Fwd: State Dept Finances KLA Internet Propaganda

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMhotmail.com
Tue Nov 16 12:35:06 MST 1999

>12 November 1999
>Text: First Internet Information Center Opening in Kosovo
>(Private\public partnership to provide access, training)  (810)
>The first of seven Internet information centers in Kosovo is scheduled
>to open this week in Ferizaj "and will serve as a technology and media
>training facility, providing Kosovars with free Internet access,"
>according to a State Department announcement November 12.
>Several private firms teamed up in a private/public partnership with the
>State Department, the International Organization for Migration, and the
>U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish the
>The Kosovo Information Assistance Initiative will be headquartered in
>the Pristina National and University Library. There will be six regional
>centers: in Ferizaj, Gjakova, Prizren, Peje, Gjilan, and Mitrovica.
>Following is the text of the notice to the press:
>(begin text)
>U.S. Department of State
>Office of the Spokesman
>Press Statement
>Notice to the Press
>November 12, 1999
>The U.S. Department of State Office of International Information
>Programs, the International Organization for Migration and USAID's
>Office of Transition Initiatives have formed an innovative
>public/private partnership to establish seven Internet information
>centers in Kosovo. The first of the seven centers is scheduled to open
>this week in Ferizaj and will serve as a technology and media training
>facility, providing Kosovars with free Internet access.
>The initial phase of the project will focus on the construction of the
>centers, hiring and training of local staff, and establishment of local
>and wide area networks to provide internet connectivity. The Kosovo
>Information Assistance Initiative will be headquartered in the Pristina
>National and University Library in downtown Pristina. There will be six
>regional centers established in the cities of Ferizaj, Gjakova, Prizren,
>Peje, Gjilan, and Mitrovica. All of the centers are centrally located
>and open to the general public.
>The Pristina National and University Library will be transformed into a
>state-of-the-art technology and information center. The center will
>include a "virtual" on-line library, US$1 million in book donations, a
>special children's learning center, a cyber-cafe and several other
>community information projects. The goal of this effort in Kosovo is to
>establish Pristina, with its National and University Library, as the
>"Information Center" in Kosovo - a lively environment where all Kosovars
>can come to learn about their history, prepare for their future, surf
>the net and develop the necessary skills to rebuild civil society.
>The Director of the Pristina National and University Library, Mr. Mehmet
>Gerguri, will be visiting the United States at the end of November as
>part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitors Program.
>While in the U.S., Mr. Gerguri will learn about community programming as
>he visits some of the country's most renowned public libraries in
>Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York. He will receive instruction from
>technologists and specialists in the field of Library Sciences and
>observe the latest in preservation techniques.
>As the project progresses, each regional center will be able to develop
>and implement its own unique programs tailored to meet the specific
>needs of each community. Through the State Department's Global
>Technology Corps, the Office of International Information Programs will
>continue to support the centers by providing government and
>private-sector speakers who will conduct seminars and interactive
>training in areas such as: computer-based languages and applications,
>journalism, media and e-commerce.
>The organizations taking the lead in this partnership include Adobe
>Systems, Inc., Apple Computer, Inc., Autometric, Inc., The Brother's
>Brother Foundation, Canon Computer Systems, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc.,
>The David Sarnoff Corporation, The Document Company Xerox, Gateway and
>the Waitt Family Foundation, Hewlett-Packard Company, IDG Books
>Worldwide, Inc., The Internet Society, 3M, The Markle Foundation,
>MVS/USA, Northwest Airlines, REAL Software, Riso, Inc., RPO Vienna
>(STATE), The Sabre Foundation, Inc., Scholastic Inc., Silicon Graphics,
>Inc., State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs and Surf Watch
>Software. This partnership will deliver hardware, software,
>connectivity, technical assistance, training and financial support. The
>contributions from the private sector highlight the important role that
>U.S. companies can play in the reconstruction of Kosovo.
>"Bringing modern technology to Kosovo through the Kosovo Information
>Assistance Initiative is one of the great ways that the information
>technology community can help the relief effort. This public/private
>partnership is an important step forward in our effort to help the
>Kosovars," said Gateway Chairman and CEO Ted Waitt.
>Journalists interested in further information on the Kosovo
>Information Assistance Initiative should contact one of the following
>-- Mary Thomas, Office of Press Outreach, thomasm at panet.us-state.gov
>(202) 647-3455
>-- Nancy Ozeas, Office of International Information Programs,
>nozeas at usia.gov (202) 619-6340
>(end text)
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