ANNOTATED TABLE OF CONTENTS- TechKnowLogia VOL. 2, ISSUE 2, March/April 2000
1. Is the Divide Digital
Wadi D. Haddad, Editor
There is now a genuine concern about the "digital divide." But narrowing the divide - publishing a newspaper in
every village, placing a radio and TV in every household, putting a computer in every classroom, and wiring every
building to the Internet - does not automatically solve the problem. The most serious
divide is in the extent and quality of human knowledge and learning.
2. Email to the Editor
Read what your colleagues have offered as feedback on the last three issues of TechKnowLogia.
3. Why be Wired? The Importance of Access to Information and Communication Technologies
Kerry Stephen McNamara, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, World Bank Institute
Access to information and communication technologies and the ability to adapt those technologies to local needs is
no longer a luxury; it is a necessity. This article outlines the scope of the problem, how to tackle it, how to ensure
improvements in the lives of the poor and what the international community can do.
4. Measuring up Access
Prepared by Lesley Anne Simmons, Communications Officer, Global Knowledge Partnership Secretariat, World
This article presents data on the degree to which the people of most countries of the world have access to the
tools and skills of the information age.
5. Rural Access: How Can Connectivity Contribute to Social and Agricultural Development?
Don Richardson, Ph.D.,TeleCommons Development Group
Telecommunication services are important "lubricants" for rural and agricultural development, and while they are
not a development panacea, their contribution can be significant where they are available.
Tony Blair Focuses on Learning as Key to Digital Economy � Asia's IT Revolution Exposes Serious Skills
Shortage � Multipurpose Community Telecenter in Africa � Need Fuels Continued Growth of Corporate
Universities � Internet Use in Asia to Explode by 2005
� New Internet Training Materials Available from ITrain � On-Line Debate on Global Poverty, Social Exclusion,
Inequality � World Bank Group and SoftBank to Invest in Internet Enterprises for The Developing World
TECHNOLOGIES AT WORK
7. FM Radio Stations: Broadcasting with the Sun
David Walker, Educational Specialist, The Commonwealth of Learning
This article describes community-based low powered FM radio stations, some powered by solar energy, and
how they can be used successfully.
8. Information Technology for the Masses: Can It Be TV?
Claudio de Moura Castro, Chief Education Adviser, Inter-American Development Bank
Technology follows the tracks of wealth. Television may be an exception. This article focuses on two cases from
Brazil: Globo Rural and Pequenas Empresas e Grandes Negócios (Small Enterprises and Great Deals).
9. School Connectivity: Wishful Thinking or Wise Action?
Sam Carlson, Robert Hawkins, World Links for Development Program
This article describes a pilot project in Uganda which links via the Internet secondary-level students and teachers
around the world, in order to improve educational opportunities, develop youth employment skills for the 21st
Century, and build global awareness and understanding.
10. A High-Tech Twist: ICT Access and the Gender Divide Mary Fontaine, The LearnLink Project, Academy
for Educational Development (AED)
This article discusses a subset of the digital divide - a snapshot of a phenomenon that is emerging as an issue of
substance in its own right: the gender divide.
11. Grassroots Libraries: A Base for Lifelong Learning
Aya Aoki, Adult Outreach Education Thematic Group, The World Bank
Grassroots public library systems can serve as a powerful mean to promote literacy and a lifelong learning
environment for both children and adults.
Examples are provided.
12. The Full Story: Full-Text Publications on the Web
Gregg B. Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Coordinator, George Washington University
The Internet is now the largest library in the history of the world. This article steers you to Internet sources that
provide the full text of books, reports, journals, and newsletters.
13. The Information Revolution and the Digital Divide: A Review of Literature
The author reviews the literature in search of answers to the questions: Who benefits from the ICT revolution?
Why is it so important to embrace the digital revolution? Is there no hope for those on the other side of the divide?
14. e-Lectronic Access to Information: A Research Review
Four summaries of research on the use of electronic documents for information seeking and retrieval.
PLANNING FOR TECHNOLOGIES
15. Korea: Can Edutopia Become a Reality?
Insung Jung, Ph.D., Korea National Open University
The author describes a national strategy of easy access to education by anyone at any time and place, and how
Korea National Open University is implementing it.
16. Open-Source Software: Untapped Opportunities?
Open-source is the term used for designated software that is publicly available in source code form, rather than as
final product. This article presents best known examples and outlines rationale, limitations and potential for
17. On the Move
Upcoming Events: Conference, Seminars, Exhibits, Training Courses, etc.
18. A Phone is a Phone is a Phone? …Well, Not Really!
What are the types of wireless technologies and what can mobile phones do?
This article offers a selection of websites that make access to information and knowledge easy.
20. High Speed Internet Access: The Future for the World and the Implications for Developing Countries
Lawrence Wolff, Inter-American Development Bank
The author summarizes the five options for Internet access, their costs and notes what appears to be most feasible
for developing countries.
21. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee....Remotely? The Internet Home
A fully Internet enabled home: controlled via the Internet and accessible from anywhere.
22. UNLP: Universal Networking Language Programme
The article describes an electronic language for the Internet, which is being developed with the goal of enabling
people from around the world to communicate in their native languages.
PROFILES IN DEVELOPMENT
23. The Global Knowledge Partnership
Lesley Anne Simmons, Communications Officer, Global Knowledge Partnership Secretariat, World Bank
GKP is an informal partnership committed to sharing information, experiences and resources, and to promoting
broad access to, and effective use of, knowledge and information.
Jody Olsen, InfoChange Foundation
InfoChange is a non-profit organization that helps move forward the goal that everyone should have access to
information through technology, and that, without this access, basic education will remain limited.