Wednesday, 21 December 2011

New Gitex Global Leaders Summit Hosts World's Foremost ICT Business Minds

Some of the world's most influential IT decisions makers and experts in communication technology are set to converge in Dubai for the first-ever Gitex Global Leaders Summit, one of the new highlights of the region's largest ICT event.

As Gitex celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 17 to 21, 2010, many of the technology industry's most respected names will be available to give firsthand advice from an expert perspective.

Providing cutting edge insights into today's global ICT landscape, the Global Leaders Summit will host Rajeev Asija, Executive Vice President Enterprise Solution & Services Business, HCL Infosystems, a Gitex strategic sponsor; Ali Faramawy, Microsoft Corporation Vice President, Microsoft International and Area Vice President, Microsoft Middle East & Africa; Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager - Communications Global Business Unit, Oracle; and Randi Zuckerberg, Director of Market Development, Facebook.

The Gitex Global Leaders Summit celebrates the theme 'Inspiring Innovation and Collaboration' where speakers will cover topics that address emerging communications and technology trends, as well as the coordinated efforts needed from the region's stakeholders to bring about change. The Summit is an exclusive opportunity to network with the region's top decision makers and meet some of the world's foremost thinkers.

Rajeev Asija, Executive Vice President of HCL, India's $5bn global technology business begins the sessions on October 17. This HCL veteran of nearly 30 years heads Enterprise Solutions and Services Business and will be speaking on 'Transcending Boundaries'.

Ali Faramawy, Vice President of Microsoft International, is directly responsible for Microsoft's operations across the Middle East and Africa. He plays a leading role in the company's worldwide emerging markets community and will discuss the phenomenon of cloud computing in 'How to Thrive and Grow with the Cloud'.

Bhaskar Gorti, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Global Business Unit for Oracle will share his expertise in telecom growth and developing markets. He is responsible for managing Oracle's strategic planning, product development, sales, service and support for Oracle's communication products. Gorti will be highlighting the issues on how to 'Thrive in the Age of Telecom Transformation'.

Returning to Gitex Technology Week for the second year in a row, Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Original Equipment Manufacturer Division will also present 'Innovation and How that Equals Opportunity for You' on October 18, at an exclusive, invitation-only keynote address.

Gitex is also hosting the Global Conferences programme featuring over 30 thought-provoking sessions led by ICT leaders.

Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of Gitex Technology Week, said:

"Gitex has established itself as an ICT event that provides opportunities for regional companies to attract global business. As the largest technology show in Africa and the Middle East, it acts as a driver for investments and knowledge sharing. We are committed to keep Gitex fresh, cutting edge and relevant, and along with the show's other new features, the new Global Leaders Summit aligns perfectly with that. The attendance of world-class speakers illustrates the impact Gitex has made on the international ICT stage."

Running alongside the Global Leaders Summit, the Gitex Cloud Confex, with platinum sponsors HP, and Gitex Mobile Apps & Content World with Industry Partner MEF also make their debut to ensure the event reflects and drives the most relevant ICT issues of the day. The Gitex Global Conference will ensure the event is the most comprehensive knowledge platform in the region and will bring together business leaders, government departments and trade professionals to network, discuss critical industry issues and explore opportunities for growth.

The Global Conference includes 30 streams and more than 50 local and international industry expert speakers, giving advice on a full spectrum of information and communication technology issues. Small and medium businesses, GULFCOMMS, environmentally-friendly IT, the future of security and dozens more debates will ensure hundreds of delegates are kept up to date, informed and aware of the latest developments.

Contributors include Tareque Choudhury, Head of Business Continuity and Security at BT, Khaled Kefel, General Manager of RIM Middle East, and Edmund English, EMEA Senior Marketing Manager, Dell and Irfan Ali, Senior Operator Account Manager, Nokia.

The three days of streamed networking and knowledge sharing will be followed by a Developer Day on Thursday, October 21, where developers, programmers, engineers, analysts, technicians, network managers and many others will gain expert advice and top tips.

Gitex embodies the continuing momentum of growth in the Middle East ICT sector and draws global attention and mounting investment to the region. The show connects more than 133,000 industry professionals from 135 countries with over 3,500 suppliers and is one of the most influential and high-profile events in the global ICT sector today.

Gitex Technology Week runs from 17 - 21 October 2010, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Admission is for trade and industry professionals only. To register or for more information please visit

Gitex Technology Week.
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International ICT Policies and Strategies

The World of Domain Name is fast changing. Whether it is the Policy decisions or the issues of securing Internet and Domain Names, lots of development is taking place these days. Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been taking many pro active steps in this regard. For instance, recently ICANN and INTERPOL have agreed to work in the direction of securing Internet.

