I am writing to you on behalf of the Conference Organising Committee to inform you that the next round of the call-for-papers closes on 30 September 2005 for:
THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY, KNOWLEDGE AND SOCIETY
Hyderabad, India, 12-15 December 2005
Following the success of the inaugural International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society held at the University of California Berkeley, USA, we are pleased to announce the second conference, to be held in one of the emerging IT centres of the world, Hyderabad.
The conference will take a broad and cross-disciplinary approach to technology in society. With a particular focus on digital information and communications technologies, the conference will address: human usability, technologies for citizenship and community participation, and learning technologies. Participants will include researchers, teachers and practitioners whose interests are either technical or humanistic, or whose work crosses over between the applied technological and social sciences.
The conference features an impressive line up of international main speakers, including Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan, COO, Co-founder and Member of Board, Infosys Technologies Ltd, and Genevieve Bell, Senior Researcher, Intel Research. The conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations.
We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call for papers. The conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations. Papers submitted by participants will be fully peer-refereed and published in print and electronic formats in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the conference proceedings. Proposals are reviewed within four weeks of submission.
Full details of the conference, including an online call for papers form, are to be found at the conference website.
Prof. Amar Galla
The Australian National University
My Society is going to hold a debut territory-wide flag day on October 29, 2005 (Saturday). We are looking for a large number of volunteers to sell flags on that day. I am writing to appeal for your kind assistance in the recruitment of volunteers.
Founded in 1957, the Hong Kong Student Aid Society has been serving a large number of children and youths to develop their potentials to the full despite various life and family difficulties in the course of their development.
In recent years, we have growing concern for the increase in family violence in newly developing districts. As a caring social welfare organisation, we
hope to provide professional support, early assessment and timely intervention to the families in need. Our Flag Day to be held on October 29, 2005 aims at raising a sum of HK$1,000,000 to launch a Project for Family Empowerment to provide appropriate assistance and intervention to the needy families in Tin Shui Wai.
We sincerely hope that you can help recruit volunteers to assist in this meaningful event. If you need more information, please contact me at 2341 6249 or you may visit this webpage www.hksas.org.hk.
Attached in the files please find a Chinese appeal letter and a registration form for volunteers.
Thank you again for your kind support!
Dear ICF Friends and Donors,
Dear ICF Friends and Donors,
Re: Hurricane Katrina Update-September 2, 2005
As you are now well aware the impacts of Hurricane Katrina have been truly devastating. Thousands of people are believed dead or missing. The losses suffered by residents of the Gulf Coast are immeasurable. It may take years for many of these communities to fully re-cover.
Since our last email to you, the Greater New Orleans Community Foundation (http://www.gnof.org) has temporarily closed their office. In the interim, the GNOF is working closely with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (www.braf.org) to establish two new funds in response to Hurricane Katrina:
--The Hurricane Katrina Displaced Residents Fund will benefit those individuals and families evacuated to Baton Rouge, who are now unable to return for what may be an extended period. Early official estimates suggest that as many as 500,000 individuals have been displaced for up to six months, and will face numerous challenges related to housing, food, education, healthcare and basic survival necessities.
--The Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund will focus on the rebuilding of infrastructure to provide basic human services to residents of the devastated areas. Tax deductible donations to one or both of these funds are now being accepted online at www.braf.org.
Over the past several days, several ICF donors have inquired about ways to also assist affected commnunities in Mississippi and Alabama. In Alabama, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, www.foundationbirmingham.org, has established the following two funds:
-----Hurricane Katrina Displaced Residents Fund: Donations will be used to support organizations and programs meeting the food, education, health care and basic survival needs of people who have been evacuated to the greater Birmingham area from the Gulf Coast regions.
----Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund - Alabama, Louisiana or Mississippi: Contributions to this fund will be directed according to the wishes of the donor and can be specified for recovery efforts in Alabama, Louisiana or Mississippi. Contributions will be processed locally, without administrative fee, and forwarded to the community foundation serving these areas as they focus on rebuilding infrastructure and providing basic human services to residents of each state.
Additionally, the Foundation of the Mid-South located in Jackson, Mississippi (http://www.fndmidsouth.org/) has established the Hurricane Katrina Recovery and Restoration Fund to benefit those impacted by the disaster and the forthcoming recovery efforts. 100% of the contributions made to the Fund will benefit nonprofits in the Mid South, particularly in Southern Louisiana, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the Alabama Gulf Coast, working to rebuild the lives and communities of those affected by the disaster. Other organizations that are engaged in relief efforts include the following.
To help you form your own response, I encourage you to consult a free publication entitled, Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations which can be downloaded from the Council on Foundations website. http://www.cof.org/files/Documents/International_Programs/disasterguide.pdf.
I hope this information is both timely and useful as you determine the best way to support those most directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina---America's worst natural disaster in history.