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ICT winners, losers and also-rans

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| It's been a big week for the local ICT industry. First, the government backed
| down on its copyright legislation thanks to an unprecedented united outcry
| from industry bodies; then the three main parties (and Act) fronted up for
| the first political debate of the election Â* - and it was on ICT; and
| finally, the second annual Open Source Awards were held in Wellington.


Ghana: Expert Appeals for 'Open Source' Software Usage

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| The Business Development Manager of the Advanced Information Technology
| Institute, at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence (AITI-KACE), Fred
| Amankwah-Sarfo, has appealed to the Government and other institutions in the
| country, to adopt the use of 'Open Source' software innovation for maximum
| benefits, including cost reduction.
| The 'Open Source' software, which is non-proprietary, has a source code that
| is transparent, and allows rights to users, which would otherwise be
| prohibited by copyright. Because of its transparency, bugs or security flaws
| could be quickly discovered, and patched.



One "$100 Laptop" for Each Child in Ghana

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| Mind you, the mission of OLPC for its “$100 Laptop” is to “stimulate local
| grassroots initiatives designed to enhance and sustain over time the
| effectiveness of laptops as learning tools for children living in
| lesser-developed countries. The “$100 Laptop,” we are told “can leapfrog
| decades of development—immediately transforming the content and quality
| of ... children's learning.” Â* Â*


Ghana pursuing open source policy

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| The minister also said that "Ghana's legislators, of which I am a member,
| use Linux to support the computing facilities at Parliament House".


The signs of Ghana's tech success

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| He maintains that Western societies have restricted the free flow of
| information and created obstacles to the ownership of knowledge. As a
| result, he believes developing countries should completely reject
| intellectual property.
| [...]
| One solution they advocate is Free or Open Source Software (Foss).
| Instead of being subject to copyright, the tools in this instance
| are made freely available to all and the software created benefits
| from shared expertise.

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