I was on a CSI panel last November. Here is one of the points I made: We need to set up computing infrastructure at key data collection and dissemination points. Schools, Hospitals, Agricultural extension counters and Panchayats are the places where computing infrastructure needs to be set up. In schools, thin clients or network computers … Continue reading Blog Past: CSI Panel on Affordable Computing
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The Computer Society of India’s 45th Annual Convention in Mumbai held last week had a panel on Affordable Computing. I was amongst the nine panelists. The focus of the panel was on seeing how government and industry can work together to forge a new path forward for affordable computing in India. This was the panel … Continue reading CSI Panel on Affordable Computing – Part 1
Affordable computing has long been an interest area of mine. I have written on the topic extensively over the past 7-8 years. I first experimented with a thin client-thick server in NetCore. Later, those learnings morphed into Novatium, an independent company set up with Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala from IIT-Madras and Ray Stata in Chennai. Novatium … Continue reading CSI Panel on Affordable Computing – Part 2
2. By embracing Open Data and Open Government, we can transform governance in India. I had written about this earlier in the context of the Gov 2.0 Summit Learnings: “What is really needed in India is to make all government data (except that which involves the privacy of an individual or national security) open and … Continue reading CSI Panel on Affordable Computing – Part 3
3. Government needs to involve app developers and content providers via a Challenge portal. This was another idea from the Gov 2.0 Summit – that of a Challenge.gov-like portal. “Every government department has some key challenges. They should put them out on a common Challenge.gov.in portal. This will help capture the imagination of Indians. For … Continue reading CSI Panel on Affordable Computing – Part 4
Here are some of the other points made by the panelists: The NeGP (National e-Governance Plan) is the cornerstone of the initiatives NeGP is complemented by SWAN (State Wide Area Network) which provides the backbone connectivity across a state The CSCs (Common Service Centres) are the service delivery points for e-Governance Three key challenges: Power, … Continue reading CSI Panel on Affordable Computing – Part 5
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