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    Delhi Instituted in 2012 the second edition of the Awards recognises the brilliance of the progress of the community radio in India by identifying outstanding achievements in five categories which includes among others categories looking for exceptional work in the promotion of local culture and adoption of sustainable models Radio Mewat from Nuh in Haryana working for the development of the educationally backward minority community of Meos bagged the first prize in the most creative programme content category for its programme Apki Police Aapke Sath Radio Benziger from Kollam in Kerala and SSM Community Radio from Namakkal in Tamil Nadu bagged the second and third prizes respectively in the same category for their programmes Jana Shabdam and Thaimaiea Thayangathey The award in the Sustainability Model Category was given to Radio Mattoli from Wayanad in Kerala Radio Mattoli was the only radio station to be awarded in that category In the thematic category which recognizes stations for their efforts in making programmes on themes relevant to their community Puduvai Vaani from Pondicherry bagged the first prize for its programme Ungalai Thedi Radio Benziger from Kollam in Kerala and Ahmedabad based Rudi no Radio bagged the second and third prize respectively in the same category for their programmes Enikkum Parayanundoru Katha and Kaagaj Kamdar in the same order Radio Media Village from Kottayam in Kerala bagged the first prize in the Community Engagement Category for its programme Thanal while the second prize was given to Community Rudi no Radio from Ahmedabad for its programme Right to Information The third prize in the same category was given to CMS Radio from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh for its programme Janhit Mein Jari Raushan Hua Jahaan In the category which recognises stations working for the promotion of local culture Kisanvani from Sironj in Madhya Pradesh

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/national-community-radio-awards-2013-conferred/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    not have imagined years ago regardless of frontier and at low cost the Assistant Director General for Communication of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO Janis Karklins told participants at the Internet Governance Forum IGF However barriers to this flow still exist and new ones continue to emerge The Forum which opened in Baku Azerbaijan on Tuesday includes the participation of governments intergovernmental organizations business representatives the technical community civil society organizations as well as any individual Internet users interested in Internet governance issues The theme for this year s Forum is Internet Governance for Sustainable Human Economic and Social Development and reflects the increasing role of the Internet in the evolution of the various aspects of development across all countries According to its website UNESCO recognizes that the Internet holds enormous potential for development providing an unprecedented volume of resources for information and knowledge and opens up new opportunities The principle of freedom of expression must apply not only to traditional media but also to the Internet and all types of emerging media platforms which will definitely contribute to development democracy and dialogue it states In an IGF session focusing on online freedom of expression Mr Karklins said UNESCO has seen cases of Internet service shutdowns during times of political developments in some countries limiting connection of specific communication platforms arbitrarily blocking and filtering content and criminalizing legitimate speech to silence dissent Unwarranted surveillance and violations of the right to privacy have also been inflicted upon Internet users around the world Mr Karklins said Many have faced imprisonment harassment and cyber attacks In extreme cases people who have expressed themselves on the Internet have been killed The constant evolution of the Internet landscape as well as its trans national nature present challenges to legal frameworks with discrepancies

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/restrictions-to-limit-internet-access-on-the-rise-unesco/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    crisis They will discuss the complexities of the ICT market and the need for effective regulations More than 750 policymakers from the world of information and communication technology ICT are meeting in Beirut at an event co hosted by the United Nations telecom agency where they can share experiences and forge common approaches to navigating today s complex ICT markets Image credits UN News Centre ITU Director of Telecommunication Development Bureau Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid Hamadoun Touré the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union ITU said the theme of this year s event Hands On or Hands Off Stimulating Growth Through Effective Regulation is particularly relevant in the context of the current economic crisis when many governments are looking to the ICT sector to re energise debilitated national economies In every field of human endeavour and in every crisis we face ICTs are part of the solution he told the opening of the Global Industry Leaders Forum ICTs are playing a pivotal role in helping us emerge from the financial crisis and in fuelling economic recovery And ICTs are directly responsible for job creation in the Knowledge Economy he added Sami Al Basheer Director of ITU s Telecommunication Development Bureau said he was proud the Bureau can offer this platform for the main actors of the ICT industry to imagine design build and administrate the markets networks and services that our citizens businesses and governments require for their further development Today every country no matter what its level of development relies on ICTs for its economic and social development he noted The environment that enables new technologies to be used and shared by all can only be created through regulatory reform Delegates from more than 110 countries are attending the event which also includes a three day Global

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/global-ict-experts-meet-in-beirut/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Global ICT experts meet in Beirut Delegates from more than 110 counties have gathered in Beirut for a conference that is aimed towards building a greater knowledge economy to help countries Related topics regions ICTs United Nations Economic meltdown Reforms ICT industry poised to rebound OECD s publication b i The impact of the crisis on ICTs and

