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January 2011 Blog Posts (6)

State Department Should Make DipNote Wordpress Blog Framework Available for Free Download



The State Department's DipNote blog is run on Wordpress software.  An interesting online initiative for the State Department is to license DipNote blog framework public domain and make its theme available for download on pages at and A website model for distributing the DipNote Wordpress framework can be found at Pagelines.…


Added by Pablo Manriquez on January 28, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Haitian Mobile Money Blog: Watching Mobile Banking Unfold

Mobile banking is a tried but untested form of financial service in Haiti. Over the next few months, Dr. Baptiste, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Horst will be chronicling its rollout in light of their 2010 report on domestic remittances findings. Welcome to the Haitian Mobile Money blog at the website for the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion. Read their introductory blog post: "The rollout of Mobile Money in Haiti."…


Added by Jenny Fan on January 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Independent Commentary on the QDDR


December 22, 2010

An Independent Commentary on the QDDR




We -- former and retired career officials from State and USAID -- are pleased to offer an independent…


Added by William Courtney on January 17, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments

Open Source for America Publishes Federal Open Technology Report Card

This OSFA report will surely be among the topics at our Feb. 11 Open Source event, but here's an excerpt of their conclusions:


"As previously discussed, Open Source for America recognizes that this is the first year under which agencies are operating under their Open Government Plans. As such, the results show solid commitment to transparency and public feedback, as well as…


Added by techATstate on January 14, 2011 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Digicel wins $2.5 million First to Market Award from Haiti Mobile Money Initiative

HMMI First to Market Award Press Release

Gates Foundation and U.S. Government Give $2.5 Million Prize for Transforming Banking Sector in Haiti

Mobile operator Digicel becomes first recipient of mobile money fund in Haiti

Seattle/Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the…


Added by Alice Tseng Liu on January 11, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

US CIO issues new memo on open source

The United States' CIO, Vivek Kundra, today issued a new memo instructing government IT officials to consider purchases "free of preconceived preferences based on how the teclmology is developed, licensed or distributed." This means, the memo says, that open-source products should be part of the mix. News, for the federal government.

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Added by techATstate on January 10, 2011 at 5:49am — No Comments

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