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Sept. 18, 2013 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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We are very excited to announce that Mzuzu University (Mzuni), Northern Educational Division (NED), and FAIR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding about the current and future activities to provide sustainable ICT centres for secondary school education in Malawi.

The MOU has been planned since February 2013, through a number of physical meetings, and not least through online collaboration by email, chat, and Google Docs.

The project is very mutual: …

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Aug. 27, 2013 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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...and we are getting more excited for each day that passes. We've been working hard with practical issues, sorting equipment and preparing the equipment for the first centre. The staff at the ICT department are well-informed of the project, and we share a common vision of providing as many people as possible with ICT access, and to make the project sustainable.

Planning with the University …

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Aug. 21, 2013 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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During the coming month, we will switch to some more personal blogging, and this is a post hopefully to be followed up by many more about the next month of practical work to implement IT Centres around the Mzuzu area of Northern Malawi.

Lately, we have been in close contact, preparing the project with Mzuzu University's ICT head of department, Seyani Nayeja, who has also blogged about the project [1]. …

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Aug. 11, 2013 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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In the slipstreams of consumer and business habits, FAIR has moved on from CRTs and are now exclusively using LCDs. We would like to reflect this with a little touch-up of our logo.

We still want to extend life cycles as much as possible. But it seems clear that we are at a new milestone: We almost exclusively receive LCD monitors, and CRTs are increasingly energy hogging compared to their …

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Aug. 8, 2013 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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Oh no! We have depleted our stock of VGA cables in Denmark! If you happen to have a pile of them, please do send them over. We are trying to build a new stock for current and future donations of screens, many of which arrive without cables.

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Aug. 6, 2013 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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As a new initiative, we are collecting USB flash to hand out to individuals. There has been a very fast paced production of these devices, and many have been given out in commercial promotional activities. Thus, we expect that many of these devices have gone out of use or were never actually used, even though they are extremely useful!!

The recipients of USB flash collected will be teachers at secondary …

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May 9, 2013 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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FAIR is active on several platforms -- but we need more followers so we encourage everyone to like and share!

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FAIR is an NGO that works to close the digital divide through private donations of both equipment and financial support. We need all the help we can get to spread the message to gain new volunteers, company partnerships, members, and …

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April 21, 2013 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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Preparing for the next project

During June-July and depending on shipping conditions, FAIR Denmark will kick off the next ICT centre project in partnership with Mzuzu University located in the Northern region of Malawi. The aim of the project is to equip 8-10 secondary schools with an ICT centre and to extend the experience gathered from the first pilot project.

Not least, the project will establish a main centre at …

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Dec. 9, 2012 by
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In October 2012, the first FAIR Denmark project in Malawi officially ended and a final evaluation trip took place. With a new and ambitious project in the making, we were eager to draw as many lessons as possible from the experiences of the last 18 months.

The overall impression was indeed positive: All five centers are being used and technical challenges have been overcome.

This being FAIR Denmark’s first project, …

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Nov. 3, 2012 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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Perhaps the most time consuming part is ensuring that all data on disk drives are wiped. A typical single-pass overwrite takes 1-2 hours.

However, there are still many beliefs, even at professional IT levels, that data has to be overwritten several times to ensure that it cannot be recovered. Those are myths!

September 2012, the American government agency National Institute for Standards and Technology has drafted an update of their …

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