Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

A New Human Right: The Right To Internet

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma

1st July, 2010 marked the making of history in the era of human rights and the internet revolution. Finland became the first country in the world to recognize access to internet as a basic human right, according to an Aljazeera report. The Finish Parliament passed a legislation guaranteeing broadband use and access to all its citizens. This development is not surprising considering that internet literacy is extremely high in Finland and that it has the fastest connections worldwide. For example, 99% of residents of a small village called Rosala have broadband.

So one wonders why the Finish Government had to enact a special law to cater for what was already available with ease. The Communications Minister, Suri Levini, says that it is meant to cater for the disenfranchised who don’t have internet arguing that the use of internet in Finland was so rampant and crucial to the economy that it was only necessary to give it legal backing. Suffice to say that Finland is a success story in the internet revolution.

Contrast this with a country like Guinea. This African country has the lowest and slowest internet connectivity in the world with very few cafes. A few rich people can afford satellite technology. Even then, it is still slow going by world standards and quite expensive too. One commentator, a professional engineer living in the capital city, said that all he can do is read and reply to e-mail! In an era where other countries are laying high power internet cables, hardly any exists in Guinea.

Learning of the sad Guinean story, I am impressed by the efforts of the Uganda Government. In Kampala, I can easily access a cafĂ©––just a short walk from the comfort of my home and I am there. At Makerere University, I now access wireless internet all over compass, including my hall of residence. Government is commendably busy laying a high-speed cable. With all this though, the developments in Finland cause me to yearn for better and like Tom Sawyer; I say, “Please, give me more.”

But what has made the internet so imperative to human life? Andy Carvin states that, “The internet has revolutionalized communication over the last decade, bringing people together for every imaginable purpose.” For example, we now have virtual communities, i.e. online groups of people around geographic areas like towns as well as special interest communities like professional associations, hobbies and charitable causes.

Internet technology has also made it possible for people to publish their own personal journals, commonly known as blogs about their regular goings-on of their lives hence facilitating the so-called “user-generated content” (UGC) which include photos, videos among others.

Politicians have exploited the internet as a campaign and mobilization avenue. Several have opened websites and pages on social networks like Facebook for this purpose. President Obama successfully did this in the USA where he was able to garner support and collect millions of dollars from Americans through on-line donations.

In summary, the internet has forever changed people’s interaction with each other. The internet revolution is best reflected in terms of cost and speed. Consider for instance that it is cheaper to send one message to hundreds of people using e-mail than it is to send the same to one person via mobile text. Then compare the time difference between using e-mail and post. In economic sense, this increases savings and boosts development. These and more advantages warranty terming internet technology a revolution and a necessary human right. Other states should emulate Finland.