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 Saturday, February 26, 2011
India has underlined the need for the UN to prioritise its goals on gender equality and empowerment of women so as to prevent efforts becoming diffused at a key meeting of the world body. "Unless there is effective prioritisation, efforts will get diffused", Hardeep Singh Puri, India's ambassador to the UN said yesterday.

At the first executive board meeting UN Women, the newly created entity which will focus on the overall condition of females, Puri said it needs to effectively prioritise its goals if it wants to achieve results.

"Our effort should, therefore, be to prioritise the focus on gender equality, the empowerment of women and gender mainstreaming", the top Indian diplomat said. Setting out a 100-day action plan, former Chilean president and now head of UN women, Michelle Bachelet, laid out five priorities.

These included - ending violence against women; ensuring women's full participation in conflict resolution, enhancing women's economic empowerment as well as expanding leadership and participation.

"I am determined that UN Women will be a catalyst for change, offering new energy, drawing on long-standing ideas and values", she told the board. Puri said that from India's national perspective the priority areas Bachelet mentioned were "extremely important."

"These mirror the priorities of our Government as well as the extremely proactive civil society in India", he underlined. The Indian envoy also stressed that lack of coordination among the various UN actors was a major constraint for reform.

"Multiplicity of UN actors in the field had led to lack of accountability and delays in identifying the right agency for cooperation", he said, adding that the 100-day Action Plan rightly addresses this as one of the core principles for UN Women.

Puri, however, pointed out that last year Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had proposed that the UN Women be created with the initial corpus of USD 1 billion but now the target had been set for USD 500 million. "The lower target of USD 500 million should not make us complacent and limit ourselves", he said.

(Source: Hindustantimes)

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Saturday, February 26, 2011 2:43:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Phones with features that let to control the heart rhythm, diabetes, or to report sexually transmitted diseases, were presented at the World Mobile Congress, the biggest cell exposition in the world that culminated yesterday in Barcelona, Spain.

Many prevention services in the field of health through cell phones, are available through SMS or MMS messages, which
work on any type of cell.

The Society Health Company, which covers Arabia Saudi and Kuwait, send to around 430,000 customers information in Arabic or in English about diabetes, sex, obesity and child health every month.

For grandparents manufacturers began to simplify smart phones to make them accessible
for older people.

The French subsidiary of the Austrian firm Emporia, for example, equips its phones with a mini-flashlight, which allows its owner to have a night light and that glows when the phone rings. One model has a strap with a classic little black book in which you can write with a pen.

(Source: Casetel - Venezuela)
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Saturday, February 26, 2011 2:11:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Ministry of Environment and the Telecommunications company Claro, have signed an agreement that aims to create a platform for inter-agency collaboration to implement mechanisms for coordination and cooperation, promoting the activities of mutual interest and benefit, for the purpose of disseminating issues linked to environmental management and conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

In this context, CLARO has been developing some time ago its iniciative "I recycle, I'm Claro" initiative that seeks to promote concern for environmental care in the population through responsible disposal of cell phones, batteries and accessories in disuse , nationwide.

In Peru, electronic waste (RAEE) such as cell phones, for example, generate about 250 tons of electronic waste, stored improperly, cause environmental damage and health of people due to the high toxicity of its small components produced based on metals and minerals such as aluminum, copper, iron, zinc, lead, tin, among others.

In this regard, the Ministry of Environment undertakes to support all initiatives and events undertaken in the framework of this strategic alliance for the benefit of a better quality of life and environment for all Peruvians.

 For its part, CLARO, through such actions, seeks to implement the necessary mechanisms to strengthen the culture of recycling in the country, while providing all the Peruvians a sustainable alternative to discard all those teams that are no longer used in a responsible manner, without causing further damage to the environment.

(Source:MINAM - Peru)

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:19:25 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 21, 2011
With the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the ICT Ministry and the Government of Cundinamarca, will be implemented in this region, the strategy "Digital Cundinamarca”, which aims to increase access and use Internet in this department. The memorandum was signed on Saturday 12 February by the ministry of ICT Diego Molano Vega, who participated in the twenty second day of the event “Prosperity Agreements” chaired by the President of the Republic Juan Manuel Santos.

The memorandum includes access to 30 municipalities of Cundinamarca to the national draft of fiber optic network that is part of the plan “Vive Digital” which will be implemented by the social program of the Ministry of ICTCompartel.

Similarly "Cundinamarca Digital" will implement “Technocenters” in the municipalities of the department to facilitate the access and use of the technology. "We want to bring technology to the people of Cundinamarca and that they can realize that it is useful and benefit. Through “Technocenters”, fiber optics, computers and training to micro entrepreneurs, Cundinamarca will jump on the bus technology through Digital Cundinamarca, "said ICT Minister Diego Molano Vega.

The memorandum of understanding signed by the ICT Minister and the Governor of Cundinamarca, Andrés González, also includes the technology training of 266 entrepreneurs in 24 municipalities in Cundinamarca. Employers will receive courses of Information technology and they will be provided with access to a technology package consisting of a laptop with Windows and Office licenses and one year of mobile Internet. As for training, they will be taught from the use of computers to the management of basic office software and Internet basics, distributed in 60 hours in present and 40 hours virtual.

The memorandum also includes that once the budget of the project is defined, the ICT Ministry will provide up to 50% of the project budget. It is expected that by mid-March, the final document is signed.

(Source: MINTIC -Colombia)
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Monday, February 21, 2011 2:31:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Investing in rural youth in developing countries is vital to eradicating poverty in those communities and ensuring global food security, the head of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) stressed on Saturday.

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze told delegates to the Fund's annual meeting, which opened today in Rome, that supporting young women and men is critical to building vibrant rural economies, which in turn is key to overcoming larger challenges such as reducing hunger and poverty, mitigating climate change, achieving energy security and protecting the environment. “Current events show the energy, creativity and power of young people, and also the importance of ensuring that they can see a future for themselves in the societies in which they live”, he said at the opening of the two-day meeting of IFAD's Governing Council.

Mr. Nwanze called for investing in rural youth and helping them become better and more successful farmers and business people.

“These young people are the next generation of farmers, producers and workers”, he said. “Give them the skills and confidence they need to run profitable farms or start businesses, and they will become the upstanding citizens and community leaders of tomorrow.

“Ignore them, and they will have little option but to leave their homes and families to search for work in the cities, seeking better lives but oftentimes finding only more misery”, he warned.

In most developing countries, agriculture is already the leading provider of employment for people ages 15 to 24, according to IFAD. However, agriculture rarely provides a living wage and the sector is typified by low levels of productivity, dangerous work and lack of social protection.

Rural youth is the main focus of this year's session, which features agricultural and rural development experts, young entrepreneurs from rural areas and youth leaders, and will explore some of the challenges faced by rural young people.

(Source: UN News)

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Monday, February 21, 2011 1:44:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, February 20, 2011
Taking account the continuous interest of the National Government to ensure that the Colombians know about the shares that have been advanced, as well as those plans in relation to the deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure in the country, and the incidence of electromagnetic fields on health and the environment, the Spectrum Agency (ANE), in coordination with the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (MINTIC) - entity that has officially asked the ANE for its support in these issues - and the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC), have decided to pool efforts in two strategic issues: a) infrastructure and regulation, b) health and environment.

Therefore, the
ANE published the Action Plan between the administration and telecom operators: electromagnetic fields, health and environment ", which is published on the website www.ane.gov.co: “Electromagnetic Fields, Health and Environment”.

(Source: Mintic - Columbia)
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Sunday, February 20, 2011 7:09:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society (Mintel) runs one of its flagship projects "INFOCENTROS" to promote social development and inclusive of the population through access to Information Technology.

The Mintel and the Provincial Government of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas inaugurated, officially, the first two Infocentros of the province, in the parish of San Jacinto del Búa and the community Nuevo Israel. Through these Infocenters, parishes will include the provision of equipment, connectivity and training for their residents, who will access to online education, interaction, community involvement with localities receiving the Plan, immediate information of all ministries and the actions of the Government, as well as the most important steps, mainly the ongoing training aimed at eradicating digital illiteracy.

The opening ceremony was held in the Parish of San Jacinto del Bua and was attended by Deputy Minister of Telecommunication and Information Society (Mr. Javier Veliz), the adviser to the Minister of Telecommunications and Infocentros Project Manager, (Engineer Mario Ortega), the Mayor (Mr. Geovanny Benítez), as delegate of the Mayor (Mr. Oswaldo Garzon), the President of the Parish of San Jacinto del Bua (Dr. Nelson Arms) and as a representative of the Community Nuevo Israel Mr. Jorge Jimenez, also the parish authorities and the general public.

Mr. Veliz said that the President of the Republic, Rafael Correa, has placed special emphasis on “Infocentros” and has given a tremendous boost to hundreds of communities nationwide to integrate a large network and get a huge chance to be known in the context, not only national but also international, because they will get connectivity via the Internet, satellite or wireless, which places them on par with the modern world. "It's almost a door opens and we are absolutely confident that they will know to maximize all the resources that we'll provide", said the Deputy Minister.

With the implementation of the Infocenter, rural parishes of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas are integrated to ICT and use these tools as a place for public engagement and technology that enable them to generate appropriate technologies, social interaction and improved quality of personal and community life of the inhabitants.
The initiative, with an investment of 14.5 million dollars, seeks to create in each location, a center of information technology that allows effective interface with the world.

