<<September 14, 2000>>
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Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor <tapio.varis@uta.fi>

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

Francis J. Method <fmethod@erols.com>

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

John B. Rose <j.rose@unesco.org>

Jan Visser, Ph.D. <jvisser@learndev.org>

Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael Litto <frmlitto@usp.br>

Roberto J. Rodrigues, MD <rrodrigues@paho.org>

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

Silas Guedes do Oliveira <sgo@argo.com.br>

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D. <alex_mau@argo.com.br>

Dr. Fernando Antonio Menezes <fernando_menezes@hotmail.com>

Dr. Pablo Pulido <pablopulido1@compuserve.com>

Dear Marco:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

(2) Your Item 1:

I am very glad that you and Tapio will present our Global University
System (GUS), Global Broadband Internet (GBI) and Global Service Trust
Fund (GSTF) projects at the Newropean Congress on 10/5-7, 2000 in Paris.

Previous listserve distribution on this was;
"Demo of Global Peace Gaming at Newropean Congress on 10/5-7, 2000
in Paris - May 1, 2000" which can be retrieved at

Pls convey my best personal regards to Franck BIANCHERI, the organizer of the congress.

(3) All relevant information about those projects can be found at


(4) In this page, you will find;

Slide Show/9-14-00 by Peter Knight for GSTF project which can be retrieved at


Since Peter worked on this with Frank Method of UNESCO/Washington DC
office, Peter included the UNESCO logo in the last slide.

Pls let me know if it is appropriate at this stage without any official
endorsement from UNESCO -- if it is OK, it would be very appreciative to us all.

(5) Your Item 2:

I am very happy to know that you are now working with Tapio to get the
NGO status under UNESCO/UNITWIN Programme.

If we can get this, we can issue a certificate with statement of GUS as
an "NGO under UNESCO."

Whenever I attend workshops and conferences in Brazil, they usually
issue a certificate -- which is very important to the attendees,
according to Fred Litto.

In order to provide global e-learning and telehealth/telemedicine
services, we need something like that.

However, what is UNITWIN Programme anyway? Pls let me know its URL.

(6) Your Item 3:

I am very glad to hear that you are meeting with Dr. Federico Mayor in
Madrid, Spain on 9/24th. Yes, pls ask him;

(a) to become a Trustee member of GUS -- after Dr. Pekka Tarjanne,
former Secretary General of the International Telecommunications
Union (ITU), a good friend of Tapio,

(b) to be invited to the Global Summit to create the GSTF, which is
now being organized by Joe Pelton -- sometime in the middle of
2001 in Washington DC.

BTW, Paul Lefrere of the UK Open University is now organizing our
workshop (provisionally entitled Global eU2001) on April 9 to 12, 2001
in Sheffield, England with the support of agencies such as the British
Council, in cooperation with the U.K. Sheffield Hallam University as
host, the University of Tampere in Finland and the Global University
System in order to brainstorm on the procedures for forging ahead on the
development of the Global University System/European Regional Activities
with Global Broadband Internet and Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF).

The GSTF is a voluntary international e-rate to provide broadband
connectivity for education and health projects in
developing/transitional economies with appropriate
telecommunications, education, and health policies.

This workshop will be in conjunction with the eU2001 conference, which
will be concerned with recent work on virtual universities and the
possible establishment of an "e-University" in England.

Paul and his colleague at the Sheffield Hallam University may invite Dr.
Mayor to this event.

(7) Your Item 4:

During my stay in Sao Paulo, I and Fred Litto had a mtg with Silas
Guedes do Oliveira, Vice-Rector of the Universidade do Amazonas in

I suggested him to have a feasibility study of deploying a community-based broadband Internet -- see the outline and diagram of the GBI at


He told me that he would talk with Alex Rivas and officials of Amazon
State Governments and would invite me to Manaus for further discussion.

This could be a pilot project of GSTF as Carlos Braga, manager of
the InfoDev of the World Bank, once requested Peter to indicate.

Tapio was also encouraged by Carlos to submit a grant application
as a follow-up of our highly successful Tampere event.

(8) As you may recall, during our Manaus workshop, Marcos Costa of Agilent
Technology (formerly Hewlett-Packard) made a presentation of a kiosk of
Digital Town Center in the middle of rain forest in Costa Rica which has
40 Mbps Internet linkage via satellite.

See the slides used by Marcos at

This is a joint project of Hewlett-Packard and Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, and called LINCOS (Little Intelligent Communities)
project -- see its web site at <http://www.lincos.net/>.