ICANN has also widely contributed for the World of Domain Names. ICANN has formulated the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) that has been in effect for over 10 years. It is widely recognised as one of ICANN’s defining accomplishments from its formative years. While not perfect, the UDRP has successfully offered parties a far less expensive alternative to costly litigation for resolving international disputes involving domain name cybersquatting. In the last decade, the Internet community has come to rely on the consistency, predictability, efficiency, and fairness generally associated with the present implementation of the UDRP.

The UDRP has not been reviewed by the GNSO Council since its inception. Now a Preliminary Issue Report on the Current State of the UDRP has been prepared at the request of the GNSO Council and it has been posted online for public comment. The Public Comment period ends on 15 July 2011. Upon the publication of the Final Issue Report, the GNSO Council will determine whether to commence a Policy Development Process (PDP) on the UDRP.

In response to the GNSO Council’s request, Staff conducted preliminary research on the UDRP to identify issues for inclusion in this Report. Due to the tremendous volume of cases and materials available regarding the UDRP (including, over 300,000 hits on Google alone), it became clear that there was no effective way to evaluate these materials. Instead, at the suggestion of the GNSO Council, Staff conducted a Webinar on the Current State of the UDRP (UDRP Webinar), to solicit feedback and information from UDRP experts and representatives from a broad cross-section of stakeholders.

While periodic assessment of policies can be beneficial to guard against unexpected results or inefficient process, the GNSO Council should consider the perspective of the ICANN community with regard to whether such review is necessary or warranted. Although properly within the scope of the GNSO’s mandate, Staff recommends that a PDP on the UDRP not be initiated at this time. However, if the GNSO Council nevertheless believes that the UDRP should be reviewed, Staff suggests an alternative approach for addressing this issue. After carefully evaluating the issues and concerns expressed by the ICANN community regarding the UDRP, Staff has concluded that many issues relate to process issues associated with the implementation of the UDRP, rather than the language of the policy itself. The GNSO Council should consider in lieu of commencing a PDP, convening a small group of experts to produce recommendations to improve the process or implementation of the UDRP policy as an initial step. If after consideration of such expert recommendations, there continues to be a desire to conduct a more thorough review of the UDRP, the GNSO Council could subsequently initiate a more focused PDP at that time.

This Report addresses the GNSO’s specific request for information on:

(1) How the UDRP has addressed the problem of cybersquatting to date, and any insufficiencies/inequalities associated with the process.

(2) Whether the definition of cybersquatting inherent within the existing UDRP language needs to be reviewed or updated.

This is an opportunity for the ICANN community to provide its views on the current state of the UDRP, and on whether a Policy Development process should be initiated to review the UDRP. This Report will be updated to reflect such feedback in the Final Issue Report to be presented to the GNSO Council after the closing of this public comment forum.

Latest ICT Developments in Asia Pacific

"Today, the Internet is the primary instrument for communicating and sharing information around the world, and more so with each passing day.
"If previously, the key challenges included infrastructure, connectivity, and access, today the key issue is human capital development through education," said Shahid Akhtar, DirAP's Editor-in-Chief.
Mr Akhtar was in Singapore this week for a three-day DirAP authors' meeting.
With him were some 50 experts from government, academe, industry, and civil society from more than 30 countries. They were meeting to brainstorm as they review a draft of the DirAP 2009-2010.
"The DirAP biennial is not only an ICT publication; it is about a network and Asian networking so that experiences are shared. It's an opportunity to learn from each other," added Mr Akhtar.
The biennial Digital Review of Asia Pacific project is coordinated by Dr Claude-Yves Charron, who is Secretary-General of ORBICOM (the Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications), and also Vice-Rector of the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. 
The project is supported by the International Development Research Centre of Canada, which is represented on the DirAP Board by Ms Maria Ng Lee Hoon, an ICT specialist, based at IDRC's Southeast and East Asia Regional Office in Singapore.
It is a comprehensive guide to the state-of-practice and trends in information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) in Asia -Pacific.
Their target audiences include policymakers, ICT professionals, and academics, not only in the Asia-Pacific region but around the world.
The 2009-2010 publication will be the fourth edition of the biennial DirAP series.
It is expected to cover themes such as ICTs, education and the Millennium Development Goals, distance education, ICTs and non-formal education, private-public partnership in ICTs for education, and knowledge and innovation.
The review, to be released in the first quarter of 2009, will also include two overview chapters - one on emerging ICT4D technologies and their relationships to markets and communities, and the other, on regulatory approaches to ICTs and best practices.
The author of one of the overview chapters, Mr Rajesh Sreenivasan - a lawyer from Singapore - said the public sector could encourage the development of ICTs with tax incentives, and studies into intellectual property legislation and enforcement. Also important, he stressed, was the need to train a special group of people to understand these issues.
He said this when asked about what the public and private sectors could do to enhance ICT development.
As for the private sector,, Mr Sreenivasan opined that they could support the government by giving feedback from the ground, and be more pro-active in creating new technologies.
 by Vivian Chiam, International Development Research Center

