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FW: Sept. 25: "Technology-Enabled Development: An Indian Experience," 12:30-2:00 PM

From: Usha V.
Sent on: Monday, September 22, 2008 7:59 AM
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IREX Speaker Series: Technology Serving Civil Society


Subbiah Arunachalam

Independent Researcher, Freelance Writer, and

Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

Technology-Enabled Development: An Indian Experience

When: September 25, 2008, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Where: IREX, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC
RSVP by September 22 to: [address removed]<mailto:[­address removed]> or call
Swathi at (202)[masked], x140
Light lunch will be served

The past two decades have seen many efforts to bring information
communication technologies (ICTs) into the development arena, with India as
a particularly fertile incubator of ideas and models.  The guest speaker
will discuss the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation's (MSSRF's) community
model and how a people-centered, holistic approach can distinctly impact
community life - particularly in local fishing communities, where fisherman
receive advance wave height forecasts and life-saving information via
satellite technology.  The talk will also cover integrating skill building
and microfinance initiatives with ICT, including innovative technologies
that helped villagers learn literacy skills and enabled women to form
self-help groups.  The speaker will also emphasize the dual keys to success
- sharing knowledge and building partnerships.

Subbiah Arunachalam (Arun) is an information scientist based in Chennai
(Madras) in South India. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute
of Library and Information Professionals, and a Life Member of Indian
Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres.  He founded the
Indian Science Writers Association and has contributed articles to The
Scientist, Science Today, Science Reporter, Hindustan Times, Indian Express,
and Economic Times.  Arun is currently a Trustee of the Voicing the
Voiceless Foundation, Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Internet and
Society, a member of the International Institute for Community Development's
International Advisory Board at The Hague, and a member of the International
Society of  Scientometrics and Informetrics' Governing Committee.  He has
written more than 60 research and scholarly papers and is on the editorial
boards of six international journals.

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and
innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen
independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.  IREX's
Technology Serving Civil Society speaker series was initiated in April 2007.
The series hosts practitioners with grassroots experience using technology
in innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of community and civil
society initiatives throughout the developing world.  This event will also
involve dozens of IREX-administered telecenters throughout Eurasia.  Virtual
participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and submit comments
beforehand.  For more information about this series, please contact IREX at
the email address above.

This speaker series is funded by the People Technology Foundation USA and
contributions from Friends of IREX

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