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Linux reaches Afghanistan

The United Nations is training civil servants in the intricacies of the software to help them get government computer systems up and running. The first civil servants to complete their training in Linux went back to work earlier this month. The UN hopes that training government workers to use Linux will help the country close… Read more »

Bloggers Opening Western Eyes

Humanitarian workers abroad are increasingly using blogs to chronicle the lives of people in strife-torn societies in the hope that the West will finally comprehend, and respond. From Wired

Can computers save the world?

It will be people, rather than computers and the internet, that will make a difference in the developing world, argues BBC technology analyst Bill Thompson. From BBC News

MEDIA-INDONESIA: Revolution Underway in People's Radio

The hundreds of community-owned radio stations beaming local music and people’s voices across the huge Indonesian archipelago today reflect a sea change from the Suharto years, when a handful of the former president’s business cronies dominated local media. From IPS News

MIT to Provide Google-Type Gov't Site

Its creators hope it will become a Google of government, a massive Internet clearinghouse of information to help citizens track their leaders as effectively as their leaders track them. On Friday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab plans to debut a Web site called “Government Information Awareness,” that aspires to be far more than just… Read more »

The Revolution Will Be Wireless, Experts Say

While rich nations of the world continue to reap hefty profits from the use of wireless internet, most poor countries remain shut out from this phenomenal technology, say U.N. officials, policy makers and information technology experts. From IPS News

Cyber-Dissidents Should be Freed

Journalists, webmasters, and students who have been jailed by their governments for simply expressing their views via the Internet should be freed immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch is marking World Press Freedom Day, Saturday, May 3, by launching an online campaign to profile Internet dissidents, and to encourage the international community… Read more »

Civil Society Needs to Re-Define WSIS Agenda

Civil society should shift the discussion at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) away from identifying the digital divide as a technological problem to an understanding that the divide is merely a symptom of some of the bigger socio-economic issues, NGO activists said in a discussion recently organised by the Digital Freedom Network

Award for child soldiers site

The site was set up by International Education and Resource Network (iEarn) non-profit group in Sierra Leone, together with its sister body in Canada, from the BBC

Internet Opens Window on Relief Efforts

International and non-governmental relief organizations are using the Internet to call for donations from private citizens, mobilize public support for bigger aid budgets and to highlight specific humanitarian needs for delivering badly needed food, medical and other assistance to the people of Iraq. from: Washington Post