ICT

Survey: ICT for Social Change Funding Landscape

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), as part of its Network of Networks project for a free and open internet, is conducting a survey into the information communication technology (ICT) for social change funding landscape.

The organisation says the survey is aimed at tracking the shifts in funding and and making recommendations on collective advocacy with donors on funding.

The APC says the survey will also examine the possibilities for creating an annual civil society summit on ICT public policy.

Digital Dzonga Council Dissolved

The Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda, has announced his decision to dissolve the Digital Dzonga Council, following a meeting with its members.

The council was appointed in 2008 to advise and oversee the process of migrating South Africa's analogue broadcasting services to a new digital technology known as digital terrestrial television (or DTT.

Partnership to Challenge Google

Microsoft and Yahoo have received clearance from regulators in Washington and Europe to proceed with a search partnership intended to challenge Google.

The two companies announced that the partnership had been approved without restrictions by the US Justice Department and the European Commission.

Under the 10-year agreement, Microsoft's Bing search engine will process search requests and steer search-related advertisements on Yahoo.

NGO Provides Multi-media Educational Content to 16 Under-privileged Schools

On Friday, 5th February 2010, sixteen schools from Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and North West will receive training and educational content to help improve education at their communities. The participating schools have been nominated by Mindset Network’ staff members, who come from under-privileged communities and want to plough back to their schools. The content, called digital library contains curriculum aligned videos and interactive lessons of Grades 09 to 12 Physical Sciences, Mathematics, English, Mathematical Literacy, Information Technology and Financial Literacy.

Portal Launched to Celebrate Mandela’s Release

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF), in partnership with the Visual History Archive (VHA), has launched a free online archival portal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of former president, Nelson Mandela.

The ‘Nelson Mandela 20 years of freedom’ website involves the integration of documents, photographs and audio-visual material related to Mandela’s release and allows users to explore the spatial and temporal relationships between items.

Google to Roll-out Buzz to SA

South African users of Google email service Gmail can expect to be part of the international roll-out of ‘Buzz’, the Internet giant's social networking application.

Google's Hugo Barra, director of product management for mobile, says that, "We'll be rolling out ‘Buzz’ in about a week and we're doing it carefully so we don't take down Gmail."

Teacher Wins Top ICT Award

A local teacher, Mmipe George Mokgehle, has proven that hard work is rewarding by scooping the prestigious African ICT Achiever’s Award at the weekend.

Mokgehle, who teaches at Toronto Primary School in Mankweng outside Polokwane, was awarded a certificate of excellence at a function at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

The award is given in recognition of teachers who have contributed to improving information communication technology (ICT) skills among pupils. The contest was between teachers from all parts of the continent.

SMS Information Service for Disabled People

Disabled people, especially those living in rural parts of South Africa, often find it difficult to get information about the rehabilitation services that are available to them from government departments and NGOs in their area.

This new SMS information service, implemented by Disability Consultants. is available to anyone with access to a cellphone who sends an SMS with their name, town and the information they need to - 072 172 2623.

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