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- The Global Information Society Watch 2007 report - the first in a series of annual reports- looks at state of the field of information and communication technology (ICT) policy at local and global levels and particularly how policy impacts on the lives of people living in developing countries. The report is available for download via http://www.globaliswatch.org/.

- A memorandum of understanding in the information and communication technologies (ICTs) field was signed between Tunisia and Hungary. The two sides agreed to boost co-operation between companies and organisations operating in the ICTs field in the two countries. They underscored the need to take into account the results of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Tunis Agenda's commitments.

- The South African home affairs department is promising to make it quicker and easier to get an identity document (ID) by introducing track-and-trace technology. This will streamline its present systems.

- In Nigeria, the Federal Government has set up a company, Galaxy Backbone Plc, to provide the required ICT infrastructure to support its reform programme. Galaxy has two major focus areas, the National Datacenter which is the first of its kind in Nigeria and the Abuja Metropolitan Network.

- Canadian NGO, OPEG is setting up a computer programme in Guinea. Over 800 second-hand computers are going to be refurbished and donated to schools, universities and community centres across the West Africa country.