Computer News - In Brief


- UNESCO guidelines for teachers to use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve education were presented to Education Ministers from more than 100 countries, and to the press, at the Moving Young Minds Conference in London.

- The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will this month host an all stakeholders' meeting to articulate views on the draft of the country's Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Action Plan. Input from stakeholders drawn from various sectors of the economy is expected to help beef up Nigeria's work plan for full integration of ICT in achieving its development goals and positioning it among the 20 leading economies in the world by year 2020.

- The South African government is expected to spend about R45 billion on ICT in 2008, more than 10% growth from the R35 billion last year, says research firm ForgeAhead. The increased spend will be driven by ICT infrastructure spend for the 2010 World Cup Soccer games, which is supposed to be accelerated in 2008 in preparation for the 2009 handover.

- Wikia Search, an open source community edited search engine, was released in its first alpha version this week. Conceptualised by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, it came as a response to concerns over the lack of transparency in the way that Google ranks its searches.