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USTTI Welcomes Microsoft to the Board of Directors
May 6, 2013

USTTI is excited to welcome Microsoft and Mr. Paul Mitchell General Manager, Technology Policy Group, to the USTTI Board of Directors. Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft provides a wide range of products, services and operating systems used around the world. In previous years Microsoft has offered excellent training, and we are pleased to strengthen our partnership and welcome them to the USTTI Board of Directors.


Board Member Blog
In order for USTTI graduates and applicants to benefit directly from members of the USTTI Board, we have added our Board Member Blog feature to allow our alumni to read the views of individual board members on subjects that are important in the global ICT marketplace. The forum is intended to provide a valuable new source of information for USTTI graduates to consider as they work to achieve increased, affordable ICT access for your fellow country- men and women.

This month's Board Member Blog is written by Aparna Sridhar, Policy Counsel, Google Inc. Ms. Sridhar focuses on important work currently being done to improve internet access.


Working Together to Improve Internet Access in Emerging Markets

Millions of people have benefited from the global growth of the Internet. Internet access drives economic opportunity and enables the free exchange of data and information. It's a tool to address some of our biggest global challenges, including delivering education and healthcare, sourcing clean water, increasing energy efficiency, and making government more effective and responsive to the needs of citizens. But we've only scratched the surface on the potential of the web and Internet applications. Today, five billion people still don't have access to the Internet.
In order to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, we are working with others to bring the remaining 5 billion global citizens online, especially in places where broadband penetration lags the most. To reach this ambitious goal, we work with a variety of public sector, academic, non-profit, civil society and industry stakeholders. Our efforts have taken a variety of forms -- for example, in sub-Saharan Africa, we've created programs such as Google Apps Supporting Programs for Education to deliver broadband access and training to universities, offered technical assistance such as caches for Internet providers, and started a trial that uses new technologies to deliver broadband in both urban and rural areas.
Earlier this year, Google.org announced that it has provided a $3.1M grant to the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) to grow their work to bring local network engineering expertise to national research & education networks (NRENs) and universities across Sub-Saharan Africa. NRENs are specialized local ISPs dedicated to supporting research and education institutions. Universities often serve as an introduction to the Internet for students who will become tomorrow's business and civil society leaders.
Based at the University of Oregon, NSRC is a leader in building both academic infrastructure and ISP infrastructure and has deep experience in partnering with local network operators and other institutions in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean to build networks and train network engineers. Through labs and a train-the-trainers program, NSRC will provide hands-on training on campus network planning, deployment, and management for over 600 university and NREN staff. Its work will bring the Internet to students and staff at over 50 institutions and increase network engineering know-how in Sub-Saharan Africa.
By supporting NSRC, its local partners, and similar institutions, we can help to ensure the opportunity provided by the Internet is available to more people in more parts of the world.

First Trimester Update
The USTTI's 31st year of tuition free training is off to a strong start. Sixty officials from 36 countries have already participated in the USTTI's first trimester training courses. US government and private sector officials continued their commitment to USTT scholars by conducting training in Spectrum management, spectrum monitoring, ICT policymaking, CERT and Cybersecurity coordination and an introduction to internet architecture.

Currently course sponsors are reviewing applications and finalizing acceptances for popular second semester courses in Regulation, Management, Rule of Law and Distance Learning. For a full listing of second semester courses and to submit an application please visit - http://ustti.org/courses/list.php?Trimester=2 .

Alumni Update
USTTI is proud to highlight some of the professional success stories from our alumni in our monthly updates:

Mr. Abraham Moncar, (Ghana), Network Engineer for the Judicial Service in Ghana, is facilitating the development of the E-Justice project in his country. A collaborative effort between Ghana's Ministry of Communications and the National Information and Technology Agency of Ghana (NITA), this project includes the construction of a 42-courtroom complex with full fiber optic capabilities. The project allows officials to adjudicate cases involving electronic transaction disputes while adding improved transparency, public education and access to Judicial and Parliamentary procedures and systems.

USTTI always welcomes success stories from graduates. Whether you have received a recent promotion or embarked on a new project, please keep us updated as you enjoy success after your USTTI training. Please send all alumni success stories to USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Mike Beirne at mbeirne@ustti.org or USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Liam Quinn, at lquinn@ustti.org.

 

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