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    that is driving social change it must also fuel another revolution a clean energy revolution In this blogpost Kumi urges tech companies to ensure that the electricity powering their data centres comes from cleaner sources The Internet and social media are extraordinary engines of change helping to drive revolutions and positive social change They ve become central tools for how we bring pressure on polluters and governments But if we are not careful the Internet could become an internal combustion engine that fuels climate change instead To avoid that scenario there is at least one more revolution the Internet must fuel a clean energy revolution Tech companies like Google Facebook and Apple operate much of the Internet on the cloud the infrastructure that holds an increasing amount of the files photographs and videos we store and share In reality the cloud is a vast network of warehouses called data centres some so large that they use as much electricity as 250 000 European homes Much of that electricity currently comes from dirty dangerous coal and nuclear power It is outdated polluting power that damages our health and is changing our climate If the cloud were a country it would rank

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/apple-think-different-about-your-dirty-energy/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    in the sector Green Virtual Social The future of Asian education A survey of public sector executives across Asia Pacific Publisher Future Gov October 2009 Attracting over 160 responses from education institutes across Asia Pacific this report argues that education organisations in Asia have reached a historical crossroads where they have to decide how best to leverage electronic resources for the production and delivery of education content Future Gov Cover page of the report The survey indicates an appetite for experimentation as well as a requirement for evidence that new tools will deliver measurable value The research also records the enduring power of paper based materials in the learning environment suggesting that the creative use of personalisation and on demand services will complement the shift towards digital education content creation and online delivery The study found that the adoption of digital content is a clear trend in Asia Pacific One of the most interesting set of answers in the survey comes in the section on producing education material where a predominant number of institutes are leaning towards a mix of in house production and outsourcing The study also reveals that the willingness to outsource grows as does the size of

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/green-digital-education/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    ICTs Tagging technology to track trash The ebb and flow of thousands of pieces of household rubbish are to be tracked using sophisticated mobile tags Carlo Ratti explains how the tiny tags work Related topics regions Innovations Optical soil dipstick to forecast earth s health A new device developed by Tel Aviv University will aid researchers and farmers to measure the pollution level and the health of the soil By inserting the Related topics regions Innovations Getting access to environmental data An EU funded project called Sensors Anywhere SANY has created a new platform that allows free exchange and use of environmental data regardless of its Related topics regions Research Google unveils new technology to save world s forests At the ongoing Copenhagen summit Google s philanthropic arm has launched a software that will make monitoring deforestation easier The software processes the Related topics regions Innovations Next generation solar power A range of new solar technologies from compact chargers roof tiles to solar farms are contributing towards efficient energy by harnessing green power on mass Related topics regions Technology Small nation big effort Small is no obstacle to do big things Cook Islands is the first small developing country to create a comprehensive multimedia biodiversity database that helps Related topics regions Species UNDP s Himalayan Meltdown wins top prize at International Film Festival i b Revealed The Himalayan Meltdown b i a one hour film by the United Nations Development Programme on glacial ice melt in the Himalayas and its Related topics regions Awards J K mulls ICT initiatives to save forests The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is gearing up to employ ICT tools to monitor and manage its forests more effectively The initiative is expected to Related topics regions Forests Cell phone alerts in disaster prone Bangladesh

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?b_start:int=30&Subject:list=Environment (2016-02-17)
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    sleeping peacefully under mosquito nets have the social media service to thank Raising funds from online users The Twestival concept originated in September last year when a group of London Twitter users decided to host a event called the Harvest Twestival entirely sponsored by Twitter users the cool kids or the real nerds depending on how you look at it call them tweeters They raised money and canned food for a London based nonprofit called The Connection The festival is taking a more grassroots approach asking cities around the world to host events in support a local cause on one day Earlier this year in February another Twestival took place this time on a global scale The event brought Twitter communities together to raise a staggering 250 000 for charity water a non profit organization that works towards bringing clean water to the developing world Next month s festival is taking a more grassroots approach asking cities around the world to host events in support a local rather than a global cause on one day during the weekend of 10 13 September 2009 Indian connection Tweeters from five Indian cities are on board Bangalore Mumbai Hyderabad Chennai and New Delhi however only those from Bangalore and Mumbai have currently zeroed in on a cause Bangalore is supporting local charity Dream a Dream which works with disadvantaged children while Mumbai is raising funds for Help a Child which provides financial aid to help children who can t afford an education According to Vaijayanthi KM the regional Twestival Local coordinator across India Bangladesh and the Middle East Pune and Kolkata are likely to participate as well Fundraising for better childhood Hrish Thota a software professional who has over 1 500 followers on Twitter is leading the charge for Bangalore He wants to organize an evening out for the children supported by local charity Dream a Dream This time we are planning to have an event in such a way that people feel involved with the cause Thota also co organized the February Twestival in Bangalore to raise money for charity water but admits that he was only able to raise Rs 5000 as his efforts were very last minute This time we are planning to have an event in such a way that people feel involved with the cause Last time we had an event people just didn t feel connected with the cause he explains We want to organize a fun evening with the children using Twestival volunteers We ll raise money to pay for the evening but more than raising money our aim is to get people involved with the cause Thota and Bangalore Twestival s other volunteers decided to adopt Dream a Dream as their charity of choice because the organization is visibly active around the city and according to Thota has really made its mark We have seen them being very active in helping out underprivileged children around Bangalore by fundraising through marathon and cycling expeditions and by

