Monthly Archives: November, 2008

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

I was reading through, last night some IEEE journals I just received, Sept2008, and where I caught information about Mr. Randy Paysch.

Quite inspirational.


Handbook of Research on Information Communication Technology Policy: Trends, Issues and Advancements

Proposals Submission Deadline: 1/15/2009
Full Articles Due: 3/27/2009
Handbook of Research on Information Communication Technology Policy: Trends, Issues and Advancements

A book edited by Dr. Esharenana E. Adomi
Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
To be published by IGI Global:


ICTs are always evolving and have been contributing immensely to economic, political, social, scientific and educational development in every society where they are deployed. It is the existence and utilization of appropriate policy that would enable individuals, institutions, organizations, nations, or regions to benefit from the developments propelled by the application of ICTs. ICT policy is capable of bridging or reducing the gap between those who do and do not have access to ICT. An ICT policy statement is an essential step towards creating an enabling environment for the deployment of ICT for the development of the society. Absence of ICT policy can impede the development of information infrastructure in affected organizations and societies. The availability of ICT policy has the potential of building capability and capacities in the community, thereby enabling individuals to participate in an economy and society that increasingly relies on ICT.Though ICT policies are very important, not all institutions, countries, regions, etc., have been able to formulate, adopt and implement policies. Some that have put ICT policies in place may even have defective ones which would not enable them to derive desirable developmental benefits. Review of literature has not been able to reveal any book that has addressed different ICT policies. This book will therefore bridge this literature gap.

Objective of the Book
This book aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in the field. Specifically, the book will be a source book on ICT policies; be a guidebook to those who are involved in ICT policy formulation, implementation, adoption, monitoring, evaluation and application; provide background information to scholars and researcher who are interested in carrying out research on ICT policies; furnish teachers of information technology with necessary knowledge which they can impart to their students/trainees; provide ICT users with information that can enable them to understand the policies which guide technology and how they can make use of ICT components for their enhancement.

Target Audience
The book will be essential reading for professionals, governmental and non governmental officials involved in ICT matters; teachers/academics in the field of information science, technology and management; students, scholars and researchers in the field of information science, technology and management; ICT users; library and information service users, etc. This book will attract professionals, scholars, researchers, etc., from different parts of the world. The publication will provide the audience access to information that will advance research in ICT policies. It will enable individuals to become acquainted with ICT policy process, which will then assist those concerned to formulate and implement appropriate policies. This book will provide teachers, students, scholars and researchers in the field of information science, education, technology and management with useful material on curricular offering. It will enable different ICT users to apply ICTs for the advancement of different areas of their lives. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Evolution of ICT policies

