World Summit Awards - Call for Nominations
  Microsoft launches own search engine
  Pak Con - an exclusive cyber security convention
  Google Desktop Search - Search your own computer
  Google Scholar - a new search service that will index academic research
  6th Annual GIS Day
  Schedule for Prepcom-2 announced
  WSIS Tunis Phase Preparatory Meeting (Prepcom-1 of the Tunis Phase)
  Info Dev 2nd Quarter report
  UN Digital Library now accessible
  Electronic Crime Act 2004
  World Telecommunication Day: CTO calls for new Partnerships
  Community Media, Media of the Future
  Program to Assist Countries in implmenting e-Government
  An Inclusive Information Society - Rhetoric or Realisation?
  ITU Launches Global WSIS-2005 Fundraising Campaign
  Communicating in the Information Society
  E-Commerce and Development Report 2003
  Global Information Technology Report 2002-2003
  Using ICT to Empower Older Persons
  Developing Capacities for ICT-enabled Development
  Information and Communication Technology for Development Platform at World Summit on the Information Society
  World Telecommunication Indicators Database
  The Communication Initiative's South Asia Window
  Petersberg Prize - Call for Nominations
  Networking South Asia 2003
  ICT Stories Competition 2003 - Tony Zeitoun Awards, September 26, 2003
  16th Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) Open Policy Meeting, 19-22 August 2003, Seoul, Korea
  UNDP Global Meeting on ICT for Development, Ottawa, Canada, 9-11 July 2003
  ICANN: Country-code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) created at Montreal, Canada
  Draft Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Public Domain Information
  First annual report of UN Information and Communication Technologies Task Force
  The WiFi Opportunity for Developing Nations
  ICT Research & Development Grants Programme for Asia-Pacific
  InfoDev Conference Scholarship Fund
  Multimedia Training Kit for ICT for Development
     

World Summit Awards - Call for Nominations

Pakistan’s National Committee for the World Summit Award announces the launch of nation wide WSA Pakistan competition to recognize and award the best e-Content practices in Pakistan. The World Summit Award in Pakistan is the first of its kind in the country which emphasizes the importance of Content in bridging the digital divide. The main aim and purpose of organizing this competition is to recognize, encourage and further disseminate Pakistan’s best e-Content practices to bridge the information gap, break the information barrier and let the rest of the world know about Pakistani e-products. If your product or services or projects are in the area of e-government, e-health, e-entertainment, e-culture, e-learning/education, e-business, e-science, and e-Inclusion, then you are eligible to participate in this competition. Winners from each category will be announced by a Jury comprising neutral, most credible and independent e-content experts in Pakistan and from abroad. The top winners in each category will automatically be nominated for Global World Summit Award. In case of winning the global competition, the winners will have the honor to represent the country and may find themselves in Tunisia for the 2nd phase of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), where global WSA Gala is scheduled to be held on 15th November, 2005. WSA National Competition will be held as per following schedule:

Call for e-Products from all over the country
15 June-31 July, 2005
Jury meets to select the winning products
1-7 August, 2005
Jury announces the winners
14 August, 2005
Road Shows of the winning products

15 August - 31 October, 2005

For details Please visit the Award website www.wsapakistan.net.pk.
 

Microsoft launches own search engine

Microsoft launched its own Internet search engine. The new proprietary search engine, part of a redesigned MSN home page, gives the world’s largest software company its own search technology, eliminating the underlying search provided up to now by Yahoo and Google.

The search engine, which was unveiled in a test version last November, is now available in 25 markets in 10 languages. The new MSN Search service delivers more-relevant results, instant answers to specific questions, and a collection of tools that give Internet users greater control in targeting and refining searches. To provide more relevant answers to factual questions, MSN Search would include the full range of information contained in Microsoft Encarta and Microsoft's electronic encyclopedia. Users will be able to get definitions, calculations, geographical and historical information, and other information, and also view encyclopedia articles and content for any two-hour session via MSN Search.

