WebWorld News Again Available on 3 January 2003
WebWorld's News service comes back on 3 January 2003. In the meantime, UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector and the WebWorld web team convey Seasons's Greetings to you.
The “Freedom of expression in the Information Society” report now available
A true information society cannot be conceived without guaranteeing freedom of expression and in particular freedom of the press and the media. This is one of the main conclusions issued from the “Freedom of Expression in the Information Society” symposium final report that is now available both in French and English versions.
Report of Symposium “Freedom of expression in the Information Society” Now Available
A true information society must guarantee freedom of expression and in particular freedom of the press and the media. This is one of the main conclusions of the final report of the Symposium on “Freedom of Expression in the Information Society” (Paris, France, 15-16/11/2002) that is now available in English and in French.
A consultation meeting on “Challenges and Opportunity of the Information Society” for Central America
A consultation meeting on “Challenges and Opportunity of the Information Society” with representatives from Central American countries was held from 29 to 31 October 2002 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on invitation of UNESCO and ITU, with the cooperation of Hondutel (Honduras Telecommunications Company) and the Government of Honduras to discuss the political, social and educational challenges of the Information Society and to contribute to the preparation of the region for the World Summit on the Information Society.
Ensuring Equitable Access to ICTs in the Asia-Pacific Region
One of the basic principles for national ICT policies in the Asia-Pacific region is to create an enabling environment for the development and use of ICTs and to ensure that everyone will have equal opportunities for access to information. This is one of the main conclusions of the participants of the inaugural meeting of the Asia-Pacific Information Network (APIN) that was held last week in Bangkok, Thaïland.
UNESCO's IPDC Launched 40 Media Projects
UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will fund 40 new media projects in developing countries. This was the main outcome of the meeting of the Bureau of its Intergovernmental Council that took place last week at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, under the chair of Torben Krogh (Denmark).
UNESCO Trains Computer Trainers in Afghanistan
More than a dozen staff and students of Kabul University have received specialized instruction from UNESCO trainers in the use of Internet and software applications. The course, conducted by Sayed Latif, IT trainer with the UNESCO Kabul office, was designed to prepare a group of new trainers who could then train others.
Kyrgyzstan with National Memory of the World Committee
Kyrgyzstan has now joint the some 40 countries worldwide that have created National Committees of the Memory of the World Programme. The decision was taken earlier this month in Bishek, when representatives of Kyrgyz heritage institutions met under the umbrella of the country's National Commission for UNESCO.
About Linguistic Diversity in Cyberspace
"Every language ought to have the opportunity to serve as a vehicle for culture and communication on the Internet" says Marcel Diki-Kidiri in a new Point of View entitled " Towards real linguistic and cultural diversity in cyberspace" that WebWorld publishes today. "We need to encourage linguistic communities to use their language in order to occupy all the space they want on the Internet" Diki Kidiri argues.
Consultations on Information Society in Asia and the Pacific
An important series of consultations on the information society in Asian and the Pacific takes place this week in Bangkok. A three-day meeting of the members of the Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN), who gather for the first time from today on, will be followed by a two-day Regional Seminar on the World Summit on the Information Society on Saturday and Sunday.
Hands On Community Radio in Nepal
In the shadow of political turmoil and a history of isolation, the community radio scene in Nepal continues to be one of the country¹s bright lights, attracting attention from across the region. Hands-On Community Radio, a travelling workshop taking place in Nepal between 3 and 13 December is looking at why community radio is on the cutting edge of media in Nepal and how to take its energy to the rest of South Asia.
African Regional Consultation for Preserving Digital Heritage
Today starts at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia a three day regional consultation meeting to discuss digital preservation challenges in Africa in which, as in other regions, an increasingly large share of information is produced in digital form that can be accessed on computers only.
UNESCO Mourns Over Death of Reinhard Keune
UNESCO is saddened by the death of Reinhard Keune, the former Chairman of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), who passed away on 26 November 2002 in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
Improving to Access to Education in Africa through Distance Learning
Distance learning could help alleviate problems of teacher shortage and access to education in Africa, an official of the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) has suggested at the UNESCO organized Conference of African Education ministers underway in Dar-es-Salaam.