The Infocentres are intended to serve as a tool for community development and are available to all citizens. The main services offered include: Internet access, telephony, training in the National Digital enlistment and training of special programs. Also, each Infocentre works in their respective parish or municipality and has the right furniture: five computers with Internet access, a router, a projector, a Video Recorder, a printer, a liquid chalk board, a toner, a voltage regulator and a set of cables.

(Source: Mintel - Ecuador)
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Sunday, February 20, 2011 7:02:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Digital Brigade's of the ICT Ministry will conduct a simulation of earthquake with the participation of the School of Engineering, Militar University of Nueva Granada. This exercise aims to involve communities in digital volunteers in order to use the technology for the relief agencies responsible for dealing with natural disasters in the country.

The idea of bringing an earthquake simulation was born into the mastery of risk management of the Nueva Granada Military University. Once the ICT Ministry met this unique initiative in the country, joined the squad through the “Redsalvavidas de la Brigada Digital”, a volunteer group whose purpose is to demonstrate that ICT also save lives.

The aim is to advance a simulation of an "earthquake" that would fictitious centered in the university area of the city of Manizales. Digital Volunteers, 42 in total, grouped into twitter and mappers in the country, will be connected with the “crisis room” of the Nueva Granada Military University and through its technological tools facilitate the work of institutions responsible for dealing with disasters such phenomena
natural.

The fictional exercise intended several reports to advance the public perception of the earthquake through various reports supplied by the twitter notionally exercise participants, who represent the Manizales affected by the earthquake of course.

The event will simulate the actions to be brought forward during the first four days after the earthquake. Between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. will develop the analysis of what is known as “EDAN”, the Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis of the community, allegedly affected during the first day of natural phenomenon, and between 11:00 am and 2:00 p.m. the work will focus on actions to be brought forward in the three remaining days of the phenomenon.

This exercise aims to involve technology in the service of natural phenomena that occur in the country and offer alternatives supported by tools like Twitter and digital maps.

(Source: Mintic - Colombia)

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:18:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Under a blue sky, the air is filled with women’s laughter and songs. It is the perfect setting for the opening of "City of Joy", a joint project of UNICEF and the non-governmental organization V-Day, providing a safe haven for survivors of sexual violence.

City of Joy will serve 180 women between the ages of 14 and 35 every year with psychotherapy an extensive training programme comprising literacy, economics and sexuality education. The project is also supported by the Panzi Foundation, which manages a nearby gynaecological hospital.

Congolese women are the driving force behind City of Joy. Their needs and wishes form the basis of this project, which aims to turn the tide in DR Congo – from women as victims to women as leaders. Created from their vision, City of Joy will be operated by women themselves.

City of Joy marks the latest chapter in the ongoing campaign, ‘Stop Raping our Greatest Resource: Power to the Women and Girls of DRC’, which V-Day and UNICEF launched in 2007. The new project will provide a powerful new platform for women’s empowerment.

“The opening of the City of Joy is the moment where women of the Congo turn their pain to power, where they who have suffered so deeply, so invisibly, will claim their rights, their bodies and their future”, said author and V-Day founder Eve Ensler. “It is a huge privilege and honour to be present at this momentous occasion”.

(Source: UNICEF)

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:03:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Telefónica announced today the BlueVia developer community, the first platform on which developers participate in revenue generated by the API transactions and operate in all regions in which Telefónica is present.

Telefónica today announced the launch of a community of developers, with the name of BlueVia www.bluevia.com, which will operate in all regions whereTelefónica is.

BlueVia is a step forward from the existing programs for developers and Telefonica (O2 Litmus in the UK, Open MovilForum, and Platform Movistar for Developer in Mexico developers Vivo in Brazil). BlueVia marks the beginning of a new phase in Telefónica's commitment to the community of developers, to consolidate all these activities in order to create an improved offer, coordinated and fully integrated for both web application developers to mobile phones around the world.

With BlueVia, Telefónica becomes the first operator worldwide to provide developers with between 10% and 50% of the generated  revenues by the API transactions, plus they retain 70% of all proceeds from the sale of applications and subscriptions. And all with no friction, highlighting one of the basic principles of BlueVia, which is to share part of the value you create. Over the time, BlueVia will offer developers a huge potential, thanks to Telefónica's international presence and more than 280 million customers worldwide. Developers will be able to share and monetize their ideas in very different ways, and it will be given the tools to do so. BlueVia will connect directly with customers, opening new and exciting market opportunities for developers.

'BlueVia is a truly open and collaborative community that developers are helping to create. The aim of BlueVia is to collect the pool of creative talent that exists in the developer community and provide the tools, infrastructure and platform, including access to the APIs, as well as ideas and data to help identify and meet demand market. For the first time, developers will be able to trade their applications in countries around the world and receive a share of revenue from the traffic created by them through their innovative and creative applications", said Vivek Dev, director of New global Services of Telefónica.

Jose Valles, Director of BlueVia, added: 'Internet and telecommunications operators have changed the way we see the world, but also the way we do business. This new world economy requires more collaborative business models based on openness and transparency. Our desire is to create an interactive global community in which the developer not only earn revenue from the sale of its applications, but also benefit from the traffic generated by the API, thus leading to a mutually beneficial business model for both parties to base on collaboration and interaction between them".

(Source: Telefónica)
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:59:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 14, 2011
Equipped with ten computers and four mobile telephones the new space provides access to voice and data service. It also promotes the new relations of production and social property in communities.

In the rural area of La Rochelle-Reforma-El Jabillo, sector “La Donata”, Municipality Fernández Feo takes place the new CDC Communal of Tachira, which guarantees access to telephone and Internet services to more than 1700 inhabitants of the community.

It is important to note that the Comunal CDC is an achievement from organized People's and represented by the Technical Committees on Telecommunications (MTT), organization that is driven by CANTV which provides management services for the community.

The consolidation of this project promotes new relations of production and the social property in communities, so the populations can strengthen its popular power organized through exchanges of knowledge driven by CANTV.

The CDC Community of Donata has ten computers equipped to provide Internet services, with free applications, aligned with the sovereignty and integration policies promoted by the Bolivarian Government; and four phones for voice services. Both services work through a wireless networking.

For Aiza Casanova, a professor at the Pre-vocational Education Center “Los Jabillos” was essential to install this CDC Community. He said: "We needed this space to integrate the training of children of the community. Before, to access to the Internet we had to go to El Pinal, and it was difficult for the children. Today we see how it has managed to transform this reality."

"Thanks to the policies of the Government, today children use “the Canaimas” as their first contact with the technologies, and the Communications Center in the community now will be able to reinforce this understanding", said the teacher.

(Source: Cantv)
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Monday, February 14, 2011 7:51:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, February 13, 2011
"After the program will be fully materialized, Ecuador will be not the same, because they take into account the sites that are distant from urban centers or that for decades have been isolated, and will be connected each other through Internet", said the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Society, Jaime Guerrero Ruiz, by signing the contract for about US$ 13.5 million with the company Telconet.

The signing of the Contract was attended by the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Society (Jaime Guerrero Ruiz), the Vice Minister of Telecommunications (Mr. Javier Veliz), the Vice Coordinator of Strategic Sectors (Dr. Rafael Poveda), the General Manager of the company Telconet (Mr. Marion Tomislav Topic Granados), and National Secretary of Science and Technology (Dr. Magdalena Lopez).

The resources of this contract come from the private operator’s contributions to the Development Fund for Telecommunications (FODETEL). "This is all part of an ambitious plan in which we want people, who have never had the opportunity to access services, forming part of what we call the Technological Revolution or the elimination of digital illiteracy": said the Minister Guerrero while the contract was awarded to the company Telconet through a public competition which began on last December, at the website of National Institute of Public Procurement, INCOP.

The aim is to install and provide the Internet access services, provide telephone technical support and training in the use of the service to 947 and 26 public schools in social development agencies in the following provinces: Bolivar (30), Cañar (27), Chimborazo (31), Cotopaxi ( 72), El Oro (93), Emeraldas (16), Guayas (102), Imbabura (45), Loja (100), Los Rios (82), Manabi (103), Morona Santiago (40), Napo (37), Pastaza (12), Pichincha (11), Santa Elena (86), Santo Domingo (11), Zamora Chinchipe (19), Tungurahua (48), Azuay (2), Orellana (5)and Sucumbíos (1), giving a total of 973 places. It is important to mention that all selected sites are rural and parishes, precincts, and marginal urban communities across the country.

This award is in addition to other contracts already in the place that provide the necessary equipment to schools, which include computers, projectors and digital whiteboards, as well as training teachers in the use of these technological tools that allow students to enter the world of knowledge.

Source: Mintel
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Sunday, February 13, 2011 1:55:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, February 12, 2011

By signing the memorandum of understanding between the ICT Ministry, the Government of Tolima, the mayor of Ibague and the University of Tolima, was implemented in this region, the strategy "Digital Tolima", which aims to increase the use and Internet access in this department. The agreement was signed on Sunday, when the ICT Minister, Diego Molano Vega, sponsor of this department in the rainy season, visited several places of Tolima.

This region is the first to realize this type of agreement, during the administration of the Minister Molano Vega, and seeks to bring the information superhighway for more municipalities and generate profits through the use of Internet.

