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Public Access to Information and Communication Venues in Nepal

Ranging from direct and formal venues like public libraries, community libraries, telecenters and cybercafés to informal and indirect venues like community tea shops and community radios, different forms of public access venues are used by people to access different kinds of information in Nepal.

Are oral technologies panacea to African traditions?

Oral traditions characterise the way Africans do their business. For generations since time immemorial, information and knowledge traversed swamps, forests, valleys, mountains name it, to reach destinations where it was most desired and valued.

Quite rudimentary, but the Africans have stuck to their guns. Songs, riddles, poems, stories, customs, proverbs and sayings as we know them have stood the test of time. Our children recite the same poems as we did and sing the same songs as we sang, although the difference could be in tone, time and language.

Telecom trends in Uganda getting interesting

Since the introduction of mobile telephony in Uganda in 1995, the tide is changing. With two national telecom operators, one cellular telecom operator and two more to be launched later this year, the fight for the telecom market is not just getting bizarre but interesting.

In the recent survey by Hallmark Events and Promotions, findings reveal that the two giant telecoms – MTN and Uganda telecom run neck to neck in the fight for the share of the market, which also means that they have the most subscribers on their respective networks.

Waves in GKP SA

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Hospitable people and diverse varieties of fish dishes are cooling warm and humid weather of Dhaka. Discussions in GKP South Asia Regional Meeting organized by GKP SA, DNet and BNNRC during July 15-16, 2007 were sometime as hot as weather and sometime as cool as smiling people of the country. Members in the network brainstormed different options for ensuring strong regional presence in GK3.

Podcasting a good case for Africa

Podcasting in Africa as an emerging technology and precisely one of the collaborative tools earmarked for web 2.0 to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing processes to a wide spectrum of community members of the Harambee Project and telecentre initiatives that AITEC Development facilitates, initially proved improbable.

Recording learning interviews of the Harambee Focus Network coordinators was hard owing to the fact that these interviews mainly relied on another ICT, the phone.

Rococo: Rencontres sur la Collaboration, la Créativité et l'Autogestion

Rococo Camp, also known as RecentChanges (as in wiki change history) Camp, happened in Montreal, Canada May 18-21. The format was Open Space which was very fitting given the topic of collaborative technologies, with a focus on wikis. I wasn't quite expecting so many topics raised by participants to be on wikis, but still it was an excellent opportunity to learn what others in the wiki realm were up to.

Content, standards and audio player hardware

When we started experimenting with podcasting, one reason we chose iRiver devices was because they required nearly zero technical support ... and because Partha recommended them ;-) The iRiver devices were among the most widely supported MP3 players: their support for the UMS standard was one reason for that and for our selection of the iRiver gear.

FOSS Essential Training in Nepal

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Over 27 participants from private, government, media and non-government sector inlcuding IT professionals, Academia and students from different organizations took part in a two-day training program on Free/Open Source Software (FOSS)named “FOSS Essentials Training 2007” at Yala Maya Kendra, Lalitpur, Nepal on March 17-18, 2007. It was the first Free/Open Source Software training of its kind in Nepal. The key objective was to create an awareness about FOSS among general computer users, promote the use of FOSS and to build a network of FOSS practitioners and trainers in Nepal.