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A joint chat was held with participants from the Africa and Caribbean groups on Saturday, May 5 which was a resounding success. Both groups were well represented with attendees from countries such as Niue, Botswana, Brazil, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, The Gambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Both groups were asked about the key things they wished to discuss with their colleagues from each region.
The key areas were:
Your Experience as an Internet User
1. What challenges do you are users in your region face while accessing to the Internet?
2. What is the critical issue for ICT4D. Is it ISP infrastructure, community access ( last mile problem) or other issues and how are these issues being addressed ?
3. What do we and what should we have in mind when we face the challenge of developing strategies for the develop policies of ICT for development (ICT4D) and why? And what roles do the different stakeholders should have in these strategies?
One Laptop per Child Initiatives
4. One laptop per child programs sound good, but needs an integrated plan to work. Teachers, parents, curriculum development, schools need to be involved to get maximum benefit. Otherwise the nation could spend millions on supplying devices for facebook and youtube users.
5. I would like to understand if in secondary schools or even primary degree, they are taught about cybersecurity. If not, where do they learn about how to prevent themselves from those challenges, especially for young people?
The issue of e-waste in developing countries was of particular concern for all participants. Access was also a major problem mentioned as well as the need for greater education of populations.
After the above were discussed there was time for general dicsussion and participants share useful information and expanded their networks as a result.