Updated: 5/16/2006; 4:15:08 PM.

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

daily link  Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Sun offer cut price products to third world: "In an interesting move clearly aimed at expanding their market share in the developing world, Sun Microsystems have today announced a new pricing model for their Java Enterprise System for users in developing nations.  The new pricing ranges from a mere 33 US cents per citizen per year, up to a larger but still incredibly low USD 1.95 per citizen per year. Prices are presumably based on licenses being bought for everyone in the country.

The exact price per country is worked out using two factors, the first being the number of citizens in the country, and the second being the stage of development of the country as defined by the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs classification."  The idea is to allow blanket lisencing for applications, especially e-government, health, and education.

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Virtual Academy for the Semi-Arid Tropics: "Our coalition aims to mobilize communities and intermediaries of the dry tropics by sharing information, knowledge and skills related to climate literacy, drought preparedness, and best practices in dryland agriculture and other relevant issues. We do this through the innovative interface of ICTs and distance learning."  Consortium with many partners in Africa and elsewhere.  10:57:52 AM  permalink  

Berkeley TIER: Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions:  "The aim of this project is to address the challenges in bringing the Information Technology revolution to the masses of the developing regions of the world. .. This project focuses on developing a hardware/software infrastructure explicitly designed for the physical, political and economic realities of developing areas.  .. The other supporting partners are HP,UNDP, IIT Delhi and Grameen Bank. 

A course ICT Framework for Developing Regions that is jointly taught by UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Washington is being offered in Fall 2003."  See also the project description and current efforts pages.

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Science and Technology Collaborium:  An Italy-US collaboration on IT assistance for science in developing countries.  "On January 1st, 2000 the S&T Collaborium started as a spin-off initiative of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy in collaboration with the International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (IITAP), Iowa, USA."  Projects include workshops on digital radio, the www4mail software suite (and server in Italy), VSAT demos, and training programs.  10:40:52 AM  permalink  

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