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Oct. 10, 2012 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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FAIR Norway has set up 16 computer centres in Guatemala, and Antrofilm has visited them to make this 5 minute short about the schools and the staff maintaining the centres.

Watch the clip on youtube >

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Sept. 26, 2012 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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Open source makes a lot of sense - also in economics. African countries such as Kenya with little or no software industry will lose out if they build their technological infrastructures on intellectual properties from foreign countries.

A South African blog on TechCentral reports:

The Kenyan government is ditching proprietary software in favour of free and open-source software alternatives in a move it hopes will save it money.

According …

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Sept. 26, 2012 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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As part of the first model project, National Initiative For Civic Education (NICE) in Malawi conducted teacher workshops on Ubuntu Linux and OpenOffice at five computer centres together with Bennett Kankuzi, lecturer at University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).

It is FAIR's concept that all computer donations should come - not alone but - with the knowledge transfer required for actual development, ie. teacher and technician training. However this should also …

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Sept. 24, 2012 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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FAIR and NICE (National Initiative for Civic Education, Malawi) are currently concluding the very first model project. Statistics have been collected from all centers showing promising figures: During one year, a rough estimate of 47 people have gained computer access per computer, and the 5 centers have reached out to roughly 11,000 people.

We know that there are many things to improve in coming project models, but the first project …

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May 10, 2012 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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At FAIR we work with a broad range of subjects. We are determined to include as much scientific background as possible, and also to improve our tools and methods in relation to what we do and believe in. If you are interested in ICT, socio-technological, and educational areas, you could perhaps also be interested in using FAIR as a platform and opportunity to ground your research and get in touch …

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April 10, 2012 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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Great news for people who are interested in social sciences, development, and free and open research: The World Bank is promising to open up its vast resources and make them freely available for the benefit of everyone.

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 - The World Bank today announced that it will implement a new Open Access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products, effective July 1, 2012. The new policy …

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Nov. 16, 2011 by Benjamin Balder Bach
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FAIR is working to provide a huge collection of Libre Knowledge, ie. knowledge that is shared freely and for free. Also known under terms such as Open Access, Open Content or Creative Commons.

But because Internet access is still problematic to give to schools with >1,000 students, we have opted for local area networks. We have the equipment (cables, switches) to provide this and to provide a reasonable server. And …

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