Fourth Issue of ICT World Today Now Available Online

ICT World Today is a journal on Information and Communication Technology for Development developed by the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI) with support from APCICT. This fourth issue of ICT World Today entitled, "ICT and Innovation: Facing the Emerging Global Issues," focuses on ways to encourage ICT innovation and enhance efficiency to overcome the global financial crisis; and tackle climate change, natural disasters, price hikes in resources and food, and the spread of contagious diseases.

This issue of ICT World Today covers articles contributed by experts from various sectors to promote a comprehensive understanding of policy response and international cooperation with regard to the aforementioned issues, through which it discusses ICT and innovations that address global challenges from various perspectives. Articles examine the role ICTs play in: sustainable development; poverty reduction; agriculture; low-carbon cities; security; ageing society; disaster response; empowering women entrepreneurs; capacity building; and more.
The issue ends with some news briefings on the latest ICT tools and projects, and a calendar of events.
Contributors to this issue include experts from international and UN agencies such as InfoDev, International Telecommunication Union, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; government agencies such as the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; research and educational institutions such as the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and National University of Singapore; and private companies such as Korea Telecom.
ICT World Today aims to contribute to developing economies, enhancing the quality of life in developing countries, and boosting ICT human capacity. Topics in the journal include: ICT access and the digital divide, digital convergence, cybersecurity, disability, gender, legal and regulatory issues; and the role ICT plays in agriculture, climate change, commerce, cultural development, disaster management, education, energy, environmental management, governance, health, small and medium enterprises, and trade. The journal welcomes pluralism in its approach, methods, and disciplines and includes the following type of articles: academic research articles, case studies, interviews, article digests and reviews.
by Asian Pacific Training Center for Information and Communication Technology for Development

Malaysian Granted With New ICT Security Accreditation

Malaysia has become the first country in Southeast Asia and developing countries to be accepted as a Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) Authorising Participant member. Having joined a group of only 15 countries worldwide, Cybersecurity Malaysia can now issue Common Criteria (ISO15408) certificates on ICT products.
The Common Criteria evaluation provides an independent check and verification of ICT products security against a shared set of criteria. Products which satisfy this criteria and are awarded the ISO certification will be jointly recognised by the full 26 member countries of the CCRA.
“With this recognition, Malaysia has proven its capabilities to the world in the field of information security.” Said Dag Ströman, Chairman of Common Criteria Management Committee, “This would further bolster Malaysia’s competitiveness in quality assurance of information security based on the Common Criteria standard and build end-user confidence towards Malaysian information security solutions,”
The new Common Criteria authorising member status is expected to boost Malaysia’s already growing ICT security services industry, which is estimated to reach RM400 million (US$126 million) by the year 2014.
by Richard Pain

Malaysian ICT to Grow as Economy Recovers, says Minister

Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector could grow by 7% if economic recovery and business confidence continues, says Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Information Minister Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili. ICT contributed as much as RM48 billion (US$15.8 billion) or 10% of Malaysia’s GDP in 2007, but only RM40 billion ($13.2 billion) last year.
Before the financial crisis ICT in Malaysia had been projected to grow 10% per year, one of Asia’s fastest, he said.
Ongkili made his comments at Mimos, a major R&D center for ‘frontier technologies’ and advisor to the Malaysian government, which focuses on technology that can be commercialized for growth. Mimos yesterday held a ceremony to transfer technology platforms to three local companies to be developed for market by the private sector: Jaring Communications Sdn Bhd, and Smart Computing Sdn Bhd.
Six other Malaysian companies also signed deals to licence and develop Mimos’ technology: Disability Solutions Sdn Bhd, Alam Teknokrat Sdn Bhd, Innovision Business Solutions Sdn Bhd, Phytofolia Sdn Bhd, Quantum Beez Sdn Bhd and Fabtronic Sdn Bhd.
131 ‘WiFi Villages’ for Sandakan
Meanwhile, in Malaysia’s far eastern city of Sandakan, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said it was halfway through a project to provide minimal-charge wireless internet access to 131 area villages, enabling urban and rural populations equal access to online services. MCMC has also distributed 49,800 netbooks to students in Sabah province on Borneo under the 1Malaysia project. 
sources and articles:The Star Online, Mimos

ICT in Education Toolkit Debuts in Malaysia

Week-long National Capacity Building Seminar Using the Online ICT in Education Toolkit for Policymakers, Planners and Practitioners assists in on-going national planning process for ICT use in education.

