<<July 12, 2000>>

Rolf Sommerhalder <rs@ife.ee.ethz.ch>

Anton Keller <swissbit@solami.com>

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D. <ptknight@attglobal.net>

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <ecjpelton@aol.com>

Dr. Paul Lefrere <p.lefrere@open.ac.uk>

D.K. Sachdev <dsachdev@worldspace.com>

Motilal Sharma <msharma@mail.asiandevbank.org>

Rafael Bozeman Rodriguez, Ph.D. <rbrsat@pworld.net.ph>

Mr. Bruce R. Best <bbest@uog9.uog.edu>

Dear Rolf:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I) in response to

"GLOSAS Board, Rescue Iridium report & GSTF Summit plan - June 24, 2000"
which is now retrievable at <http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/6-24-a.html>.

(2) Thank you very much also for your introduction of our "Rescue Iridium"
workshop held on 6/20th in Washington, D.C. to Anton Keller.

We greatly appreciated his attendance coming all the way from Geneva.

(3) Upon your request, I admitted you into our list so that you will be kept
updated with our daily progress better than my occasional posting to the VITA
Gateway list -- however, in the case when I post on it, you will receive duplicates.

(4) I am sorry I could not find the Tampere Convention at the web site you listed.

Dear Peter and Joe:

Pls note his suggestion of including Emergency Telecommunications in your GSTF project.

Dear Joe:

(5) Referring to ANNEX I/Attachment No. 2 of the aforementioned list
distribution (which is your minutes), pls note Rolf's suggestion #2.

Dear Rolf, Anton, Peter and Joe:

(6) Paul Lefrere of the Open University/UK is now organizing a large
workshop with support of the British Council (and possibly European
Science Foundation) in Sheffield, England in the end of next March.
This will be in conjunction with the Virtual University conference of
the British Council. Paul's workshop is to brainstorm on the
establishment of Global University System/Eastern Europe (and possibly
Arabic) operations.

Pls plan to attend this workshop to report the results of the Global
Summit of world leaders for the creation of the GSTF which Joe and Peter
will convene in early December in Washington, D.C. -- as proposed in
Joe's minutes in the above list distribution.

You may then have a brainstorming session during this workshop, too.

Dear D.K.:

(7) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II and III) in response to my list distribution of

"Poverty reduction with Information technology in developing countries,
July 10, 2000" which is retrievable at <http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/index.html>.

Dear Moti:


I strongly suggest that you follow D.K.'s suggestion.

We may talk/plan further during our Manila/Quezon City workshop which
Ralph is now organizing -- he will be back from the US on July 15th so
that pls talk with him about his preparation.

BTW, does your Asian Development Bank have a PictureTel (or
equivalent) videoconferencing unit and ISDN line (preferably at 384 Kbps)?

Dear Bruce:

(9) I would also strongly suggest that you follow D.K.'s suggestion, since
WorldSpace satellite is now available over the western Pacific area.
You may discuss this possibility with attendees of your workshop on
"Charting the Future Course of Distance Education in the Western
Pacific" from August 1 to 3 at your university.

This possibility is in addition to the use of "Rescued
(hopefully) Iridium" mentioned in my last distribution of this
morning "Market survey questionnaire to rescue Iridium" which
appeared at <http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/index.html>.

Best, Tak

Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2000 14:49:09 +0200
From: Rolf Sommerhalder <rs@ife.ee.ethz.ch>
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org, tingley@erol.com
CC: Anton Keller <swissbit@gkb.com>
Subject: Rescue Iridium and GSTF

Dear Sirs,

Mr Anton Keller, who attended your meeting in Washington recently,
was so kind to forward the Minutes of Meeting to me. Actually, I
copied your earlier postings on the VITA Gateway mailing list to
Mr Keller in order to make him aware of your efforts.

After reading through those reports and proposals, I would like to
share the following thoughts with you:

1. The need of telecommunication resources in emergencies is
currently absent in all your discussions and proposals.
I personally think that tele-health is sometimes "nice-to-have",
whereas the availability of reliable telecommunications in
emergency situations is a "must". The Tampere Convention on
Emergency Telecommunications uses a very loose/wide definition
for what counts as an "emergency": natural or man-made disasters,
conflicts, etc. I think that your proposal should include this
element. You can find more information about the Tampere
Convention, etc. on www.reliefweb.int.