In his speech, the Minister mentioned the importance of ICT literacy and digital delivery of computer equipment in the country through the ICT Ministry's social program, "Computers for Schools". This strategy is intended that 50 percent of the teachers in the country will be certified digitally this year. As for the delivery of equipment for schools, the Minister Molano said, previously they only reused the equipments, whereas now the Ministry also claims that for each computer donated by the ICT Ministry, other public bodies also will provide more equipments to the program.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (Beatriz Uribe), and the Governor of Tolima, Oscar Barreto Quiroga and 41 mayors of the municipalities in the department. In what has to do with humanitarian aid and attention to secondary roads affected by the cold wave in the Tolima, the Government announced the delivery of 10 billion dollars to recover them.

According to the Government of Tolima, in this department 1,433 urban and 1,632 rural households were affected by the winter and 1,196 houses are in high risk areas.  The municipalities Ambalema, Amaranth, Flanders, Honda, San Luis, Rioblanco and Ortega are the most affected.

(Source: MINTIC - Colombia)
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 Thursday, February 10, 2011
The fear of technology and the lack of Internet tools are overwhelmed by the seniors, who are most among young people, in the courses offered by the Municipal Economic Development Agency (Conquito) and the “Guambrateca” of San Marcos.

This experience speaks about the level of immersion of these people on this subject, and that their interest has increased in recent years. In these classrooms, 60% of students are over 45 years old. From these, most are older, they learn to use technology productively and inserted in the global world.

In addition, they can expand their mind and leave paradigms as for example "that old age people cannot learn or that are not able to use a computer", this said the assistant of training of Conquito, Andres Endara. In this way, 95% of people change their mentality.

Older adults have one thing in common: fear of starting the courses and interact with technology in their social environment because they have been classified as 'useless' and 'slow' or had spoken with phrases like "they are going to damage the computer, or that you will fill with viruses and you'll burn it", says Endara.

"It is because this psychological disorder that first it is necessary the motivational work and then teach them, step by step, how to handle different technological resources such as the Internet and Office programs", says Ivan Lovato, director of Guambrateca.

"I started from zero, I knew nothing and I was afraid of not being able to learn, but the facilitator filled me with confidence and motivated me to continue", says Norma Nicolalde, who participated in a workshop.

"I thought this was only for young people" and "I'm learning now at my age", these are some of the phrases that Bolivar Armijos (Conquito facilitator) listens from the participants. This, as a result of his constant work with them and lets them to transform their mind.

"I had a lady who was crying just trying to use the mouse, she had tears and for some time I had to work with her to overcome the fear on the computer", says Endara, who was also a facilitator of 'Don Juan' who received the beginners classes for five times, until he received the certificate.

“After completion of training, people are taken into account and they do not feel undeserved because their lack of technology knowledge”, says Adriana Romero, project coordinator of Conquito.

"Now I feel I no longer need someone else to find information on the Internet or make the procedures required in banks and payroll payments", this says Gonzalo Cevallos, private employee. "Also, knowledge has allowed me to develop myself and be independent", he adds.
Endara also said that “the courses allow older people to be productive after retirement".

(Source: La Hora Nacional Newspaper)
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 Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Cuba does not see "any political obstacles" to open Internet access to the population, said an official this Monday on the eve of fiber optic cable from Venezuelan will arrive and will dramatically accelerate the speed of connection of the island (Cuba). But the Vice Minister of Communications, Jorge Luis Perdomo, said that the cable laid from Venezuela will not be a "magic wand", and to bring the Internet to home of Cubans the investment in network infrastructure is still needed.

 "There is not political obstacle (...) that can stop that process", said Perdomo, when journalists asked him about whether Cuba will open up access to the public Internet."There is (...) total commitment of the Government to further develop in the telecommunications sector in terms of economic and social development of the country, including institutions, population and all actors in society", he said at the opening of a conference.

 Cuba has one of the lowest connectivity rates in the hemisphere. The network access is restricted mainly to government officials, academics and foreign businessmen. According to official figures, Cuba had 1.6 million Internet users in 2009, or 14.2 per 100 inhabitants. But most do not have full Internet access, but the mail and intranet pages selected by the Government.

 Cuba connectivity limitations is attributed to the trade embargo, which forced them to use a satellite connections, which is slower and more expensive than a physical connection.That would change after this week when a fiber optic cable of 1,600 km will connect Cuba with Venezuela, multiplying by 3,000 the data transmission speed of the island.

(Source: El Mundo online)

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 Tuesday, February 08, 2011
In 10 short years, Wikipedia has accomplished some remarkable goals. More than 3.5 million articles in English? Done. More than 250 languages? Sure. But another number has proved to be an intractable obstacle for the online encyclopedia: surveys suggest that less than 15 percent of its hundreds of thousands of contributors are women.

About a year ago, the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that runs Wikipedia, collaborated on a study of Wikipedia’s contributor base and discovered that it was barely 13 percent women; the average age of a contributor was in the mid-20s, according to the study by a joint center of the United Nations University and Maastricht University.

Sue Gardner, the executive director of the foundation, has set a goal to raise the share of female contributors to 25 percent by 2015, but she is running up against the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm that is dominated by men and, some say, uncomfortable for women.

Her effort is not diversity for diversity’s sake, she says. “This is about wanting to ensure that the encyclopedia is as good as it could be,” Ms. Gardner said in an interview on Thursday. “The difference between Wikipedia and other editorially created products is that Wikipedians are not professionals, they are only asked to bring what they know.”

“Everyone brings their crumb of information to the table,” she said. “If they are not at the table, we don’t benefit from their crumb.”

With so many subjects represented — most everything has an article on Wikipedia — the gender disparity often shows up in terms of emphasis. A topic generally restricted to teenage girls, like friendship bracelets, can seem short at four paragraphs when compared with lengthy articles on something boys might favor, like, toy soldiers or baseball cards, whose voluminous entry includes a detailed chronological history of the subject.

(Source:The New York Times)

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 6:52:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Millennia2015, "Women actors of development for the global challenges" is an international research process which gathers women and men determined to enforce the empowerment of women and the respect of human rights in every country. It is a worldwide think-and-action tank supported by a steering committee and thematic or regional communities, counting now more than 1.000 members from all the continents. Millennia2015 invites us to think together until 2015 about those issues in order to build a sustainable future in solidarity for all the women at the horizon 2025.

This research work is built with foresight as a method (www.millennia2015.org/Method) and the information society as context, in solidarity and interaction with those - women and men - who do not have an access to information and communication technologies. It is a collaborative project including research centers, international processes, civil society and all the stakeholders acting towards the same goals.

 Your contribution is very important for Millennia2015's foresight research process. Studying the results of the "information transfer" phase organized in Liege in 2008, we have extracted the 37 variables of Millennia2015. Among them, we would like you to choose the variables that you relate to most, to analyze and document them by answering the questions proposed below and publishing your answers on the online form. We suggest you to collect different testimonies in order to present the situation as precisely as possible. It will also be interesting to study the chosen variables in interaction with others that complete them in order to identify crossed impacts which emerge from the analysis.

 The variable analysis ("fiches variables") you will present will help us to identify the long term issues, the problems and the possible solutions linked to Millennia2015 37 variables in relation with your country, region or community. We will analyze them together to formulate scenarios, to identify the long term issues, to build the vision at the horizon 2025 and the strategy to reach it. As a result, we will build the Millennia2015 Action Plan that will be finalized during the international conference organized at the UNESCO at the end of 2011.

We are conscious of the magnitude of this research and already thank you send your contribution no later than 25 February 2011 by completing the personalized online forms proposed with each variable. All the contributions will be taken into account, valorized and published by Millennia2015. The contributors who will provide a detailed research work for several variables will be invited to participate to the international conference organized under the auspices of the UNESCO in Paris at the end of 2011 for the "knowledge process" phase of Millennia2015.

(Source: UNESCO)
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 Monday, February 07, 2011
A new United Nations interagency report on the gender dimension of agricultural work says women still benefit less than men from rural employment and face new challenges due to the current economic and food crises.

The report – “Gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: Differentiated pathways out of poverty” – says “although gender inequality varies considerably across regions and sectors, there is evidence that, globally, women benefit less from rural employment, whether in self- or wage-employment, than men do”.

At the same time, the report says that besides other challenges regarding gender disparities in rural employment, “the recent financial and food crises have slowed down the progress towards greater gender equity” and decent work for women in agricultural and rural areas over the past few years. “With job losses and cuts in spending on social services and infrastructure, women’s care burdens and unpaid work have intensified, and their financial contribution to household food security is likely to decrease,” the report says. “This is particularly dramatic for female-headed households”.

The report also cites migration and the feminization of rural activities, international trade and the diversification of the rural economy, and child labour as other issues and trends affecting women employed in agricultural work.

The report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) brings together the latest thinking on the gender dimension of rural and agricultural work and seeks to promote the debate about the importance of women for rural economic growth and poverty reduction.

The report says some of the factors that may push women into a disadvantage economic position are: employment (occupation and task), segmentation (women are disproportionately employed in low-quality jobs), the gender gap in earnings, and fewer hours of paid work but overall larger work burdens.

As an example, the report says “it is interesting to observe that 90 percent of the wage gap between men and women in developed or developing counties is unexplained: in other words, it is attributed to gender discrimination”.

