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Project ID: 1142845309
Entity: CERN
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Activity: Africa@home
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Activity description: AFRICA@home is a website for volunteer computing projects which allow your computer to contribute to African humanitarian causes. There is a huge potential for volunteer computing to help solve pressing health and environmental problems facing the developing world. AFRICA@home addresses these problems by providing a common framework for volunteer computing projects that focus on African needs. An important goal of AFRICA@home is to involve African students and African universities in the development and running of these volunteer computing projects. The first application being developed for AFRICA@home is called MalariaControl.net. This application models the way malaria spreads in Africa and the potential impact that new anti-malarial drugs may have on the region. Please compare the website: http://africa-at-home.web.cern.ch/africa-at-home/index.htm and the first action: http://africa-at-home.web.cern.ch/africa-at-home/malariacontrol.htm For WSIS I on Geneva CERN, together with ICSU and TWAS had organised a summit event named “The Role of Science in the Information Society”. The event was reported in the Plenary of WSIS I in Geneva on Friday, 12 December 2003: Report from Multi-stakeholder Events, 15:30h-17:00h GMT+1; compare: http://www.itu.int/wsis/geneva/coverage/archive.asp?lang=en&c_type=pl|&c_num=5|6 Several general themes emerged as guidelines and received clear support: - fundamental scientific information must be made freely available; - software tools for disseminating this information must also be made freely available; - networking infrastructure for distributing this information must be established world-wide; - training of people and equipment to use this information must be provided in the host nations; - general education is an indispensable basis for the Information Society. Several of the objectives defined by the RSIS are already recognised in the WSIS Declaration of Principles and the WSIS draft Action Plan For more Information compare the proceedings of the event under: http://preprints.cern.ch/cernrep/2004/2004-004/2004-004.html The Africa@home initiative is performed as follow-up activity of WSIS II at Tunis. This project has been submitted to the Golden Book database.
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Entity from: International
Geographical coverage of the activity: International
WSIS action lines related to this activity:
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 14. Follow-up and evaluation (PoA, Section E)
Related MDGs:
MDG 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Activity type: Project, Guidelines, Application
Time scale: Ongoing: 2005 -
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