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Research Paper on “ICT and Media” – ICT and RTI (right to information) could work wonders in making governance all that bit (but a crucial bit) more transparent.

Posted by egovindia on June 18, 2006

Research Paper on "ICT and Media"
To: pritisd@yahoo.com, bytesforall_readers@yahoogroups.com
From: "Frederick Noronha" <fred@bytesforall.org>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 15:08:17 +0530
Subject: [bytesforall_readers] Re: Research Paper on "ICT and Media"

Hi Priti,

Let me offer some episodic background. My view is that a mix
of ICT and RTI (right to information) could work wonders in making
governance all that bit (but a crucial bit) more transparent.

For instance, some time back, the Indian parliament started putting
out its questions-and-answers on the Internet. But these were in PDF
format. PDF, apart from being heavy on slow dialup lines, is also not
searchable. I must have been one of the many who protested back to the
officials there. These answers were, when I last checked, available in
plain text. A useful tool in disseminating information.

For some time now, I have been urging that journalists tap the
powerful tool of asking parliamentary questions through MPs and
members of legislative assemblies. When we found the right persons, we
managed to get out some useful information related to development,
community radio, government policy towards Free Software, etc. But
only a few MPs and MLAs are responsive via email. When they are
responsive, and realise the importance of taking up public spirited
questions to parliament, then ICT (e.g. simple email) can make this
process much faster.

But simply providing computers and email is not enough. As an
exercise, I wrote to 104 (if I recall right) official email addresses
of officers in the Goa government. 102 just ignored my mail, and two
responded! I later wrote an article on this in the local papers.

Having official websites does help people to understand the
administration to some extent. But if these are not updated often, and
the officials are not responsive, then it is not worth much.

ICT and RTI, in sum, can be a good marriage. But the officials must
have the right spirit (the old adage of taking the horse to the water
but not making him drink holds here), and the citizens should be
innovative in going for the information. I'm not sure that we have
enough people who appreciate the worth of this yet. FN

> From: "priti patil" <pritisd@yahoo.com>
> To: <bytesforall_readers@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 11:11 AM
> Subject: [bytesforall_readers] Research Paper on
> "ICT and Media"
>
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am working on a research paper titled,
> >
> > Title:
> >
> > Promoting the Free Flow of Information and the
> > Development of Communication using Information and
> > Communication Technologies (ICT)
> >
> > Objective of it is,
> >
> > Abstract:
> >
> >
> > Print media and audio-visual media plays crucial
> role
> > in "right to information" in democratic country
> like
> > india. But there are some road blocks in the way
> that
> > can be avoided using power of ICT. Aim of this
> paper
> > is to explore power of ICT in media and promote
> free
> > flow of information.
> >
> > Can anybody help me out in my work please?!
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Priti Patil

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Frederick 'FN' Noronha   | Yahoomessenger: fredericknoronha
http://fn.goa-india.org     | fred@bytesforall.org
Independent Journalist   | +91(832)2409490 Cell 9822122436
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One Response to “Research Paper on “ICT and Media” – ICT and RTI (right to information) could work wonders in making governance all that bit (but a crucial bit) more transparent.”

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