes and possessions. But it is not proving easy to respond to this emergency. Bridges and roads have been destroyed and the disruption of transport and communication links is making assessments difficult, with many survivors effectively cut off from outside help.”

Some pictures of Pakistanis coping with the floods can be seen here. Some ways to help through your donations are listed here.

(Sources: SAMAA, Christian Today)

Monday, August 09, 2010 2:42:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In cities and villages across Peru, basic information that was once nearly impossible to obtain – about municipal budgets, public services and elections – is now accessible through a few simple clicks of a computer keyboard. Comun@s, which stands for Municipal Communication at Your Service in Spanish, is a project designed by AED and implemented in cooperation with USAID and the government of Peru to bring more transparency and public accountability to municipal government through information and communication technology.

AED teams based in Peru travel to the municipalities to install computer equipment located in public kiosks, called Modulos Ciudadanos, and provide training on how to use them, including how the community can tap into new online systems established by Peru’s government. In addition, AED helps local officials create municipal Web pages with useful information for their citizens. The project provides training on the importance of transparency to officials and residents in 84 municipalities that are scattered across seven regions of the country.

“Through this project, people can actually approach their government, become involved in their government and feel empowered to take part in their government,” said Maria Victoria Pascual, AED’s chief of party in Peru. “They become a part of the future of their community.”

Information on the modules is available in three of Peru’s languages—Spanish, as well as Quechuan and Ashaninka. The most popular feature so far, Pascual says, provides users with information on how to obtain basic documents, such as driver’s licenses, national identification cards, and marriage certificates—and what those documents should cost, so that people trying to buy them aren’t taken advantage of at the local level. 

(Source:AED)

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Monday, August 09, 2010 1:02:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, August 08, 2010
With a significant increase in the content, through new facsimiles and interactive support materials, mobile podcast, the formation of a network of collaborators who actively use this tool, and a special focus to areas which were affected by the earthquake, through "educarchile esencial", there was launched PSU educarchile July 2010. This system is the virtual high school, driven by the Chilean education portal and sent to 170 000 students who have taken the exam this year.

"This is a complete and a modern tool for the thousands of students who can not afford a high school but who want to prepare well for their future studies. The history of PSU educarchile is marked by examples of young people who lived in very difficult situations, and who have been able to improve their performance, and some of them have got the higest score around all the country" said José Weinstein, Manager of Education of Foundation Chile (this organization and the Ministry of Education are responsible for the portal of educarchile).

(Source:Fundacion Chile)
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Sunday, August 08, 2010 8:44:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, August 07, 2010
As part of its program to spread the use of technology for social purposes, Microsoft Research awarded $ 47,500 to Eduardo Grampin, Uruguayan researcher, for the development of his project, which will support the inclusion of remote areas through wireless networks .

Specifically, the project
of Grampin will focus on contribute to the inclusion of remote communities that rely on physical connections are expensive and low capacity. In this context, a mobile infrastructure, combined with the use of long-range wireless connections, can be seen as an appropriate solution to reduce the connectivity gap. The project of Grampin, will test the application of concepts of "Ambient Network (AN)" in these kind of  contexts for the development of infrastructure that provides connectivity to isolated communities at low cost.

(Source:Microsoft Latam)
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Saturday, August 07, 2010 9:43:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, August 06, 2010
This first exhibition of Digital Inclusion came at the initiative of a school, a community focused on organizing a quality event. First Exhibition of Digital Inclusion met experiences of students who were supported by all teachers eager to use technology in their classes.

The school Alexander Fleming has incorporated into its educational program the integration of Information
and Communication Technology (ICT). Hence the idea of organizing the First Exhibition of Digital Inclusion arose from the need to share the experiences of schools and other institutions, through the integration of technology into the teaching work in the classrooms.

(Source:Educarchile)
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Friday, August 06, 2010 9:44:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Under the National Plan of Education Digital Inclusion, the program "One Computer for each student" will provide an inexpensive laptop computer to each students of secundary for public technical schools (industrial and agricultural) around the country. Through this program the government plans to reach in its first phase of implementation at about 230,000 students and 20,000 teachers of the 1200 educational establishments.

The project includes the provision of:
*250 000 economic ultraportable computers (one for each student of the final cycle of agricultural technical schools and one for each teacher involved in the program)
*1200 school servers (one for each technical school involved in the program)
*250 000 pen drives (one for use with each of the laptops)
*20 000 wireless router (to establish the network courtly)
*Internet access for schools.
*7150 Furniture stores and recharges portable devices (furniture for every 35 laptops).
*Adequacy of electrical installations in the premises.
* Wiring data.
* Suitable security system in each school (allocation of fences, alarms, locks, security doors).
* Suitable cooling system keeps the enclosure at each school (Provision and installation of fans and / or air condition.

