Browsing All posts tagged under »Telecentres«

Some Comments on “Digital Bangladesh” from a Community Informatics Perspective

July 12, 2010

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I’ve now had a chance to take a look at what is described as a “draft version” of the Strategic Priorities of Digital Bangladesh: Operationalizing the ICT policy 2009 document prepared by the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office with the help of a local expert team and the UNDP and released in June 2010. The document quite usefully says on its next to cover page “The current version of the document is a work-in-progress, specially prepared for Feedback.” The comments below are meant as a contribution to this work in progress.

NEPAD’s ICT for Africa Summit and Community Informatics

May 13, 2010

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To date NEPAD has operated primarily as a high-level talk shop for politicians, government officials and the corporate sector. The ICT Summit rather unexpectedly however, has included Community Informatics as among four stakeholder groups (along with Health, Government, and Business Informatics) which they are looking to "mobilise" and I, with African CI colleagues, have been invited to manage and present this theme over the course of the conference.

Let’s Talk About a Digital Transition Rather than a Digital Divide

April 2, 2010

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Perhaps more important this suggests that even in a context where there is almost universal cell phone access this is not sufficient to bring about the Digital Transition which is necessary to begin to achieve the broader systemic benefits of digital and Internet access and use and ultimately to overcome was has been termed the Digital Divide which is currently dividing both societies within themselves and the world at large between digitally enabled countries and those that have not as yet realized these benefits.

Some thoughts on Research as an Element in Telecentre/Community Informatics Practice

March 20, 2010

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Research funding which only focuses on and provides support to the academic element of the research in such a fragile and volatile area such as telecentres/community informatics runs the very real risk of ensuring the survival of the research while allowing what is being researched to decline and even expire. Community Informatics research if properly conducted and appropriately linked as a constitutive element of the community informatics practice can be a very considerable on-going support to the practice itself. Research (and researchers) which are not so embedded run the very real risk either of irrelevancy, of inappropriate distancing and detachment, or even of competing for those scarce resources required for network survival.

So What Do We Lose If We Don’t Have The Internet?

February 20, 2010

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So what do we miss if we don’t have the internet? This isn’t a trick question. I’m currently in Sri Lanka, a country which has had a long and interesting history of telecentres/community technology initiatives (they call them Nenasalas).

Some thoughts on the next steps for “Bridging the Digital Divide in Malaysia”

February 9, 2010

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In the context of my visits to various sites in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak I’ve now got a bit of perspective on the current situation in Malaysia and I see that in certain respects at least the goals of the 2005 Plan as evidenced by the document Bridging the Digital Divide in Malaysia have been […]

CoERI, the Centre that Community Informatics Built (and now they are busy returning the favour).

February 4, 2010

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I recently had an opportunity to visit with the staff and students of the Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics (CoERI) at the University of Malaysia, Kuching (they also hosted my travels to Long Lemai and Bario both of which I have discussed in earlier blog entries) According to their self-description: http://www.rimc.unimas.my/centres-of-excellence/rural-informatics-coeri/rural-informatics.html “The Centre of […]

E-Bario, the Impact of a Telecentre and the Creation of a Technology Hub in the Highlands of Borneo

January 31, 2010

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After leaving Long Lamai we traveled back to Miri and then caught another and different Twin Otter flight to Bario. I’d been in Bario a couple of years ago and knew more or less what to expect. The trip up was as spectacular as before and the airport was more or less the same. But […]

Bringing the Internet to Pandora (2)

January 30, 2010

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Clearly the people of Long Lamai are committed to the telecentre and committed to “development” in some form and fashion (on the face of it, the two commitments would appear from the current Long Lamai community perspective to in fact, be one and the same!). But precisely what that development might look like doesn’t seem […]

The Communications Revolution It’s a Wired World By DAN SCHILLER

December 17, 2009

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I’m not sure about all the details but an interesting brief global overview of the political economy of ICTs http://www.counterpunch.org/schiller12162009.html MBG The Communications Revolution It’s a Wired World By DAN SCHILLER Citigroup bank employed 25,000 software developers and spent an estimated $4.9bn on information and communication technologies – ICT —  (exclusive of operating expenses) in 2008 […]