Developing rural communities through ICT requires the networking of expertise in a variety of fields, and working together towards a common goal.

This symposium is thus aimed at providing a platform for sharing experiences in the effective use of ICTs in bridging the digital divide. This symposium will also highlight the potential usage of innovative and affordable ICTs in bringing about sustainable progress & advancement in the development of rural communities.


* To bring together researchers and practitioners in the area of ICT for rural development from within and outside Malaysia to promote sharing of experiences and collaboration.

* To plan, encourage and implement programmes and research activities to determine the most appropriate, beneficial and sustainable technology for the development of ICT for rural development infrastructure.

* To increase awareness and interest in private industries about the importance and necessity of such developments and to encourage their participation in bridging the digital divide.


Khairuddin Ab Hamid
e-bario Project Leader and Deputy Vice Chancellor,
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia.
“Implementation of ICTs in Remote Communities: Lessons Learnt from e-Bario”

William Patrick Nyigor
Director, Information & Communication Technology Unit,
Chief Minister’s Department of Sarawak, Malaysia.
“Towards K-readiness for Sarawak”

Aisharuddin Nuruddin
Head, Universal Service Provision Department
Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysia.
“Discharging Corporate Social Responsibility for Rural ICT Development through Universal Service Provision”

Hermann Maurer
Director, Institute for Hypermedia Systems
Graz University of Technology, Austria.
“The Future of PCs, And Its Usage for Everyone beyond Barriers of Marginalization”

Reinhard Schaler
Director, Localisation Research Centre (LRC)
University of Limerick, Dublin, Ireland
“Localised Computing for Marginalised Communities: A Glocal Initiative”

Stewart Marshall
Director, Distance Education Centre
The University of the West Indies
“Support at both ends: Bridging the digital divide in rural communities using a community development perspective"

Wallace Taylor
Director, The Information Society Institute (TISI)
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa
“The Social Appropriation of ICT; Concepts, Challenges and Chances”

Symposium will be held at:
Seminar Hall,
Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology,
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

Contact details

Prof Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid
Email: [email protected]

Assoc. Prof. Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Alvin Yeo
E-mail: [email protected]

Or email to [email protected]

From 19 Apr 2006
Until 20 Apr 2006
Sarawak, Malaysia
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