Saturday, December 15, 2007

3rd Regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa :Kwami Ahiabenu,II presentation on Analysis Journalists’ blogs’ Content in West Africa

Kwami Ahiabenu II, Dakar Media 2007

From: penplusbytes, 1 day ago

3rd Regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa : New journalism, new technologies, improved governance
Du 13 au 15 décembre 2007, Dakar, Hôtel Faidherbe
Dakar (Senegal), December 13th to 15th, 2007
Kwami Ahiabenu,II presentation on Analysis Journalists’ blogs’ Content in West Africa

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Analysis Journalists’ blogs’ Content in West Africa at Dakar 2007

my presentation on j blogs in West Africa

3rd regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa Opening Ceremony

At opening ceremony

- Diana Senghor- PIWA DIRECTOR
Gave a background to the regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa, namely the first and second workshops.
And she mentioned that the third stage of the revolution mirrored by this workshop is the use of technology to tell the west African story by West Africans.
She share with the groups past project by Panos to get radio stations to share content but there was a lot of , especially the challenge of getting radio production to a central pool for distribution. She said by using new technologies today some of the problems can be resolved. In order to ensure West African voices is heard, another project was coverage of major events by journalists from West Africa.
She said new technologies have opened a lot of opportunities, even in less democratic countries, journalists can get their voices heard through new technologies. The current interface of ICTs and Media has lead to the debate about who is a journalists

Challenges that come to mind :
- standards of journalism in the new information Age
- legal issues, respect for basic rights, piracy and intellectual property rights
state regulations, technical issues,
- issue of reaching out to illiterate via new technologies
- lack of access - building bridges between traditional journalist and new media
Concluded by saying she hopes some of the issues raised in her presentation will be discussed and she is looking forward to read recommendations from this workshop

- Ben Akoh, Programme OSIWA listen here

- Representative of the Ministry of Information watch here

3rd regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa

today is 13th December 2007

The 3rd Regional workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa under the theme New Technologies, New Journalism, Improved governance at Hotel Faidherbe, Dakar Senegal with participants introductions
so far it seems most west african countries at represented at this meeting
after the introduction, the formal opening ceremony will take place

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Dr Nii Quaynor Dontes Postel Award Prize Money to African Fund for Capacity Building,Research And Internet Development

AfriNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for Africa, is very pleased to announce that Dr. Nii Quaynor, convenor of AfNOG and one of the authors of the original
project plan to set up an African Internet Number Registry has been awarded the Jonathan B. Postel Award at the IETF-70 meeting on 5th December 2007 which was
held in Vancouver Canada.

Dr. Nii Quaynor becomes the first African to receive this prestigious award from the Internet community. Each year, the Internet Society awards the Jonathan B.
Postel Service Award. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community.

Dr. Quaynor has selflessly pioneered Internet development and expansion throughout Africa for nearly two decades, enabling profound advances in information access, education, healthcare
and commerce for African countries and their citizens, said Internet Society president Lynn St. Amour. Today, Dr. Quaynor continues to champion not just technological advances but also African
involvement in Internet standards, processes and deployments, discussion on Internet policies and regulations, and ensuring African interests are well-represented globally.
He has shaped a community of Africans who share his vision and reflect the dedication shown by Jon Postel.

According to Adiel A. Akplogan, the CEO of AfriNIC, This is an important milestone for the African technical community presence in the International
forum. We expect this Award to have a huge impact on the community and will certainly emulate more contribution and commitment for Internet Protocol
technology and it use for Development in the AfriNIC service region.

Dr. Nii Quaynor has pledged to dedicate his prize to contribute to the new fund being setup by AfriNIC to support Internet development in Africa (African Fund
for Capacity Building, Research and Internet Development).

He said: We need to develop our young engineers to emulate the dedication to network engineering as exemplified by Jon Postel. We have to harness the
pioneering work done by the dedicated technical leadership who have trained hundreds of young engineers through AfNOG and AfriNIC. The fund will make a
difference in support for education and research of young engineers in Africa.

We would like all the African community to join us to congratulate Dr Nii Quaynor for his great contribution to the Internet community in Africa.
AfriNIC is a non-governmental and not-for-profit membership based organisation. Its main role is to serve Africa region as Regional Internet Registry, like the
four other continents which have their own RIR.

AfriNIC's mission is To provide professional and efficient distribution of Internet number resources to the African Internet community, to support Internet technology usage and development across the continent and strengthen self Internet governance in Africa by encouraging a participative policy development.

To contact AfriNIC: t: +230 4666616, f: +230 4666758, e:

More about the Postel Service Award:

Theory and Practice of Online Learning,

found a free ebook on the Theory and Practice of Online Learning
table of content makes an interesting reading :

You can download the full book at

3rd Regional Workshop on Medias and ICT issues in West Africa:New technologies, New journalism, Improved governance

scheduled to be held at Dakar (Senegal), Hotel Faidherbe from December 13th to 15th, 2007 organised by Panos West AFrica
Hope to be speaking on content for Journalists’ blogs’
currently finalizing my presentation