Fouad Bajwa's blog
Special Announcement: Invitation for Nominations to the Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 & Stockholm Challenge GKP Awards 2007
The International Free and Open Source Software Foundation iFOSSF, MI, USA (http://www.ifossf.org) is a member of the Champions Network of the Stockholm Challenge (http://www.stockholmchallenge.se). We would like to identify innovative and/or outstanding projects and programmes from the community that use ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) to intervene in social and economic problems in worthwhile and innovative ways.
When it comes down to developing and sharing ICT based open knowledge, Pakistan is never behind in the arena, the third largest low-cost IT enabled and offshore BPO services provider nation in Asia after India and China. Such is an example set forth by the Open Source Resource Center (OSRC), a project of the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan. OSRC has developed and released a FOSS resource kit titled "OSS Training Toolkit"  originally put together in order to facilitate OSRC's training comprising of free-of-cost workshops that it carries out throughout Pakistan.
A subcultural revolution is evolving, taking place right here in Lahore, the city where I live! Whenever someone who is well connected with the beautiful history of South Asia, hears the name of Lahore, a grand culture signified and colored by a great history comes to their mind. Lahore has always been the peaceful cultural capital of the country hosting beautiful Mughal gardens, historical buildings, mosques, libraries, museums, shrines, forts, towers and monuments dating back centuries old civilizations and empires of great rulers.
As an active FOSS Advocate carrying out activities that facilitate governments around the world adopt and use FOSS for their sustainable social and economic human development, I would like to discuss how FOSS enables a model for E-Participation as a means to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals with respect to E-Governance and E-Government by Governments and Public Administrations worldwide. In order to express my point of view in relation to other contributions of great significance, relevent information references and sources have been provided at the end of this publication.
The world is changing everyday, every moment at a rapid pace making available emerging digital technologies that continue to make it easier to connect regions that were once in the past disconnected from the rest of the globe. These disconnected communities comprised of ecosystems that nurtured small-scale communities of limited civilization living within their own worlds enclosed in small community shells deprived of information and knowledge about the outer world they were a part of.
Dear iFOSSF Community Members,
First , I would like to thank you all for the wonderful response and feedback extended to us on the occasion of the beta launch of the iFOSSF Official Website. We have used the Drupal Content Management System framework for deploying and managing the iFOSSF Online Platform that gives us both the tools and flexibility to manage community development and relationship management with our stakeholders.
Pakistan is gearing up for a massive and expansive Telecentre movement evolving quietly as a multi-stakeholder initiative. This initiative is neither a one man show nor can it be attributed to a single entity as the movement has been influenced by ICT4D multi-stakeholder contributions towards identifying and realizing where the country stands in terms of its ICT infrastructure, how can this infrastructure be utilized to deliver an efficient model for Telecenters in the country, with of course, support through a fund of Pakistani Rupees 100 Billion under the Universal Service Fund USF available for funding and managing this movement. However, the crown for advocating and initiating the process of Telecentres goes to both the World Bank and Mr. Salman Ansari of SATC (Salman Ansari Technology Consultants) who has completed the final report titled "Telecenters and Community Resource and Information Centers in Pakistan" programme that will be targeting setting up of rural ‘Tele-centers’ in Pakistan under the Universal Service Fund Program.