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INTRODUCTION


The Internet is the first important manifestation of the so called Information Society. Beyond the effect of the intense mediatization provoked by its exponential growth in users and resources of information it is required to understand:

What is the reality of this phenomena? What is its impact in the economic, professional, social and cultural life?

What are its main characteristics and is it possible to anticipate its next future?

Who are the players and what is at stake in this transformation without historical precedent in terms of speed and scope?

How should a professional incorporate in the work, in an efficient and productive manner, this tool for communication and information access?

How should policy makers facilitate the path for a development-minded Internet and take appropriate provision for a sustainable and equitable spread of this technology?

The Internet is a key subject of reflection for all the components of the civil society: the Research and the Development sectors which together took the most active part in its creation and initial development; the Government sector, which have to face the challenges and opportunities implied in the economic, cultural y social plans and shall establish policies based on a strategical vision for the sustainable and equitable development; the business groups which must learn fast to use this new tool in order to globalize their markets and modernize their methods.

It is then a need for all the involved institutions and persons to develop an integral, professional and development-minded vision of the Internet so to fully participate to the redefinition of the economic roles which is underway and get empowered by the technology while managing to take control and ownership of it .

The workshop
INTERNET FOR DEVELOPMENT transmits an integral vision of the Internet, from grassroots experiences in the field since 1988, and provide some of the keys to open the door of the new paradigms and transform the participants from spectators into actors of these transformations.

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PRODUCTS and METHODOLOGY

PRODUCTS OF THE WORKSHOP

General:

Participants will have been exposed to the main concepts related to the Information Society, and should be able to incorporate, in their decision-making process and within their respective institutions, the structural modifications of our perception of space and time which result from the diffusion of the New Information and Communication Technologies (NTIC).


Specifics:
Participants will have:

a) Understood the role of Research and Development Organizations as historical agents of the development of the Internet and the responsibilities they should assume at the moment the Internet transforms itself into a vector of global business.

b) Incorporated the new ideas and concepts linked to the professional use of the Internet, which will empower them for a productive application in their respective organizations.

c) Known the possibilities for information access so to apply an effective leadership in their institutions, as players of the changes required to enhance efficiency and productivity.

d) Started a reflection to transform their respective organizations into actors of the production of information, as a politic, cultural and economic major instrument.


METHODOLOGY OF THE WORKSHOP

The workshop has two main components. The "Information Society Challenges and Opportunities" part introduces the integral vision by multiplying different focus with different angles on the same phenomena, creating a fractal o holographic vision of the Internet from which emerge a vision with perspectives. The examples brought into the picture are taken from real experiences in the field.

The "Professional Internet Concepts and Methods" part brings, in a demonstrative and pedagogic fashion, the main concepts for a mature use of the Internet. This part is filled up with practical and methodological recommendations for the best usage of the Internet and the optimization of the user's time and resources.

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CONTENT



DAY 1: "INFORMATION SOCIETY CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES"

- A selection of live demonstrations to bring functional and global visions.
- The multiples faces of the Internet: a navigation inside the complexity of the phenomena with some stops on key issues related to its social, linguistic, cultural and economical impacts. This the more dense part of the workshop which progressively introduces a multiplicity of focus (North American, European, and South visions; Internet and business; the Internet Society; standardization issues; the players of the information highway; Internet and development, languages and culture in the Internet, Internet and participative democracy...).
- Characteristics of the Internet: a synthetic vision of the Internet.
- Vision of the phenomena from the triangle point of view "Society, Technology, Economy": players, issues, possible y desirable scenarios.
- Historical survey of the Internet: beyond the "official history".
- The future of the Internet: a prospective vision which articulates the previous elements for forecasting.
- "From the village to cyberspace": a vision by analogy to convey the changes of paradigms emerging from the use.
- Demonstrations of other NTIC resources (CD-ROM, interactive multimedia): combining Internet with CD-ROM: the virtual university and distance education coming revolution.

DAY 2: "PROFESSIONAL INTERNET CONCEPTS AND METHODS"

- Lives demonstration: vision of the use of the various tools
- Introduction: changes in the computer world.
- Computer Mediated Communication functions: email, listserv, Usenet, fax vs. email, network culture and netiquette, groupware and cooperation.
- Information functions: FTP, GOPHER, WWW and its respective search agents (ARCHIE, VERONICA, ALTAVISTA and many others "CRAWLERS"), understanding the various information spaces and search contexts.
- Telematic functions: sophisticated WWW and JAVA
- Building web pages: why and how.
- Various paths to the information: PPP vs. shell, POP, the various logical relationships between users and services, information vs. access (different paths to the same information)
- Various tools/methods to locate information: the importance of the meta information and to know how to use search tools (how to get the information you need fast and efficiently?).