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/twitter-festival-for-a-cause/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    key technology giants will allow people to collaborate with social projects such as building schools campaigning against pollution and helping disaster victims President Barack Obama and Bill Gates are being invited to back a website that promotes social politics Image credits BBC The portal could be used to help build schools The web portal entitled Hope Plus aims to offer online tools to enable social projects such as building schools and fighting pollution Although still being created the site is billed as a place where people can meet congregate and participate to change the world online It aims to launch in December at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference The project which is still under development is being set up by US based consultancy PoliticsOnline Founder Phil Noble was interviewed by UK e democracy newsletter E Government Bulletin about the plans for the site The idea is to create a world online Peace Corps or a global eBay for caring Noble told the newsletter The concept was in part inspired by Mr Noble s previous work with the BBC He was a key advisor to the now defunct BBC Action Network a nationwide portal for community activism I d been throwing out the idea for a global network and the consensus was now was the time he told E Government Bulletin The portal will be multi lingual and consist of a range of activism tools Companies such as Microsoft Monster Cisco and IBM and participating in creating the site So far attempts at e democracy and social good have been on a small scale built around communities or single issues It will be user generated in terms of content and how it develops Most NGOs non government organisations are still quite web 1 0 we want to apply the web 2

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/global-hope-network-to-be-launched-soon/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    the organisation aims to collect donations for rehabilitation of uprooted population Geneva The UN refugee agency as part of its growing use of social media has entered a special fund raising challenge on a Facebook platform that could net US 50 000 to help forcibly displaced Somalis Image credits UNHCR Newly arrived refugees wait to register in Dadaab Kenya The flow of arrivals shows no signs of slowing Charities and humanitarian organisations taking part in America s Giving Challenge which was launched Wednesday on Facebook Causes have 30 days to gain the most individual donors We will encourage our supporters on social media to help us raise money for the tens of thousands who have been forced from their homes in Somalia by donating and asking friends family and colleagues to join in said Suzanne Tremblay the UNHCR fund raising officer who specialises in appeals Somalia has been plagued by violence for almost two decades Hundreds of thousands have fled overseas or sought refuge in other parts of their country Each year tens of thousands risk their lives by crossing the Gulf of Aden on smugglers boats to reach Yemen Under America s Giving Challenge the organisation that inspires the most people to donate to their cause over the 30 days regardless of the dollar amount will receive the top prize of US 50 000 A second prize is worth US 25 000 while causes placing third to seventh will each get US 10 000 The challenge sponsored by The Case Foundation and Parade magazine will also be giving out daily prizes UNHCR is asking donors to help displaced Somalis by contributing through its Gimme Shelter Cause on Facebook This is linked to the Gimme Shelter campaign launched almost a year ago with the help of American actor Ben Affleck

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/online-fund-raising-challenge-to-help-somalis/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    is your excuse to not donate today launched by the donation portal e daan We are trying to push the idea across so that it automatically pulls the audience says Kosal Malladi a professional who co founded e daan together with friends Deeksha Kotwalwala and Mayank Jain Launched eight months ago e daan seeks to address an important question How do you find someone who needs exactly what you no longer need It started with building a database of registered non governmental organisations NGOs in major cities across the country and then motivating users to donate everything from furniture and books to dry ration and clothes Every time we get a request from a new location based on the pincode we identify an NGO in that location that needs the things that are being donated and then facilitate the transaction says Kotwalwala We accept everything but money because there are already many NGOs doing it Marketing of the idea is important as is the consistency of service We wanted to keep the website simple and straightforward and ensure that the process flow is smooth and the website loads quickly Regular campaigns and alerts are also part of the strategy Also we had to make sure the NGO is registered and located close to the donor s residence so the donor can personally check the NGO before donating The idea is to associate you with the nearest possible NGO so that it furthers future exchanges too While corporate donations charity drives in housing colonies and a steep rise in contributions during the Joy of Giving week are significant individual donation throughout the year is the key the trio note When people hear of this idea they express interest immediately But when I ask them to fill up a form so that

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/indian-portal-encourages-to-donate-goods/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    only for 40 ministries departments and commissions The filing of Right to Information RTI applications for all central government ministries and departments goes online on Wednesday with www rtionline gov in to be launched by Minister of State for Personnel Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy at a function in Delhi At present this facility is available only for 40 ministries departments and commissions Now the government will extend this

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/now-rti-filing-in-india-available-online/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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