Digital Opportunity Channel (www.digitalopportunity.org) launches to coincide with World Telecommunication Day New Delhi, India -- OneWorld (www.oneworld.net) and the Benton Foundation (www.benton.org) announce the launch of Digital Opportunity Channel (www.digitalopportunity.org), an online community focusing on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable development. Officially launching on World Telecommunication Day (May 17) from the OneWorld centre in India, the Web site places a special emphasis on promoting digital opportunity in developing countries. "Developing countries have largely been marginalized in the global dialogue on the benefits and negative impacts of digital technologies," said Kanti Kumar, channel editor. "Digital Opportunity Channel aims to give organizations and community leaders - especially in the South - a platform for their voice to be heard.” People without access to new communications technology are increasingly being excluded from education, healthcare, good governance and the means to improve their own livelihoods. The challenge is to ensure that ICT no longer increases the gap between rich and poor but becomes an opportunity to help bring greater equality and international understanding. Digital Opportunity Channel seeks to help tackle this challenge. Digital Opportunity Channel builds on OneWorld's seven years of experience in ICT for development and presents content from OneWorld's worldwide partnership of over 1,250 development, human rights and environment NGOs. All these NGOs are now using the Internet and other ICT either to share knowledge and take action on poverty and human rights or to support initiatives that aim to meet the basic needs of the most disadvantaged peoples of the world. Digital Opportunity Channel also brings in the experience of the Benton Foundation's Digital Divide Network (www.digitaldividenetwork.org), a community of practitioners, activists, academics, policymakers and people from ICT industries creating mutual strategies in bridging the digital divide. "Organizations all over the world are implementing creative ICT programs, and there is so much we can all learn from each other's experiences,” said the Benton Foundation's Andy Carvin, co-editor of the new portal. “Digital Opportunity Channel is more than just a Web site. It serves as an online community whose participants will work actively to develop smart strategies for using ICT to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty." Channel features include news, campaign actions, success stories, opinion pieces by leading commentators, in-depth analysis and research, events listings, a beginner's guide to digital divide issues, funding information, email digests and a dedicated search facility on ICT for development. OneWorld is funded for Digital Opportunity Channel by the UK Government Department for International Development (www.dfid.gov.uk) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for International Co-operation (www.minbuza.nl/english/). Benton Foundation involvement in Digital Opportunity Channel is supported by AOL Time Warner Foundation (www.aoltimewarnerfoundation.org) and the Markle Foundation (www.markle.org). Contacts: Kanti Kumar (New Delhi) firstname.lastname@example.org, +91-11-6498789 Andy Carvin (Washington DC) email@example.com, +1-202-454-5627 Glen Tarman (London) firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)20 7091 4541 - Keep informed on ICT for development news and issues. Subscribe to Digital Opportunity Channel weekly email digest. To receive the weekly digest, send an email to: mailto:email@example.com with the following text in the body of the message: subscribe digitalopportunity - Note: 1. The theme of this year’s World Telecommunication Day is "ICT for all: empowering people to cross the Digital Divide" www.itu.int/newsroom/wtd/2002/. Kofi A. Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations said: "On World Telecommunication Day, let us resolve to bridge the Digital Divide between countries, between rural and urban areas, between educated and illiterate populations, and between men and women. And let us act urgently so that all the world’s people can benefit from the potential of the ICT revolution." See also 'UN Chief Calls for Urgent Action on "Digital Divide"' OneWorld on Yahoo! News http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=index&cid=655 (16 May) ************************************************************* PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED ************************************************************* ========== HURIDOCS-Tech listserv ========== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. 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