This built-from-the-ground-up version of MSN Search provides an infrastructure that enables to rapidly innovate and give consumers precisely the information they’re looking for, no matter where it’s located. Analysts say Microsoft’s move is aimed at keeping Explorer and Windows as the main technologies used for the Internet, and heading off migrations to other platforms.

http://search.msn.com/
http://www.imagine-msn.com/search/tour/moreprecise.aspx



Pak Con - an exclusive cyber security convention

Pak Con is an exclusive cyber security convention, the first initiative of its kind in the history of Pakistan IT scene. Pak Con is the brainchild of a group of capable security professionals who have employed their genius and aptitude to provide an overall extensive and comprehensive experience of information security in the form of a wide-ranging convention on information security. Pak Con has been formed with a mission to bring Pakistan at par with any developed nation of the world focusing on research and application of computer security components. Pak Con aims to highlight all the issues related with information security and the problems faced by IT professionals, accurately and in depth. Their objective is to examine flaws with new and current technologies and finding their solutions. Pak Con is providing information to programmers, administrators, engineers, open source advocates, military, reporters, hackers and anyone interested in discovering what's going on in the information security scene today. It also plans to hold special training sessions and contests for both professionals and amateurs. It invites enrollment of IT professionals; business, legal and allied sectors to participate in formulating effective cyber laws and trade policies to make Pakistan’s name synonymous with advanced research in the IT world.

http://www.pakcon.org



Google Desktop Search - Search your own computer

Google Desktop Search is how our brains would work if we had photographic memories. It's a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop Search puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails, and bookmarks.

After downloading Google Desktop Search, you can search your personal items as easily as you search the Internet using Google. Unlike traditional computer search software that updates once a day, Google Desktop Search updates continually for most file types, so that when you receive a new email in Outlook, for example, you can search for it within seconds. The index of searchable information created by Desktop Search is stored on your own computer.

In addition to basic search, Google Desktop Search introduces new ways to access relevant and timely information. When you view a web page in Internet Explorer, Google Desktop Search "caches" or stores its content so that you can later look at that same version of the page, even if its live content has changed or you're offline. Google Desktop Search organizes email search results into conversations, so that all email messages in the same thread are grouped into a single search result.

http://desktop.google.com


Google Scholar - a new search service that will index academic research

Google is rolling out a new search service that will index academic research such as books, technical reports, and peer-reviewed papers. The Google Scholar service offers unique access to a number of publications and publishers who have cooperated with the effort. Participating groups include the ACM, the IEEE, and the OCLC. It is an excellent initiative giving you the flexibility to find the research papers, and conference proceedings. I hope this service will be a great resource for the researchers. It's beta version but seems very much helpful. You can access the newly launched search engine for researchers and academicians at

http://scholar.google.com


6th Annual GIS Day

Google is rolling out a new search service that will index academic research such as books, technical reports, and peer-reviewed papers. The Google Scholar service offers unique access to a number of publications and publishers who have cooperated with the effort. Participating groups include the ACM, the IEEE, and the OCLC. It is an excellent initiative giving you the flexibility to find the research papers, and conference proceedings. I hope this service will be a great resource for the researchers. It's beta version but seems very much helpful. You can access the newly launched search engine for researchers and academicians at

http://scholar.google.com


Schedule for prepcom-2 announced

The second meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom-2 of the Tunis phase) will take place in Geneva (Switzerland) from 17-25 February 2005.
The Venue for PrepCom-2 will be Palais des Nations, "Salle de l'Assemblée", 3rd floor, building A, Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10. More details and
access map will be soon available. For more details, please visit .

http://www.itu.int/wsis/preparatory2/pc2/index.html


WSIS Tunis Phase Preparatory Meeting (Prepcom-1 of the Tunis Phase)

The Preparatory Meeting ( PrepCom-1 of the Tunis phase) took place in Hammamet (Tunisia) from 24-26 June 2004. Here is note by the President and
WSIS Tunis Phase-Decision of PrepCom-1.

http://www.itu.int/wsis/docs2/pc1/doc5.doc


Info Dev 2nd Quarter report

The Info Dev 2nd Quarter report (April 1st - June 30th , 2004) contains update information on ongoing projects. The second Quarter report features
information on 77 projects. for more details please click below.

