[Telecentres] Telecenter Statistics

Cristian Berrío Zapata cberrioz at cable.net.co
Wed Sep 22 19:45:26 BST 2004

I would think that we need to know where we are and what we are doing so
we can built community. I dream a day when simple people from simple
places can get to now and exchange together from their respective
neighborhood telecentres. Little children in Colombia making friend via
teleconference with little children from Angola or Nepal.

The other side is that knowing who, where, and how, we can show how big
this movement is becoming acting inside one single mind: the only reason
for technology existence is to make people´s life easier, healthier,
better. That will come when we have links that join populations, not
people, joined to share how can we built a better world.

Cristian Berrío Zapata
cberrioz at cable.net.co
cristianberrioz at hotmail.com

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De: telecentres-bounces at wsis-cs.org
[mailto:telecentres-bounces at wsis-cs.org] En nombre de Barbara Fillip
Enviado el: Miércoles, 22 de Septiembre de 2004 08:07 a.m.
Para: telecentres at wsis-cs.org
Asunto: [Telecentres] Telecenter Statistics

Hello everyone,

I am not opposed to the idea of collecting information about
telecenters worldwide to get an idea of how many there are, but I would
recommend having a clearly articulated rationale for doing so as well as
a clear idea of the costs involved in trying to keep track of that
number over time. 

Why do we need to know the number of telecenters?  What is the
information that we really need most?  The total number, the number and
location in each country?   As with any data collection effort, it can
become quite overwhelming, so I would strongly recommend a strategy that
focuses on real needs.  How is that data going to be useful?

Do telecenters need to know where other telecenters are so that they
can more easily work together?  That assumes that they are not

Would some of this data be useful to help donors identify geographic
areas that are not covered by telecenters or similar public access
points and where they could develop a coordinated strategy?  Am I just
dreaming of donor coordination based on good global data about
telecenters or is it realistic?

Just questions!

Barbara Fillip, Ph.D.
Information and Dissemination Coordinator
DOT-COM Alliance
(202) 884-8003
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