Grant Recipient: Asomudin Atoev
Project Name: Fellowship
2004/Intellectual Property and the Internet in Central Asia
Grant Period: February 1,2004 to December 31, 2004
Project Code: B9158
January 2004. 2-day Workshop on FOSS for IT teacher of State National University
This workshop was organized jointly with IT department of the National university, CIPI
and Association of Internet users – ISOCToj for IT teacher of
the university. IPF Fellow introduced FOSS conception, its advantages
as inexpensive skills developer in education, its benefit for
increasing export potential and technological independency of the
country. Installation and configuration operating systems Linux
Mandrake and Linux Knoppix were in the focus of the workshop.
As a consultant of
CIPI IPF Fellow is involved in the state working group on
Implementation of Tajik Language in ICT
The working group is meeting regularly to enhance local content
development through drafting a program on standard of the Tajik
alphabet keyboard layout, and Tajik fonts. IPF Fellow convinced the
working group to consider localization of a GUI (graphics user
interface) under FOSS as an important tool in raising population
awareness on ICT, hence local content development. Drafted program as
one of its objectives consists of promotion of GUI under FOSS
- Seminar on intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in partnership with
Jointly with IREX/IATP and CIPI IPF Fellow organized seminar on IPR issues,
particularly on plagiarism and copyrights violation in WWW. On his
presentation on Harms of Software Piracy IPF Fellow introduced to
participants the drawbacks of usage of pirated software for the
society and economy and benefits of FOSS distributed under GNU GPL.
An alternative to Copyrights mechanism – Creative Commons was
presented to participants by TLUG representative.
- Open lecture for students in the OSI Tj information resource centre on Migration to
Linux. Installation and configuration of Linux Mandrake 9.2
In`partnership with the OSI Tajikistan program on Information Access IPF
Fellow conducted an open lecture for students attendees of this
program information resource centre on Migration to Linux –
pros and cons. The participants get acquaintance to the Linux
counterparts of those applications that are popular under MS Windows.
Installation and configuration of the Linux Mandrake 9.2 was part of
Seminar on Free Open Source Software in collaboration with NGO Youth Opportunities and
Tax and Law Institute
Jointly with Youth Opportunities, CIPI and Institute of Tax and Law IPF
Fellow organized a seminar on FOSS for the Institute staff. The
localized FOSS GUI – KDE was introduced to the participants.
IPF Fellow introduced them FOSS conception and its benefits for
raising local intellectual property resources, increasing export
potential of country. The seminar highlighted the importance of FOSS
for education system development.
- Initiative to conduct a Summer Camp on FOSS for IT teachers of the Tajikistani
Idea was suggested by representative of OSI Tajikistan to TLUG and
ISOCToj. IPF Fellow assisted an initiative group in drafting the
grant proposal to organize this event efficiently. There were
arranged number of meetings with USAID and EdNet
local leadership to attract them as a co-funder and partner
respectively. It is planned to conduct one-week-camp on FOSS for
Education Development in the mid of September 2004.
May-June 2004. II National Conference on ICT for Development
One of the main issue discussed during the sessions of the Conference was FOSS. The
benefits of FOSS in development of local expertise, content, local
resources on intellectual properties, and growth of technological
independence. NGO Youth Opportunities presented to the Conference
localized KDE under the Linux Mandrake 10. Resolution of th
Conference to the Government of Tajikistan includes points on
supporting localization process of Linux Mandrake and harmonization
of local IPR legislation with international one. IPF Fellow presented
to the conference the importance of local content and locally
developed application for information society development.
- International Conference WOS 3 (Wizards of Operating Systems)
Participation in WoS3 was a great opportunity to learn advanced experience on
utilization of FOSS in public sector, academic community, and civil
society around the globe as well as to meet enthusiasts of global
FOSS community. Experience of countries such as India, Spain
(Extremadura), Bulgaria, Germany are very encouraging for convincing
authorities in FOSS power for development.
Wikipedia in Tajik?
The possibility to develop Wikipedia in local language – Tajik was
discussed with Ethan Zuckerman.
His idea is to make use of the Persian
wikipedia, which is one of the active ones, to create the one for
- TacticalTech in Central Asia?
Meeting with experts from TacticalTech
allowed discussing the possibility to collaborate in conducting two
FOSS-oriented events in the regional and national levels.
TacticalTech is planning in collaboration with OSI Kz and OSI Kg
conduct a regional workshop on FOSS this year. And the second event
is a Summer Camp on FOSS in Tajikistan. IPF Fellow introduced the
goal of the Camp and its importance for the economy of the country.
TacticalTech will contribute in preparatory process of this event by
providing its training module on FOSS.
- Meetings with Mentors
Meetings with both group and academic mentors were very helpful and
- Indian Linux Community
Meeting with Dr. Chitnis Atul, representative of the Indian Linux community
allowed more thorough explore of the Indian experience in FOSS
utilization to strengthen its education system.
Visit to Kyrgyz Republic
Visit of Bishkek as usual was productive. While Tajikistani FOSS community
is more active in the level of IT experts its Kyrgyz counterpart has
undertaken more activities in the policymakers level. Representatives
of the civil society, international organizations, public and private
sectors are jointly planning to establish a local NGO “Open
to promote utilization of FOSS in all sectors of society and economy,
particularly in education and industry.
Institute of Integration of the International Education Programs – KAF
(Kyrgyz-American Faculty) Internet is one of the members of the Board
of Trustees of NGO “Open Standards”. Institute is
planning to start FOSS utilization in its training program from
- OSI Kyrgyzstan supports local FOSS community and is one of the initiators
of the regional workshop on FOSS planned for Autumn 2004. Meeting
with its representative allowed discussing the possibility for
Tajikistani FOSS community contribute in preparation of the workshop
and an issue of future regional partnership. OSI Kg intends to
support one or two pilot NGOs to migrate to FOSS in 2005 in order to
define all the challenges and the ways to address them for promoting
civil society migration to FOSS.
- IPF Fellow introduced briefly FOSS advantages to leadership of KRENA –
local NREN (National Research and Educational Network), partner of
the NATO Science Program.
Ministry of Education of Tajikistan
Meeting with deputy
Minister of Education who supervises universities of Tajikistan.
Outcome is decision to organize jointly a seminar on FOSS for
authorities and IT teachers in August 25.
Ministry of Economics and Trade of Tajikistan
Meeting with Head of WTO Unit Department of External Economic and Trade Policies,
Ministry of Economy and Trade of Tajikistan. Fellow has to prepare a
letter on FOSS impact in reducing software piracy rate and
increasing export potential of country for the Ministry to consider