Enabling the Good to Promote the Good in the Age of Knowledge

The Symbiotic Computer and the End of Poverty

By eliminating the mouse they made famous and hiding the keyboard, Apple brought us to the age of the real personal computer. Let’s call it the Symbiotic Computer for its symbiosis with us humans... Apple gave us the new technology, but it was Google who steered it towards an open-source model, quickly grabbing market share with the Android platform while delivering free- to low-cost applications in a server-based technology management solution, just like the one I proposed for telecenter networks...The telecenter shared-access model needs to be updated to leverage the realization of the Symbiotic Computer. Digital inclusion can now be understood to occur in two distinct stages: digital literacy and professional capacity-building. The first is to be accomplished with the help of the Symbiotic Computer, the second with the Personal Computer...

Marco Figueiredo - December 29, 2011

Community Communicators graduates 81 community reporters in Colombia and the Dominican Republic

In November 2010, Community Communicators (Com2) graduated 81 new community reporters from rural regions in Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

Twenty-eight students from the Magdalena region and 24 students from the area of Sucre participated in online and on site classes held by the Corporación Politécnica Nacional de Colombia, who  simultaneously linked students and facilitators in Florida, Rhode Island, and four separate locations in Colombia.

Dominican Republic Graduates First Class of Community Communicators

Our Community Communicators Program concluded their pilot workshop in Dominican Republic on May 2010. The first 26 graduates learned how to create community media using written, electronic, and audiovisual resources. The workshop provided an overview of basic notions of traditional print, broadcast, and electronic journalism, as well as legal and ethical notions that participants must take into account when creating and reporting community news to a worldwide audience.

GEMS Brazil Expands Rural Telecenter Network to 62 Communities

The Brazilian NGO Gems the Earth Rural Community Telecenter Network is expanding its services to reach 62 remote rural communities, mostly in the state of Minas Gerais. GEMS Brazil entered in an agreement with the Ministry of Agrarian Development, through its Digital Territories program, to participate in the TelecentrosBR program, funded by the Brazilian government.

Brazilian Government Plans the Creation of 100,000 Telecenters by 2014

Brazilian National Broadband Plan The Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva has signed this year the National Broadband Plan which includes the creation of one hundred thousand public community telecenters by 2014.

Gems of the Earth on Brazilian Television

GLOBO TV is the most popular television network in Brazil. It covers the entire Brazilian territory and is also broadcast in satellite and cable channels around the world. On June 6, 2009, TV GLOBO aired a 5 minutes documentary about the Gems of the Earth pilot project in the northeast of Brazil. The presenter, Serginho Groisman, is a famous late night showman. The video above presents the documentary with English sub-titles.

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