The report shows that women face discrimination that limits both their economic productivity and their personal development. Women need access to education, training, credit, markets, technical assistance and labour protection. They need equal, secure access to land and other assets. And they need ‘social capital’, including the ability to participate equally with men in farmers’ organizations.

(Source: International Labor Organization)

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 Sunday, February 06, 2011
An agreement between the Ministry of Education and the Federation of Cooperatives of Electric and Public and Public Services (FRESESCOR) will let that 359 schools located in 234 areas of the province of Córdova will have access to the Internet via Wi-Fi connection.

FECESCOR will provide the service, as well as equipment installation, radio, CPE, wireless router, antenna, masts, and everything that they need for the provision and maintenance, while the Province will pay the sum of $ 210 per month for the connection and the proper functioning of the system.

The document was signed by the Minister Walter Grahovac, Secretary of Administrative Management, Silvina Rivero and the president and secretary of that entity, Luis Alfredo Castillo and Miguel Angel Russo, respectively.

(Source: Province Government of Córdova)
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 Saturday, February 05, 2011
Today, Teléfonos de Mexico (Telmex) and the mayor of Coacalco put into operation simultaneously free public Internet access service in Mobile Infinitum in the main square and the municipal public library, thereby benefiting the inhabitants of this resort with this important technological tool.

This new service was inaugurated by the Mayor of Coacalco (Roberto Ruiz Moronatti), and the Director of Enterprise Market of the Metropolitan Division of Telmex (Lic. Javier Sánchez), who were accompanied by the municipal officials, students, entrepreneurs and the citizens in general.

The lawyer Miranda Sanchez noted that through the Prgram "TELMEX: Boosting Technological Innovation", Teléfonos de Mexico has already benefited over 20 million Mexicans throughout the country, with effective actions which build bridges that allow society to be incorporated fully into the digital age. Teléfonos de Mexico is now the leading developer of connectivity, education and digital culture, as well as information technologies in our country, as part of an evolution where our phone company became an advanced telecommunications solutions.

He also noted that with the free mobile Internet access available in schools of Coacalco, Teléfonos de Mexico seeks the general population and in particular young students to get free access and widespread access to global knowledge network.

During his speech the Mayor thanked to Telmex for the installation of the free Internet service for the population of Coacalco, as well as the donation of wheelchairs and highlighted that "Telmex is a company that not only provides quality services, it is also dedicated to helping to make less the social needs".

During this event TELMEX Foundation gave 15 wheelchairs and announced the extension of public telephony program for people with disabilities in the municipality, by installing new booths, which are installed where they are most needed and there are the technical requirements for placement.

These special telephone booths are designed to facilitate access for people with certain physical limitations and can easily make use of this important means of communication. Telmex Foundation has a strong social commitment to the Mexicans and their work positively impacts in the lives of thousands of children, youth, adults, seniors, families and entire communities across the country.

(Source: Telmex)
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 Sunday, January 30, 2011
UNESCO highlighted the contribution of the Program Computers for Schools from the ICT Ministry, which manages the electronic waste in Colombia, highlighting the program as an example of "best practices" considering that it has "extended its refurbishment projects for the recycling process".

The book “The Electronic Waste: a challenge for the knowledge society in Latin America and the Caribbean” emphasizes that the e-waste require a propper management and that "in many countries there is a lack of specific regulations and business initiatives for its sustainable treatment".

The document says too that "despite the undeniable benefits of the Information and Communicatons Technology, we cannot forget the pollution that it can cause to end the cycle of life" and in this context highlights the
work of the Program Computers for Schools from Colombia and Chilenter from Chile.

"In the Digital Living Plan of Colombia, which will spread the use of technology, we contemplated the use and final disposal of electronic waste that is a commitment to shows the responsibility which we assume as goals in this administration, and we project a development that will have not any conflict with the environment of our country", said the ICT Minister, Diego Molano.

With this recognition, and the environmental license, granted for the proper management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RAEE) by Resolution 7253 issued on November 25, 2010, the Program Computers for Schools is confirmed as the first State center from Latin America to take advantage and give an appropriate provision for electronic waste.

“2010 was very positive year for the use of electronic waste, as it is managed in an environmentally sound manner over 32,000 damaged and obsolete computers and consolidated a model of exploitation and management of electronic waste, closing the materials cycle and prevents thousands of tons of these wastes are disposed improperly and generate negative environmental impacts,  on account of some toxic substances contained in them”, said the Executive Director of the Program Computers for Schools, Martha Castellanos.

(Source: MINTIC - Colombia)
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The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society by the National Telecommunications Corporation (CNT EP) continue working for the benefit of society, with the implementation of new Integrated Services Centers (CIS).

Now, the cantons are served with three CIS: Cuenca, Gualaceo and Paute, in the province of Azuay, they were designed and developed with the purpose of improving the quality of care of people within the field of telecommunications.

With the implementation of the CIS are benefiting 24,000 users, from which 10,000 are in Cuenca; 8,000 are in Gualaceo and 6,000 in Paute, who will have access to fixed and mobile telecommunications services.These Integrated Services Centers have customer service modules: Cuenca implemented six, and two in Paute and Gualaceo. In addition to bills collection offices, they implemented modules for business advisers who will be responsible for the commercialization of fixed telephony products, marketing of mobile services and technical assistance for customers.

In addition, providing sales of telephone lines, transfer, assignment of rights, activation and service blocking, Broadband Internet, authorizations, receipt of reports of damages, and future mobile TV. With regard to infrastructure, there are spaces for the disabled and elderly clients, health care and guardianship to ensure the safety of users.

With the implementation of CIS will benefit the population of Cuenca, in Gualaceo, parishes, Simon Bolivar, Daniel Cordova, Jadan, Mariano Moreno, Remigio Crespo, San Juan, Zhidmad and Luis Cordero; in Paute, Bulan, El Cabo, Guarainag , San Cristobal, Tomebamba and Dug Dug.

Importantly, the province of Azuay, in the field of telecommunications, has made significant progress, thanks to work performed by the Government. Until now, Azuay, excluding Cuenca, has 28,457 telephone lines; during 2010, 5,675 telephone lines were implemented. Regarding the number of Internet ports at the time, it has 741 ports. In 2010 it implemented 693. The social investment for the implementation of the CIS was US$ 55,000, distributed as follows: Cuenca US$ 25,000, Paute and Gualaceo US$ 15,000.

(Source: Mintel -Ecuador)

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Vietnamese Viettel Group won the bid for the concession to provide telecommunications services in C-band, allowing them to be the fourth mobile operator in our country (Perú).

Viettel offered to provide free, for 10 years, access to broadband internet to 4,045 public schools and make further investments of US$ 1.3 million.  The winner must attend the schools, as much as it is possible – at least 1,350 – plus the investment mentioned.

Viettel outbid Americatel (which offered 2,011 schools and US$ 1.3 million) and
Winner Systems  (which offered 1,601 schools and US$ 1.3 million). Hits Telecom Holding Company did not participate.

The Minister of Transport and Communications, Enrique Cornejo, estimated that the supply of Viettel Group will make an investment of about US$ 27 million (4,045 schools to serve plus the US$ 1.3 million). On other hand, Cornejo said that in June they will launch the contest for the right to use the band for the 4G technology.

Nguyen Duc Quang, general director of Viettel Group, said he still had no estimate of the number of phones that will be attending. "First we think of the Internet for schools. Maybe in 2012 we start with cell phones. This year we will make the Internet", he said.

Viettel Group will finance its investments in Peru with its own resources, this said its general manager. Jesus Guillen, project manager of "Proinversión"  Telecommunications, said that Viettel has 36 million subscribers in Vietnam. Viettel Group operates in Cambodia, Haiti and recently won a concession in Mozambique.


(Source: El Comercio News paper)
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 Saturday, January 29, 2011
Teléfonos de Mexico and Aguascalientes State Government, through the DIF, signed this week a cooperation agreement for the adjustment of 44 public telephone of the company, in order that those can be used by people with mobility disabilities.

The agreement was signed in the Auditorium of Medical Services of the DIF, where have been present the Governor of the State of Aguascalientes (Mr. Carlos Lozano de la Torre), President of the DIF Aguascalientes (Prof. Blanca Lozano Rivera Rio), General Director of the DIF (Dra. Gabriela Ibeth Navarro Díaz de León), Dr. Eduardo Lenin Ruelas Olvera (Director of Medical Services of the DIF), Mr. Miguel Macias Viveros (Director of Teléfonos de México), and Mr. Raul Dominguez Cerón, (Chief Operating Officer of Telmex Foundation).

The 44 phones whose dimensions were modified to meet the needs of disabled people, are distributed in ten counties of the State, which will bring better communication services for people from Aguascalientes, that represents a significant advance in the use of public telecommunications services.

In her speech, the President of the DIF, Prof. Blanca Lozano Rivera Rio said: "I am very happy because we could accomplished with these dreams and these goals that we have set, but this would not be possible if we did not find this support, the Foundation Telmex. Our sincere thanks for their managers, in us you will always find faithful allies, faithful partners and friends, thanks for helping to bring joy to these families".

In his message, the Divisional Director of Telmex (Mr. Macias Viveros) said: "Telmex has been recognized for nine consecutive years (2002-2010) with the Socially Responsible Company Badge, awarded by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi). Therefore, our company has joined immediately to the attention of the authorities' request of the State of Aguascalientes in the support of people with mobility disabilities or small people".

