Indrajit Basu, International Correspondent

February 16, 2011

UK Government to Race Ahead in Offshoring, Outsourcing

IT projects don’t need to be huge -- they just need to be able to talk to one another.

October 1, 2010

India Launches National E-Government ID Program

The "Unique Identification mission," is to become the world’s largest identity program, creating a unique biometric identification for each of the country's 1.2 billion residents.

August 12, 2010

India Wakes Up to the Inevitability of IPv6

India's  roadmap for IPv6 migration sets a tight deadline for the government and its departments, and emphasizes a partnership with service providers.

July 6, 2010

What Makes an Intelligent Community Work?

Suwon, South Korea; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Ottawa, Canada; and Dublin, Ohio, show how it's done.

May 26, 2010

e-Choupal Stimulates Agricultural Growth With Technology

The computer is linked to the Internet via phone lines or, increasingly, by a VSAT connection, and serves an average of 600 farmers in 10 surrounding villages.

April 27, 2010

New UK Legislation Seeks to Control Internet Piracy and Copyright Infringement

Although considered a service more wide ranging than utilities, according to UK's Digital Economy Bill that became a law a couple of weeks ago, someone could be disconnected from the Internet almost at a drop of a hat.

April 14, 2010

Glasgow: Banking on the Power of Partnership for a Sustainable City

Glasgow is aiming to become one of Europe's greenest industrialized cities within 10 years, by taking the lead in the delivery of Scotland's ambitious carbon reduction targets.

October 21, 2008

Global Internet Traffic Routes Around US Eroding Its Dominance

US is losing its dominance on the global Internet data flow. Moreover, a few countries -- particularly upstart ones like China, South Korea and even India -- are already giving US a run for its money in terms of investing heavily in next-generation Internet technology, and even cutting US out of the routing loop.

August 25, 2008

Sudanese ICT Movement Serves the Underprivileged

Ahmed Eisa, founder of the Gedaref Digital City Organization (GDCO), is succeeding in bridging the digital divide in one of the world's poorest countries -- Sudan.    

August 15, 2008

The Technology Behind Election Campaigns

Chicago-headquartered ElectionMall Technologies is helping Obama, McCain, and many other state and local candidates who are running for office this year by offering technology tailored to campaigns and elections.

July 30, 2008

Tech-Savvy Terrorists Force India to Adopt Hi-Technology

Following terror strikes that hit India over the weekend, the government has finally realized it has few options but to bank on technology to curb sharp escalation of terrorism within its borders.

July 9, 2008

Indian Public Service Project Sets an Example.

The objective was not only to offer government-to-citizen services online, but to bring governance to the door-steps of people in remote places while ensuring that the whole process was transparent and corruption-free.

June 19, 2008

E-Waste: E-trash Swamps the Developing World

Environmentalists say that besides global warming, electronic waste, or "e-waste," is the most threatening environmental problem in the world today. Mounting global sales of electrical and electronic products are generating an equally imposing amount of toxic waste that's too complicated to process.

June 9, 2008

Gangnam District, South Korea Sets International Digital Example

Gangnam has set a digital sxample for South Korea as a whole. The e-Government applications developed by the District have been adopted by the central government, while its online systems and kiosks have been replicated by almost all municipalities in the country.

May 7, 2008

Nigerian Human Rights Group Fights Cybercrime with Brain Power

The Human Rights and Justice Group International (HRJGI)in Nigeria, is running an innovative project under the banner of the Campaign Against Cybercrime (CAC) that seeks to utilize the power of ICT to combat cybercrime.

March 5, 2008

Project AGE -- New Educational Content for Old Computers

Educational project solves the content problem for $200 laptops and other low-powered legacy computers, allowing for greater use of multimedia tools in the world's classrooms.

February 25, 2008

Governments Worldwide Failing to Fully Benefit from Connectivity

A new global ICT study finds that regardless of their economic status, both governments and private businesses could do far more with their communications and computing infrastructure to derive the full economic and social benefits.

February 5, 2008

Sri Lanka -- Ingenuity Extends Mobile Communications in Remote Region

In most parts of Sri Lanka, mobility is limited due to the high cost of public transport and irregular services. But the award-winning "eTuktuk" concept is bridging communal divides.

January 23, 2008

Making the Case for Wireless Video Surveillance

Public safety agencies face a few challenges when deploying wireless video surveillance. Being a fairly new technology, many are not aware of the fact that reliable video surveillance can often be performed effectively and more efficiently with wireless technology.

January 23, 2008

RISEPAK - An Award-Winning Idea Seeks a Home

The future of the award-winning disaster management portal in Pakistan is uncertain. Organizers point to a lack of continuing participation on the part of government and relief organizations as well as World Bank criticisms.

January 2, 2008

Mobile Phone Payment System Blossoms in Kenya

An innovative mobile phone money transfer service called M-PESA is already transforming the lives of thousands of Kenyans by increasing productivity and promising other major economic development benefits.

December 4, 2007

One Laptop Per Child Gets The Green Light in India

An Indian organization expects that large scale deployment will start from March or April next year, with an initial import of 20,000 to 25,000 laptops.

December 3, 2007

Citizen Journalists Help Keep World's Attention on Burma

According to one human rights organization, technology-enabled citizen journalists work where there is no regular press, risking their lives to report the repression and atrocities of the Burmese army so that the world knows about these.

November 9, 2007

Macedonia Transformed Through Broadband

In a few short years, a nationwide wireless project has brought broadband Internet access to almost 95 percent of the residents of Macedonia with the results that the country is moving from a conflict-torn region to an economy harnessing information technology.  

