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ICT CONFERENCE - "UNIVERSITIES: TAKING A LEADING ROLE IN ICT-ENABLED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT"

The Directorate of ICT Support, Makerere University, is organising a conference under the theme Universities: Taking a Leading Role in ICT-enabled Human Development, to facilitate the sharing of experiences, lessons, and ideas.
http://www.makerere.ac.ug/dicts/conference/

ACT 2004 UPDATE, 16 JULY 2004

The Summit is now going to be held at le Meridien Hotel, north of Port Louis, because the CyberTower cannot guarantee completion on time. The advantage of basing the event at a hotel is that with delegates having accommodation at the Summit venue, there will be more networking opportunities and less time will be spent travelling each day to the event venue. Le Meridien is spectacular and has all the facilities you would expect from a five-star beach resort. Full details are available on the AITEC web site.

IP Planet is offering a special ACT discount deal for telecom operators and ISPS: All bandwidth contracts signed at ACT will have a 30% discount during the first two months of operation.

Sophos will be providing a security training workshop at the Summit.

Over 40 speakers have confirmed presentations in the Summit Forums

Intelsat's Gala Night will now be held on the first night of the Summit (7 September) and this is set to be a spectacular event in the tradition of previous ACTs.

The African ISP Association (AfrISPA) is holding its annual general meeting during ACT.

CATIA (UK) and Connectivity Africa (Canada) are holding their Advisory Committee meeting to coincide with ACT.

ACT 2004 is attracting a wide range of stakeholders across the African ICT sector, making it a great networking opportunity – where numerous business and development partnerships will be developed.

http://www.aitecafrica.com/

FIRST ANNUAL SANGONET "ICTS AND CIVIL SOCIETY" CONFERENCE
2-4 March 2005, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) is pleased to announce that it will be organising its first annual "ICTs and Civil Society" conference that is to take place from 2-4 March 2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Although many local conferences these days focus on ICT-related issues, very little dedicated attention is given to the relevance of ICTs to the civil society organisation (CSO) sector.

During the last few years the Southern African CSO sector has experienced dramatic changes. The funding and related crises experienced by CSOs in the early 1990s have been well documented. Many CSOs were forced to close down because of a lack of funding and related organisational problems.

As a result, the critical challenge facing many CSOs today relates to their capacity to make a fundamental contribution to finding longterm and sustainable solutions to Southern Africa's development problems.

The strengthening of CSOs' capacity for service delivery increasingly requires that attention be given to their ability to use, manage and implement ICTs. Although many Southern African CSOs are already active users of ICTs, much more needs to be done to build their capacity.

CSOs face numerous challenges in keeping up with rapidly changing ICT developments. These include developing internal organisational and educational processes, making technology investments, developing and implementing electronic communication strategies, and staying abreast of a wide range of ICT policy issues impacting on the sector.

The conference will therefore focus specifically on these ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date. It will provide an opportunity to both CSOs that are ICT-enabled, as well as those organisations which are considering introducting ICT solutions to their work, to discuss critical issues of common concern and learn from one another's experiences.

Specific attention will also be given to the activities and initiatives of various local and international CSOs involved in ICT issues.

The conference will also include an exhibition where CSOs, as well as a wide range of ICT service providers, will be able to showcase their products and services.

This conference is aimed at leadership staff and technical employees in CSOs, and individuals who work with these organisations, including donor agencies, the private sector and the government.

www.sangonet.org.za

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PRESERVING AFRICAN LANGUAGES NOVEMBER 4-7, 2004

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE AFRICAN LANGUAGE RESEARCH PROJECT At UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE, PRINCESS ANNE, MARYLAND and CLARION RESORT AND FOUNTAINEBLEAU HOTEL, OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND

Topics include: African languages and politics, African languages and terrorism, annotation algorithms for selected African languages, automated language processing, African languages and technology, cross-dialectal communication, machine translation of African languages, language and telemedicine, African language cartography/demographics, XML language management systems, teaching technologies and recommended pedagogies, building lexicons, publishing newspaper readers, automating emergency medical language, software development for annotation and translation, the lingua franca of trade and economies, web survey and analysis tools for African studies programs.

Deadline for one page abstracts is August 16, 2004. Send short bio and abstract in word format to Dr. Chester Hedgepeth at cmhedgepeth@umes.edu. Individuals whose abstracts are accepted must register for full conference. Registration materials online at one of the websites:
http://www.umes.edu/alrp and http://www.umes.edu/conted/conferences.html.

Graduate students are invited to participate. Must send support letter from dissertation advisor.

cmhedgepeth@umes.edu