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FOSS@Work in Manila, Philippines

November 15, 2006 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business by Balthas

logo_foss_at_workOver 50 participants from Southeast Asian countries explored the chances for economic and social development through Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) at the “first FOSS@Work International Conference-Workshop for Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) in the I.T. Industry”, held at the Heritage Hotel Manila, Philippines from November 12th to 15th, 2006. In his opening speech, Balthas Seibold of InWent Capacity Building International, Germany, stressed, that new business models, innovative local FOSS products and services offer exciting opportunities for SMEs and for countries in the region, but only if the human resource base is expanded through capacity-building and training. Other keynote speakers included the Commissioner Emmanuel Lallana from the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) of the Philippines, Guest speaker Rep. Teodoro Casino and Shahid Akhtar of UNDP APDIP. Read what others said about foss@work at the account of media reports and on the official conference website. The event was one of the first actions of the regional capacity building programme it@foss.

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Knowledge Powers Development

September 6, 2006 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source IT business by Balthas

efta2006Knowledge Powers Development was the overarching theme of this year’s Eschborn dialoge, a discussion forum bringing together most of Germany’s development community. Balthas Seibold was a panellist of the workshop “WWW and knowledge – free access to knowledge as the basis for education and economic development”. His credo: New technologies and techniques such as “Free and Open Source Software” can offer interesting opportunities to “power development”. More on the workshop is online in the programme brochure. For a summary of the discussion, also see the blog of Netzpolitik (in German).

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Free digital knowledge!

June 15, 2006 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn by Balthas

logo-goettingererklaerungFree digital knowledge! claims the German Coalition for Action “Copyright for Education and Research”. These days, Germany is debating new legislation for copyright in the digital era – a proposed text passed the executive branch of government in March of this year. A nationwide coalition of research and educational organizations and personalities fights the proposal, which “would severely” harm education and science in Germany according to the coalition. In particular, access to scientific information could be more restricted and more expensive. Key criticism and proposals are online in the “Göttingen Declaration on Copyright for Education and Research” , which was signed in 2004 – also by the author of this website. The declaration can be signed here.

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IT@AB participates in IDLELO 2

February 28, 2006 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business by Balthas

FOSSFA-logo_200The SADC knowledge network it@ab (Information technology in Africa Business), with support from InWEnt (Capacity Building International) of Germany sent twenty five delegates from six SADC countries to participate in IDLELO2, the second all Africa conference on Free and Open Source Software in Nairobi Kenya from the 23rd to the 25th of February 2006. InWEnt/it@ab press release. For talks and interviews of Balthas Seibold at Idlelo (in German), check pro-linux (Report bei Markus Beckedahl), Interviews with Deutschlandfunk and WDR .

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After UN Info-Summit – InWEnt’s networks on ICT capacity building reinforced

November 19, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source IT business by Balthas

wsis_logoThe second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society closed on Thursday 18 November 2005 after almost a week of intense negotiations, plenary sessions, a large ICT for all exhibition and parallel events attracting around 19.000 participants from more than 800 entities including UN agencies, private sector companies and civil society organizations. For more information on InWEnt’s action at WSIS II, see full text of the press release (now at the Internet Archive) by Balthas Seibold.

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Information Technology in African Business

October 19, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business by Balthas

it@abThe SADC-wide network “it@ab – Information Technology in African Business” recently held a two days International Conference in Lusaka, Zambia on “Smooth integration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) into existing software environments”. The SADC region was challenged to adopt FOSS as a viable route towards affordable ICTs and business development at the local level. The event was supported by the German development organization InWEnt, Capacity Building International, Germany and ran from the 18th to the 19th of October 2005. In his introductory remarks, Mr Balthas Seibold, the InWEnt Senior Project Manager for the it@ab project said the aim of the conference was in line with the UN Millennium Development Goal number 8 that emphasized partnership, progress and participation. For more information on the conference, see press release on the it@ab website (now in the Internet Archive).

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COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation via open-source for eGovernance

October 1, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business by Balthas

Open scosgov_330ource software can boost economy, battle pirated software in Vietnam, concludes International Conference COSGov.The event was organized by InWEnt’s ICT team and opened by Balthas Seibold on 28 September 2005.

Balthas Seibold answers questions of journalists at CosGOV

More than 300 IT-Experts, governmental representatives and entrepreneurs had gathered in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi from 28-30 September 2005 for “COSGov Vietnam – Building cooperation via open-source for eGovernance”. The EU/BMZ sponsored conference is the first ever event in Vietnam to extensively cover the topic of free and open-source software (FOSS) for e-governance. For more information on the conference, see the Conference website www.cosgov.org. The full text of the press release is online at the Press release on the InWEnt website (now on the Internet Archive).

