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SUMMARIES PROJECT ... HEADED BY FARAH MAHMOOD IN PESHAWAR
Copyleft, may be reproduced with attribution.
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Events and Announcements
Call for ICT Researchers

The University of Washington Center for Internet Studies
(CIS) is conducting a study of public access ICT environments

in 25 countries. The research will include an examination of


physical infrastructures (libraries, telecenters, kiosks,
etc.), public access policies, stakeholder analyses
(especially within government), and the information needs of

disadvantaged communities, among others. To implement this


study, CIS is seeking qualified in-country research teams to
conduct interviews, surveys and local language data analyses.
The expected timeframe for the engagement is November 2007

through August 2008. For details of this request and list of


countries, visit: http://www.cis. washington. edu/projects/

publicaccessICTl andscape/ countryselection.html


Interested parties should send a 1-page Expression of
Interest in a Word or text file by October 8 to:



ictstudy {AT} u.washingt on.edu

* * *

Strategy Planning Workshop of the Feminist Network on Gender,
Development and Information Society Policies




A Strategy Planning Workshop of the Feminist Network on
Gender, Development and Information Society Policies will be
held on October 5-7, 2007 in Bangalore, India. The workshop
is being co-organised by IT for Change, the Association for



Progressive Communications, the International Women's Tribune
Centre, ISIS International, and Gloria Bonder, the General
Coordinator of the Regional UNESCO Chair Women, Science and
Technology in Latin America.  The goal of the meeting will be



to a) conduct a gender analysis of the policy ecology of the
information society and the approaches of critical
institutional players b) evolve an action plan for research
and advocacy and c) develop the structure and processes that



facilitate and strengthen the work of the network.
www.ITforChange.net

* * *

Call for Paper: Asia-Pacific Journal on ICST



The Information, Communication and Space Technology Division

of UNESCAP is preparing its annual Asia-Pacific Journal on
Information, Communication and Space Technology, to be
published by the end of 2007. The Journal aims to highlight


emerging trends and issues related to information,

communication and space technology (ICST) for development and
contribute to the promotion of an inclusive, people-centered
information society in Asia and the Pacific.



For this edition, the division is seeking contribution in the

form of original papers, related to ICST - ICT strengthened
by space technology for content and infrastructure - and
showing evidenced ICST impacts on economic development in


Asia and the Pacific.

More information can be found at

http://www.unescap.org/icstd/main/journal-

 2007-cfp. Asp

* * *

e-GovWorld 2007 - November 29-30, 2007

eGov World 2007 will serve as an important milestone with

focus six key Mission Mode Projects under National
e-Governance Plan (NeGP) of India, Mobile Government


Practices across the globe and Special Session on Data
Centers for enhancing e-Government readiness. . It will be

held in New Delhi, India on November 29-30 with the support
of the e-Development Thematic Group of The World Bank, Danish


Technological Institute, OneWorld SouthAsia,
PricewaterhouseCoop ers India and other partners


Conference Website:
http://www.egovworl d.org

* * *

Global CIO Dialog on The Human Factor in Re-engineering
Government



A Global CIO Dialogue on The Human Factor in Re-engineering

Government on October 29, 2007 from 8:00-10:30 am ET. It is
organized by the World Bank in partnership with George Mason
University's School of Management, Development Gateway


Foundation and several partners in

various countries who will be participating via
videoconference. The event brings together some 40 IT leaders
from the Asia Pacific region to Washington D.C., and

CIOs/e-government leaders from other regions via VC. It is


part of a 2.5-day Global CIO Roundtable conference
(http://somweb
.
gmu.edu/globalci o2007/). The event will
examine the critical role of the government CIOs and


e-champions in citizen-centric transformation of thepublic
sector.

More information and resources are available at:


http://go.worldbank .org/EM0S2AL7T0

* * *


Articles

Unwrapping ideas at latest 'unconference'


They call it an 'unconference' , and it's a small but growing
rage among techies wanting to share ideas in town. BarCamps

are an international network of 'user generated conferences'


that involve open, participatory workshop events. Some 200
people from diverse spheres took part in Mumbai's latest
BarCamp, where content is provided by participants - often

focusing on early-stage web applications, and related free


software or open source technologies, social protocols, and
open data formats. An 'unconference' is thus a collaborative
discussion with no classroom rules. It is a participative

session, where the speaker only leads the discussion.


Participants can leave if bored or cut in when the 'speaker'
is speaking to ask as many questions as they want.

Read complete report at


http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=
 1128889

* * *

MANDATE FOR PUBLIC ACCESS TO NIH-FUNDED RESEARCH

POISED TO BECOME LAW

Washington, D.C. October 24, 2007 - The U.S. Senate last

night approved the FY2008 Labor, HHS, and Education

Appropriations Bill (S.1710), including a provision that
directs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strengthen

its Public Access Policy by requiring rather than requesting

participation by researchers. The bill will now be reconciled

with the House Appropriations Bill, which contains a similar
provision, in another step toward support for public access

to publicly funded research becoming United States law.


The Alliance for Taxpayer Access is a coalition of patient,

academic, research, and publishing organizations that
supports open public access tothe results of federally funded

research. The Alliance was formed in 2004 to urge that

peer-reviewed articles stemming from taxpayer-funded research

become fully accessible and available online at no extra cost
to the American public. Details on the ATA may be found at


http://www.taxpayer
access.org


* * *

Telecenters

Networking telecentres in East Africa


The East Africa Telecentre Leaders Forum (EATLF) discussions
have started bearing fruits. The Tanzania Telecentre Network

will be launched during a workshop on 25 -27 October 2007. It

was the decision of the second EATLF in October 2006 that

countries form National telecentre networks. In February
2007, the Kenya Network of Telecentres (Kentel) was formed

and this week will see the birth of the Tanzanian Network.

The network aims to :


To provide a platform for telecentres leaders to exchange
ideas and knowledge on rural development. Discuss the role of

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in
accelerating development as enshrined in the National


Strategy for Growth and reduction of poverty.  Explore
different ICTs interfaces which are sustainable for

telecentres.

This workshop will also discuss the role of telecentres in
accelerating growth and development. It will look at the


vision, mission, objectives and structure of telecentres. The
role of the Tanzania Telecentre Association will also be

discussed.


telecentre.org

* * *

Sustaining telecentres....join the discussion



Telecentre sustainability is a theme central to many current
debates among telecentre practitioners, donors, support
organizations, and governments. For the most part,

telecentres remain dependent on donors or do not have the


necessary resources to sustain their activities.  The online
session of the 4th East Africa Telecentre Leaders Forum is
discussing social enterprise and how to sustain telecentres.

Loic Commoli, the Social Enterprise Director at NESsT (


www.nesst.org) is leading the discussion. The discussion aims

to:

- Clarify the role that social enterprise can play in

  telecentres and sustainability
- Present examples of successful social enterprises

- Generate ideas for telecentre products and services

- Promote the field of social enterprise among regional

  telecentres
- Use the outcomes of this discussion to inform the Fourth
  East Africa  Telecentre Leaders Forum on November 8 and 9


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