AsiaOSS


AsiaOSS Home Page is a network of promoters of Free/Libre and Open Source Software in Asia. Including governments, academia (mainly them) and a lesser number of techies too. A better start page might be this. Self-description: “We, Asia Open Source Software Community, are just starting to collaborate each other. Background “The popularity of Open Source Software (OSS) has grown at an astonishing rate such that government, business sector, academy, R&D related organizations, and community groups have been expecting its policy to promote the use of open source software. The major advantage of open source software includes operation/development cost reduction, computer … Continue reading AsiaOSS

On a Friday at Mapusa…


It was a summer Friday evening and, having some time to spare, one ventured into the crowded and colourful Mapusa marketn. After taking a look at cursory look at all the many plants for sale (some vendors even speak fluent English!), the next stop was the earthernware section. There, they nowadays sell the earthernware ‘cock-shaped’ drinking-water pot in sizes tiny enough to hold just a glassful of water. An interesting toy for the kids; maybe more innovation could take our age-old pottery skills ahead…. After a while, one ran into a familiar face. It was Olga Martins, the lady who … Continue reading On a Friday at Mapusa…

Goa press accreditation committee meets…


Goa’s press accreditation committee met on May 11, 2006 — exactly ten months after its earlier meet held on July 11, 2005. It may be recalled that the issue of accreditations was raised at the recent Goa Union of Journalists general body meeting, with special debate on the accreditations granted to representatives of the electronic media and the contentious issue of ‘provisional accreditations’ being given out by the government even while meetings were not being regularly held to take a formal decision on the same. Deccan Herald’s special correspondent in Goa Devika Sequeira was elected chair of the press accreditation … Continue reading Goa press accreditation committee meets…

Viewing Indian journalism, as seen from the metros?


Its jacket terms it an “exciting collection of original essays”, and to add weight to the claim this books has some big names contributing to it. But surely an understanding of Indian journalism needs to go beyond the metros and big newspaper editors; for a country the size and diversity of India, what we see of Indian journalism obviously depends on where we stand. That said, this is an interesting publication. Some 26 contributors discuss a range of thems, from media laws (including the often-neglected in India right to privacy against media intrusion) to the social role of journalists; gender, … Continue reading Viewing Indian journalism, as seen from the metros?