http://www.infodev.org/library/QR/qr204.pdf


UN Digital Library now accessible

The United Nations Digital Library launched 16th September, 2004 in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) is an online repository of full-text documents produced by numerous United Nations agencies, programmes and funds active in Pakistan. A wide range of reports, publications, newsletters, press releases and other public information items are readily accessible for reference and research purposes. The UNDL offers advanced search and browsing facilities enabling easy retrieval of information from a vast array of subjects ranging from poverty, governance, environment, population, health and education etc. to other social issues such as women & gender, economic development and energy-related concerns etc. The library also expects to add documents initially produced in print format after digital conversion. The UNDL can be accessed at:

http://www.un.org.pk/library/


Electronic Crime Act 2004

The Ministry of Informatoin Technolgoy and Telecommunication , Government of Pakistan has prepared the final draft Bill for the "Electronic Crime Act 2004" after doing necessary amendments in the first draft of the Bill which was widely circulated. The final draft is prepared in the light of comments received by all the concerned department s of the Government and comment s of the stakeholders. Electronic Crime Act is available in PDF format. Please review the document at the link, and send your comments directly to smanwer@moitt.gov.pk. The document can be downloaded here.

http://www.pakistan.gov.pk/itandtelecom-division/policies/electroniccrime04092004.pdf


World Telecommunication Day: CTO calls for new Partnerships

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has released today, 14th May 2004, the following statement calling for new partnerships within the international community to achieve sustainable development through the use of ICTs.

World Telecommunication Day, 17th May, 2004

"Humanity has made great progress in the information and communication technologies (ICTs) sector during the last 150 years. Most of mankind have benefited in remarkable ways as a result of incredible technological innovations, bringing the global community closer together.

Today, we are surrounded by space, land and sea communication infrastructure, products and services that have transformed the lives of many people on the planet. ICTs have made a very positive contribution to the wealth of nations, industry, businesses, civil society and to the lifestyles of individuals.

Nevertheless, the information age is far from being a reality for all. Half of the world's households are yet to own a television set. More than half of the world's population is technically or financially out of reach of a telephone, and over two-thirds of the human race have had no experience of the Internet. The need to bridge this gap in access to information and knowledge is at the heart of the debates concerning the "digital divide" and how to bridge this gap.

At the CTO, our technical assistance work goes back over 100 years with the laying of the first transcontinental submarine cable. We aim to reduce the width of the information divide by extending our knowledge-sharing programmes and expert capacity-building assistance to all ICT stakeholders, including non-Commonwealth countries. We are encouraging new partnerships in ICT programmes with other international institutions. And we have resolved to assist governments, businesses and civil society organisations to implement policies and plans that help developing countries to more effectively achieve their targets within the Millennium Development Goals and build an inclusive global information society for all.

We join the international community to celebrate the World Telecommunication Day on 17th May 2004. On this day, we invite our current members and partners to explore new areas of collaboration with us. We take this opportunity to also invite the international ICT community to reinforce their commitment to public-private partnerships, working closely with international organisations such as the CTO to fulfil the pledge of this year's theme 'ICTs: Leading the way to sustainable development'".

For more information, please contact Marcel Belingue at m.belingue@cto.int or visit www.cto.int

About the CTO - The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is an international development partnership between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth governments, businesses and civil society organisations focused on ICT and development. The CTO supports the international community's efforts to bridge the digital divide and promote social and economic development, by delivering to developing countries unique knowledge sharing programmes in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the specific areas of telecommunications, IT, broadcasting and the Internet. Recently, the CTO has significantly reviewed its mandate to reflect and respond more fully to today's global development challenge as set in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Today, our mission is to offer the highest quality programmes for capacity development, knowledge-sharing and information services, expand and diversify partnerships between governments, businesses and other organisations to reduce global poverty and fulfil the global development agenda for ICT in the key sectors of food and agriculture, education, health, e-government and e commerce. The CTO also facilitates the successful development of telecommunications and other businesses to support social and economic
development objectives of governments and civil society.

E-mail: info@cto.int
www.cto.int


Community Media, Media of the Future

13-05-2004 (UNESCO Kingston)

The genre of "community media" was hailed as the "new media" of the future at the Commonwealth-Caribbean Media Conference, a three-day activity held last week on the University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago to mark World Press Freedom Day 2004.

Impassioned pleas from some panelists and members of the audience called on media owners to play their part in resisting the muting of Caribbean voices and cited community media, especially radio, as 'the one to watch' in ensuring pluralism, diversity, local content and democracy in the Caribbean.

