Tvm: A two day national workshop on ‘Mobile Applications Technology and Business’ organised by the Computer Society of India began in Trivandrum today. The event has participation from leading telecom companies and techies alike. But what has been quite surprising is how the new media has been ignored by CSI for the coverage of this national workshop. The pre-event press releases and invites were given only to local news channels and newspapers. Couple of web journalists who went to cover the inaugural session were denied access to the event. On being asked, this was what one of the organiser had to say, “We want only newspaper coverage, we are not interested in Internet and online coverage and we don’t want it”.
It was very surprising that these comments came from an organisation that has been instrumental in guiding the Indian IT industry from its formative years. According to the CSI website – ‘Today, the CSI has 66 chapters all over India, 381 student branches, and more than 40,000 members, including India’s most famous IT industry leaders, brilliant scientists and dedicated academicians. The mission of the CSI is to facilitate research, knowledge sharing, learning and career enhancement for all categories of IT professionals, while simultaneously inspiring and nurturing new entrants into the industry and helping them to integrate into the IT community.
A detailed look at their website shows that the National Events page has not been updated since July, 2008. So this rather substantiates the organiser’s comments. CSI does not need coverage on the Internet. On second thoughts, the CSI shouldn’t need a web site too!!
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