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The radio revolution 

Bonobo Land hits on an important idea: “780,000 channels. That is the total number of ‘community radio stations’ possible in India. Rural India’s best ICT tool till date is The Radio: rural India’s window to the world. It is by far the best and cheapest way to deliver e-content over a large population and a large geographical area.”

Unfortunately, the licence Raj still rules in communications in India. The government rigidly controls the airwaves.

George Soros has funded influential use of old technologies like radio through his Media Program. Truly vital work.

The new rules 

Josh Marshall: “Miller hasn’t been publishing as much of late. And someone needs to clue her into the revised rules. It’s been at least a few months since reporters have willingly published demonstrably false statements from administration officials and spokespersons.”

Quantum politics 

British Spin: “Always remember that politics is quantum. Becoming popular itself makes you more popular. Being seen as strong makes you stronger.”

Weighed down by work 

I’m going through a period of light posting because I’m incredibly busy with work. I’ll try to shift into a higher gear sometime soon.

By the by, John Robb has started a weblog just to track thoughts about next generation terrorism, Global Guerrillas. Not for the fainthearted.

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  1. Evan Henshaw

    There’s actually been quite a long standing movement in India to demand community radio rights. There’s a mailinglist where a lot of the organizing is being discussed here:
    http://mail.sarai.net/mailman/listinfo/cr-india

    Last weekend there was a conference in Manipal titled: Rediscovering Radio
    They had a number of speakers on a variety of subjects related to community radio in India.

    http://tinyurl.com/yrqfp

    The big problem I found with advocating community radio in India is that it’s treated as a terrorism issue. So instead of the rest of the world where you loose you equipment when you run an unlicensed radio station, in India you get 10 years in jail. This has meant nobody has gone about and setup community radio stations without licenses unless they are located in very rural areas. In France, the USA, Brazil, and other places people have used unlicensed radio as a political tool to open up the airwaves. But in India there is no conception of how radio could be really be used. This means nobody wants to risk 10 years in jail to make a community radio licensing an issue of public debate.

    One option in India is to use short and medium wave radio. There are relatively many more SW and MW receivers in India than other parts of the world because it was the only way to get BBC programming, especially in rural areas. The disadvantage of SW & MW is that you can’t broadcast in all the local languages.

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