The county distribution of the 44 phones is as follows. In Aguascalientes 23, Asientos 1, Calvillo 6, Cosio 1, El Llano 1, Jesus Maria 5, Pabellón de Arteaga 2, Rincón de Romos 2, San Francisco de los Romo 2 and San José de Gracia 1.

(Source: Telmex – México)
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 Wednesday, January 26, 2011
At least 600 000 households in Peru would acquire a new computer this year due to increased purchasing power of the population and the strong adoption of the technology in the local market, estimates the chip manufacturer Intel.

The marketing manager for Intel's North Cone, Carlos Garcés, said that up to date the residential segment constitutes 60 percent of consumption of computers, followed by the corporate segment.

"Currently, 12 of every 100 Peruvians are renewing or buying their first computer annually, and the trend for the next years is that this number will increase strongly", told Andina. He said Peru's consumers are in a strong tendency for technological upgrading, which has made the local market very dynamic.

"In 2011, Peru will overtake the million PCs sold annually, which is very significant because it implies a significant growth rate”. He said that among the factors that will drive the sales this year is the economic stability, as well as the most affordable prices. "In addition, Peru since a long time has a very large internet culture phenomenon through its public “internet Coffees” (Cabinas de Internet), and that is capitalizing now because people are already familiar with the web and it makes very easy to buy a computer.

Garcés noted that in other countries, where they have not had an Internet penetration as agile as in Peru, the barrier to buying a computer is bigger.

(Source: Andina, Agencia de Noticias)
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 Monday, January 24, 2011
Through the services of Global Crossing, “RedCLARA connects more than 700 universities in Latin America with institutions around the world.

Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, announced today that “RedCLARA”, an academic consortium dedicated to research and education in Latin America, has signed a three-years contract to implement connectivity services between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Madrid, Spain. This solution expands the current relationship between the two companies - which includes the placement service in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela - enabling “RedCLARA” connect its network of more than 700 universities and research institutions in Latin America with more than 3,500 academic institutions throughout Europe and around the world.

RedCLARA (Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks) is an international non-profit institution that connects academic networks in Latin America. In addition to provide the services and international links, Global Crossing will provide the International Private Line direct channel service, high-capacity, fully redundant between Sao Paulo and Madrid, supporting academic users at universities, observatories and centers study in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

"Thanks to shuttle high-speed transatlantic of Global Crossing, “RedCLARA” acquires a high capacity solution, reliability and security to provide to our users, with greater efficiency, an optimal network performance”, said Florencio Utreras, executive director of CLARA.

"Global Crossing's proposal emphasized the differentiating factors of our global connectivity and customer focus, with a competitive and challenging selection process", said Gabriel Holgado, vice president senior of Carrier Services for Global Crossing Latin America and Caribbean.

"Our extensive research and our understanding of the needs of “RedCLARA” users were important to developing a more competitive offer", concluded Holgado.

(Source: AHCIET)
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 Saturday, January 22, 2011
"After the program fully materialized, Ecuador is not the same, because they take into account the areas that are distant from urban centers, or that ones that for decades have been isolated, which will be now connected via the Internet", said the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Society, Jaime Guerrero Ruiz, in announcing the award of a contract for about US$ 13.5 million, money that was obtained from the own funds of private operators in their contribution to FODETEL.

"This is all part of an ambitious plan, in which we want people, who have never had the opportunity to access services, forming part of what we call the Technological Revolution or the elimination of digital illiteracy" said Guerrero, after to highlight the contract awarded to a private operator which won a competition that began on last December at the portal of the National Institute for Public Procurement, INCOP.

The Secretary of State said they were satisfied to advance on this fact, which called it a "revolutionary" and explained that by bidding for goods and services, published in the Public Procurement portal, the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society awarded the contract for an amount of US$ 13,499,800.93 to Telconet company.

The aim is to install and provide the Internet access services, provide telephone technical support and training in the use of the service to 947 schools and 26 social development organizations in the following provinces: Bolívar (30 sites), Cañar (27 sites), Chimborazo (31 sites), Cotopaxi (72 sites), El Oro (93 sites), Esmeraldas (16 sites), Guayas (102 sites), Imbabura (45 sites), Loja (100 sites), Los Ríos (82 sites), Manabí (103 sites), Morona Santiago (40 sites), Napo (37 sites), Pastaza (12 sites), Pichincha (11 sites), Santa Elena (86 sites), Santo Domingo (11 sites), Zamora Chichipe (19 sites), Tungurahua (48 sites), Azuay (2 sites), Orellana (5 sites), Sucumbíos (1 site).

It is important to mention that, all the sites chosen are rural parishes, precincts, and marginal urban communities across the country.

(Source: Mintel – Ecuador)
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 Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade and the Ministry of Education have signed a collaboration agreement in order to further promote the consolidation of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Spanish educational system.

The document envisages the development of actions within the Program “escuela 2.0” and into the Action plan of the Digital public service in education of the project “Avanza 2”. Territorial cohesion, the importance of joining efforts in the implementation of joint projects among all the Autonomous Communities, in particular the development of educational content, and design new business models to support the development of Spanish industry technologically education are some of the principles underlying the actions of the convention.

Among the activities planned include promoting development of educational digital content and services; the revitalization and expansion of the use of ICT tools in the educational community, and the digital classroom equipment in the Autonomous Communities which receive the fund FEDER, aimed at priority developing communities’,  among others. These initiatives will help to increase the development of digital public services of the Spanish educational system.

The agreement foresees an investment of about EUR 13 million a year. From this amount, 8.3 million euros is provided by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, through the public company red.es, and 4.6 million by the Ministry of Education. Participation of the Autonomous Communities will be organized through the signing of a trilateral agreement between the Autonomous Region, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Industry, through red.es.

Project “Agrega
Among actions in the field of educational content is the development and evolution of the Project “Agrega”; which is a useful tool to integrate ICT in the classroom, offering teachers, students and families sharing a common environment for educational digital content and applications.

Aula Digital
In the field of infrastructure, the agreement includes the provision of specific equipment in public schools where there are students enrolled from fifth grade of primary to Secondary second degree in those Autonomous Communities receiving the fund FEDER.

About Plan “Avanza 2
The Plan “Avanza” Strategy for 2011-2015 seeks to place Spain in a position of leadership in the development and use of advanced ICT products and services, contributing to the success of a model of economic growth based on increased competitiveness and productivity, promoting social and regional equality and improving the welfare and quality of life of citizens.

About Project “Escuela 2.0
The integration of Information and Communication Technologies in schools is the main objective of the Project “Escuela 2.0”, which is operational in our country since 2009.

(Source: Red. Es)
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Cuba is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that is not connected to the rest of the world with fiber optic cables. Instead, they use satellite communications which is slow and costly, especially for Europe.

A specialized ship arrived in Venezuela with sufficient fiber on board to connect the South American country with Cuba and soon will begin laying the cable on the seabed, with this they expected to improve the dramatic telephone and Internet service situation for Cubans. The French ship “Ile de Batz” is anchored on the Venezuelan coast since Sunday and is ready to begin the task in the coming days, said Jose Ignacio Quintero, manager of the company's solutions by the French Alcatel-Lucent. The boat brought the fiber optic cable from the French port of Calais. Quintero said on Tuesday that the Cable of more than 1,600 miles must be running in July and will go from Camurí in Venezuela to Siboney in Cuba.

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 Cuba is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that is not connected to the rest of the world with fiber optic cables. Instead, they use satellite communications, which is slow and costly, especially in Europe. Also, due to the U.S. trade restrictions against Cuba, companies from other countries avoid doing business with Cuba.

 Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, said that he plans to be there to inaugurate the project, one more of many joint efforts of the two countries. The cable is called "ALBA 1", referring to the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of America, comprising Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Cuban officials have said that the project will cost about US$ 70 million. Quintero declined to comment on the cost of the project.

After the cable comes to Cuba, an extension will also connect to the neighboring Jamaica, about 245 km, making the total distance of the two segments about 1,800 kilometers. The cable will has as a starting point a crossroads of other international telecom cables, including one that stretches from Brazil to Florida, said Quintero. Alcatel-Lucent, which has experience in installing similar lines in many parts of the world, affix the fiber optic cable in various fields, such as the Cuban coast area descending to a depth of about 19,000 feet (5,800 meters), said the manager.


Quintero reported that the ship has a robot submarine that will facilitate the monitoring of operations. The cable will have a capacity of about 80 million simultaneous phone calls, although some of that bandwidth will serve the internet, he said. After connecting users can "have an international call access" to or from Cuba "without waiting online", said Quintero.

(Source: El Nacional Newspaper)
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 Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Event brings together technology enthusiasts to join in projects and online games, plus workshops and lectures. The latest technologies and digital content reach the fourth edition of Campus Party Brasil, which opened today in Sao Paulo for the 6,800 participants registered for the event until Sunday to immerse them in the forefront of binary code.

Campus Party Brasil, held in the Exhibition Centre of Immigrantes of Sao Paulo, has in this edition prominent figures like  the ex-president of USA Al Gore, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and the creator of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, according to organizers.

