What is ‘bytesforall.net’?

‘bytesforall.net’ is a citizen’s network in South Asia that identifies, discusses and builds network on emerging issues related to ICT and its impact to development (ICT4D). ICTs generally here mean all sort of information and communication technologies including digital media, Internet, cell phone and hand held devices. The network was co-founded by Frederick Noronha in Goa, India and Partha Sarker in Dhaka, Bangladesh back in 1999. Its Bytesforall Readers Forum remains as the premier space on any discussion related to ICT4D. This network is run by the volunteers across South Asia which needs a critical space and citizen level interaction to understand how technologies can facilitate development, what best practices are available and how it is related to overall picture of governance. South Asia being a region with little or complicated level of state-to-state relationship, this type of network can give much needed voice and interaction among the citizens. The network is better reflected by one of its most popular listserv – Bytesforall Readers Forum (subscribe here) that has more than 3000 members.

What is ‘bytesforall.org’?

‘bytesforall.org’ is grown out of ‘bytesforall.net’. While the network discusses or identifies critical issues, the ‘bytesforall.org’ undertakes or implements projects, participates in research or policy consultation and organizes advocacy campaign project. Some of these projects are funded while some are volunteer driven. A list of projects is available at the projects section.

This website provides information about ‘bytesforall.org’. ‘bytesforall.org’ is an action oriented and project driven platform that was launched by Partha Sarker of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It has has active chapters in Pakistan, which is led by Shahzad Ahmed and in Bangladesh which is led by Munir Hasan. This .org platform is much more global in nature. It also has plan to set up chapters in Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. It provides services (link here) to research, advocacy or campaign activities and has developed expertise on domains such as, ICT and health, ICT and sustainable environment, ICT policy and regulatory issues, information society development, Internet rights protection etc.

Please contact here (info@bytesforall.net) for further information.