October 12, 2007

Rural High-Speed Internet In US Now Just a Wal-Mart Store Away

North America's largest satellite broadband provider has linked up with Wal-Mart to sell satellite high-speed Internet access in rural and suburban areas across North America.

October 9, 2007

Video Surveillance Turning Smarter with IP-Based Video Cameras

Being a fairly new technology, many police departments and municipalities are not aware of the fact that video surveillance can performed reliable and more efficiently with wireless technology. Moreover, the technology's critical success factors are not widely known.

October 4, 2007

A Corporate Digital Community Goes Virtual

IBM is using Second Life not just for business, but to bridge its own internal cultural divides.

September 10, 2007

China's Internet Spreads a Complex Web

As China rumbles ahead with an incredible speed of economic growth, the Internet has started to impact on China, bringing with it the beginnings of profound change to its society.

September 4, 2007

Unwired Bangladesh: Taking a Lesson from Microcredit

In a country where 80 percent live below what the world considers poverty level and virtually all rural villages lack telephone connectivity, how do you bridge the digital divide? Entrepreneurship is one answer.

August 2, 2007

DakNet: Internet Goes Rural Riding on a Motorbike

United Villages, Inc. wants to provide 2 billion villagers with an e-mail address, a phone number, and basic Web access. And through its hundreds of installations in rural India and parts of Rwanda, Cambodia and Paraguay, it has already brought connectivity to over 200,000 people, some in villages lacking even basic infrastructure like electricity and roads. 

July 30, 2007

Wireless Prague : A Lesson for Other Muni-Wireless Projects in Europe

The recent EU decision concerning the Prague Wi-Fi project gains considerable importance because that decision has clarified when a municipality may set up its own network even when there are adequate services available from private network operators.

July 11, 2007

India's Online Science and Engineering Course Now Free for Students Everywhere

Courses are modularized and structured with sufficient explanations and notes to provide a complete, self-sufficient course that can be studied without the presence of a teacher. 

July 2, 2007

Trikala, Greece

Greece's first digital city project bridges the digital divide and brings citizens into the decision-making processes.

June 1, 2007

Djurslands.Net: A Wireless Project Where Sharing Knowledge, Not Technology, Matters Most

Denmark's extensive rural network, established and run by volunteers, serves as a model of what can be done economically to bridge the digital divide in large, under-populated areas.

May 14, 2007

City of London Fires Up Europe's Most Advanced Wi-Fi Network

The network is designed not only to keep the City of London competitive as one of the world's leading business districts, but also to support secure access and private data networks for the emergency services and other government services in the city.

May 4, 2007

Pune: Indian City Gets Unwired Despite Policy Indecision

First city-wide wireless project in India is also the first test of WiMAX on a commercial basis in the country.

April 24, 2007

Pune: Indian City Gets Unwired Despite Policy Indecision

First city-wide wireless project in India is also the first test of WiMAX on a commercial basis in the country.

April 2, 2007

Freifunk: Germany's User-Run Network Explodes Beyond Its Borders

Freifunk, a free user-run network, is spreading like wildfire. In Berlin, it already covers more than one tenth of the city providing possible Internet access to about 350, 000 people. The Leipzig and Weimar communities are growing. And the model is starting to spring up to other countries.

March 15, 2007

Prague's City-Wide Free Wireless Project Runs Into Telcom Opposition

First the city was going provide free wireless Internet access. Now, due to telcom opposition, this has changed to a competitive commercial service. And still telcom operators are kicking up a fuss trying to stop it.

February 1, 2007

Unwired Singapore

Wireless@SG is the Singaporean initiative to deploy island-wide wireless access for citizens and for the time being it's free. Singapore is now the second nation in Asia after Taipei to possess an anytime, anywhere wireless broadband service.

January 16, 2007

Security and Censorship: India to Clip the Wings of Internet

India's Department of Telecom is working on a way to censor the Internet without attracting a public outcry. And it may put a stop to Internet telephony services of Yahoo, MSN and Skype.

January 2, 2007

Spain's Basque Country Achieves Its Broadband Dreams

Spain's Basque country leads in European rural broadband access as a direct result of an innovative government program.

December 18, 2006

German DIY Community Releases New Mesh Routing Daemon

The self-proclaimed largest do-it-yourself wireless community network, Freifunk in Germany, has developed a new algorithm that the developers claim would revolutionize adhoc networking or mobile mesh routing to make all current mesh routing protocols and algorithms obsolete.

December 11, 2006

UK's Largest Wi-Fi Community Network Emerging as a Role Model

After just three months of going live, Norfolk's wireless community network has become something of a role model for other cities and local authorities in UK interested in developing their own wireless projects.

November 1, 2006

India's Monkey-Proof Wi-Fi Goes WiLD

A University of Berkeley research group and Air Jaldi connects a rural Himalayan region of India with WiLD -- reportedly the only low-cost wireless alternative that connects Wi-Fi mesh networks over long distances at high speeds.

September 28, 2006

W2i London: Challenges Ahead for UK's E-Community Vision

Building digital communities in the UK, or even in Europe, is still mired in issues ranging from technology and choice of appropriate business models to skepticism.

September 27, 2006

China Forges Ahead With Homegrown WAPI Standard Instead of Wi-Fi

China has decided to swamp its huge domestic market with WAPI-complaint products and this spells trouble for international Wi-Fi product vendors seeking to expand in China.

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