Ask Source www.asksource.info, a website offering searchable databases of health, disability and participatory communication information resources, which was re-launched last month. Source is an International Information Support Centre designed to strengthen the management, use and impact of information in development.
This paper assesses the state of e-Participation between governments and citizens at large. eDemocracy continues to be a growing phenomenon but has yet to engage any large, significant numbers in societies around the world. The paper recommends a three-tier approach to bring a wider number of people into the eDemocracy tent. This paper was presented at a United Nations workshop on e-Participation. The workshop was part of a larger conference organized by the state of Queensland, Australia, and the United Nations, called Engaging Communities. The conference was held from August 14 to 17 in Brisbane and attracted 2200 participants with representatives from 35 countries.
This is the latest twist in the evolution of the free and open source (FOSS) movement. What began as a revolution has now become just another marketing slogan. Startups are latching onto the hype around “open source” to gain interest from venture capitalists and earn street credibility with the FOSS community, but then proceed with a business model predicated on making money by selling closed source code.
UNDP-APDIP is pleased to announce the launch of a new series entitled “APDIP e-Notes”.
APDIP e-Notes are brief documents that present analyses of specific issues related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) for sustainable human development in the Asia-Pacific region. This series introduces readers to the who, what, where, why and how of a wide range of current issues related to ICTs such as e-governance, free and open source software, ICTs and poverty alleviation, Internet governance and many others.
UNESCO launches a sixth community telecentre in Ethiopia Community telecentre, Harar, Ethiopia
On Monday 22 August 2005, a dual ceremony was held at Rimbaud’s House in the historic Ethiopian city of Harar to mark the inauguration of a UNESCO sponsored community telecentre and to present certificates to the first batch of graduates from the telecentre’s basic ICT course.
The ceremony was attended by over 200 persons including representatives from UNESCO’s Addis Ababa Cluster Office, Governmental officials from the Harari People National Regional State, local NGOs and youth groups.