Monday, October 22, 2007

Teachers Talking Kenya

Teachers Talking Kenya is a project that brings together a group of rural school teachers in the Kangundo district to use the internet and learn on Friday evenings. The initial project was enabled by CAWD (virtual campus CAWDNET) and the Commonwealth of Learning.

For more see the Teachers Talking Blog

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Datawind Pocketsurfer 2 to provide near=broadband speed internet access anywhere in the world in a small device, for one time fee of £180. On-board GPS. Well reviewed (in Financial Times.) Downsides: No audio or video, some usability problems. The price includes 20 hours/month in UK only; abroad costs aditional £6/mo., though this is expected to go down. Details here.

Emerging journalism

Journalism training is booming in the developing world. David Okwemba of Kenya's The Nation newspaper also helps train journalists. For community-generated podcasts (esp. in Kambu for the radio station) we have envisioned community members conducting interviews and making stories.

Economist story here.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Safaricom - Bamba Net - GPRS Modem Service

Safaricom Bamba Net (GPRS modem 3G?) 

- 700 mb a month for 2000 KSh 
- Set-up and cost of modem 6000 KSh
(1 pound = +/- 135 KSh see exchange rate )

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Open source mobile phone platform

Mobile phones, currently closed and self limited, will rival broadband computers. When based on Open standards, they will deliver ubiquitous computing and vanish.

Ubiquitous computing means more than computing wherever you wander: It means knowing the locale, weaving seamlessly into the local fabric, and vanishing.

OpenMoko is an open source, Linux-based mobile phone software platform. Read more here.