Quest for Innovations in May
mBillionth Award Grand Jury 2012 in Kathmandu
The grand jury for mBillionth Award 2012 would be hosted by CAN (Computer Association of Nepal) in Kathmandu. As per the organizer, Digital Empowerment Foundation, the process of mBillionth Award Grand Jury is to select the final winners, however all the shortlisted candidates are invited in the final event where the final winners are announced.

Vodafone Mobiles for Good Jury 2012
Under the framework of mBillionth South Asia 2012, Vodafone Mobiles for Good is going to announce 4 million fund grants for Best socially empowering mobile solutions from all over India. VM4G 2012 Secretariat have received number of applications and M4G Final Jury, hosted by CAN (Computer Association of Nepal) in Kathmandu, will rank the best projects. And the final announcement will be done on July 21st, 2012 in New Delhi.

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Chairman's Column
The environment ministry has published draft rules to regulate the management of information and communication technology (ICT) waste. Read more

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Recent Activities
eNGO Workshop in Karachi, Pakistan on 10th May 2012
In yet another successful venture of eNGO Program, Digital Empowerment Foundation with support from Public Interest Registry organized “eNGO Network of Pakistan” workshop in Karachi, Pakistan on 10th May 2012. The workshop was held in PILER (Pakistan Institute for Labour Education & Research) auditorium and hosted 23 delegates participating from 19 organisations in and around Karachi.

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Right to Internet for Right to Information: a campaign by DEF and APC
"Internet can be instrumental to curb media sensation" stated by socio-political activist Aruna Roy in the half-day national consultation on 'Internet Rights, Accessibility, Regulation & Ethics' on May 3, 2012 at New Delhi, India. The consultation programme was organized by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and supported by the Department of Electronics And Information Technology and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), Govt. of India.

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eNGO expansion in Bhutan
eNGO programs have been expanded from India to the neighboring country Bhutan. The eNGO campaign in Bhutan is supported by the regional partner Read Bhutan. 20 organisations participated and register for .NGO TDL campaign through the eNGO workshop conducted on 10th April 2012 in Thimpu, Bhutan.

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WSA concludes successfully in Egypt; Two Indian projects among the top 40 best e-Contents in the world
The World Summit Award, the global partner of Manthan Award and mBillionth Award hosted the 2011 function in Egypt form 26th to 29th April 2012 to felicitate and recognise the awardees from all over the world after a year long wait. WSA Gala recognized two Indian awardees called “Peer Water Exchange” in the e-Environment category and the other “Empowering India” in the e-Governance category.

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DEF launched Citizen Media Network; organises Pul-e-Jawan
Digital Empowerment Foundation has launched Citizen Media Network (CMN) to promote citizen journalism in South Asia. Amongst its foremost initiatives, CMN has been promoting the Pul-e-Jawan forum to promote peace in India-Afghanistan-Pakistan region through citizen journalism. Pul-e-Jawan India Forum was successfully held on 14th April at India International Centre, New Delhi, as the first ever India-Afghanistan-Pakistan peace process.

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eNGO workshop successfully completed in Hyderabad
With the support from the regional partners Technology for The People and APMWS, workshop has been successfully completed in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh on 2nd May 2012. The initiative witnessed a participation of 60 organisations and 51 organisation has registered for the .NGO websites.

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Empowering rural communities of Bhutan through wireless networking
Digital Empowerment Foundation organized three days training programme on wireless from 11-13 April, 2012, supported by country partner, Rural Education and Development (READ) at Thimpu, Bhutan. The training programme was organized under the Wireless for Communities (W4C) project, a joint initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation and the Internet Society. The project aims to provide a holistic, community-empowered approach to connecting rural communities to the Internet.

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Meet the technology Innovators
M-Ticketing - Train Ticket Reservation System
M-Ticketing – Train Ticket Reservation System was recognised in the m-Travel and Tourism category during the mBillionth Award South Asia 2011. The system was developed by Mobitel to computerize the Colombo Kandy Intercity Ticket Reservation through mobile in Sri Lanka.

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Must See India
Roam Space Travel Solutions Pvt. Ltd launched Must See India, a website to provide information, tool and bookings for travel planning in India. The initiative was honored in the Manthan Awards South Asia 2011 in the category e-Travel and Tourism.

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Puduvai Vaani
FM Puduvai Vaani 107.8 MHz is a community radio initiated by Pondicherry University with a focus on women empowerment, communal harmony, health and education. The Puduvai Vaani Community Radio was recognised in Manthan Award South Asia 2012 under Community Broadcasting category.

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Off Site Real Time Monitoring System (OSRT)
Off Site Real Time Monitoring System (OSRT) provides real time information in solid waste management, urban planning, public works, etc through mobiles. Initiated by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, OSRT was honored in the mBillionth Award South Asia 2011 under the m-Governance category.

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News to know
Cell Phone - The new tool for data collection
Researchers can garner vast amounts of information bearing on pollution, epidemics, transportation, from cameras, audio recorders and other applications built into cell phones, cheaply and efficiently. But how to get mobile users to cooperate? “We can ‘soft control’ users with gaming or social network incentives to drive them where we want them,” said study co-author Fabian Bustamante of Northwestern University. Read more
Rooting in Androids: Advantages and Disadvantages
Rooting your device enables you to obtain super-user rights and permissions to your Android’s software. Once you get these rights and permissions, you can install custom softwares include custom Android ROMs, install custom themes, increase performance, increase battery life, and the ability to install software that would otherwise need to buy. So in a way rooting is a bit like hacking your Android device, just like jailbreaking an iPhone. Read more
Review: Blackberry Curve 9220
Besides the BlackBerry services and the social media apps, the device delivers good multimedia features and the addition of the FM radio is like a freebie. So, a decent price tag, all the basic necessities of a smartphone and the ability to make you a social butterfly. It’s a good bargain for the price, but frankly I am still not very satisfied with the OS. The new BB OS 10 should be cracker if RIM really wants to stay in the smart phone game. Read more
Child online safety plans unveiled by Brussels
"Young people are particularly at ease with the use of the internet but they are still vulnerable to online threats," said Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Home Affairs. "It is our duty as parents to keep our children safe - and this includes on the web." Read more
Twitter, an awe-inspiring story for SMEs
Twitter, ranked one of the ten most visited websites, is growing fast at over 1.123 million accounts per day, which amounts to more than 13 new accounts per second. So, as an SME if you think you have an exciting product or service for the common man, just embrace Twitter. Read more
Why low-cost tablets have failed to take off in India
“Aakash was a really noble idea, which wanted to equip every college-going student with a computing device, but the specifications were not really supportive and the required content also was not adequate in the version launched,” said Naveen Mishra, lead telecom analyst with CyberMedia Research, a research and consulting firm. Read more
Facebook, Google, Twitter could soon be told to set up dedicated servers in India
Facebook could be one of a number of Web firms that will soon be told to introduce local servers in India, as the country’s government seeks to better regulate ‘objectionable content’ on the Internet. Read more
The new iPad launched in India on 27th April, starting at Rs. 30, 500
Following the tradition Apple has also announced a price cut for the iPad 2 making it more affordable. Now iPad 2, 16 GB Wi-Fi only model will sell for Rs. 24,500 and 16 GB Wi-Fi + 3G model will sell for Rs. 32,900. Read more
iBrain: A device that can read your thoughts!
“The iBrain can collect data in real time in a person’s own bed, or when they’re watching TV, or doing just about anything,” Dr. Low said. Read more
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