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					           ICTs in Uganda


             Current and future trends



21/02/08          Natalie Kimbugwe, I-Network Uganda
What is I-Network
 An expertise organization focusing on
     applying information and communication
     technologies for development.

 Provide expertise to government, NGOs, Civil
     society and the private sector to use ICT as
     an enabler in their initiatives.



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Activities of I-Network
 Public Knowledge Sharing Forums
 Project and policy formulation using
  participatory methods
 Research and piloting
 Documenting lessons learned
 Dissemination of information and publication
 Advocacy
 Monitoring and evaluation

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What are ICTs
 ICT stands for Information and
     Communication Technologies

          These are technologies that are used to
           communicate information


 Examples may include the Internet and e-
     mail, telephones, computers, radios etc.


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ICT Developments in Uganda
 Existence of the ICT Ministry
 Improved Internet Networks (national backbone, MTN
     Fiber Optic cables, EASSY Cable etc
              For cheaper connectivity, high bandwidth,
               making access in homes, offices, schools,
               cafes easier
 Increased and Cheaper mobile technology
            End of duopoly
            Market open to other players

 Improved ICT literacy through telecenters i.e. RCDF
     (rural communications development fund) Projects

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 ICT Devt’s in Uganda Contd…
 Improved Rural Connectivity by ISPs
 Tax Exemption on ICT equipment
 Cheaper web hosting and development
 E-commerce initiatives in music, agriculture etc
 Open Source Software – cheaper and easier to
  adopt
 Sell or distribution of refurbished computers –
  making access easier for the third world


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How can Publishers Embrace ICTs
 Start by developing a website
          Collect all useful information for inclusion on
           the website
 Build capacity of employees in ICT skills
 Acquire at least one computer connected to
  the Internet
 Start developing content for online
  consumption


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Advantages of using ICT as Publishers
etc.
 Quicker publicity of what is available
          Supply of one book for example to many others at almost no
           cost
 Can learn from other publishers / writers
 A lot of free material on the internet i.e.
  wikipedia
 Cost of publishing may be cheaper in the long
  run
          i.e. its easier to revise and issue new editions of online
           textbooks without ordering complete print reruns

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Advantages Contd….
 Can use text, voice and images in one book
          Thus imaginative and interesting mainly for young readers
 Can out source expertise from remote
  locations in editing, illustrating and design
 Can use social networks like web 2.0 tools
          i.e. wikis and blogs
 Minimize waste of unused resources and
  manpower
 Easily keep archives of passed publications


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Opportunities

 Opportunity to market locally and globally
 Opportunity to access picture databases such as flikr
          This is a photo sharing website
 Opportunity to apply flexible licensing i.e. use of
     creative commons
          This is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the
           range of creative work available for others legally to build
           upon and share. The organization has released several
           copyright licenses known as Creative Commons licenses.
           www.creativecommons.org
Opportunity to introduce local content on the internet


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Challenges
 Need to have reliable internet connection
 Need to build ICT skills
 Internet costs are still high and speed still
     slow as compared to the developed world
          Thus need to minimize book sizes etc
 Would need to change thinking
          From traditional methods
 Introduce local content on the internet
               What is the market?
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Conclusions

1. Content is a basis of knowledge


2. And ICT’s are a necessity for dissemination
           of this content in this modern world

3. So who is best suited to embrace ICT other
           than Publishers of this content?


21/02/08                  Natalie Kimbugwe, I-Network Uganda
Contacts
 Tel: 0414578228
 Mobile: 0752614048
 E-Mail: kimbugwe@i-network.or.ug
 Alternate E-Mail:
  nataliekimbugwe@yahoo.com
 Website: www.i-network.or.ug




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