Interesting comments concerning the GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE 97 conference. What
I have discovered is that the IT industry is still trying to figure out
where it is headed with the emergence of converging technologies.
Perhaps this conference was ill-defined because of the many important
issues to be covered in such a short period of time. Perhaps this is why
there are so many different trade shows. Let us hope that a
stabilization of ideas will occur so that such we won't have so many
different conferences reiterating redundant themes.
Don Richardson wrote:
> David, Menghastab, Daaim, etc.
> Global Knowledge 97 has indeed been a focus of energy for many of us.
> Now that the conference is over I have mixed reactions to the event. As
> with most conferences, it was the sessions in the hallways, coffee shops
> and bars that were the most productive.
Reminds me of a book I once read on the United Nations. The author
stated that most of the power moves are made in suites and hallways, not
in the General Assemblies. Perhaps there is something about the
structure of conferences that cause such an inefficient use of
> The obvious need for improved rural access to ICT tools and applications
> in developing countries (e.g. basic phone service and rural telecentres)
> gained some rhetorical support at GK97. It remains to be seen if this
> will be a priority area for real action by anyone. This would be an
> obvious niche role for an organization such as FAO which has a strong
> rural development focus, but FAO staff participation at GK97 was sparse,
> so it remains to be seen if FAO will take a leading role in this area.
Was there much mention made on wireless solutions for the rural areas?
Mr. Daaim Shabazz
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, GA 30314