(Source: Ministry of Education of Argentina)
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At a computer resource center in the cultural house Sanat Gulshani, aligned with the Society of Blinds, two month courses have recently been completed instructing blind persons on how to use computers to further their careers and to ease their everyday lives.  This center, and the courses provided, have been largely due to the joint efforts of the ACCESS (Accessibility, Civic Consciousness, Employment and Social Support for Persons with Disabilities) project alongside a group dedicated to assisting the Government of Uzbekistan with the implementation of ICTs for development.  Students were instructed in the use of specially designed software such as JAWS, SARA, TOPAZ, and how to use the Internet easily and to their advantage.  One blind reporter recounted how she used to need a visually non-impaired person to help her write articles  to be published in a local journal, Bir Safda, but now not only can she create articles but she can independently design a website for the journal.

Currently, Uzbekistan operates 80 libraries for the blind, used by over 40,000 people.  The ACCESS project was approved by the Ministry of Labor in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme in 2008, and plans to operate for at least two more years.  ACCESS plans to conduct similar courses in other regions of Uzbekistan, reaching approximately 700 blind university students who have no access to assistive ICTs.  Additionally, ACCESS will work to increase public awareness of issues faced by persons with disabilities, improve accessibility around the country, assist with job placement, and other related programs.  In their future efforts, ACCESS will partner with the German Society for Technical Cooperation in Uzbekistan and the World Bank Office in Uzbekistan in order to ensure the success and efficiency of the programs.

(Sources: UzReport and UNDP Uzbekistan)

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Friday, August 06, 2010 3:37:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society of Ecuador (Mintel) is promoting the digital literacy about ICT. This campaign seeks that the population knows a simple way on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in this way to reduce the digital gap in Ecuador.

About ICT the campaign includes several key issues in managing information and communication technologies, such as:
- Health technologies for children, youth and adults
- Government staff and technologies
- Parents and children on the Internet
- A guide to using technology to grandchildren
- Grandparents and technologies


(Source:MINTEL)
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Friday, August 06, 2010 3:02:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
As part of its Partners in Learning program, Microsoft Argentina, the General Directors of Schools of the Province of Buenos Aires and the Association of "Misión Futuro", launched "Communicating from the islands of the Delta". This is a comprehensive project of digital inclusion, from which it will provide connectivity to eight schools in the islands of the Delta of San Fernando with the aim of improving access to new information technologies and provide training to teachers, students and residents of the region.

The program includes training and retraining of teachers, students and neighbors in the use of new technologies, the provision of recycled hardware and software, satellite Internet connection, training youth in technical support, training on new technologies for teachers and principals and pedagogical advice for the implementation of technology in school projects. In this way, the Delta region seeks to facilitate access to current information, reduce the distance imposed by nature, learning through distance education, generate new opportunities for local development and optimize the communication of educational institutions with oversight institutions.

(Source: ComunicaRSE)
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Friday, August 06, 2010 11:45:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 05, 2010

As part of Workforce Development, a sector of Microsoft that works to create training opportunities and technological tools for those who are underserved by technology, Microsoft awards grants to organizations who are deemed to have the potential to benefit from an "Unlimited Potential - Community Technology Skills" grant.  Since the program began in 2003, Microsoft has provided over USD$350 million in software grants and cash to more than 1,000 community partners, which has supported over 40,000 technology centers in approximately 100 countries and regions.  This week, Microsoft Malaysia pledged RM1.7 million (around $540,000) to several NGOs in Malaysia, allowing for the development of Malaysian individuals through a network of 29 existing community technology learning centers.

Two of these organizations, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and the Yayasan Salam Malaysia (YSM) will be direct beneficiaries and will put the money towards the technology learning centers.  The community technology centers supported by these grants provide people of all ages and sexes with free or low-cost access to ICTs that teach them ways to use computers, further their education through technology, participate in community activities, and more.  some of the centers employ the use of the Digital Literacy Curriculum, which is a set of e-learning courses designed to help people learn how to use the Internet, create a résumé, and procure other such skills.  The President of the YWCA, Dr. Mariana David, has already committed the money to continue training women and girls in ICT use.

(Sources: MaxIt Online, Bernama, and Microsoft - Workforce Development)

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