Folks, the Dept of State is serious about "21st century diplomacy", getting Internet tech and social media training to places like the mideast. Here's a new effort which I feel will be a big deal.
The U.S. Department of State's TechWomen initiative is now accepting cultural and technical mentors for its cutting-edge international exchange program that will bring the power of global business, technology, and education together to empower women and girls. TechWomen will pair female mentors from the greater Silicon Valley area with 38 women from communities with predominantly Muslim populations.
These "TechWomen" will participate in a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies beginning in June 2011. Mentor applications are open until March 25, 2011.
For more information and the online application please visit the TechWomen website: http://www.techwomen.org/get-involved/
TechWomen is a public-private partnership of the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs implemented by the Institute of International Education in San Francisco in partnership with the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.