That estimate comes from Noy Shoung, deputy general of human capacity building at the government's
National Information Communications Technology Development Authority
(NIDA), the government agency that oversees the country's telecommunication policy. Noy Shoung also predicts that by 2006 more computer users in Cambodia will be using Open Source software versus Microsoft. (This came from an article in the Phnom Penh Post, an English language newspaper, published in Cambodia and was excerpted by Tharum's blog.
This not just media hype, it's part of the Cambodian Government's ICT Policy:
Government will promote Open Source system(s) in ICT to cut costs in a long term but also to broaden the skills and capacities of ICT professionals.
NIDA is a partner with Khmer Open Source Project, an Open Source Localization project to customize Khmer-Language versions for software applications and operating system, a Linux SuSE 9.3 distribution that is currently being translated into Khmer language. (Tharum offers a screen shot via Da, a software enigneer working on the project).
Based on my reading of the few English-language posts, this young, but vibrant blog community is turning into an incredible information resource. The content isn't just about the technology, but includes many other topics. However, my khmer language skills are limited, so I know that I'm missing out on lots more. Not too long ago, I predicted that Global s will eventually need a bilingual bridge blogger to summarize in English some of the Khmer-Language posts. Maybe Tharum might be interested?
Charlene Li writes about the potential of Google Talk to generate searchable conversations. Imagine if you were using audio in asychronous way in a forum - audio as dialogue - imagine how easy that would make it to scan the conversation.
blog of Barry Hessenius, executive director of Alonzo King Lines Ballet
in San Francisco, and former executive director of the California Arts
Council takes an interesting twist on a group blog. The press release says:
Modeled on PBS’s McLaughlin Group, this blog will
draw on the participation of 14 leaders in the arts to debate key
policy issues and developments in the arts and culture sector.
Participants include Bob Lynch, president & CEO of Americans for
the Arts, and Gary Steuer, executive director of the Arts &
Business Council of Americans for the Arts and vice president of
Private-Sector Affairs at Americans for the Arts. Other participants
include Ben Cameron, Moy Eng, Sandra Gibson, Jonathan Katz, Wayne
Lawson, Diane Mattaraza, Sam Miller, Paul Minicucci, Cora Mirikitani,
Anthony Radich, Andrew Taylor, and Jerry Yoshitomi. The blog is being
hosted by Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) at www.westaf.org/blog and join in the dialogue!
The "conversation" isn't very conversational and reading long chunks of text is not something that necessarily holds my attention. They could have at least added some visual interest, like photos of the panelists. Even better, why a podcast or vlog? And, judging by the lack of posted comments, there was a lot of audience participation. Admittedly, this blog is a work in progress and look forward to seeing it improve.
I've been very busy this week taking a fantastic online workshop on online facilitation from Nancy White at Full Circle. We had just finished an online chat where Nancy modeled some protocols for faciliating a large group chat where we discussed some interesting questions about the challenges of moderating chat with international participants when ... I noticed one of the Cambodian bloggers, Wanna, had logged on to Yahoo IM. So, I pinged him. And he typed, wait a minute, I'll call you. So, here's a podcast of my first real-time conversation with Wanna, who proceeded to give me a Khmer Language lesson!
I am participating in the nonprofit blog exchange, an idea hatched by Deborah Finn and being executed by Emily of Emily's World. Last week, I received an email telling me that I had been matched with queensland positive people. (I have no idea who was matched with my blog ...)
The simple instructions were:
The entry must mention the blog in some way and include the link to the blog.
If your entry is about a particular blog entry, be sure to include the link to
the page for that entry.
You can write about anything related to the topics in the blog. Try to relate
the blog or blog entry to your work and interests.
Since I had never come across this nonprofit blog, I wanted to learn more about the topics covered:
QPP is part of a national and international network of people with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), helping each other to take charge of their lives, care and destinies. Partners, family and friends of people with HIV/AIDS are also involved. QPP provides a in the community about issues affecting people
with HIV/AIDS, working in conjunction with St Luke's Positive
Directions, the Queensland AIDS Council, and other agencies. As our
organisation continues to develop we will be providing advocacy on
behalf of people experiencing difficulties in their employment,
accomodation or health service provision as a result of being HIV
positive or having AIDS.
The blog includes posts about HIV support groups and workshops, health and treatment news, personal success stories, and a lot more.