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MOTIVATION and ORIENTATION

MOTIVATION: There is much more to the
INTERNET than "surfing the Web"! One should not confuse the consumerist vision of "information spectacle" with the professional use. The INTERNET is a complex environment whose professional mastering requires a real know-how built upon an integral vision which encompasses the functions (email, file transfer, remote computer logon, information access), as well as the tools (newsgroup and discussion lists, gopher, www, wais,...), the interfaces, the access modes (graphic, text via telnet, text via PC communication), as well as the products (Netscape, Internet Explorer, Winsock, Windows Dial-up, Eudora, Ws-ftp, Term16, Procomm ...), the terminology, and its impact in various society components (technologic, economic, socio-cultural, politic, organizational,...).

The
INTERNET was not born 5 years ago when it got discovered by the mass-media and started its diffusion to the mass market! Beyond the history of the protocols of communication (TCP-IP, OSI, UUCP, RJE, FIDONET...), its actual status is the result of a large history of men and women who participated, from every where in the world, in the development of research and development networks, building the cultural foundation of the Internet and creating the shared pool of resources of information. It is appropriate to understand this culture and be able to locate those resources of information, which sometimes stay in places which boundaries and paths may be ignored by the less informed or skilled "navigator".

ORIENTATION: This workshop is directed to government, academic, civil society, and business persons interested by the use and impact of the Internet for the development in Zimbabwe and available to think and participate in the making of appropriate policies.

The first day, "Information Society Challenges and Opportunities" is targeted for persons who do not necessarily wish to become user but do want to understand the why and the what of this New Technology of Information and Communication (NTIC) and its impact in their professional and civil environments. It is introduced with live demonstrations of the
Internet and interactive multimedia; however, it is more oriented to the comprehension of the phenomenon and its consequences and perspectives (the information highway, the infostructure, the cyberspace...) than to the use. For that reason, this segment may also be useful to persons already skilled users of the Internet. The vision intends to be provocative and integral so to allow a grab on the complexity and to incite to the reflection on Information Society coming challenges and opportunities.

The second day, "Professional Internet Concepts and Methods" does not pretend to be a user training (this would require more time and a direct contact with the tools and would just be the straightforward learning of software interfaces and behaviors). It is rather intended to allow unskilled or new users to gain sufficient conceptual background so to be able to make a later mature use of the technology, sensible to such criteria as trade-off between communication and information, between information research objectives and invested time.



WORKSHOP PLAN
DAY 1


FORMAL INTRODUCTION: MIPT, ITU, UNDP
2 8:00am - 8:30am

WORKSHOP INTRODUCTION:

2 8:30am - 9:15am

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- ORGANIZATION/LOGISTICS

- OBJECTIVES AND MUTUAL PRESENTATIONS


MODULE 1: 2
"INFORMATION SOCIETY CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES"

1
SEGMENT 1.1: INTERNET DEMONSTRATIONS
        FUNCTIONAL & GLOBAL VISION
Á: 9:15am - 9:45am

6 Coffee Break Á: 9:45am - 10:00am
1SEGMENT 1.2: FRACTAL, INTEGRAL, QUANTITATIVE & ANALOGIC VISION
Á: 10:00am -1:00pm

        -Multiples faces (1:30 hour)
        -Characteristics (30 min.)
        -Triangle Society/Technology/Economy (30 min.)
>>>>- Break with collective prospective thinking (15 min.)
        -Figures about the Internet and its environment (15 min.)
        
6 Lunch Á: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00pm


1DEMONSTRATION OF OTHER NTIC RESOURCES:
CD-ROM, MULTIMEDIA
Á: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

1
SEGMENT 2.2: TIME ORIENTED VISION

Á: 2:30pm - 3:45pm
- From the village to the cyberspace
- Historical survey of the Internet
- The future of the Internet


6 Coffee Break Á: 3:45pm - 4:00pm

SEGMENT 2.4: CONCLUSION & DEBATE
Á: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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DAY 2


MODULE 2: 2
"PROFESIONAL INTERNET CONCEPTS AND METHODS"

1SEGMENT 2.1: INTERNET DEMONSTRATIONS
        USAGE VISION
Á: 8:00- 9:30 am

1
SEGMENT 2.2: INTRODUCTION/ GLOBAL VISION
Á: 9:30am - 9:45am

6 Coffee Break Á: 9:45am -10am

1
SEGMENT 2.3: THE FUNCTIONS OF THE INTERNET
        -Computer Mediated Communication, Information,
        Telematic services.
Á: 10am - 11am

1
SEGMENT 2.4: BUILDING ONE'S OWN INFORMATION RESOURCES
Á:11am - 11:30am

1SEGMENT 2.5: VARIOUS PATHS TO THE INFORMATION
Á: 11:30pm- 1:00pm

6
Lunch Á: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00pm

1SEGMENT 2.6: DIFFERENTS TOOLS TO LOCATE THE INFORMATION
Á: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

6
Coffee Break Á: 3:30pm - 3:45 p.m.

1SEGMENT 2.7: PLAYING WITH INFORMATION RETRIEVAL
Á: 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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END OF THE WORKSHOP