Internet News - In Brief


- SA's first Internet Fiesta attracted more than 2 000 first-time computer users and fostered a sense of community in one of Cape Town's poorest suburbs, organisers say. The event, designed to bring a sense of fun to people wanting to use the Internet, took place on Saturday and Sunday in Belhar, a traditionally poor coloured area with a high unemployment rate. Organised by the SA Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-ZA), the Internet Fiesta is modelled on similar events held in other African countries aimed at encouraging the use of technology by people who would not normally have access. Jennifer Husler, who managed the project for ISOC-ZA, says she was overwhelmed by the response from the local community, many of whom had never used a computer.

- Students in Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria can now perform sophisticated engineering and science experiments at MIT--without ever getting on a plane. "If you can't come to the lab, the lab will come to you," said Jesus del Alamo, co-principal investigator on the Africa project and a professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Students at three African universities will be able to access five MIT labs via the Internet, thanks to an iLab Project partnership between MIT's Center for Educational Computing Initiatives (CECI), Makerere University (Uganda), the University of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) and Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria)

- Botswana's ISPs have agreed to set up an ISP association.