A group of 45 policymakers and planners from the Ministry of Education in Malaysia, together with representatives from the School of Educational Studies at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), recently gathered together at the Paradise Sandy Bay Resort in Penang to initiate use of the ICT in Education Toolkit as part of its on-going national planning process for ICT use in education.

The week-long National Capacity Building Seminar Using the Online ICT in Education Toolkit for Policymakers, Planners and Practitioners , co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education, USM and the UNESCO Regional Office for Education (Bangkok), opened with an address by Dato' Hon Choon Kim, Deputy Minister of Education, which stressed that the widespread use of ICT's in Malaysian schools is just a tool to achieve larger educational goals and objectives, designed to help the nation achieve developed country status by 2020.

The ICT in Education Toolkit for Policymakers, Planners and Practitioners, jointly supported and developed by infoDev, UNESCO and other partners, is designed to assist education policy makers, planners and practitioners in the process of harnessing the potential of ICTs to meet educational goals and targets efficiently and effectively. It includes particular attention to the following key areas:

Mapping the present situation in terms of national goals, educational context, ICTs in education, and the dynamics of change
Identifying educational areas for ICT intervention and formulating corresponding ICT-in-education policies
Planning for implementation of infrastructure, hardware, contentware, and personnel training
Planning for electronic content
Consolidating implementation plans and their financial and managerial implications into one master plan
Assessing implementation, effectiveness and impact of ICT interventions and subsequent adjustments and follow-up actions
Malaysia is the third country to use version 2.0 of the Toolkit, following on recent launches in Indonesia (May) and Brunei (June).  These workshops were coordinated by UNESCO's Regional Office for Education in Bangkok, which will be supporting additional country planning workshops in Asia using the Toolkit through the end of 2007.  Version 2.0 of the Toolkit was jointly launched by infoDev and UNESCO in April 2007 as part of a larger partnership between the two organizations exploring the effective use of ICTs in education around the world.

Malaysia has actively promoted the integration of ICTs into its education system to achieve a variety of educational objectives, and is considered a regional leader in the implementation of computers and the Internet in schools.

ICT Education For a “Creative Society”

Malaysia Higher Education Ministry is studying how to develop a creative and innovative Malaysian society through human capital development.
Its minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the study to produce creative, innovative human capital was started last year by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS), Universiti Teknologi Mara and Malaysian Design Council. This study will be looking at programmes by government agencies that could contribute to the creation of “innovative human capital”.The ministry is planning to work with Microsoft in unearthing creative and innovative students of tertiary institutions in the area of ICT and with Shell Malaysia in energy saving.
We hope when the study is completed, expected this year, we will be able to draw up a national blueprint in this context,” he said. “Malaysia wants to move away from a resource-based economy to one generated by innovations with the existence of an innovative society, which will indicate that the country has reached developed-nation status,” he said.
Nordin said creativity and innovations were vital for a country and studies had shown that technological innovations contributed to higher productivity, Gross Domestic Product, economic growth and improved standard of living.

ICT Empowering Citizens of Malaysia

Malaysia, an upper-middle economic state in SouthEast Asia, found its connectivity with the world with the installation of the first telephone line in 1874. The country developed its first computer system in 1966 and since then several initiatives to facilitate the integration of ICT in different areas have been introduced. The privatisation of the telecom sector in 1987, and the formation of the NTP (National Telecom policy) in 1994, led to the full liberalisation of the market. The enactment of the Communi-cations and Multimedia act in 1998 established the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (regulator) in support of national policy objectives. The regulator provides for economic, technical, consumer and social regulation ensuring competitiveness, licensing, frequency allocation, affordability and availability of ICT technologies and services. Framework for development (FID) is a five year rolling plan for ICT development. The country now faces the dilemma of ensuring global competitiveness as well as access to all.
by Upasna Kakroo
 Senior Research Associate

Monday, 5 December 2011

Hello HOYEH!!!

Ola to all Hoyeh friends!!!
'ME' create this blog because this is represent to my new course MGT 300.
And what we can learn from this course is about Information of Technology.

Information technology (IT) is concerned with technology to treat information. The acquisition, processing, storage and dissemination of vocal, pictorial, textual and numerical information by a microelectronics-based combination of computing and telecommunications are its main fields.[1] The term in its modern sense first appeared in a 1958 article published in the Harvard Business Review, in which authors Leavitt and Whisler commented that "the new technology does not yet have a single established name. We shall call it information technology (IT).".[2] Some of the modern and emerging fields of Information technology are next generation web technologies, bioinformatics, cloud computing, global information systems, large scale knowledgebases, etc. Advancements are mainly driven in the field of computer science.