Monthly Archives: September 2009

Reading blogs #19

I don’t have much time recently to follow news, because I am working on a paper, but here is what did manage to go through:

  • Interesting reports, numbers, and visualizations
  • Interesting thoughts, ideas, opinions, and discussions
  • Digital Divide
  • MICT regulation
  • MICT business
  • “New” media
  • MICT in politics
  • Simply Interesting, Fun, and Coll Stuff
  • Recently I started playing with Twitter, which turned out to be a good source of interesting information.  However, many times there is a gap between the time I open a link posted on Twitter and the time I actually read the item and add it to the digest.  As a result, I think a number of items here are missing attribution.  Not sure how I am going to deal with it, but if you have any ideas, please share.  In the meantime, I just put “via Twitter” by those posts.

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    The life offline

    This is not really a post, but more of sharing a link.

    At some point this summer I came across a blog of Aaron Swartz, who seems to be a really interesting character.  One of the things that caught my eye was his story of spending this past June offline.  He simply got tired and overwhelmed by the continuous flow of information and communication and decided to take a brake.

    Frankly, I was not very much surprised that Aaron found that month being refreshing and liberating’ a month that allowed him to take his life back and to focus.  I think this is part of the idea I had in mind thinking about the CommFree day.  What I would be really curious to hear is how his online habits and the way he interacts with technology have change (which he claims has happened).

    Just some food for thought.

    Reading blogs #18

    With the recent move and settling in a new place, I find it really difficult to keep up to date with my RSS feeds. So, some of the information below is a bit old, but I still hope you will find it interesting.

    Here is what we got this time:

  • Interesting reports, numbers, and visualizations
  • Interesting thoughts, ideas, opinions, and discussions
  • Digital Divide
  • MICT regulation
  • MICT business
  • “New” media
  • MICT in politics
  • Simply Interesting, Fun, and Coll Stuff
  • Feel free to share your thoughts!

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    OLPC – the Israeli pilot

    More or less a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting Guy Sheffer, who represented Israel at the ITU Youth Forum in Bangkok.  Guy is a true open source enthusiast and has tremendous amounts of energy, which are rather inspiring.  He got really excited and interested in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC ) project and when he went back home, he was determined to have an OLPC pilot in Israel.  He got together with Netzach Farbish , who heads the Astronomy, Computers and Young Leadership Programs at the Ilan Ramon Center, and when I was in Israel last winter I helped them to meet with Ushi Krausz of the Peres Center for Peace.  It turned out that the center had a stock of older XO’s that they didn’t use and were willing to contribute to the pilot.

    In the video below you can see an interview with Guy and Netzah where they talk about the pilot:

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    I understand that Guy is still working on reflections on the pilot and its results, which he will publish in his blog.  I have some thoughts of my own, but I will hold them untill he has his say :)