Organized by the Commonwealth Journalists' Association (CJA) and the Conference of Caribbean Media (CCM), an umbrella body for a number of participating media organisations in the region, with support from UNESCO, the Commonwealth-Caribbean Media Conference provided the forum for some fifty journalists and media professionals to share their experiences of working in the Caribbean and other regions of the British Commonwealth.

The Conference was opened by Prime Minister Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tobago who called for a Code of Ethics for the media, a comment that stirred considerable debate in the days following the opening.

Of major interest to participants was the warning by Zimbabwean editor Nqobile Nyathi of the Zimbabwe Daily News, embattled in a fight for a free press in her country, not to let the government control the media, voiced during an address to Conference participants entitled "Journalism under the Gun". She cautioned Trinidadian citizens and journalists to "appreciate what they have...because, once it's gone, (press freedom)...it is difficult to get it back."

The delegates also heard reports on the state of the media in the Caribbean and various regions of the Commonwealth and explored within panels questions such as reporting under siege, and experiences in withstanding these pressures, convergence, the new technologies and present day journalism, local content development and legislation, ethics and standards and other aspects of editorial policy, and HIVAIDS a major issue of concern to the Caribbean media and in other parts of the Caribbean.

The overriding issue of the conference was the quality of reporting and writing in all fields of the media and the need to take an in-depth look in the entire question of journalism training in the region in view of plans of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine and the Commonwealth Journalists' Association to introduce a long term programme of training in this field at the University.

In the discussion on local content quotas, media owners were cautioned take careful note of the challenges posed by the GATT and ongoing WTO and FTAA negotiations. The region's lack of an audio-visual policy to "preserve and enhance Caribbean diversity, audio-visual heritage and intercultural dialogue and understanding" was also cited as an immediate challenge to be addressed by Governments, media, policy makers and wider civil society.

The Commonwealth-Caribbean Media Conference was situated within the framework of a weeklong programme of activities (3-7 May) to celebrate World Press Freedom Day including the launch of the new CJA headquarters in Trinidad and Tobago, a media exhibition demonstrating the work of the media in Trinidad and Tobago and other Commonwealth countries, and the opportunity for young people thinking of a career in journalism to talk to working journalists from the Caribbean and other regions.

http://portal.unesco.org/ci/ev.php?URL_ID=15734&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201


Program to Assist Countries in Implementing e-Government

The Development Gateway Foundation and the Government of Italy are together launching an e-Government Grants Program to assist countries in identifying and implementing e-government projects.

The program will support (over an initial two-year period) information technology projects focused on modernizing and integrating processes and systems to improve public administration, with a particular emphasis on e-procurement, e-statistics, and e-accounting. It is open to developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Additionally, the e-Government Grants Program is seeking to partner with other donors interested in contributing to the expansion of the program’s scope by increasing the number of countries assisted, adding areas of intervention, and expanding successful pilots into full-scale projects.

Interested parties are invited to apply for the grants by submitting an Expression of Interest to the Development Gateway at egov@dgfoundation.org. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2004.

For more information download the Program Announcement here.

Download the Expression of Interest form here.

Download the Program Guidelines here.

Download the Phase I Overview here.


An Inclusive Information Society - Rhetoric or Realisation?

Information should be seen as a global public good. In today s society, access to information means access to development. But information is
increasingly treated as a commodity, providing unfair advantage to those with means to access it, and excluding those who don t. The digital
divide is more than a matter of infrastructure, and will not necessarily be overcome simply through technology. The public sector has a
responsibility to ensure that fair access is promoted. (PDF)

http://www.sdnp.undp.org/perl/news/articles.pl?id=6422&do=gpage


ITU Launches Global WSIS-2005 Fundraising Campaign

Geneva - The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr Yoshio Utsumi, launched a global fundraising campaign to
support activities for the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society. Appealing to the international community, he called
on all stakeholders to help make the WSIS-2005 Fundraising Campaign and the Summit in Tunis a success.

The fundraising campaign got off to an impressive start with an announcement by the Government of Japan, Ministry of Public Management,
Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, of a CHF 386 300 (JPY 33 401000) contribution to the WSIS Fund. In addition, the governments of
Japan, Spain, Canada, Switzerland and the Republic of Korea as well as other stakeholders, including UNESCO, and KDDI Corporation and BHN
Association of Japan, have confirmed that they will provide professional staff to serve in the WSIS Executive Secretariat.

