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Day 4 - the Philippines study visit

If during the third day we’ve traveled to the northern part of Manila, next day was planned for the southern area, specifically Bulacan area where we have visited an eSkwela center. We were accompanied there by the eSkwela program Director, Ms Maria Melizza D. Tan, who presented the mainframe and concept of eSkwela, which was created by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT).

The center is located within a market, very accessible for all. The heat from… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 16, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

Day 3 - the Philippines study visit

The third day started early in the morning with a trip to the northern area of Metro Manila, where we had our first meeting at PCCARD (The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development) in Los Banos, Laguna. The location goes very well with the institution specific – beautiful nature surroundings.

We were welcomed by the Executive Director, Mr Patricio S. Faylon and by a part of his staff that gave us a presentation of PCCARD and its main… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 15, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments


Now more than ever, the work you do on e-inclusion is gaining urgency.

We need to ensure that as governments & others focus on moving forward that e-skills support & training is on the agenda, and to do that we want to create a Manifesto.

Your consolidated input in the document (here) will be compiled in an overall Manifesto on… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on March 12, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Facebook more popular than E-Mail

Nielsen Online, an Internet marketing research company publish at 9th March 2009 a report which shows that "social networking" sites are the four the most popular Internet activity, more popular than a personal e-mail.

From their research for markets in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Swiss, UK and USA you can read that personal e-mail use 65,1% of people that surf the Web, and 66,8% use… Continue

Added by Pawel Makowiecki on March 11, 2009 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Day 2 - the Philippines study visit

The day started with a presentation of eLGU (Jumpstarting Electronic Governance in Local Government), an initiative of CICT that assists local governments in the smooth transition to eGovernance. As a result of the project, all LGUs (Local Government Units), and we are talking here about more than 1500 communities, have online presence and they are going through a process of development of their websites, adding more interactivity and online tax payment services.

After the… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 10, 2009 at 18:46 — No Comments

Day 1 - the Philippines study visit

Warm greetings from Manila to all!

As the first day of my study visit has come to an end, I am now looking back at the inspirational discussions and meetings throughout the day.

In the morning, Tess Camba (Head of the CeC programme) and Cheryl Ortega (Group Head for Minandao operations) have picked me up from the hotel and we went to the CICT headquarters, where we’ve been welcomed by Lilian Botor (PhilCecNet).

First of all, we looked over the study visit… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 9, 2009 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Year of English & Information Technology 2009 – Sri Lanka.

Lunama Village is situated near the coastal plain 150 miles far to the down south from Colombo, The capital of Sri Lanka. The main carrier of this villagers are agriculture and fishing industry. DFOLRL [ District Foundation of Literacy at Rural Level ] organization had started and also that organization started an ICT center of that village in year 2005. Specially rural people can develop their IT knowledge and they can achieve communication… Continue

Added by Weerasinghe Mudiyanselage Chaminda Dissanayake on March 9, 2009 at 6:30 — No Comments

Mobile phones designed for seniors

Austrian firm Emporia develops and manufactures very user friendly mobile phones with functions that are tailored exactly to meet expectations of 50+ generation.

Mobile phones have a big screens and buttons, very simple functions and very easy you can make a calls or send SMSes.

Right now there are two models accessable on the market:

1.… Continue

Added by Pawel Makowiecki on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Cultural Diversity - Some pointers from Libraries

I found this quite useful recently as good practice for frontline staff delaing with disabled users from different cultural backgrounds. When you add to the mix the experience if disabled people in accessing services, and the challenges some have in communicating clearly through speech or text it becomes clear that we face some real issues in repsonding to teh compelxity of influences on the individual

I hope they are helpful

Cultural diversity

Customer service… Continue

Added by David Banes on March 8, 2009 at 19:13 — No Comments

e-Participation in Eastern Europe or outside EU

Ivar Tallo, manager of UN Training and Research (Switzerland), sort of wondered aloud this afternoon if e-Participation proves so difficult for European citizens, how much more difficult would it be for non-European ones? He admitted though that there might be exceptions – and shared his own personal experience in Kazakhstan. But, generally speaking, engagement has other and more complex obstacles to overcome outside EU.

