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Besides Khmer, the national language of Cambodia, the country has several minorities who have and speak their own languages. The Cham, present in Cambodia and Vietnam, are a significant minority, and the only one to have its own traditional script to write its language. As part of ongoing work to improve access to information for minority groups, the USAID-funded SPICE program has collaborated with the company BREOGAN to ensure that the Cham script can be used on more and more in computers, and has paid special attention to make it available in smart phones. This development makes possible, fo...
BarCamp Kampong Cham 2014, is a free and open social event that bring together IT professionals, innovators, businesses, NGOs and students under their own agenda to network, create synergies and catch up the state-of-the-art of technology. It has taken place on this Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, July 2014, which attracts 457 participants include 149 female participants from different universities, high schools, NGOs and private sectors.At BarCamp Kampong Cham participants decide their own agenda and what they want to hear about. The agenda is created on the basis of participants requests, and the...
Panelist at the seminar on Promoting Transparency through Increased Access to Information at Sunway Hotel.Date: 3 July, 2014 Photo by Open Institute The seminar on “Promoting Transparency through Increased Access to Information” was held on 3rd July 2014 at Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh. The purpose of this seminar was to promote the critical use of ICT to achieve information transparency and to encourage citizen's to be active participants in the use of and dissemination of information. Those in attendance included representatives of the Youth, Commune Councilors, Non-Government Organizations, and...
This week, a roadshow for the training campaigns on Internet and Mobile Telephony and Mobile installation campaigns at 9 high schools for students in grade 11 & 12 and promotion campaigns at nearby phone shops. The campaigns will take place in 45 high schools in 18 different provinces that will show a 35-minutes educational video on understanding about the correct way of using Internet, trustworthiness information and what should be avoid to post. After this, students will discuss on 6 different case stories related to privacy, trustworthiness information, blackmail story, believes, hassra...
On Friday 25th, April 2014, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and Open Institute organized a multi-party training for youth and activists on "Telecommunications Outreach", the IVR has been trained to each parties. 25 youth partcipants from each political parties (CPP, CNRP, LDP, FUNCINPEC, DRP) has been trained on how to create their Interactive Voices Response (IVR) system; design Call flow follow a sample content and implementing with the Verboice system. All parties successfully created their Call flow and can be used for testing after a fruitful training.    
Citizen Journalist and Information Communication Technology training was conducted at Governance Resource Learning Center, Ministry of Interior for three days between 04 -06 March, 2014. The purpose of the training was to build the awareness of Commune council members and target youth in the use of computers with Khmer language and to have the ability to use  Internet   tools for researching, writing, sharing and discussing information openly and effectively This would help participants understand media ethics, law and policy. The participants were councilors from both municipalities and provi...
Violence against women (in short as VAW) is a technical term used to collectively refer to violent acts that are primarily or exclusively committed against women. Violence Against Women (VAW) is prevalent in Cambodia despite being under-reported. There are many kinds of VAW such as domestic violence, trafficking, etc. Rape is among the most serious problem in Cambodia. It appears in almost every issue of the newspapers. Most victims don't dare to speak out, to denounce their abusers because they are afraid of being stigmatized. Ms. Chim Manavy, Executive Director of the Open Institute talked t...
The Open Institute is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization that envisions Cambodia as a country in which widespread access to high quality education, information, communication, and technology lead to a more developed and just society. Currently, Open Institute has received funding support from UN Women to study on the Media Monitoring for Ending Violence Against Women in Cambodia.The project will gather and record quantitative and qualitative data about VAW to form a base of evidence that can be used in the future. Three local print media, three radio stations and three TV stati...
With the goal of reducing child mortality during the first month of life, the Czech NGO People in Need (PIN) has been working very hard to develop a system to provide new mothers with timely information that will help them take better care of their children. Photo by Jiri Pasz The system uses IVR (Interactive Voice Response) technology. Midwives at the health centers register the telephone numbers of new mothers soon after birth. Later that these mothers receive seven phone calls with seven pre-recorded messages along the first month of life of the baby. The careful content-development process...
Our partner IRI has been organizing a series of extremely successful debate programs on CNC and MyTV on different topics, as part of their name Next Generation Program. Open Institute's USAID-funded SPICE program has supported these programs by setting up a voting server to which callers could call through their phone and express their attitude towards the questions in the debates before and after the programs, allowing organizers to know if members of the audience had changed their opinions after watching the debates. The voting server used IVR (interactive voice response) technology and was...

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