Fwd: Call for chapters - radio & ICTs
>Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 09:56:03 -0400Sangeeta Pandey
>Subject: Fwd: Call for chapters - radio & ICTs
>From: "Sophia Huyer" <shuyer@...>
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>Contact Bruce Girard, editor <bgirard@...> for more information
>and with submissions.
> Apologies for cross posting.
> CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO A BOOK
> "Next Generation Radio: Broadcasting and ICTs for development"
> In recent years the related issues of the importance of knowledge
> for development and the inequity of access to it have achieved an
> important position on the international agenda. Despite this interest,
> the gap between the information rich and the information poor
> continues to grow at an accelerated rate. The enormity of the
> divide between countries and people with access to information
> and communication technologies and those without, makes it
> virtually impossible that it will be eliminated with technical
> infrastructure solutions alone (more phone lines, more bandwidth,
> more computers...). If developing country populations are to enjoy
> the benefits that knowledge can bring, they will require new
> strategies that build on available knowledge systems.
> Research has shown that systems for networking information and
> knowledge are most effective when building on existing local
> information systems, incorporating "community intermediaries" -
> institutions and individuals that serve as a bridge between the
> Internet and the community. Broadcast radio is already established
> as a key component of local information systems in many
> developing countries, especially in rural areas, and has the
> characteristics that make a good intermediary - "proximity, trust
> and knowledge (including the ability to combine 'techknowledge'
> about ICT with 'context knowledge' about the environment in which
> it is used".(1)
> Various seminars, workshops and conferences held over the past few years
>have explored the synergistic potential of radio broadcasting and the
>Internet. In February 2001 the FAO Communication for Development group
> a workshop on rural broadcasting and the Internet in Africa. In January,
>in Sri Lanka, UNESCO organised one on integrating modern and traditional
>ICTs. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) and Comunica organised two semin
> ars, the first focusing on broadcasting and the internet in Asia (Kuala
>Lumpur, 1999) and the second on Latin America and the Caribbean (Florida,
>2000). All of these events examined projects that make innovative use of br
> oadcasting and ICTs. Some radio stations use the internet to support
>low-cost networking initiatives. Others serve as community intermediaries
>gateways, searching for relevant information on the internet, interpreting
> it and broadcasting it to their communities. Still others facilitate
>communication between their listeners and the diaspora.
> This book's 12 - 16 chapters will include both critical descriptions and
>more analytical pieces highlighting current practices, recent developments,
>and future possibilities for combining broadcasting and ICTs to promote
> development and democracy. We are particularly interested in chapters
>which discuss policy alternatives or the cultural, political and social
>implications of broadcasting and ICTs.
> The FAO's Communication for Development group and the other organisations
>supporting this project invite interested people to submit abstracts for
>consideration. Abstracts, in English, French or Spanish should be sent by
>email to abstracts@... as soon as possible and no later than
>September 7. Chapters (8-15 pages) will be completed by mid-October.
> (1) Richard Heeks, Information and Communication Technologies, Poverty
>and Development, 1999, Development Informatics: Working papers, Institute
>for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester.
> Conferences and Seminars on Broadcasting and the Internet
> International Farm Radio Workshop: Information and Communication
>Technologies Serving Rural Radio: New Content, New Partnerships - FAO -
>Rome, February 2001
> See also the site for an earlier FAO workshop on ICTs and food security
> Integrating Modern and Traditional Information and Communication
>Technologies for Community Development - UNESCO - Sri Lanka January, 2001
> Mixed Media/Medios Enteros: Broadcasting and the Internet in Developing
>Countries - FES, Comunica - Florida, September 2000
> Converging Responsibility: Broadcasting and the Internet in Developing
>Countries - FES, Comunica - Kuala Lumpur, September 1999
> Mixed media for development and democracy, a workshop to be held within
>the II Global Congress of Citizens Networks, Buenos Aires, December 5-7,
> http://www.comunica.org/gcneng.htm (English) or
> See also the book A Passion for Radio: Radio Waves and Community, edited
>by Bruce Girard - online in English, French and Spanish
> The following organisations are supporting this project:
> Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Sustainable Development
>Department, Communication for Development Group (Extension, Education and
> Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Geneva office
> International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)
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