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InWEnt yourself

July 26, 2005 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source IT business, Work by Balthas

English_Logo_of_InWEntAfter three exciting years as an Associate Expert at UNESCO, Balthas Seibold is going to take up new challenges in Germany: As of September, he will be working with InWEnt in Bonn, a German development agency in the field of capacity building and training. A senior project manager for programmes on “ICT for Development”, he will develop capacity building projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East within the department of Sustainable Business Development. For more information see http://www.it-inwent.net (now on the Internet Archive).

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Contributing to the programme and budget of UNESCO of 2006-2007

April 23, 2005 in Freedom to learn, Work by Balthas

UNESCO logoBalthas Seibold is proud to have contributed to the programme and budget of UNESCO of 2006-2007 as part of his assignment with UNESCO’s bureau of strategic planning – his main editing contributions are within the “communication and information” section, which deals with access to information and freedom of expression. You find the final document online on the Webseite of UNESCO 

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Building a global knowledge commons – one wikipedia entry by one

January 1, 2005 in Freedom to learn by Balthas

copyright: wikipedia, licensed under a creative commons share alike license, see www.wikipedia.org

copyright: wikipedia, licensed under a creative commons share alike license, see www.wikipedia.org

The Internet is a knowledge agora or a knowledge commons – that has been a vision since the early days of  the web. But now, we see that some of the tools are getting mature, which are truely built by all for all for free. I am now getting more and more into wikipedia editing, such as the entry of UNESCO. Check the Entry on UNESCO – in Englisch  (see my first edit in 2004, check all my historic edits in the English Wikipedia here)  and in French or the entry on Waldbronn at the Open Directory Project.

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New book: Globalization with a Human Face – Benefitting All

July 1, 2004 in News on publications by Balthas

Globalization with a Human Face – Benefitting All – That’s what UNESCO promotes through a new book with the same title. Balthas Seibold has edited the volume and has contributed an article on “Media, Communication and Globalization”. Check the book on the publication section of this site.

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Just published: main uses of online content by users in developing countries

January 8, 2004 in News on publications by Balthas

Just published: An article by Balthas Seibold on main uses of online content by users in developing countries. The article is part of a scientific book on the quality of online communication. The German title is “Gute Seiten – schlechte Seiten. Qualität in der Onlinekommunikation”. The title of the article (which is available in German online, is “Verfügbar, verständlich und relevant – was Nutzer in Entwicklungsländern von Onlineinhalten erwarten”. You find there a checklist for quality of online content in developing countries, knowledge as a common good, intellectual property rights discussion, availability of digital content, language and multilingualism, cultural diversity and selflearn didactics. Check the article (in German) in the following download.

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WSIS – Building Knowledge Societies – from Vision to Action

November 14, 2003 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn by Balthas

wsis_logoThe UNESCO High-Level Symposium on the eve of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) brought together eminent political and intellectual world leaders to debate main implications and challenges for the construction of knowledge societies. The author of this blog was busy preparing the event and was quite pround, when a lineup of high-level speakers was finally on stage: among them UNESCO’s Director General, Koïchiro Matsuura with Nitin Desai, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for WSIS, Marc Furrer, Secretary of State for WSIS of Switzerland and Adama Samassékou, President of the WSIS Preparatory Committee.  Four heads of states: Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Latvia, Joaquim Alberto Chissano, President of Mozambique and Chairman of African Union and Boris Trajkovski, President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.  Among the other panelists were eminent experts such as Gary Becker, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Monkombu S. Swaminathan, Chairman of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation of India, Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School, Valdas Adamkus, Former President of Lithuania, John Gage, Chief Researcher and Director of the Science Office of Sun Microsystems and Abdul-Muyeed Chowdhury, Executive Director of BRAC of Bangladesh. For more check the website (now on the Internet Archive).

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Nouveau boulot UNESCO

October 27, 2002 in Freedom to learn, Work by Balthas

balthas_UNESCO_fernrohr_350_180As of November 2002 I will be working at UNESCO (UNESCO) as an Associate Expert Quite exited … and looking forward to contributing to the work of the Bureau of Strategic Planning (online here) which is responsible for doing the two-year plan and the six year strategy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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Just published: Research publication on attention factors of online news

July 3, 2002 in News on publications by Balthas

klickmagnete_titel_200The book “Klick-Magnete”  from Balthas Seibold is just out as part of the research series “InternetResearch” of Reinhold Fischer publishing. It looks at the main factors, that make people klick on online news. For more attention, check http://www.klick-magnete.de (in German). [Update: The book is now available as a direct Download ]