Last week, it was announced that DynCorp – a major private security firm - had acquired Casals Associates, an international development company.

"In brief, unlike the constantly morphing basic, inexpensive, stripped-down PC of their first promises, this latest item looks like a basic, inexpensive, stripped-down tablet computer. The media–which has breathlessly and uncritically reported nearly every OLPC pre-announcement since they stated their intention to saturate the world with these PCs–gave this latest news some attention, of course, but the iPad pre-announcement mania sucked a lot of the air from the PR room, as they say in marketing-speak."

The earthquake in Haiti is a stunning disaster in a country already in crisis from decades of disastrous governments and natural calamities. The poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, this new devastation we see every night on TV makes you want to do something -anything - to help the Haitian people.

XO hope, but not right now
But OLPC is not the right solution for Haiti right now. XO laptops will not help people dig out and restart lives. No matter how good your intentions, don't go to Haiti with XO's.

Yesterday I attended a World Bank discussion on "Chinese Investment in Africa's Industrial Zones: prospects, challenges, and opportunity for Africa". Such "one-stop shop" zones have captured the interest of a variety of Chinese businesses, in addition to the World Bank, which is in talks with Beijing to collaboratively set up low-cost factories in these zones.

With such slow download speeds, why make your readers visit a website at all? Especially if they must have a concurrent Internet session to do so? Why not go back to basics and exploit the original digital communication system - email.

Paired with RSS via services like Feedburner, it provides a powerful, asynchronous, web content delivery system.

. Achieving the health-related MDGs requires strengthening health systems, particularly in the following areas of (a) Expanding the primary health-care workforce and enriching the skill levels; (b) Upgrading and broadening medical infrastructure and logistics; (c) Providing affordable access to drugs and medical supplies; (d) Improving health decision-making and early warning by enhancing data collection and analysis of disease trends. This brief summarizes cost-effective information and communication technology (ICT) applications to support improvements in these areas in least developed, landlocked and small island countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Copyright battles delaying films for 30 years? Something may be broken here.

Great, now we need to start cryptographically sign tweets and invoke 5th amendment rights to not reveal key passphrases

A cellular netbook, further blurring the netbook/smartphone performance barrier. I am looking forward to a few market winners leading to some stability in the netbook market. Note: this isn't going to be it.

"But it was clear that at the conference, the primary news platform was Twitter, with real-time annotation of the panels on stage and critical updates about what was happening elsewhere at a very hectic convention. At 52, I succumbed, partly out of professional necessity. And now, nearly a year later, has Twitter turned my brain to mush? No, I’m in narrative on more things in a given moment than I ever thought possible, and instead of spending a half-hour surfing in search of illumination, I get a sense of the day’s news and how people are reacting to it in the time that it takes to wait for coffee at Starbucks. Yes, I worry about my ability to think long thoughts — where was I, anyway? — but the tradeoff has been worth it. Some time soon, the company won’t say when, the 100-millionth person will have signed on to Twitter to follow and be followed by friends and strangers. That may sound like a MySpace waiting to happen — remember MySpace? — but I’m convinced Twitter is here to stay. "

Doctorow says that for centuries, copyright has acknowledged that sacred connection between readers and their books and that when you own a book 'it’s yours to give away, yours to keep, yours to license or to borrow, to inherit or to be included in your safe for your children' and that 'the most important part of the experience of a book is knowing that it can be owned.'"

Mobile tech as a tool for social development is makling the front pages in 2009. They are hyped as panathea for global issues such as rural health in developing countries, poverty alleviation, making rural markets more efficient, and activism.
We have been working in this field since 2005 and have been leading industry analysist, with direct work in a number of areas such as elections and democratic participation. While we agree that mobile phones are revolutionizing the developing world, we think it is time to take a very honest and realistic look at the promises of mobile tech for development and social change, and where these promises are falling short -- and of, course, why, and what to do about that.

"From a series of columns in, this article by Quocirca's Clive Longbottom points out that computers are not part of the daily life of many people in less developed countries. "At this stage, many countries just don't have the advanced infrastructure required for a full computing experience: they lack connectivity, hardware and software distribution networks and stable power....Yet many people still try to fit the computer into these markets, looking to maximise computer ownership as the main access device for an ever-increasing proportion of the six billion-plus global population." However, as stated here, though markets in developing countries may have an increasing demand for personal computers (PCs), more so than the markets in more saturated developed countries, the real demand and focus of simple and effective technology usage is the mobile telephone."

I don't think the FDIC understands the spirit of "freedom of infomation"

When your currency is banned from being used as toilet paper, it's a bad thing