2. There is no "President of Red Cross International" as mentionned
in the list of possible invitees. National Red Cross or Red Crescent
societies usually have each a president, for ex. the American or
Swiss Red Crosses, the the Red Crescent of Mauritania or Turkey, etc.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) based in Geneva
also has a president, whereas the Federation of the Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies, also in Geneva, have a Secretary General.
If you want to include the Emergency Telecommunications aspects,
then I would recommend to include also the UN's Coordinator for
Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

If you should decide to move away from the VITA Gateway mailing list,
then I would be grateful if you could include me on your new mailing list.

Regards from Geneva,
Rolf Sommerhalder

Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 07:22:17 -0400
From: dsachdev@worldspace.com
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Poverty reduction with Information technology in developing countries

Thank you Mr. Utsumi.
The paper is indeed very well written.


From: dsachdev@worldspace.com
Subject: Poverty Reduction Paper
To: msharma@mail.asiadevbank.org
Cc: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 09:18:47 -0400

Dear Mr Sharma,

I am not sure we have met before; however, I hasten to write that I very
much appreciated reading your paper on Poverty Reduction Through
Information Technology, kindly circulated by Tak.

I don't know how much you know about WorldSpace, but our mission is very
much directed towards solving the kind of problems you have identified.
Our second satelllite is now operating right in your region and beyond. If
you look at our Website, you will get at least an initial idea of what our
system can do. Of course, we will be happy to provide more information or
arrange demonstrations for you.

Best Regards


Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 09:03:41 -0400
From: utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>
To: dsachdev@worldspace.com
CC: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Poverty reduction with Information technology in developing countries

Dear D.K.:

(1) Thanks for your msg.

Dear Moti:

(2) Here is an appreciative response to your paper.

(3) His WorldSpace's affiliated WorldSpace Foundation offers 5% capacity of
WorldSpace satellite one of which will be ready for service over Asia-Pacific
region from this fall.

Pls see its philanthropic activity for Africa in;

(a) "Rescue Iridium follow-up / GSTF for the Western Pacific - July 6, 2000" at
<http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/7-6-a.html>, and

(b) "GLOSAS Board, Rescue Iridium report & GSTF Summit plan - June 24, 2000" at

You may consider having their cooperation. I understand that their earth
station is very inexpensive -- in the range of a few hundred dollars.

Best, Tak

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Rolf Sommerhalder
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Geneva, Switzerland

Anton Keller
Swiss Investors Protection Association (SIPA/ASDI)
Box 2580
1211 Geneva
Tel/Fax: 011-41-22-740-0362
Mobil: +41-79-604-7707

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D.
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1808 I Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tel: 1-202-775-2132 (secretary), 1-202-721-0348 (direct)
Fax: 1-202-775-2135 (office), 1-202-362-8482 (home)
IP for CU-SeeMe:
webmail: ptknight@netscape.net
http://www.knight-moore.com/partners/partnerindex.htm -- bio
http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/GSTF.html -- about GSTF

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton
Senior Research Scientist
Institute for Applied Space Research, Rm 340
George Washington University
2033 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052
Fax: 202-994-5505
Acting Executive Director of CITI
Vice-Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation of the U.S. (ACCFUS)
Arthur C. Clark Institute for Telecommunication and Information (CITI)
4025 40th Street North
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 536-6985

Dr. Paul Lefrere
Senior Lecturer
Institute of Educational Technology
Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Tel: +44-1-908 65 33 88
Fax: +44-1-908 67 28 02

D.K. Sachdev
Senior Vice President
Engineering & Operations
Worldspace Corporation
2400 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037 USA
Tel: 202 969 6000
Direct: 202 969 6210
Fax: 202 969 6003

Motilal Sharma
Senior Education Specialist
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue
Mandaluyong City
0401 Metro Manila
P. O. Box 789
0980 Manila
+632-632-4444 (main)
Fax: +632-636-2310
+632-636-2444 (main)

Rafael Bozeman Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Former President of Trinity College of Quezon City
Trustee member of the St. Luke College of Medicine
#7 Visayas Avenue, VASRA
1128 Quezon City, Philippines
Cedllphone: 0918-880-2799
Pager: 1481-792171
Powerpage: 633-3333
paeling@doctor.com -- while in the US frm 5/28/00 to 7/15/00.

Mr. Bruce R. Best
Research Associate
Station Manager
Telecommunication and Distance Education Operation
Center for Continuing Education & Outreach Programs
University of Guam
Box 5278 UOG Station
Mangilao, Guam 96923
011-671-632-5310 4PM-8PM
011-671-734-8826 (Car)
Fax: 011-671-734-8377
Fax: 011-671-734-8377<<04/22/1994>>for short msg
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
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* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
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