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“HACKING THE HIMALAYAS”
– NPR TECH CONTRIBUTOR XENI JARDIN’S 4-PART SERIES ON HOW THE INTERNET
IS CHANGING TIBETAN LIFE


AIRS
ON NPR’S DAY TO DAY


TUESDAY AUGUST 8
– FRIDAY AUGUST 11


Washington, DC; August 7, 2006 – In
Tibet and Northern India, the recent introduction of high technology
and the Internet to the region has the Tibetan people struggling to
reconcile their ancient traditions with rapid growth. Buddhist
monks in Tibet are emailing each other from their temples, while young
Tibetan refugees are learning computer code from high up in the Himalayas.


This integration of cutting edge technology
in such an unexpected place is the work of international tech activists,
including members of a hacker group called “CULT OF THE DEAD COW,”
who are working to install wireless broadband in these traditionally
unconnected communities to help them become more self-sufficient.
But how has this advancement changed things in the remote refugee community?


NPR’s Day to Day
technology contributor Xeni Jardin asked this question when she
traveled to Tibet and Northern India to see first-hand how the implementation
of wireless broadband is impacting Tibetan life. Her report airs
as a four-part series – “Hacking the Himalayas” – on
NPR’s midday news magazine program Day to Day
Tuesday August 8 – Friday August 11 (check local stations’
air time of Day to Day at www.NPR.org/stations).

For her series Jardin interviews Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, the elected prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, who believes the Internet has much in common with the Buddhist precept that everything in the universe links to everything else. Life, he says, is a network: "We Buddhists believe in the philosophy of interdependence. Nothing is independent, everything is related and interdependent. We have to connect with each other, and for connecting, we need communication. And for communication now there are tremendous facilities, and it is very good."

A multi-media slide show and photographs from Jardin’s travels in addition to audio and narrative components will be available at www.NPR.org throughout the series. The complete series will be archived online at NPR.org.

In addition to contributing to NPR’s Day to Day, Ms. Jardin is a contributing writer for Wired Magazine, as well as a tech culture journalist and co-editor of the collaborative blog BoingBoing.net.

-NPR-

NPR Media Relations: Emily Lenzner / 202.513.2754 / Elenzner@npr.org

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