The participants, of which nearly 80% are under 30 years old, will have a 10 Gig network speed and a busy schedule with 400 activities, 400 hours of content and 317 projects. The meeting will have visitors from different parts of the Brazilian geography, and other countries in the Americas and Europe.

The discussion topics will be distributed in four areas of knowledge: science, creativity, digital entertainment and innovation. The appointment is also a good place to promote the latest technological innovations of enterprises in the sector and for responsible companies to find new talent.

The Campus Party, which was first held in 1997 in Spain, has also editions in Colombia and Mexico.

(Source: La Tercera News paper)
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 Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Galapagos Islands, has lived almost a party atmosphere and high expectation, as it is the first time that all the piers of the islands have free Internet access, which is considered the beginning of a new era in insular life, as in the walls, on benches, sidewalks, etc., you can watch tourists and locals surfing on the information superhighway. No longer be connected in a closed place, now you can maintain such direct contact with nature, look at all the beauty offered by the ocean, watching the flight of the frigates, finches, pelicans taking a sand bath.

The main event was held in Santa Cruz, in public School  "Galo Plaza Lasso", later the authorities made a visit to the National School "Miguel Angel Casares' and National College "Galapagos" and finally at 16:30 the system was inaugurated WI -FI wireless on the pier in “Puerto Baquerizo Moreno”, San Cristobal. On Friday, they will visit the School Fiscomisional "Pedro Pablo Andrade", where it will be also delivered equipment and connectivity.

With the supply of equipment, local connectivity and Internet access 31 schools will be benefit, spread over the following islands: Santa Cruz (16), San Cristóbal (nine), Isabela (five) and Floreana (one). The direct beneficiaries are 5631 students and 445 teachers. Also, 20 public institutions such as airports, municipalities, Governing Council, Police, National Park, Navy, among others, benefiting 1495 users. The equipments were awarded as follows: seven in Santa Cruz, seven in San Cristobal, four in Isabela, one on Floreana and one on Baltra.

Also seven health centers were benefited from facilities: three in St. Cristobal, two in Santa Cruz, one in Isabela and another one on Floreana. In addition there are available 19 Wi-Fi areas with free access, seven in San Cristobal, nine in Santa Cruz, two in Isabela and one on Floreana, benefiting in total 24,366 people in the province, as well as domestic and foreign tourists.

The total investment in the first phase of the project was US$ 912,607.85. It is important to mention that  Mintel plans to develop a second phase to expand the network and provide connectivity to 23 public institutions and three social organizations.

The institutions that participated actively in the implementation of the connectivity project were: the Council of Provincial Government of Galapagos, the Ministry of Education, the National Telecommunications Corporation and the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society.

The Mintel provided the equipment and the National Telecommunications Corporation, CNT EP, coordinated the installation of connectivity. The equipment delivered by the Mintel consisted on: 87 computers, 23 printers, and 11 projectors, 11 whiteboards, as well as adequate laboratories (wireless and data network), control, broadcast and Internet.



Source: Mintel - Ecuador
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The company Telefónica extends to SMEs the benefits of Collaborative mail, an Exchange-technology based service that allows them to access various features, including mobility, integrated messaging and collaboration tools, demand and managed service mode from the Internet.

Through the Collaborative mail, SMEs can access advanced communication options, high flexibility, security and service quality, optimizing costs and infrastructure investment. The service comes to SMEs under the “cloud computing” model, which is consolidated in the market as a more efficient way to manage the operation of the business sector making available the same quality of software to large corporations accessing without needing to engage in major infrastructure developments.

This new service, presented by the area of the company that focuses on adding value to the SME community, provides them with a high storage capacity per cell, shared calendar, address book and the possibility of integration with mobile devices, among other facilities.

Collaborative mail is based on a converged technology platform hosted in the Data Center of the company, in an environment that meets all standards of information security and redundancy of systems. The service allows access from mobile devices, where the customer can also manage email, calendar, calendar and other tools, allowing integration of all applications.

The solution includes generic profiles adapted to the reality of each company as their storage needs and capabilities. Thus, SMEs can manage the number and size of their mailboxes, which have a storage capacity of 100 MB to 5 GB, and increase or decrease the number and type of boxes.

Collaborative mail allows for backup and backup information in case of contingency, which guarantees the quality of service provided to its customers. It also has 24 hour support, 365 days a year. The service is part of a range of solutions that Telefónica offers to SMEs from the “cloud”, providing access to the latest technologies in service mode and no hardware investment.

(Source: Telefónica de Argentina)
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The initial goal is to free the 450 MHz spectrum to provide 3G internet inside the country. Within the framework of the objectives of the National Broadband Plan, the Ministry of Communications intends to use the 450 MHz band to bring 3G telephony, which allows data traffic at high speed to rural and remote areas of the country.

As the frequency of 450 MHz is used by the Federal Police, the negotiations with the Ministry of Justice will permit the release of this range of services and migration to a new frequency. Therefore, the Federal Budget will provide US$ 70 million to be used in the adaptation of the equipments.
 
"The Communications Minister will propose to the Minister of Justice to release this range of the spectrum at late this year or early next year, to start the public consultation of the offering, so it could become operational by mid-2012 - executive secretary said Cesar Alvarez.

The Secretary listed the advantages of using 450 MHz frequency, allowing greater range, fewer towers and therefore lower cost. He adds that the range for which the Federal Police will migrate, will allow operation of the frequency of world standard, which means access to the most advanced technology and ease of working together with police from other countries.

Read here the interview to Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Communications, Cezar Alvarez.

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 Friday, January 14, 2011
The president of the foundation “Infocenter”, Nancy Zambrano explained that “Infocenters” program offered the tools to communities to take by themselves the technology and develop tools for their own benefit, as the development of digital community newspapers

Infocenter Foundation received the award “Rey Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa” last Wednesday, a recognition of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(Unesco), for its work in mass of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education, sectors traditionally excluded.

The foundation president, Nancy Zambrano, held the award and emphasized that it constitutes a recognition of the quality of education in technology that characterizes the Infocenters and has allowed that more than one million people aware the information technologies."This award recognizes the quality of education in the technology that we give to our people and in particular, recognition of the training process in the use of technology by older adults", she said.

Also, Zambrano said that the award given by UNESCO to Infocenters reflects the success of the government policies to popularize the knowledge and use of new technologies among underserved populations, such as National Program for Technological Literacy (Pnat), spanning more than a million people trained in the country.

And thanks to policies of mass education, it was possible that in 2010 there were a total of 10,971,345 visits to Infocenters throughout the national territory, which completely removed the idea of the restriction in internet imposed by the Government. "What we are doing is expanding the possibilities of the internet to our people, previously excluded, and that is something that the experience of Infocenters offers", she said.

The award King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa was given in Paris. The work of Infocentre in the expansion of new technologies impressed to the jury as all those was attending the ceremony, who praised the structure and the massive scope that has had the technological literacy.

(Source: CanTV – Venezuela)
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 Thursday, January 13, 2011
San Luis de Tacshacuraray is one of the 3,852 isolated communities of Peru where satellite stations of Internet and public telephone have been installed. This is its story: His name is Riter Papa Tote, he is the son of Ecuadorian who arrived to San Luis de Tacshacuraray, traveling the Napo River, he is 29 years old, and have two children. His main economical activity is the agriculture and is learning computer by his wife. "I know how to turn on and off the computer and use the mouse, but my wife wants me to learn the Internet”, he says. She sells beauty products and insists me to learn how to use the Internet because I could ask the cosmetics without having to go to Iquitos on a winding boat trip that takes about one day.

San Luis de Tacshacuraray is located on the banks of the Napo River. As 95% of the population of Napo, Tacshacuraray has not access to drinking water or sewage, and electricity is reduced to three hours from a generator.

On May 22 was settled one of the 3,852 satellite stations that will provide Internet and telephone services to the most isolated communities in the country as part of Satellite Broadband Program (BAS), which is a project of US$ 48 million funded by Fitel (Telecommunication Investment Found) and the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC). This initiative is developed by Telefónica del Perú.

The telephone and Internet access in Tacshacuraray - which works entirely with solar panels - were installed in the house of Artidoro Ramirez, the owner of a small shop that has already invested in the purchase of three computers connected to the network for rent: "I think that children will benefit most because now they are able to investigate their work online”, he says.

Guillermo Robles, head of satellite engineering of Telefónica del Perú, explains the process of implementing the project: "The US$ 48 million includes the installation of infrastructure and two years of service. After this time the entrepreneur, whose home was where installed the system, will be who assume such a task".

One of the conditions stipulated by Fitel for this project was to ensure the training of at least 15% of the target population. The institutions responsible for this free training, where Pope Tote Riter is learning now, are Inictel and “NGOs Ideas”.

Aurelio Vargas, Inictel trainer in Tacshacuraray, said that adults are who more seriously are taking the classes, but they are also the most delayed in learning. "Unlike children, who learn very quickly" the teacher says. Also he has seen to Ruben Omaeche (12 years old) as the sensation in the class. Ruben learned from what they know in their classrooms, from the “Huascaran Project”. Everything was fine until something went wrong in the system and never repaired. There is more than four years that they do not know anything about that project in this area, they said.

"That kid knows a lot, I wish I also learn like him, and my wife would not have to travel to Iquitos, "says an optimistic Riter Papa Tote.

