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Report on Mekong ICT Camp Chiang Mai 2010


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Report on Mekong ICT Camp Chiang Mai 2010

  1. 1. Report  on  Mekong  ICT  2010,  Chiang  Mai  (7-­‐12  June)   (by: Borort Sort)Mekong ICT Camp workshop + Bar Camp Chiang Mai - 67 participants from different countries in the GMS (mostly from Cambodia, Laos, Myanma, Thailand, and Vietnam) - 20 facilitators & speakers from 9 countriesAttended Sessions & TopicsDay1:Government 2.0 and Civil Information Society (by Laurence Millar, ex-Gov CIO for NewZealand)Laurence provided a keynote about the usefulness of open data and data sharing. He pointed out thebenefit of Government’s data that huge enough for sharing which could help to solve major globalissues. This referred to raw data which can be used for further processing.“Share the sharing”, What, Why, and HowOpen Data: data available in the right way.The future of OAIsGovernment should set their data freeWhy should we free our data? - Public access improve quality - Marginal cost of distribution is minimal - Increases economic and public 2.0: Information Policy and Strategy for Organizations (by: Dmitri Vitaliev, securityexpert)Dmitri introduced about how to plan for security policy in an organization in order to prevent computersystem and data from any kinds of threats. There are three types of policy that an organization shouldconsider: - Staff policy (Employment, Conduct) - Office policy (Access, Safety) - Operational policy (Mission, Communications, Information)In addition the strategy involved in information security policy is specified as follow: - Information Type -> Format -> Methods of Storage -> Access DeterminingGroup discussion: Create policy for a Mekong NGO (Staff Policy, Field Policy, Backup Policy,Community Policy)Citizen Journalism (News Reporting as Part of a Social Movement) (by: Sean Ang, SeaCam,Malaysia)Learning how to use TweetDesk (Free twitting desktop application) for twitting and find popularinterest topic by people from Twitter.
  2. 2. Panel Discussion: Public Policy Related to the Internet (Network, Neutrality, Piracy, andPrivacy) (by: Sunil Abraham, Center for Internet & Society, India).This session was the discussion on the copyrights issueDay2:Agriculture Support with SMS (By Justin Lorenzon &Milina Chan)Types of SMS Services: - Push (Broadcast, e.g. bulletin..) - Pull (Data query, e.g. expert consultation..)What does a farmer want to know? -> Group Discussion: Design an agricultural SMS informationSystem. Find out possible services for which a farmer can use SMS to get access/request.ICT for Volunteer Management: Mahiti (By: Sunil Abraham)Brainstorming on Volunteer Challenges: - Misrepresentation of organization - Personal Agenda - Too much management bandwidth - Tension Between Staff & Volunteer - Linguistic & Cultural Barrier - Short/Intense/Motivation/Commitment/AccountabilityGroup Discussion: How to solve each of the above challengesPanel Discussion:OpenDream (Social & Business Strategy)For their sustainability: - Social benefit organization workload (90%) - Business Sector workload (10%)Slide: Project: collaborate with InSTEDD ( and on Mobile DiseaseSurveillance ProjectPublic-Private Partnership: A Case of Mobile Disease Surveillance Project at Thailand Borders(by: Channe Suay from InSTEDD and Patipat Susumpow from OpenDream)InSTEDD and OpenDream jointly made a discussion about the benefit of PPP of their collaboration onMobile Disease Surveillance Project. They considered PPP as the win-win strategy that can ensure theproject’s sustainability. They also discussed about the criteria for creating partnership, corporate socialresponsibility (CSR), as well as tangible and intangible benefit.OpenDream partners with TELCO (DTAC) for SMS gateway services, while InSTEDD (Cambodia)partners with Smart Mobile in Cambodia for Local SMS Gateway. This partnership allows them toreduce the cost in using the SMS gateway services for their project.
  3. 3. Universal Assess Design & Web AccessibilityWeb Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG), Priority 1 to 4Slide: for Education and Knowledge Commons (by: Sunil Abraham & Milina Chan)Discussion on: Pro and Con of medium of Education - Radio - Web/Internet - Television - SMS - EmailExample from participant of: Paper Tiger TelevisionGroup Discussion: Combination of Educational Medium for (which could help): - Disabilities - Women studying from home - Small children - High education - Vocational TrainingDiscussion about FOSS & Open Access:Four Freedoms of FOSS: - Get for free - Can be used for any purposes - Reverse engineering - Sharing (for Free/Fee)Open Access: Example of ( using of OAI technologies.Day 3:Sahana Open Souce Disaster & Development Management System (by: Michael Howden) - Introduction about Sahana (benefit, modules, technology, and community) - Introduction about Google Summer code on SahanaUser-Oriented Design (by: InSTEDD team)SMS Mobile Application (e.g of GeoChat)Slide: 4:Managing Information Systems Project (by: Michael Howden, expert on Sahana, Open SourceDisaster & Development Management Software, ADPC)“Never use technology for technology shake”Implementing Information System - PATICIPATION
  4. 4. Designing Information SystemSpecification: First thing to do before developing the systemPanel Discussion: Aspect of Openness (by: Michel Bauwens, P2P Foundation)Concept of OpennessLooking for collaboration regarding open policyRunning a Cause Using Social Media (by: Milina Chan)Benefit of Social Media such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, WordPress, LinkedIt, etc.. forpromoting social and community activities. - Example of Obama election campaign using Social Media - Success and Failure of using such Social MediaSecurity 2.0: Preparing for and Responding to Denial of Service Attacks (by: Dmitri Vitaliev)DOS & DDOS attack, Strategies for preventionWebsite Hacking (bootpage)Day 5:Making a Civil Society Organization Financially Sustainable (by: Sunil Abraham)Fund Raising Strategies: - DRM/CRM (civiCRM, sugarCRM) - Friends & Family - Elevator Pitch - Annual Report for Public - Newsletter - Thank you note/Receipt - Fund Raising KitHow to write a Fund Raising proposalRole playOpen Discussion with Michael Howden (expert on Sahana, Open Source Disaster & DevelopmentManagement Software) about User Participation in Information System ProjectAsking why many projects failed because of lack of user participation, he provided some ideas forbrainstorming:It is very import to keep involve with the users to see if they really want to use the system. Ask users:Do you want to use the system? - Yes - No (Some say yes, because they do not want to say No)Why don’t you use the system? - Busy/No time - Internet connection is slow - Difficult to use
  5. 5. - Scared of Technology - System has no benefit/Cannot see the benefit (until there is data) - Don’t want to shareAre users the right users?BarCamp Chiang Mai (June 12, 2010) – At Chiang Mai Art CenterI had a chance to present a topic: “Open Source Digital Library (DSpace)” to a group of more than 10people. Most of them had not known about DSpace before. After a 30mn presentation of DSpaceintroductory aspects, some of them were very interested in the benefit of this free and open sourcesoftware. They also wondered if they could have a place where they can access to all useful andrelevant documents which could help with their learning and research. I also introduced them a little bitabout kids-d project and referred them to the project website for them to learn more about us.