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Steve Cisler

Many people had questions for the panel, but there was not enough time to pose them. What follows is taken from the cards submitted to the moderator.

It is predicted that digital convergence is centering on the cell phone. Will it be the mode of delivery to the bottom of the pyramid. Is the cell phone available in small poor villages? When will it be?

Ecuador benefit from the remittances sent by Ecuadorian migrant workers in Spain and the USA. What trends to you observe n using this wealth to create national wealth, rather than to fuel the culture.

It seems that in order to develop a global morality we need to involve young people beginning at a very young age. I recently heard the head of the UNHCR say that we have the resources to prevent poverty and its related diseases. However those of us who are the "haves" perhaps are more interested in holding on to our wealth than distributing it with equity in a way that can prevent. poverty. Consequently perhaps Internet and other technologies can help students in developed countries understand the issues faced by children in the developing countries in a way that will help our youth develop a global morality that will both preserve each culture and improve each culture. Please comment on how our students from kindergarten through college can be involved in empowering people's lives globally by valuing all cultures.

Perhaps the real question is how do we remain human in the world: technological, economic, social, and political--we have built.

What of the idea that "commons" is contingent on the notion of community as a cohesive whole, which doesn't exist evenly throughout the world. Does a sense of commons change, as dependent on the kinds of communities where people live?

What form of government (democracy, Cuban style socialism, etc) best addresses the issues that underdeveloped countries face?

How to build steady relations between North developed countries and their experts and academic people with people in need in the South marginalized countries, especially when most North corporations and their global goals including technology are negative and deteriorate habitat in the South?

Delgadillo mentioned the transnational company extracting the plant of the indigenous people. What would have been the ideal solution that would be equitable and still meet the needs of both the community and the business? (Two similar questions)

How are telecenters making an impact? External change in people's material lives or more internal changes of sense of empowerment? How balanced are the two?

Let's admit that social conditions can be reduced to cultures of use: how the diversity of cultures of use can positively participate to the evolution of ICT, both at the level of research and industry?

Despite some local successes, digital commons are thwarted by lack of viable business plans. It costs money to create such networks. How is the problem of lack of capital addresses?

Market forces, not cultures of use drive significant investment in new technologies. Given limited markets and the lack of resources, how do we design and build technologies to meet the needs of the poor?

What can we do to develop a digital community to solve problems common to third world countries, apart from governmental authorities, that are slow, unwilling or unable to solve these problems?

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