(Source: El Comercio Newspaper)
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 Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Telefónica announced the eleventh edition of the Information Society Report in Spain for 2010, which had the presence of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Miguel Sebastian, who has chaired the event, and Cesar Alierta, president of the Company and Javier Nadal, vice president of “Fundación Telefónica”.

During 2010, one of the assets that define the evolution and consolidation of the Information Society in Spain is that the more mature segments of the population have taken over from the growth in digitization and Internet activities using rates of growth well above average in the last two years. According to data collected by Telefónica, during the last two years, the level of digitization of content and activities in digital has grown to a greater extent among those belonging to the mature segments (between 45 and 64 years) than the mean population. For example, in using Internet for banking, while the average stagnates, grew 4% among users of 45 and 54 years old.

This new approach of more mature age people to the use the ICT demonstrates that the process of digitalization of society is entering to more mature stage in which citizens are increasingly aware of the usefulness of these services in their daily activities, so the age gap tends to vanish. This fact is important because it gives greater weight to the mature sector within the population pyramid and being a segment with greater purchasing power than the average, which may make this group as the engine of growth Information Society in the next decade.

The increase in using Internet by mature people as well as the high participation of young people has led to reach nearly 27 million users by the Internet community in our country. From that total, 69.2% access the web daily, 13.3% more than last year which is indicating that nearly 15 million people use intensive, daily Internet.

Concerning to the evolution of access technologies, the demand for broadband in Spain continues to grow. During 2010 there was more than 10 million fixed broadband lines having experienced a growth of 8.3% in the last year.  From those ten million visits, 80% are supported by technology ADSL, followed by cable with 19%.

In Spain, moreover, there are nine million households with Internet access, representing an increase of more than 700,000 households last year. From these, more than eight million eight hundred thousand homes have broadband connections, representing a growth of more than 900,000 accesses from 2009.

(Source: Telefónica de España)
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 9:26:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Government authorized the acquisition of 500,000 new computers and installs the “Canaima” computer assembly factory in Venezuela at the end of the first half of 2011.

This Sunday, the President of the Republic, Hugo Chávez Frías, authorized the acquisition of 500,000 new laptops “Canaima” from the Government of Portugal, to begin delivery to students attending classes at the third grade.

The computers will be awarded from next September, said the president "We'll have millions and millions of computers”, said Chavez, commenting that install the “Canaima” computer assembly factory in Venezuela at the end of the first half of 2011.

President Chávez said that they hope to conclude this year and children whom are attending classes at the second grade in public schools will have in their hands their computer to start in September the delivery to the next grade.

He explained that it is not giving computers as a gift, but to equip children to get better tools and to optimize their learning. Touring the schools, Chavez said that 875,000 “Canaima” computers have been already imported and has delivered more than half, while the rest is under system programming.

(Source: CANTV - Venezuela)
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:36:53 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 11, 2011
In three main squares in the province of Córdoba (Argentina) is possible to use free internet. If you have any of these devices: cell phone, notebook, netbook or tablet (Apparatus for about 12.5 inch touch screen used to surf into the Web), you can access to the service, although navigation is restricted in some aspects. You can visit news sites, social networks and control webmail mailboxes.

The limitation of the service is for accessing to pages and download music and video files as well as to pages with pornographic content. Daniel Pastorino, assistant of the Secretary of Informatics and Telecommunications of the province, said that the browsing speed will range between 90 and 120 kilobytes per second, depending on the number of people connected.

Wi-Fi network will be commanded by an intelligent central node, which will manage the users’ connection, distributing it to those with more bandwidth available.

"It is necessary to clarify that this service does not compete with home broadband but yes it is complementary", said Pastorino, to differentiate it from the paid net. "The network is secure, filtered and free. It is for people to opt against other services", said the official.

In the case of the “Plaza San Martín”, the unit that will provide the connectivity is at the Real Theater. From there to the square it will cover a radius of 150 meters. On the mobile devices (cell phones, notebooks and netbooks) the name of the network that will provide the connection is named "Epec". Users must choose it to start navigating freely.

The project, developed by the Province with EPEC Telecomunicaciones, will be initially on these three points, which were fitted yesterday, but are expected around 1500. The service uses two technologies: in urban areas the access is through fiber optics and Wi-Fi, whereas in the marginal areas of the city the service will be provided by Wi-Max.

Wi-Max system works through antennae installed at no more than five kilometers. The network is similar to that of cellular telephony, and is used in areas where no other support or fiber optic cabling.

According Pastorino, the 1,500 points which will provide Internet to the city of Córdoba will be ready by mid of this year. At that time also should be ready another 800 hotspots in the cities of San Francisco, Rio Cuarto and Villa Maria.

(Source: La Voz – Argentina)

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:18:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 07, 2011
The challenges we face as a people and country, are permanent and vital. In this second decade of the century, one of them, for example, is to approach the knowledge that the researchers produce around the world, to schoolchildren in public schools and university students in the country, but who is responsible to do this?. On this occasion, who is committed to turning the challenge into a reality is the National Engineering University (UNI), which since 2009 runs the research project for the national schools access to advanced networks. The goal: to decrease the gaps.

The director of the UNI, Aurelio Padilla Rios, says: “Advanced networks are parallel to the Internet and fiber optics or wireless. It is an exclusive line for research and is available to all researchers in the world”, he explains.

The network node is in the university, and currently uses the IPv6 protocol, which enables wireless broadband installed up to 40 miles away. Three educational institutions benefit from this initiative: José Sabogal, Manuel Scorza and School No. 3052 in the districts of San Martín de Porres and Independencia, in Lima.

Children and adolescents in primary and secondary schools can develop applications such as video conferencing, virtual labs or specialized blogs, with advice from their teachers who were previously trained by specialists from the UNI. The university authority recognizes that due to good management of principals and teachers, the three schools can now offer this service to their students, however, that was convened to nine. For this reason, this year they decided to develop a plan to directly engage in educational management units, and expanding the network.

(Source: El Peruano, Newspaper)

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Friday, January 07, 2011 9:18:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In the Province of Buenos Aires (Argentina), like in other countries in the region, we face the social impact produced by information and communication technology. This impact results in differences in the development opportunities of the population, causing a "digital gap" between those with and without access to information and communication technologies.

It is for this reason that the government, in the Bicentennial year, has inaugurated the digital cities, to effectively provide equal opportunities to all its inhabitants to have a fully integrated province.

In this framework, through the "Digital Province Plan Municipality by Municipality" will provide Social Internet services free and safe, providing in a first step, Social WiFi coverage to the main square of the municipality, thus regaining the public space as a place of family gatherings and neighborhood, and a Center for Digital Inclusion. Then, through the inclusion of remote sites are connected other areas of social concern such as schools, health centers, libraries, cultural centers and sports facilities among others.

The Social WiFi will have different navigation options according to the user's age and the purpose of use. These options are:
• Free Navigation with access to all pages
• Site Navigation government (national, provincial and municipal)
• Navigation for children, which only allow the access to educational sites and games. This navigation option will be accompanied by instructions for parents to encourage responsible Internet use.
 
All of these forms will have restricted access to pornography, incitement to violence and discrimination. The illumination of the municipalities will be developed in stages, starting with the less connected localities to the most connected, thus achieving equal opportunities for all inhabitants of the province of Buenos Aires.

In a first stage, inaugurated in late September, there will be the "Digital Foundation" of 4 cities in the center of the province: in the pilot will have the service the main square of the Club Ciudad Bolivar and Bolivar, space that will open the first Centre for Digital Inclusion, the main square of General Alvear, the Cultural Center in San Jose Olavarria and the main square in Tapalqué.

In a second stage, scheduled to open in late December, will be held the "Digital Foundation" of 17 Municipalities, Social WiFi coming to 20 cities where WiFi Social "illuminates" the main square and open a Centre Digital Inclusion is located in an enclosed place chosen by the Municipality.

Finally, a third stage to develop during the course of 2011, once put in technical terms the new provincial network, there will be the "Digital Foundation" of the remaining municipalities, Social WiFi coming with all the municipalities of Buenos Aires Province, providing the service a public space and opened a Center for Digital Inclusion in each of them.

(Source: Province of Buenos Aires)
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 Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The company America Móvil Perú (Claro) won the bid to execute the project "Integration of Rural Areas and preferential social interest places to the Network Services - North Central" and "Integration of Rural Areas and Preferred Social interest sites to the Network of mobile Service - South Central".

In this way the company “Claro” will invest 32 million and 172,678 US$ in both telephony projects for rural areas in north central and southern Peru, benefiting thousands of residents living in outlying areas of the country.

The first project will benefit to 137,000 people from 69 districts of the departments located in north-central Peru such as: Ancash, Cajamarca, La Libertad, Lima, Huánuco, Pasco and Piura. Also, the second project will benefit to 81,000 inhabitants of 59 districts of the departments located in the center south area of the country, such as: Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, Ica, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna. Both projects will directly benefit to 128 villages and 63 additional sites with coverage of mobile and fixed subscribers. In addition to 675 villages will get benefit indirectly.

America Móvil will provide all necessary infrastructures for the provision of mobile services and fixed telephony service in the selected locations, operate and maintain the infrastructure, and develop awareness and dissemination to the public on the use of services.
 
America Móvil Peru will sign a financing contract with the Investment in Telecom Fund (Fitel), whose term of validity is five years. However, after finishing the contract, they should continue providing services during the term of the respective concession contract.

