Going Dutch in cyberspace, researching India (25 years ago)… etc


Patrice Riemens from the Netherlands has his own understanding of issues of technology and society… Here he talks about the role the Dutch have played in cyberspace (and why), and his research in India on multinationals coming out of here even a quarter of a century ago! Continue reading Going Dutch in cyberspace, researching India (25 years ago)… etc

Voice communications, smartly used, can bring the benefits of info to many


Techie-guru and ex-editor friend Vickram Crishna announced in cyberspace that Giovanni Maruzzelli would be visiting India. After a few emails were exchanged, he added Goa to his route. This Italian techie believes that the right solutions can turn telephones into a powerful tool. He speaks at the BITS Pilani Goa campus (Zuarinagar) on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 6 pm. Giovanni explains how techies could make a difference. An interview with Frederick Noronha (FN). FN: What is the focus of your trip to India? Giovanni Maruzzelli: I’m focusing mainly on two things: to enjoy incredible India, and to enjoy its … Continue reading Voice communications, smartly used, can bring the benefits of info to many

Maps … and taking a stand


Sophia Kamaruddin pointed me to the page where I could download the ebook titled Maps for Advocacy: An Introduction to Geographical Mapping Techniques An interesting book: Do maps merely list cities, towns, rivers and mountains or can they also reveal what happens in these locations? Can anti-pollution drives, instances of forest degradation or disease-filled zones be displayed on a map? Certainly. A while ago, that was not a possibility as maps were mere location guides. Now, with online acees to publicly available maps combined with satellite imagery and enhanced graphical displays, maps can be artfully used by rights advocates to … Continue reading Maps … and taking a stand

Google enables Indians to build maps of their villages, cities


For a vast country which lacks adequately detailed and available maps for many of its areas, India is now finding an unexpected solution come up in the form of Google Map Maker. Google recently extended its ‘map maker’ service to India, and within three weeks of its launch, has already drawn quite some attention to it in cyberspace. Supporters of the project started sending messages out via the Net, urging each friends and colleagues to create their own detailed maps — by adding details of features in the villages or urban areas where they live. Google Map Maker is a … Continue reading Google enables Indians to build maps of their villages, cities

Cameras for a Cause :: Our rationale. V 1.0 23 September 2008


More about this group: http://groups.to/camerasforacause Cameras for a Cause (C-FAC) is a volunteer network, meant to share photography (and sometimes videography) skills with campaigners, citizens, not-for-profits and anyone undertaking work for positive social change on the planet. 1. By “positive social change”, we refer to those working on issues of environment, labour, conservation, education, development, IT-for-change any other such issues. We leave it open to each volunteer to define what they see as a “good cause”, and to offer their support to the same. 2. Anyone, anywhere on the planet with access to a camera and a suitable level of … Continue reading Cameras for a Cause :: Our rationale. V 1.0 23 September 2008

Tania Pérez Bustos … Free Software, Colombia, India


Tania Pérez Bustos is a PhD student from Colombia doing fieldwork in India. Her research is on the educational and gender dimension of experiences like FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) that aim to popularize technology. She says, “I really liked the statement in the (BytesForAll) website in which you assume a critical position towards ICT and the political context it is immersed in … unfortunately not very common.” Here, she talks about her work, and her encounter with India, Colombia, and the need for links between these disparate and distant regions. Continue reading Tania Pérez Bustos … Free Software, Colombia, India