Chuck Hirt, director of the Central and Eastern European… Continue

Added by Adrian Popa on March 4, 2009 at 18:01 — 3 Comments

Local vs. national and European e-Participation

Where should e-Participation start? Matt Poelmans, director of Burgerlink (the Netherlands), favours a bottom-up approach. He says real empowering of citizens in decision-making starts from the street, with local issues. If citizens are likely to engage with national and European policies, they must get the confidence and taste for it from positive local experience. But we must see the other side of the coin as well, says Matt. Local issues are not only local issues alone. In the Netherlands,… Continue

Added by Adrian Popa on March 4, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

eParticipation.Climate change

Another interesting project is called eCommittee. The purpose of the project is to facilitate participations of citizens in the European Parliament legislative process with respect to climate change. It involves 10 European countries – France, Czech Republic and Sweden are among them. The eCommittee prepares for the Road to Copenhagen that will take place in December this year, according to Christian D. De Fouly, Communications and PR Officer for eCommittee. "Against this background, we… Continue

Added by ciprian marinescu on March 4, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

Representative vs. direct democracy

Is e-Participation suggesting that politicians play pass-the-parcel games or shy responsibility? This is a conclusion many speakers today tried to forestall. Dr. T. M. Van Engers (Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid van de Universiteit van Amsterdam) says politicians need citizens’ participation not only to enable them to take better decisions, but to provide them with better support for better decisions. That is an ontological benefit. Also, in her closing remarks, moderator Jackie Davies said… Continue

Added by Adrian Popa on March 4, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

Youth and HuWY

Ella Taylor Smith’s presentation stall is somewhere next to an inside corner. Sergiu Hristea (my coleague) and I asked her about her project, called HuWY – Hub Websites for Youth Participation. She said it had started in January; the idea of HuWY was to create a link, a channel between young people and decision makers around topics to do with Internet policies. "We are working with young people to find out which the topics are interesting to them. The project works like a distributive… Continue

Added by ciprian marinescu on March 4, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

A forum on behalf consumer protection

How is the safety of toys guaranteed? Which additives are allowed in food? – are only two of the questions raised by The VoicE Project, an online network where people can get in contact with the MEPs from different regions (Baden Württemberg in Germany and Valencia in Spain), on behalf of consumer protection. People can tell their opinion on current legislation in this area. The main part of this platform is the forum, where people can voice their opinion, write what expectations they have,… Continue

Added by ciprian marinescu on March 4, 2009 at 16:58 — No Comments

Philippines Study Visit

PhilCecNet and Telecentre-Europe will have the opportunity to learn more about eachother as a consequence of a study visit in Manila, Philippines that will take place between 7 and 13 March 2009.

Thanks to the support of, I will have the chance to research a successful network of telecentres - PhilCecNet .

The general objectives of this study visit are to:

a. Research the activity of the… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 4, 2009 at 16:46 — 1 Comment

Obama again

Two more speakers dwelt on the American connection. How good was he? Well, very good it seems; because politics, like competitive games, is about winning. Other politicians used the Internet before. The most memorable example perhaps is Howard Dean, a relatively unknown 2004 US presidential candidate, who managed to raise a lot of small amounts of money from private individuals. But Obama is undoubtedly the ultimate long time machine who made success an ICT issue par excellence. He assembled a… Continue

Added by Adrian Popa on March 4, 2009 at 15:00 — No Comments

Survey on European e-Inclusion Policy

Telecentre-europe members,

We are proud to announce that Telecentre-europe has been invited to take part in the survey on European e-Inclusion Policy. The objective of this survey is to gather views on:

- The role of e-inclusion in the future European strategy on the information society that will succeed the 'i2010' initiative;

- Future priorities for European… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on March 4, 2009 at 11:39 — No Comments

From apathy to participation

Well, this is the first opening speech at e-Participation today. Matthias Groote (MEP) says we are faced with a contrast between political apathy on the one hand and increase in use of the Internet on the other. There is therefore an opportunity here for politicians to take the initiative and go to the citizens. The level of interactivity available with web 2.0 technology allows for both transparency and consultation. Mr. Groote says Obama's campaign is a positive example of successfuly… Continue

Added by Adrian Popa on March 4, 2009 at 10:00 — 4 Comments

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