i4d Weekly Newsletter, 05 - 11, October 2007
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Call for Papers - i4d Magazine December Issue - New Media for Development

In the month of December, we are bringing out a special issue to coincide with our 2nd i4d film festival being held at the GK3 event at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme will focus on "New Media for Development". We are calling for articles which look at key issues such as community media, use of new media in development, web2.0 technologies in development, participatory culture etc.

Please restrict the articles to 1500-2000 words. Attach a passport size photograph of the author. Also send relevant images along with the articles in jpeg or tiff format in 300dpi or mail them to our postal address at CSDMS, G4, Sector 39, NOIDA, UP, INDIA.

Deadline: 15th October 2007
Email all articles to Sulakshana Bhattacharya at sulakshana@csdms.in


TOP NEWS OF THE WEEK

Indian Govt. to set up data centres in 28 states
The Union Government of India is ready to set up large number of data centres across the country to provide technological underpinning for initiatives under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP)...

NEWS

AGRICULTURE
Reuters rolls out RML service nationwide
DST (India) plans real-time mapping of standing crops
APCAEM to promote conservation agriculture techniques in Asia-Pacific

COMMUNITY RADIO
Social empowerment through community radio

e-COMMERCE
e-commerce is INR 9,200 crore market in India
Zeroing in on branchless rural banking

e-GOVERNANCE
e-Tender project begins in Bahrain
All Malta Government services online by 2010
Latvian Govt. develops national database on learning opportunities
TERI sets up Solar Powered IT Knowledge Center in India
Dubai eGovernment obtains ISO 9001:2000 certification
Belgium launches multipurpose ID cards

EDUCATION
YouTube: A new learning tool
ICT conference of E-9 countries on ICT called for 'Greater decentralisation'
Philippines moves to protect Cyber Education
NCERT trains Afghan academicians
USDA awards more than US$ 22.3 Million for telemedicine, distance learning grants
Intel donates computers to Thailand government schools

HEALTH
Health insurance for India's rural poor soon
Mobile phones for rural health workers
Program brings medical services to children
Health eCard initiative launched in Bulgaria
Singapore calls for healthcare innovation

m-SERVE
Airtel provides rural connectivity to Gujarat (India)
VSNL plans INR 1,000 cr spend for WiMAX
Sony Ericsson unveils P1 smartphone for Lagos Business community
Indian Communication Minister: New guidelines on spectrum allocation

LIVELIHOODS
UNESCAP, UNDP & ADB to launch regional MDG Report on October 8, 2007

OPEN SOURCE
Netherlands to make Open Source mandatory

SME
Germany shows keen interest in Indian SMEs market
IBM unveils financing window for small units

TELECENTRE
BSNL invites bids to set up 50, 000 WiMAX kiosks in India
Wal-Mart offers broadband satellite access to rural US customers

TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Malaysia to get high speed broadband

INTERVIEW
Interface with e-krishi
Name: K. Anvar Sadath
Publish Date: 06 September 2007

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Call for suggestions/recommendations /position papers on National Policy on ICT in Education
Last Date: October 25, 2007
Contact: rachita@csdms.in

Young Social Entrepreneursí Forum @ GK3
Date: 11-13 December 2007
Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia

Leaders in Dubai Business Forum
Date: 18-20 November, 2007
Location: Dubai UAE

UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication $ 20,000
Date: 26 to 28 March 2008
Location: UNESCO Headquarters, France

EVENTS
Digital Asia e-Gov Summit (DAEG07)
Date: 27-28 November, 2007
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Biomedical Asia 2008
Date: 14-17 April 2008
Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre
Location: Singapore

Mobile Content World Asia 2008
Date: 25-27 April 2008
Suntec International Exhibition & Convention Centre
Location: Singapore

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