Scientists to Look at Role of Public Domain Information
The role, value, and limits that the public domain and open access to digital scientific and technical (S&T;) data and information have in the context of international research is the theme of an international symposium that is being held on 10 and 11 March 2003 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Networking Young Television Producers on HIV/AIDS
A network of South Asian young television producers specializing on HIV/AIDS issues was established last week in a meeting held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was attended by seventeen TV producers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Online Forum for Civil Society's Preparation of World Summit on the Information Society
An online discussion forum for non-governmental organizations and civil society to discuss their input in the Final Declarations of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS; Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005) will be held on UNESCO's website at wsisforum.unesco.org from 9 December 2002 to 15 January 2003.
Using ICTs for Networking Youth Organizations
An Internet portal for youth organizations, projects and volunteers providing youth related information, facilitating exchange of volunteers in Eastern Europe and strengthening networking is now being developed by Eastlinks, a regional network of voluntary service organizations in Central and Eastern Europe based in Warsaw, Poland, with UNESCO's support.
Tunisian News Agency Computerizes
UNESCO today signed a contract with a British firm for the provision of news reception, processing, transmitting and archiving software to the Tunisian News Agency (TAP). UNESCO's Intergovernmental Programme for the Development of Communication provided US$70,000 and the French Government contributed a further US$100,000.
Software for Empowering Poor to Facilitate Information Access
Twenty one participants including researchers and project managers from eight sites of a UNESCO project on “Using ICTs for poverty reduction” met last week in Chennai, India, to determine the research approach and to review the beta version of special software interface “eNRICH” developed to facilitate information access based on the life events of poor.
Preparing a Civil Society Online Conference on WSIS
Today continues in Paris a preparatory meeting that will organize an online conference for civil society as part of the preparations of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS; Geneva, December 2003). The two-day meeting was opened by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura yesterday.
UNESCO's Virtual Laboratory Toolkit Released
The first edition of the UNESCO "Virtual Laboratory Toolkit" has just been released on the World Wide Web and within UNESCO's Public@ series of representative "open access" CD-ROMs that are giving access to information in the public domain or to information provided on a benevolent basis by rights holders.
UNESCO Develops Open Source Software
The development of IDAMS, UNESCO's software package for numerical information processing and statistical analysis, as an open source model is presently being discussed by a task force of the IDAMS International Technical Advisory Group (ITAG). IDAMS is a software package for the validation, manipulation and statistical analysis of data, developed by the UNESCO Secretariat in co-operation with international experts.
Archivists Stress Importance of Archives for Information Society
"Records and archives are at the heart of the information society" declared national archivists and presidents of national professional associations, members of the International Council on Archives (ICA), when they recently met in Marseille, on the occasion of the XXXVIth International Council of the Round Table on Archives (CITRA).
UNESCO Kingston Launches Community Multimedia Centre Project
Integrating traditional and new communication and information technologies for development is the aim of a Caribbean regional project that UNESCO recently launched in Kingston, Jamaica. The new initiative has the objective of making information and knowledge sources more accessible to selected marginalized communities in urban, rural and remote areas through the provision of ICTs including ICT training.
South Asian Youth Representatives Discuss Information Society
Today starts in the Indian capital New Delhi a Conference entitled "Youth in the Contemporary Information Society - Needs, Role and Policies". Organized by UNESCO and the South Asia Foundation, the conference gathers representatives of youth NGOs and youth policy makers from countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
Open and Distance Learning Given New Momentum in Nigeria
Improving Nigeria’s capacity to deliver open and distance learning programmes to students across the country is the aim of a new UNESCO chair inaugurated in Abuja (Nigeria) this week. The UNESCO Chair in Open and Distance Learning is being established at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Internet Broadcasting. A New Dimension of Media Work in Kazakhstan
Training in the use of the Internet for new forms of broadcasting was provided to some 10 media professionals at a workshop in the Kazakh capital Almaty last week. The course, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the Asian-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) was aimed at providing basic knowledge in Internet broadcasting.
No Information Society Without Freedom of Expression
Discussions on the Information Society that will take place during the first meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva, Switzerland, December 2003) must include the theme "Freedom of expression". This is the main conclusion reached by the participants of the international symposium “Freedom of expression in the Information Society” that was organized last week by the French National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Secretariat.
Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive Launches Online Project
The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive recently announced that it has begun a major project to make its films accessible online. 112 films are now accessible. Over the next five years approximately 100 films will be added annually until over 500 full films will be viewable over the Internet.