Mr Utsumi thanked these partners for their continued commitment to the Summit process. He called upon governments and other stakeholders to
contribute generously to the WSIS-2005 Fundraising Campaign. He said, "Financial and in-kind support is essential to prepare for the Tunis
phase of the Summit and to help bridge the digital divide and create a truly inclusive Information Society."

"WSIS depends entirely on voluntary contributions to a special fund established by ITU," noted Mr Utsumi. The cost of organizing the Tunis
phase of the Summit is estimated to be about CHF 15 million. The goal of the fundraising campaign is to raise at least CHF 5 million in cash
contributions for the WSIS Fund while covering the remaining amount through in-kind support from various partners.

The Geneva Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society culminated with global agreement on a Declaration of Principles for the
emerging Information Society and a Plan of Action to implement concrete measures to make it a reality. The road map to Tunis and beyond
envisages accelerated realization of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals built on a foundation of access to information and
communication technology for all by 2015.
Contributions to the WSIS Fund can be tracked here.

Contact info
Telephone: +41 22 730 6373
Fax: +41 22 730 6393
E-mail: wsismedia@itu.int
http://www.itu.int/wsis/newsroom/press_releases/wsis/2004/5apr.html


Communicating in the Information Society

Edited by Bruce Girard and Seán Ó Siochrú of the CRIS campaign and published by UNRISD, Communicating in the Information Society was
launched at a press conference during the WSIS. A number of the authors were in attendance. If you want to acquire a paper copy of this book,
please contact UNRISD at martinez@unrisd.org.


http://www.comunica.org/


E-Commerce and Development Report 2003

The E-Commerce and Development Report 2003 focuses on trends in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), such as e-commerce and e-business, and on national and international policy and strategy options for improving the development impact of these technologies in developing countries. The report proposes strategic options to assist developing countries in designing national policies to take advantage of ICTs. It also strives to contribute to the debates at the World Summit on the Information Society. This 7-chapter report can be downloaded fom this website.

http://www.unctad.org/Templates/WebFlyer.asp?intItemID=2644&lang=1


Global Information Technology Report 2002-2003

The "Global Information Technology Report 2002-2003 - Readiness for the Networked World" is a comprehensive assessment of "networked readiness"
- how prepared an economy is to capture the benefits of technology
to promote economic growth and productivity. It highlights that the use and application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) remain among the most powerful engines of growth. This year's 12-chapter report benchmarks the performance and monitors progress in networked readiness of 82 countries, and is available in downloadable format from this site.

http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Global+Competitiveness+Programme%5CGlobal+Information+Technology+Report%5CGlobal+Information+
Technology+Report+2002-2003+-+Readiness+for+the+Networked+World


Using ICT to Empower Older Persons

As the Internet becomes more a part of our daily lives, it opens new windows of opportunity to enjoy old life. Ironically, older
persons are increasingly being left out of the information age, especially in the developing world. Communication, information, education, job
and business opportunities, as well as health and government services are now increasingly available over the Internet in both
developed and developing countries, so the need to bring older persons to access the information highway is greater than ever.
Despite such gaps, and although many do not usually see ICT as a tool to address their most pressing needs, a growing portion of
older citizens recognize the benefits of using computers and the Internet.

http://www.developmentgateway.org/node/133831/sdm/docview?docid=544902


Developing Capacities for ICT-enabled Development

This newsletter by the International Institute of Communication and Development (IICD) discusses rethinking external support for
ICT-enabled development; public-private partnerships for ICT development: the Ghanaian experience; national competences for ICT: the role of
education and training; and the role of civil-society organisations in ICT capacity-building.

http://www.capacity.org/Web_Capacity/Web/UK_Content/Download.nsf/0/91EFCB8DF30F21CEC1256D650055679F/$FILE/issue-18e%20nieuw%20ymck.pdf


Information and Communication Technology for Development Platform at World Summit on the Information Society

In order to address the challenges of the "Information Revolution", the UN General Assembly has decided to hold the "World Summit on the Information Society" (WSIS), which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 10-12 December 2003. The Information and Communication Technology for Development Platform (ICT4D Platform) is a multi-stakeholder event consisting of an exhibition, workshops, presentations and discussions. It will take place at Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland from the 9th-13th December 2003 and is one of the most important side events at the WSIS. The event in Tunis would be a followup of WSIS 2003 and would be held two years after, ie, 2005.