· Types of ICT policies

· Objectives of ICT policies

· ICT policy instruments

· ICT policy stages/processes

· ICT policy formulation

· ICT policy implementation

· Features of ICT policies

· ICT policy application

· Internet access policies

· Laws of the web

· Internet regulation

· Software use policies

· Copyright policies in electronic settings

· Telecommunication policies

· Telecommunication act

· Broadcast policies

· Computer access/use policies

· National ICT policies

· Organizational ICT policies

· Electronic Medium of Information Act

· E-Legislating

· Automation standards

· Ergonomic standards

· ICT security policies

· Computer security policy

· Internet security policy

· Cyber crime regulation

· Cyber crime acts

· Regulation of internet gambling

· Regulation of internet pornography

· Library ICT policies

· Photocopy policies

· Network security policies

· Simulation and gaming policy applications

· Network deployment policies

· Organizational ICT policies

· Organizational ICT security policies

· Library ICT security policy

· ICT policy education

· Satellite communication policy

· Factors affecting ICT policy

· Problems of ICT policies

· Emerging technologies policies

· Review of ICT policies

· Issues in ICT policies

· Wireless communication policies/acts

· ICT standards

· Internet privacy issues

· E-commerce regulation

· ICT and educational policies

· Cybercafe regulation

· Telecentre regulation

· Internet standards

· Information security policies

· Ethics of new/emerging technologies

· ICT legal issues

· Regulation enforcement

· ICT regulation

· Censorship in the digital age

· ICT policy instruments

· Network business models

· E-government policies

· E-business policies

· ICT policy evaluation

· Issues and challenges in ICT policy

· ICT Standards

· Web technology standards

· Research in ICT policy

· ICT policy literature

· E-banking policy

· E-health policy

· Internet governance

· Internet policy

· E-mail policy

· Internet privacy policy

· Internet policy agency

· Computer policy

· Corporate internet policy

· Internet standards

· Internet policy statement

· Employee internet use policy

· Information technology policy

· IT security policy

· ICT policy management/administration

· Regulatory framework

· ICT laws

· Telecommunications policy

· Media policy

· Media legislation

· Telecom legislation

· ICT policy research

· Internet law

· Communication policy

· Electronic signature law

· IFLA Internet manifesto

· Information policy

· UNESCO information policy

· ITU and ICT policies

· Professional ethics

· Mobile phone use ethics

· Educational concerns in ICT policies

· Economic concerns in ICT policies

· Political concerns in ICT policies

· Social concerns in ICT policies

· Scientific and/or technological concerns in ICT policies

· Information infrastructure in ICT policies

· Satellite communications policies

· Gender issues in ICT policies

· Evaluation of ICT policies

· Future of ICT policy

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 15, 2009, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 30, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 27, 2009. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Important Dates
January 15, 2009: Proposal Submission Deadline
January 30, 2009: Notification of Acceptance
March 27, 2009: Full Chapter Submission
April 15, 2009: Review Result Returned
June 15, 2009: Final Chapter

Submission Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Dr. Esharenana E. Adomi
Department of Library and Information Science
Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
Tel.: +234 802 842 9087

John Yusufu, WASSCE best candidate

john yusufu

I read the news in Sundays Punch. His name is John Yusufu, and a former student of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja. He has the best result in the May/June2007 WASSCE where he scored an A1 in all his subjects.

Three former students of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, have emerged tops in the May/June 2007 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination, beating over one million candidates to win the West African Examination Council excellence awards.

In the examination, 19-year-old John Yusufu with registration number 4020617/078, emerged the best overall candidate with total score of 661.92, having scored A1 in all his nine subjects.

He received the award at the 46th annual meeting of the Nigeria National Committee of WAEC, which held on Wednesday in Jalingo, Taraba State.

Yusufu, from Gadaka, Yobe State had earlier in his Junior Secondary Certificate examination obtained 10 distinctions in his subjects.

Currently studying on full scholarship at Harvard in United States of America, Yusufu was the head boy at the college.

He had won laurels, awards and prizes throughout his primary and secondary schools, including a certificate of merit in the Nigerian Physics Olympiad organised by the National Mathematics Centre, Abuja.

read full story here

And for the record, its quite surprising that our man is from Yobe state. Come to think of it, ‘Yobe of all people’. I mean no offense, but its just to show that if our Northerners take education as prime, they too have a lot in store as far as brainpower is concerned.

For the benefit of information for those who will need it, John Yusufu is part of the United States Achievers Program (USAP), one which helps the best and brightest students to get the most qualitative education around the world.

USAP students represent the best and brightest students of their nation. They aspire to broaden their horizons and share ideas and perspectives with a diverse array of people.

USAP participants are selected for embodying all of the following four qualities: (1) Academic excellence, (2) Demonstrated leadership potential, (3) Ethos of giving back to community, and
(4) Economic disadvantage.

Yusufu John is a Nigerian Usap participant from Fika in Yobe State. He had his primary school education at Our Lady’s in Maiduguri before moving on to Loyola Jesuit College on full scholarship for his secondary education. While at Loyola, John was the Senior Prefect as well as the Captain of the school’s boys soccer team. He represented his school in many competitions such as the Capital Science Quiz Competition and was part of the Abuja team that won the 2007 Nigerian National Petroleum Company Quiz Competition. John has received many academic and sports awards both within and outside Loyola. He was the overall best academic student, best in chemistry, most science oriented, as well as the scholar athlete of his graduating class.

As a result of his family’s poor financial background, John was admitted into Usap in 2007. Using the program’s effective resources, he has gained admission into Harvard College. He has chosen to pursue a course in Chemical Engineering at Harvard and hopes to work at one of the major petroleum companies within Nigeria after graduation to discover better ways of processing crude oil without as much environmental pollution. He will definitely be playing soccer while at Harvard.


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