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Call to Use Cellphones in Classrooms

Sarietjie Musgrave, an information technology-savvy teacher, says South African schools should not let the lack of computers get in the way of education when cellphones offer an alternative.

Musgrave, who attended the National Educators Conference in Washington, states that few schools have computers that can be used in teaching, but teachers should not “wait for the perfect computer” when they have cellphones.

Non-profits Take to Social Media Like Ducks to Water

By the time the 2009 SANGONeT 'ICTs for Civil Society' Conference, held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, ended at the River Club in Observatory on 21 October 2009, there were more non-profits excited about the potential uses of social media in their work than when we began. While the scepticism which many began the conference with remained, organisations had begun the important discussion about what strategic use of social media means for them and their beneficiaries.

Social Media for NGOs: Exploiting the Opportunities

Social media, web 2.0 and the mobile web are terms that have gained increased visibility in South Africa and across the world. But what do they mean for non-governmental organisations working for social change in resource poor communities? Why should NGOs care about technology when they are finding it hard enough to serve their constituencies and have an impact?

SANGONeT Conference 2009: Social Media and the NGO Sector in South Africa

Press Release

9 October 2009

The relevance and use of social media for South African NGOs will be explored at the 5th Annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference taking place from 15-16 October in Johannesburg and from 20-21 October 2009 in Cape Town. The annual SANGONeT conference is the premier ICT event dedicated to the work of the NGO sector in Southern Africa.

Vodacom to Launch Betavine Social eXchange

Vodacom, in collaboration with Vodafone, will be launching the global pilot of Betavine Social eXchange (BSX), during the first leg of the 5th Annual SANGONeT ‘ICT for Civil Society’ Conference on 15 October 2009 in Johannesburg.

Funded by the Vodafone Group Social Investment Fund, BSX was conceived to create mobile solutions to solve social problems in a sustainable manner via an open mobile applications community.

ICT: Policy and Regulatory Management

The School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications for a postgraduate degree in Information Communication Technology: Policy and Regulatory Management for 2010.

The course will empower participants on policy regulation in the information and communication technology sector.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2009

New Computer Virus Targets Social Network Users

Security software vendors say cyber criminals are increasingly focusing their attacks on the hundreds of millions of users of social networks and on loopholes in bank security systems.

Smaller research firm F-Secure says in its quarterly virus report that as Facebook reached 300 million accounts in September, social networks and social media continues to attract criminals.

The company says that, “As Twitter has grown in popularity, it has been increasingly targeted by worms, spam and account hijacking.”

Buses to Dent ICT Access in Rwanda

Barely four months since RDB/IT introduced the two models of ICT buses, reports indicate that their impact in improving information technology is already being felt all over the country.

In a phone interview with Wilson Muyenzi, the e-Rwanda coordinator, one of the Hi-tech buses is already being used in Kamonyi district, in the Southern Province, by students and other local residents seeking IT services.

"We expect higher benefits to people in other rural areas which have been cut off in terms of ICT access," pointed Muyenzi.

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