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DEMO-net & PEP-NET

Saturday, June 20th, 2009
DemoNetPepNet

www.demo-net.org

DEMO-net is a Network of Excellence project funded under the European Commission’s sixth framework programme: Information Society Technologies IST (FP6-2004-27219). The project started 1 January 2006 and will be funded for 4 years. The overarching objective of DEMO-net is to strengthen scientific, technological and social research excellence in eParticipation by integrating the research capacities of individuals and organisations spread across Europe. The intention is to advance the way research is carried out in Europe with respect to quality, efficiency, innovation and impact to overcome the currently fragmented approach to eParticipation in this important European research area. The network with this overall objective will provide a major contribution to the strategic goals set by the European Council. DEPP joined DEMO-net as an associate member, in order to contribute with its experience in developing technological solutions and experimenting on-site.

pep-net.eu/wordpress

PEP-NET is a European network of all stakeholders active in the field of eParticipation. PEP-NET includes public bodies, solution providers and citizen organizations as well as researchers and scientists. The network is open to all organizations willing and actively trying to advance the idea and use of eParticipation in Europe. The project aims to help overcome fragmentation and promote best practice by connecting established and experienced eParticipation players and networks throughout Europe as a critical first step. The objective of this project is to achieve critical mass for the establishment of a Pan European eParticipation Network (PEP-NET). Such a network will act as a repository and disseminator of good practice and exchange of experience, and be a visible resource for all interested parties across the European Union. DEPP is a member of the network.

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Infopoverty World Conference 2009

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

www.infopoverty.net/IWC2009.htm

After fifteen years of digital revolution, eight years of Infopoverty World Conference presentations and hundreds of best practices presented, two years of GAID, the international community seems convinced that a strategic and wise use of the ICTs can constitute a crucial element to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Though, it is becoming more and more evident that most development strategies of the main institutions – within the UN family as well as among NGOs and governmental aids – tend to use traditional approaches that do not sufficiently integrate ICTs in their strategies, or leave them at the margins. Those approaches do not allow the optimization of resources and time, which would be instrumental to achieve expectations in terms of concrete results and lasting changes in the lives of population.

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e-cycling: law in Texas

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

DIRECT2DELL: Computer Recycling Is Now the Law In Texas; September 5th, 2008

The Computer Equipment Recycling Program became effective in the State of Texas on September 1st. This law unanimously passed by the Texas legislature last year and implemented by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is a progressive e-cycling law that will create additional computer recycling options for consumers. In short, the new law requires any company selling a computer in the state must offer a free consumer recycling program.
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see also:

EcoGeek: Free Recycling Programs Get Needed Attention; September 8th, 2008

WSIS

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
wsis.jpg

www.itu.int/wsis/index.html

www.itu.int/wsis/basic/about.html

The UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (21 December 2001) endorsed the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005. The objective of the first phase was to develop and foster a clear statement of political will and take concrete steps to establish the foundations for an Information Society for all, reflecting all the different interests at stake. More than 11,000 participants from 175 countries attended the Summit and related events. The objective of the second phase was to put Geneva’s Plan of Action into motion as well as to find solutions and reach agreements in the fields of Internet governance, financing mechanisms, and follow-up and implementation of the Geneva and Tunis documents. More than 19,000 participants from 174 countries attended the Summit and related events.

2005/32/CE

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

www.nema.org/gov/upload/EuPDirective0220705.pdf
This Directive establishes a framework for the setting of Community ecodesign requirements for energy-using products with the aim of ensuring the free movement of those products within the internal market. It contributes to sustainable development by increasing energy efficiency and the level of protection of the environment, while at the same time increasing the security of the energy supply. This Directive and the implementing measures adopted pursuant to it shall be without prejudice to Community waste management legislation and Community chemicals legislation, including Community legislation on fluorinated greenhouse gases.
see also:
ec.europa.eu/environment/sme/legislation/greener_products_en.htm
www.ecosmes.net

www.ecodesignarc.info/servlet/is/349

VIII Infopoverty World Conference

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

www.infopoverty.net

www.infopoverty.net/IWC2007draftprogram.pdf

“Low Cost-Smart technologies to fight poverty and save the planet” will be held on April 16,17 and 18 2008 at the UN Headquarters in New York, at the Politecnico in Milan, and in other seats connected by videoconference.
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see also:
www.occam.org
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenium_Development_Goals

www.undp.org/mdg

www.un.org/millenniumgoals

www.gg.rhul.ac.uk/ict4d

www.un-gaid.org

South African os

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Myadsl news: SA Government punts Firefox; July 6th, 2007

http://www.doc.gov.za

The South African Department of Communications (DoC) is actively punting the popular Firefox web browser. The SA Government has already embraced open source software…