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Free and Open Source solutions




     Ugo Vallauri
     Computer Aid International
Computer Aid International
 The world's largest not-for-profit provider of
practical ICT solutions for development

More...
Working on projects with local
 partners across Africa
   Telemedicine (with Amref in East Africa)

 Rural access to ICT...
The reality

    Millions of potential computer users
         across Sub-Saharan Africa
    Can not afford proprietary so...
An alternative model:


Free and Open Source Software
Why is it relevant?
Users can download, share and freely copy the
software

The code can be improved by a community of
d...
An example: NVDA
   It started as a small project

 Today it is the best portable, freely available
screen reader for Wi...
What's missing: A Free and
     Open Source Magnifier
 Native Screen Magnification in Operating Systems
is poor

   Grea...
The big picture:
    A free and portable solution
Integrate free and open source Magnifier, Screen
Reader, Browser adapte...
Contacts
           Ugo Vallauri
           Technical R&D Officer
           Computer Aid International
           www.com...
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Computer Aid: free and open source solutions for visually impaired people in developing countries

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Ugo Vallauri presents for the collaborative seminar course in ICT4D on his work for Computer Aid. He talks about a specific project of Computer Aid on software development for blind and visually impaired computer users, using free and open source software solutions.

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Computer Aid: free and open source solutions for visually impaired people in developing countries

  1. 1. Free and Open Source solutions Ugo Vallauri Computer Aid International
  2. 2. Computer Aid International  The world's largest not-for-profit provider of practical ICT solutions for development More than 155,000 PCs shipped in over 100 countries  Currently providing 100% Pentium 4 PCs
  3. 3. Working on projects with local partners across Africa  Telemedicine (with Amref in East Africa)  Rural access to ICT and the Internet (with LinkNet in Zambia) Support to users with visual disabilities (with Kenyan Union of the Blind)
  4. 4. The reality Millions of potential computer users across Sub-Saharan Africa Can not afford proprietary solutions screen readers and magnifiers
  5. 5. An alternative model: Free and Open Source Software
  6. 6. Why is it relevant? Users can download, share and freely copy the software The code can be improved by a community of developers  Low-priority features can be added by external programmers (ie. Support for local languages)
  7. 7. An example: NVDA  It started as a small project  Today it is the best portable, freely available screen reader for Windows  Not “perfect” but it keeps improving  Download it at www.nvda-project.org
  8. 8. What's missing: A Free and Open Source Magnifier  Native Screen Magnification in Operating Systems is poor  Great potential for integration with NVDA Computer Aid is working with partners to develop it
  9. 9. The big picture: A free and portable solution Integrate free and open source Magnifier, Screen Reader, Browser adapted for disabilities, anti-virus  Make it available as download and distribute it as a USB stick  A solution targeted to the Global South, but useful in the UK as well
  10. 10. Contacts Ugo Vallauri Technical R&D Officer Computer Aid International www.computeraid.org ugo@computeraid.org tel: +44-785-2570279

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