(Source: RPP News)

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 11:47:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

"We are celebrating today the entry of 150,000 seniors to the digital age”, this was highlighted by the executive director of the National Social Ensurance Adminstration  (ANSES), Diego Bossio, by giving computers to the senior centers and pensioners across the country.

"In Anses we work hard for our retirees, so they can access to more benefits and facilities", said Bossio, who also presented medals to recognize employees who worked over 30 years in this institution.

The official referred to the program of access to computers for seniors and pensioners of Anses: Grandparents PC 2010”, which provides to beneficiaries the possibility to access to a personal loan, by the National Bank, and provides the necessary training to use this technology.

Also, through an agreement signed between Anses, the National Bank of Argentina and Microsoft, there was created a fund for the donation of computers to senior centers which belongs to the Training and Social Integration Program, which has already received over 350 computers throughout the country. Thus, “we are in the way to consolidate the process of inclusion of older adults, improves the access to benefits and Anses digital services", said Bossio.

The official also presented medals and certificates to the employees that worked in Anses 30, 35, 40 and 45 years, and special mentions were given to workers nearing retirement. "This award is for those with a vocation of service and effort, leaving the soul and heart in Anses since long time”, said Bossio.

(Source: Secretaría de Medios de Comunicación – Argentina)

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In order to enable access to integrated telecommunications services to various districts in the Ancash region, the Antamina Mining Fund (FMA) and the company Telefónica Movistar, in the framework of its Program “Intégrame”, delivered infrastructure and equipment to a wireless base station in the District of Pampas Chico.

This is the third delivery that enables the access to telephony services, mobile and public services, to the residents of the town of Conococha, Pampas Chico district and the towns of Catac, Recuay province which belongs to Ancash Region. The investment committed for this work by the Antamina Mining Fund is valued at US$ 195,500, and in the case of Movistar the investment was US$ 53,000. Thus, Movistar is committed to provide mobile services and fixed wireless. Also, this company will oversee the maintenance and operation of the wireless base station.

It is estimated that more than 20,000 inhabitants in the Valley Fortaleza, covering nine districts and 95 towns of the provinces of Recuay and Bolognesi, are being directly benefited from this project. Furthermore, it is providing service to many people that circulate through the area in the direction of the road Pativilca - Huaraz, as well as tourists who are visiting this area, especially Conococha Lake.

(Source: Biznews)

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:44:47 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Intel ® Teach Program is a worldwide effort to help teachers experienced in education and students, to integrate technology into their classrooms to develop higher thinking skills of students and enhance learning. The participating teachers receive training and resources to promote the effective use of technology in the classroom.

Teachers learn about how, when and where to incorporate technology tools and resources to their lesson plan. In addition, experimenting with new approaches for implementing lesson planning tools and focused on learning goals and the official curriculum. The program incorporates the use of Internet, Web page design and student projects as vehicles for meaningful learning.

For over a decade, Intel Teach Program has helped to primary and secondary school teachers, around the world to understand how, where and when to bring the tools and technology resources into their classrooms. Up to date, the program has trained more than four million teachers in over 40 countries and is committed to reach 13 million by 2011. The Intel Teach Program in Latin America is currently offered in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru.

(Source: Intel)

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:37:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 27, 2010
The benefited students belongs to rural areas and low income families across the country.Education in Peru is progressing, and does so with the program "One Laptop per Child” (OLPC) that attempt to democratize the use of the internet with the delivery of a computer to poor children.

It is two years since the OLPC started this ambitious project, which has benefited over 871,000 children from 9,864 schools in the country. Now, all of them study hand in hand with the information and communication.


According to the general director of Educational Technology of the Ministry of Education, Oscar Becerra, "the daily use of this important technological tool has made that children significantly improved their reading comprehension and logical-mathematical work".

The results were obtained by the Ministry of Education (Minedu), which implemented tests of motivation and reading comprehension to students of primary schools in rural areas favored with "One Laptop per Child program", which will help more students in the next year.

(Source: Educación en red)

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 Friday, December 24, 2010

This is the Act C 124/10, 174/10S, "through which they will enact tax laws to control and for the competitiveness", and they will remove the VAT for Internet services in the economic strata 1, 2 and 3. This decision contributes significantly to the implementation of the technology Plan "Vive Digital", which has as one of its most important goals to increase from 2.2 million to 8.8 million the Internet connections over the next four years.

"The approval of the elimination of VAT for Internet services in the economic strata 1, 2 and 3 is a very important step to implement the plan "Vive Digital". We are committed to increase this service adoption, so the Colombians can access to the Internet and technology, and they can use Internet in their daily lives, in schools and in the microenterprises. Also, the technology will be in the life of every Colombian", said the ICT Minister, Diego Molano Vega.

The Plan "Vive Digital" is a proposal designed with the goal of bringing technology to the lives of all Colombians, especially those who are no longer connected, as those households from strata 1, 2 and 3, small entrepreneurs and traders of the country.

"Digital Experience" will feature about 5.5 billion pesos and seeks to give Colombia a technological leap over the next four years through the massive access to Internet and digital ecosystem development of the country. This initiative will promote the expansion of infrastructure, building services, application development and technology appropriation by users.

(Source: MINTIC – Colombia)

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Friday, December 24, 2010 1:06:41 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Phone lines and internet ports will reach neighborhoods, parishes, precincts and townships of Cotopaxi, through wireless networks that cover 40 miles.

In a conference, Guido del Toro, Director of the National Telecommunications Corporation (CNT) of this town, after an annual report, announced that the projects will be implemented in 2011, which will benefit the counties within the province, both, at ports of broadband internet as telephone lines.

Del Toro said that in 2010 they have been conducted a study to determine the type of project that requires the cantons according to the demand and estimate the necessity and implement the required projects.

Among the recipients are several parishes and districts of Latacunga, as Guaytacama, Joseguango Alto, La Calera, Lasso, Locoa, Santán, San Buenaventura, San Felipe, Los Hornos, Mulaló Pastocalle, San José de Poaló, Yugsiloma, San Carlos y Toacaso, this is the group that will benefit in the first quarter of next year.

In the second half, del Toro said that they will run several projects that will facilitate communication between cotopaxenses, through the implementation of telephone and internet ports, as have the internet service is no longer a luxury, but also a necessity, so that is one of the objectives of the corporation, to reach rural areas, he said.

(Source: Mintel – Ecuador)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 9:10:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The place provides access to telephony and Internet via satellite Simon Bolivar to 8100 inhabitants, a service that will be managed by the own community.

The Technical Committee on Telecommunications (MTT) of Ureña and the National Company of Telephony of Venezuela (CANTV) celebrated the inauguration of the Communication Communal Center El Bolivariano II”.

The facility is located in “El Bolivariano II”, municipality Pedro María Ureña, Táchira state, from where they provide services to this community empowered to manage telecommunications.

This Community Center will offer its services through the Simón Bolívar satellite, and it will be equipped with four telephone lines and seven computers, for the first time provides voice and data access to users in this border community. This project was achieved with the support of MTT of Ureña, and through this new form of community communications, it will be benefit 8100 people living in the El Bolivariano II and the surroundings area.

(Source: Cantv – Venezuela)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:11:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Students from Educational Complex of Huáscar will benefit with computer labs, with 21 computers and with Internet access. The delivery was made as part of the Program “Proniño” of Telefónica Foundation, an initiative which pretends to combat the child´s labor, through the education.

Telefónica Foundation presented two Computer Rooms that have, each, 21 modern computers with Speedy Internet access, desks, printer, slate and mouse pads to the  Primary schools 70047 and the Polytechnic High school Huáscar of Puno.

To perform this important work, which will benefit to more than 590 adolescents, the company had to do electrical wiring, and improve the school infrastructure, which was made with the support of parents of the children of the school. This donation was made under the Program “Proniño”, supported by Telefónica Foundation. This initiative prevents the labor of children in Latin America through the education.

With the delivery of these computer labs, Telefónica Foundation seeks to improve the educational quality of schools and promote the educational use of technological tools, focusing on digital inclusion of children and adolescents to provide better development opportunities and access to decent labor market.

(Source: Telefónica del Perú)

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 Saturday, December 18, 2010
The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society, in compliance with the project "Universal Access Program" for the provision of equipment and connectivity for schools in the State, will formally provide 2322 computers in several cities of Ecuador, with the aim of contributing in the organization, execution and implementation of educational projects.

Whereas the Ministry of Education set the standard equipment that is delivered for at least one computer for every 25 students, among other technological equipment, the Mintel carried out a supply of computers to the Municipalities, Provincial Governments and Institutions for Social development in several Cantons, which will be distributed to schools of: Montecristi, San Lorenzo, Rioverde, Santa Elena and La Libertad, Costa; Nabón, Catamayo, Mira, Otavalo, píllaro, Gualaceo, Pelileo, Guaranda San Miguel, Caluma, Chimbo, Chillanes and Quito in the Mountain area, and Cascales, Mera, Pastaza, Santa Clara and Joya de Los Sachas, in the Amazon area.

These provinces were considered for the delivery of equipment, as they have been benefited by the National Government with the provision of connectivity and equipment.

All citizens of the community and surrounding areas will have access to technology services, which will benefit in carrying out their daily activities.

Source: Mintel – Ecuador

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