According to James R. Sheats at HP headquarters who is in charge of this
project at the HP, 4 Mbps Internet two-way linkage is only $300/month.

They have all necessary equipment packed in a container which can be
shipped anywhere around the world -- 50 units to Dominican Republic in
the Caribbean already. This project is backed by the former President
of Costa Rica, Ing. Jose Maria Figueres Olsen.

At our Manaus workshop, you requested me to help linking the centers of
excellence at the UNAMAZ member universities. This unit may be used for the job.

They already have necessary equipment so that our next task is to gather
funds -- e.g, to work on our Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF) project.

(9) Pablo Pulido, Executive Director of the PanAmerican Federation of
Associations of Medical Schools (a consortium of 384 universities in
Latin America) has not informed me his possible workshop in conjunction
with the UNAMAZ mtg in Caracas, Venezuela in November yet.

(10) During my stay in Sao Paulo, I also met with Dr. Fernando Antonio
Menezes, President of the University of Roraima (whom you also met in Manaus).

His university is now getting 45 Mbps broadband Internet, and he wishes
to have a videoconferencing and telemedicine demonstrations as we did
during our Manaus workshop.

His university also has a 560 acres of estate at which he would like to
build a new university campus.

I am now gathering people for this project, and during my stay in
Sao Paulo, a British Council officer indicated the possible
funding for this initial workshop.

(11) Your Item 5:

I wholeheartedly agree with you that the education should be conceived
as a right and not as a commodity.

During the ICDE/ABED conferences, prominent e-learning institutions
eagerly talked about the economic viability and sustainability of global
e-learning along with the globalization of economy. There was even a
session titled The Digital Divide and the Globalization of Education:
Could They Represent a New Form of Colonization?"

Some attendees told me their criticism that those educational
institutions' approach may widen (rather than closing) the gap of
the digital divide.

Although I felt overwhelming enthusiasm for e-learning, I also felt some
confusion and wrong perception of Internet among attendees.

This is why I prompted to have a project of constructing Guidelines of
E-Learning -- see its initial draft at


We plan to have some write-ups of each items which would reference to
the ones listed there -- including yours for vision setting -- I hope
you would kindly lead this section.

Fred Litto and Bob Rodrigues (another graduate of the Univ. of Sao
Paulo as you are) and I will have a preliminary discussion mtg in
the late afternoon of 9/20th at Bob's office. This guideline may
lead to the conditionality of education of GSTF later on.

Best, Tak

From: "Dias, M." <M.Dias@PARIS.UNESCO.org>
To: "'utsumi@columbia.edu'" <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: RE: Workshop in Sheffield, England
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 17:11:29 +0200

Dear dr Utsumi,

1- Franck sent a questionnaire which will allow Tapio Varis to make a
presentation in his conference (Paris 5/ October 2OOO). I can assist Tapio.

2- We agreeded -Tapio and me- to elaborate a draft agreement betwen UNESCO
and GUS in the framework of UNITWIN Programme. I already discussed the
matter with the director of the Division of Higher Education in UNESCO, Mr.
Seddoh, and it could work. However, agreements with UNESCO do not have any
impact on the capacity of an organization to organize courses ("presential"
or "on-line"). This is a matter linked to national authorities.

3- I will probqbly meet dr. Mayor in Spain next 24 September. I will consult
him as you suggested. Later, Tapio could send him an official invitation and
an encounter with Tapio and you could be organized.

4- Our firneds of UNAMAZ are studying the possibility of the workshop we
talked about. However, things are not evident. This conference should help
to solve some basic institutional isues for the organization and we can
easily understand that they give priority to it. The Secretary General you
met in Manaos (Luis Aragon) is ijnterested in the idea. I will inform you on
the progress of discussions.

5- The idea of having a reference document for GUS is important. The
problem is not the "American imperialism"...However, one must take into
consideration that all over the world many members of the academic community
are reacting against the comercialization of education. Education as
expressed in documents such as Delor s repport and the Paris Delcaration
(World Conference on Higher Education) should be consceived as a ritht and
not as a commodity. Best wishes Marco Antonio R. Dias

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Fax: 202-994-5505
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Arthur C. Clark Institute for Telecommunication and Information (CITI)
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Research Nucleus Investigating the New Communications
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Open University
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University of Amazonas - Brazil
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Dr. Fernando Antonio Menezes
University of Roraima
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