http://www.ict-4d.org/Marketplace/en/default.htm



World Telecommunication Indicators Database

The World Telecommunication Indicators Database contains time series data for the years 1960, 1965, 1970 and annually from 1975-2002 for around 80 sets of telecommunication statistics covering telephone network size and dimension, mobile services, quality of service, traffic, staff, tariffs, revenue and investment. Selected demographic, macro-economic, broadcasting and information technology statistics are also included, with data available for over 200 economies. The database is available either on the basis of a yearly subscription or a one time purchase, with some sections available online.


http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/publications/world/world.html


The Communication Initiative's South Asia Window

The South Asia Window provides updates on recent communication for development issues in South Asia. This includes programme activities, awards, training, evaluation and research results, networks, books, other materials, planning ideas, change theories and other information recently placed on The Communication Initiative's website.


For further information, please visit: http://www.comminit.com/south-asia/


Petersberg Prize - Call for Nominations

Nominations are invited for the Petersberg Prize. The Prize recognizes exemplary contributions in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for development. The Prize will be awarded during the Development Gateway Forum, which will take place in 2004. Nominations are due by January 1, 2004.

The Prize winner will receive an award of €100,000, without stipulations of how to use the funds. However, the winner(s) will be encouraged to use at least €50,000 in further promoting the activity identified in the nomination, or in mentoring prospective leaders in the ICT for development field, or in helping to disseminate the lessons learned in implementing the activity in question. He/she will be expected to participate in the 2005 Development Gateway Forum to report on how the
resources were used.

The Prize will be awarded for a significant contribution to an ICT for development success that benefits a large number of people. The degree of the success, the magnitude of the benefits, and the importance of the contribution to that success will all be taken into account. Benefits to the poor will be given priority. The winner of the Prize, through his/her contributions, should set an example that will inspire others to excel.

For further information, please visit: http://www.devforum.org


Networking South Asia 2003

Networking South Asia is the regional forum for Internetworking professionals in South Asia, which includes Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and adjacent countries.

Modeled after the highly successful INet Networking Technology Workshops and the APRICOT conference, it combines high-quality training by a panel of international lecturers with meetings of service providers, corporate, academic and research networkers.

Networking South Asia 2003 is being hosted from 20-27th July 2003 in Colombo by the Sri Lanka Education and Research Network, (LEARN) and co-hosted by the Licensed Internet Service Providers’ Association (LISPA). Training programmes and meetings are organized by SANOG and APAN, and the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).

For further information, please visit http://www.netsa.org.lk


ICT Stories Competition 2003 - Tony Zeitoun Awards, September 26, 2003


If you have been working on a project that uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a tool for advancing development,this is an opportunity for you to share your experiences with the world.

In almost all projects up-to-date knowledge about Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is crucial, but resources and access to such knowledge are often limited. Moreover, in most projects there is neither time nor money to carefully compare the various options available. In such situations, the experiences of others facing the same problems become invaluable.

The ICT Stories objective is to capture in exemplary stories the learning process that accompanies the introduction and implementation ofICTs in a development project. Most Stories applicants have had to struggle to go through hurdles and a lot of ups and downs for their projects to happen, and their stories become vehicles to share such knowledge. These stories describe good practices and lessons learned from contributors' experiences.

Enter the competition to win. Based on a set of criteria three winning stories will be selected by a renowned jury. The writers of these stories will be given the opportunity to travel to Switzerland to present their findings at the ICT4D platform at the World Summit on Information Society. As a tribute to the late Tony Zeitoun from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the awards for the ICT Stories competition will now become known as the 'Tony Zeitoun Awards'.

Please visit http://www.iicd.org/stories/ for more information and the submission form. The deadline for submissions is September 26, 2003. For more information, email: stories@iicd.org.


16th Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) Open Policy Meeting, 19-22 August 2003, Seoul, Korea

Applications for fellowships to attend Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) 16 in Seoul, Korea, close on Monday 30 June 2003. APNIC is offering a limited number of fellowships to allow members of the Internet community in the developing economies of the Asia Pacific region to attend the meeting, which is being hosted by the Korea Network Information Center (KRNIC).

