I’m impressed that over the years there has been more and more ICT education taking place in the wake of the DITG founding (that we participated in, in 2005). Recently this took the form of a four-day Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) session for Tibetans in exile in Dharamsala.
You can see what I’ve written about in this blog related to the DITG.
The Tibetan Technology Center (TibTec) announced that it will host the Air Jaldi Summit on wireless technologies in Dharamsala, India in October 2006. This will be an international gathering of experts and “learners” where the latest in community-based wireless will be discussed and showcased. (Press Release)
There’s a lot of excitement around the world, both in undeveloped and developed countries about “free information infrastructure” and about free or inexpensive access to the Internet. The Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN) is one promoter of this concept – it came to my attention this week. An example of the free access principle is the wireless mesh in upper Dharamsala, India (well, almost free), and the rumored possibility that Google may provide free Internet access for the citizens of more than one city in California.
Palo Alto, CA, April 15, 2005 – The Dharamsala Information Technology Group
(DITG) was launched today to tackle Information Technology (IT) development
in the region.