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mobiles against poverty

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Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.
Iqbal Quadir, the founder of Grameenphone, and Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of One Laptop per Child, debate the merits of technology in the developing world.

Nicholas Negroponte:
“If we assume that technology will help bring the benefits of the modern world to developing societies, we can also assume that the resources to bring a full complement of that technology to poor countries probably don’t exist. Both laptops and cell phones have proven to have dramatic effects on populations. Which poses more of a benefit?”

Iqbal Quadir:
"Having struggled to bring cell phones to poor communities since 1993, I of course have a biased opinion. I would say cell phones bring greater benefits. There are several reasons why. Prominent among them is the fact that voice communications do not require literacy, and are thus more egalitarian and more inclusive. While cell phones are natural devices for networking, their inclusiveness gives rise to a profound network effect. The second important reason is that people find an immediate payback through enhanced communications, which leads to a willingness and capability of paying for cell phone services. Connectivity is productivity. This phenomenon changes the economic ground realities and produces greater traction for phones. Their benefits proliferate, organically." Source
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22nd May 2009, 11:18   | tags:,comments (4)

bull pub

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On the way to our "Bull Pub". Got invited by my wife and will have a super-good talk there. No strings attached.
22nd May 2009, 09:05   comments (7)

the pope's personal youtube

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Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged young Catholics to use the Internet to spread the church's message.
The pope promoted the use of the digital world as a means of making the Gospel known in remarks to 20,000 pilgrims at his weekly audience Wednesday.
He says that the Internet has brought about change in the way news is distributed and how people relate to each other. Benedict urges young people to use the potential of the Internet to build a better world through bonds of friendship and solidarity.
He also underlines the need for a what he calls a culture of respect when navigating.
The Vatican is constantly updating its own presence on the Internet. Earlier this year, the pope got his own YouTube channel. Source

Yes, the Pontiff is to soon have a 'Facebook' account as part of the Vatican's efforts to embrace online technology to interact with his followers, an initiative which will also involve iPhone applications and a new portal www.pope2you.net, scheduled to go live on May 24. Source
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20th May 2009, 17:24   | tags:comments (4)

offer

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Read: The offer applies to rat races.
20th May 2009, 13:07   | tags:comments (1)

voices

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Can you hear me? I caught the phantom talker in front of a cafe in Cracow's "Galeria".
20th May 2009, 12:34   | tags:comments (1)

arte e scienza dell'espresso

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Espress yourself!
For my coffee friend jaket_merah! Good sugar to one of the best brands.
You can get it as white or natural brown - but always non vendibile singolarmente.
To be impartial I show you two big brothers out of a famous Italian Espresso family.
20th May 2009, 12:29   | tags:comments (3)

silly

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Too much stuff. Blacky is right! The more you have -- the less you are. Shot it with my K800i in Cracow's "Galeria" near the main train station. "Galeria" is a huge mall with more than 200 shops.
20th May 2009, 11:56   | tags:comments (8)

ulica golebia 3

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The cafe I like most in Cracow. The tea is only 4 Zloty ($1.30), far under the local average price. I made the picture from inside through the front window at 9:30am with my K800i. I will never forget the address...
20th May 2009, 08:56   | tags:comments (10)