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Communications and info tech in developing countries, especially wireless broadband and high-value applications

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daily link  Friday, August 29, 2003

GOVCOM.ORG: "A Narrative of the Software Project,"  Richard Rogers does interesting work on mapping people and ideas on the internet.  This project is funded by the Soros Open Society Institute with support.  5:10:56 PM  permalink  

daily link  Monday, August 25, 2003

Gyandoot: Community-Owned Rural Internet Kiosks: Worldbank report on Indian network of rural single-computer entrepreneurs.  4:29:57 PM  permalink  

daily link  Friday, August 15, 2003

Reporters sans frontières - Iraq:  Interesting review of press developments, with a note on cybercafes and satellite dishes:  "one shopkeeper in Baghdad's Karradeh Karej Street, where business is booming for him and dozens of others selling receiver dishes. "Even shoemakers are selling them," said one. They cost between $150 and $220, about the same as the fine you would get in Saddam's time, when they were illegal. If the police found one at the bottom of your garden or hidden in a cardboard box on the roof, it would be immediately seized and if you were caught out a second time, you risked up to a year in prison. When the regime was particularly worried about foreign influences, helicopter patrols would go looking for the dishes. In November 2002, when the threat of a US invasion was growing, the authorities reiterated that they were banned. "  5:47:49 PM  permalink  

daily link  Sunday, August 03, 2003

In DSpace, Ideas Are Forever: "A number of universities, from the California Institute of Technology to M.I.T., are creating ''institutional repositories'' designed to harness their own intellectual output. M.I.T.'s archive, perhaps the most ambitious, is called DSpace ( "  9:56:44 PM  permalink  

World Officials Agree to Share Ecology Data: "Officials from more than 30 countries agreed today to expand monitoring of the atmosphere, the oceans and the land and to create a system for sharing the resulting data. At a meeting here organized by the Bush administration, the officials said the goal of the 10-year effort was to fill in big gaps, primarily in developing countries, in the network of instruments recording earth's vital signs. The resulting benefits, like better crop and weather forecasts, are to be shared by rich and poor countries alike.  .. At the meeting here, administration officials said Mr. Bush had committed $25 million as a matching contribution to help developing countries link up to the global network for tracking what Donald L. Evans, the commerce secretary, called "the heartbeat of Mother Earth.""  9:34:34 PM  permalink  

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