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Massive "Computer Knowledge Society" Initiative in Georgia to Launch 300 New Centers - telecentre-europeOn May 11, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia launched the "Computer Knowledge Society Initiative" ( კომპიუტერის ცოდნის გამავრცელებელი საზოგადოების , in Georgian, Google translate works nicely) to promote digital literacy and e-skills, with a focus on economic development. The Ministry is hip with social media; they even tweeted the launch . The first stage of the project will establish computer centers in 300 villages , to later extend to 600 villages.
Social networking, particularly Twitter, is gaining ground across Africa, connecting people from Cape Town to Cairo. Portland Communications, along with media platform Tweetminster, have produced the first Twitter Map of the African continent after analysing more than 11.5 million tweets from across the region. Over five million of the tweets emanated from South Africa, which, as the continent’s most developed country, might not come as a surprise.
Updated August 10, 2010 Women's Access to Public Internet Centers in Transitional and Developing Countries
(These are notes for a talk to be given to an ITU sponsored workshop on Telecentre sustainability in Bangkok, May 23-25, 2011.
The Telecentre Movement in the MENA Region There is a strong need to support the emergence of stronger telecentre networks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
We focus our efforts in four areas that we believe will have the greatest impact. Technology Access in Libraries Our primary focus is on providing technology access in public libraries throughout entire countries—with a focus on developing and transitioning countries as well as a continued commitment to U.S. libraries. We provide multi-year support to countries with a high need for public access to information and a readiness to implement technology access in public libraries. Our grants fund efforts to understand local technology needs, purchase equipment for libraries, train library staff, and help libraries build public support for long-term funding. High school students using computers at a public library in Constanta, Romania.
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