My connection to people living with HIV/AIDS has been through my work at the Sharing Foundation which provides medications and support to approximately 30 children (orphans) with HIV/AIDS and a new program, a guest home, that supports and medication for pregnant mothers and their newborns. Here's a description of the program:
The Owens Family House opened in October 2004. This home is a "guest house" for HIV positive women who come from the countryside to deliver at Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh so that they and their infants can be in a program to receive the drug niviripine, which cuts HIV transmission to their newborns from about 25% to 2-5%; The woman and children stay at the "guest home" as they get close to term, and also afterwards for about 6 weeks, so that they can learn clean bottle feeding [ as HIV women cannot breast feed], and other parenting skills. The home is managed by a 62 year old skilled nurse, who also is responsible for long term follow up. The home was named in honor of a Bob Owens and Martha Ives Owens and their two daughters who died in the Lockerbie disaster; their relatives,including little Samnang Johnson Ives donated the funds for rehabbing the home, and for the full first year's program. TSF will continue to monitor the project on a 3 monthly basis, as it does all its programs.
This was my favorite photo of the kids from our vacation. We camped in Maine at Cobscook Bay. The tidal flats provided a lot of entertainment, including looking for snails. In fact, Harry wrote about it on his first day of school.
For some people in Cambodia, the devastating impact of flood waters is well known. The drawing above, titled "I hate the Flood" was done by a young girl who lived in my daughter's orphanage in October 2000. The Sharing Foundation raised $9,600 in donations for relief and rebuilding efforts. (And, relief was gotten to these suffering Cambodians much faster than to the people in New Orleans)
Cambodia is described as an "aid-dependent" country. Nonetheless, one of the world's poorest countries is offering $20,000 to Katrina's victims (via giving back $20,000 of foreign aid.) As one government official who was quoted in the news story said, " it's good to share even a spoonful of rice."
Director of Systems at Historic New Orleans Collection, and has been the leader of the Museums Computer Network group. He recent post to the list was: "Chuck Patch is not dead!" He is in Philadelphia!. Another colleague posted that he had already known Chuck was okay because googled him and found information about his organization via a museum's database supplier
"To those who know MINISIS Inc well, The Collection (Historic New Orleans) has been a long time client and friend of MINISIS Inc. With the recent devastation from Hurricane Katrina, we send out our well wishes to all of the staff at the Collection to pray that they are okay and that New Orleans will return to normality soon. We were overjoyed today to learn that Chuck Patch and Carol Bartels (and their families) were able to evacuate the City before Katrina hit the coast and that they are safe."
A late evening or rather early morning request came in from Nancy White about Katrina tags. (I was sleeping). I awoke to find that Alexandra Samuel has put together an incredible post summarizing everything you need to know about Katrina tagging.
Technology for all has the ctc set up in the Astrodome in Houston and you can read first hand accounts about their excellent work here. I made a donation to them - if you want to support them, you can make a donation online here. The internet connection is important for people to help locate missing loved ones as well as to get to the next phase - a new life, home, work, etc.
can go to 20 different websites to find information on their loved
ones. We are publishing a spec to facilitate data interchange among
sites and that would allow the creation of a central database of most
refugee databases on the web. We are also connecting database owners
with volunteer programmers that can help implementing the spec. Special
thanks to Ka-Ping Yee. Peoplefinder is a community effort lead by the
Social Source Foundation, CivicSpace Labs and Salesforce.com Foundation.
After watching some of the coverage on CCN tonight, it is difficult to sleep viewing the horrors. But, I learned via Andy Carvin's blog an effort that I want to contribute something to -- Internet Access for Astrodome Refugees is being coordinated by Technology For All in Houston. They have a donation page on their site and you write in the comments if you want to direct your support to this effort.
If you have a blog, here's what you can do. Sometime tomorrow, take
a break from whatever it is you usually blog about, and post something
constructive related to disaster relief. You can keep it topical to
your blog: for example, if you usually blog about pets, blog about Noah's Wish
or another entity working to rescue and reunite hurricane-affected pets
with their families. Or, you can just dedicate blog space to listing
websites where people can donate money (maybe even challenge people to
match your donation), or share a story of a hurricane survivor. This
goes for photo bloggers, podcasters and video bloggers as well -
there's no reason why this should be text-only.
For those of you outside of the US, you could post about a disaster
relevant to your community. Post lists of supplies needed for victims
of yesterday's stampede in Baghdad. Post an update on how your family
is recovering from the tsunami. Post multi-lingual resources for
African families in Paris displaced by the recent apartment fires. Blog
about whatever you choose, as long as it supports some kind of disaster
assistance in a constructive way.
One thing I'd discourage you from doing, though, is making this
political. There will be plenty of time for recriminations about who's
to blame, if anyone, for Katrina, and the political ramifications. No
doubt this will be a major topic of conversation in the blogosphere,
but it can wait. People need help now.
When you've posted to your blog, be sure to include a link to this Technorati tag: International Blogging for Disaster Relief Day.
That way, when people follow that link, they'll be able to find a
collection of all relevant postings published throughout the
blogosphere. There will also be an RSS feed on that page, which can be
used to aggregate all of the postings and display them on a single
webpage. I plan to aggregate them on my Katrina Aftermath
easy for anyone to do this - more soon.) One collection of disaster
relief resources, countless bloggers. That's the power of the