Applications should be submitted by email to <meetings@apnic.net> by Monday 30 June 2003. Please visit http://www.apnic.net/meetings/16/fellows.

For further information, please contact:

APNIC Secretariat
Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC)
PO Box 2131 Milton, QLD 4064 Australia
Tel: +61-7-3858-3100
Fax: +61-7-3858-3199
Email: meetings@apnic.net


UNDP Global Meeting on ICT for Development, Ottawa, Canada, 9-11 July 2003


A Global Practice Meeting on ICT and development will be held later this month in Ottawa, Canada. The meeting aims to refine UNDP's ICT4D strategy and review good practices and recommendations on services.

The purpose of the Global Practice Meeting is a refinement of the UNDP ICT-D strategy; a review of good practices; recommendations on services (tools, methodologies, advisory services); and partner and resource-mobilization strategies.

http://www.sdnp.undp.org/it4dev/gpm/


ICANN: Country-code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) created at Montreal, Canada


A new forum called the Country-code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) which will represent national domain registries, was created this week at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting held from 22-26 June 2003 in Montreal, Canada. One of the key outcomes of the meeting, the creation of the ccNSO, 'represents a landmark agreement that cements the relationship between ICANN and the worldwide community of country-code top-level domain registries', according to a press release.

http://www.ictdevagenda.org/frame.php?dir=07&sd=10&id=447


Draft Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Public Domain Information


The UNESCO Secretariat has initiated draft guidelines intended to define, and promote understanding and debates on, the meaning of the public domain of information, and to assist Member States to develop policies and strategies in this area, which respond both to national needs and international practices. Based on such feedback, the UNESCO Secretariat plans to produce the improved version of guidelines, taking into account, in particular, the public domain traditions and usages in the different regions and countries of the world. It is hoped that this version be available by the end of 2003.


http://portal.unesco.org/ci/ev.php?URL_ID=8376&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201&reload=1050312840


First annual report of UN Information and Communication Technologies Task Force  


Since its launch in 2001, the UN Information and Communication Technologies Task Force (UNICTTF) has worked to put ICTs at the service of development. It provides a global forum on integrating ICTs into development programmes and a platform for promoting partnerships of public, private, non-profit, civil society and multilateral stakeholders by helping develop new models of leadership and collaboration to advance significantly the global effort to bridge the digital divide and foster digital opportunity. The first annual report of the Task Force is available online in downloadable format.

http://www.unicttaskforce.org/community/documents/764023199_UNICTTF_1stReport.pdf



The WiFi Opportunity for Developing Nations  


The Wireless Internet Institute is an international "think-tank" where executives explore Wireless Internet technologies, best practices and sustainable implementation models. On June 26 , 2003, it will join forces with the United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force to host "The WiFi Opportunity for Developing Nations" at UN Headquarters in New York City. The conference will create the conditions for informal dialogue and brainstorming among industry practitioners, government representatives and international development experts.

http://www.w2i.org/pages/wificonf0603/wificonf0603home.html


ICT Research & Development Grants Programme for Asia-Pacific
 

The Pan Asia ICT R&D Grants Programme is a joint effort of the Asia Pacific Development Information Programme, an initiative of the UNDP (APDIP); International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC); and is managed by Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC). Grants for its ICT R&D Grants Programme for Asia-Pacific are available to Asia-based organisations on a competitive basis. Preference is given to projects that focus on practical solutions to real problems in Internet policies and technology applications. The next competition round is likely to be in September 2003.

http://www.apdip.net/ictrnd/ictrnd.asp


InfoDev Conference Scholarship Fund  

The iCSF makes block grants to organizers of conferences that foster the utilization of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for development. The purpose of the grant is to sponsor the conference participation of ICT professionals from developing countries. Other conference costs will not be covered. Individuals cannot apply for iCSF grants.

http://www.infodev.org/icsf/index.html


Multimedia Training Kit for ICT for Development  

In a new collaborative initiative, UNESCO has joined hands with key stakeholders in the field of ICT to produce a multimedia training kit. The kit is targeted at community multimedia centres, information service providers and community radio stations. Key organisations like APC, IICD, Panos, AMARC and OneWorld are part of the project.

http://www.unesco.org/webworld/news/2002/020712_multimedia.shtml

 



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