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Economic%20meltdown (2016-02-17)
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    GESCI Building a knowledge society for all Information knowledge and innovation based businesses are taking over many of the traditional sectors of commerce and industry It is acknowledged that in order to transform their economies developing countries will require sustained investments in education innovation systems infrastructure including Information and Communication technologies or ICTs and implementation of policies that support such knowledge based economic transformation In addition enabling economic environments and strong knowledge institutions are needed Education in the emerging knowledge society is critically important Not only is it the source of basic skills it is also the foundation for the development of new knowledge and innovation In this context it is important to understand that ICT is not only a new and booming sector of the economy but it is also the global infrastructure for knowledge building and sharing and innovation ICTs have the potential to widen access to educational resources improve the quality of learning and improve management efficiencies of the education system It is also important for developing countries to equip tomorrow s citizens with the increasingly important skills related to science and technology including ICT skills problem solving skills collaboration skills and higherlearning skills ICTs can help schools to achieve this mission More critically ICTs have the potential to transform education a potential that many developed countries are doing their best to harness The potential of ICTs to tackle some of the challenges facing education in the knowledge age has led many developed countries to invest heavily in ICTs Developing countries are fast following suit with many placing ICTs in Education at the centre of their development strategies However developing countries are less endowed in terms of capacity capability and resources human and financial to successfully and effectively harness the potential of ICTs With this in mind

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/developing-a-knowledge-society/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Information and Communications Technology have been chosen for the 2009 King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the use of ICTs in education They have contributed towards building knowledge societies by encouraging teachers to use ICTs in education They were chosen from among 39 projects in 29 countries by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO for the 2009 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize Image credits UNESCO 2009 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize Under the leadership of Rector Alexei Semenov the Moscow Institute of Open Education has provided in service training to about 30 000 teachers annually for the past 16 years According to a news release issued by UNESCO Mr Semenov has developed exemplary programmes to enable teachers to include ICTs in their work as well as textbooks and teacher guides used widely in Russia and other countries Jordan s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology won for its Jordan Education Initiative Launched in 2003 the public private partnership has trained over 3 000 teachers in ICT skills UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will present the 25 000 award to each of the two winners at a ceremony on 26 January

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/un-award-winners-for-using-icts-in-education/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    to continue higher education from their homes at a minimal cost A leading arm of the United Nations working to spread the benefits of information technology has announced the launch of the first ever tuition free online university Image credits UN News Centre The world s first tuition free online university As part of this year s focus on education the UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technology and Development GAID presented the newly formed University of the People a non profit institution offering higher education to the masses This year the Global Alliance has focused its attention on education and how ICT can advance education goals around the world Serge Kapto from GAID told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York For hundreds of millions of people around the world higher education is no more than a dream Shai Reshef the founder of the University of the People told reporters They are constrained by finances the lack of institutions in their region or they are not able to leave home to study at a university for personal reasons Mr Reshef said that this University opened the gate to these people to continue their studies from home and at minimal cost by using open source technology open course materials e learning methods and peer to peer teaching Admission opened just over two weeks ago and without any promotion some 200 students from 52 countries have already registered with a high school diploma and a sufficient level of English as entry requirements Students will be placed in classes of 20 after which they can log on to a weekly lecture discuss its themes with their peers and take a test all online There are voluntary professors post graduate students and students in other classes who can also offer

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/world2019s-first-tuition-free-online-university/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    message service SMS messages now offer a cost effective and efficient method of disseminating health messages These are a small part of the growing field of mHealth whereby mobile communications such as mobile phones and portable digital assistants PDAs are used for health services and information mHealth programmes are gaining prominence in regions worldwide SMS messages can help change behaviour Short message service SMS messages now offer a cost effective and efficient method of disseminating health messages in developing countries According to the UN Foundation report mHealth for Development The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World formal studies and anecdotal evidence demonstrate that SMS alerts have a greater impact in influencing behaviour than radio and television campaigns SMS alerts are also relatively unobtrusive offering the user confidentiality in environments where HIV is often taboo In developing countries SMS alerts have proven highly effective in targeting hard to reach populations in rural areas where the absence of clinics lack of healthcare workers and limited access to health information often prevent people from making informed decisions about their health SMS campaigns on HIV testing and treatment support A growing number of countries largely in Africa are partnering with local mobile phone carriers to launch HIV awareness and testing campaigns via SMS These campaigns have been particularly effective in providing young people with the facts about HIV and encouraging them to get tested Mobile phones have also been used to encourage people living with HIV to take their medication and go to their medical appointments Taking HIV medication regularly is crucial to avoiding drug resistance Project Masiluleke uses mobile technology to encourage South Africans to get tested for HIV It sends one million Please call me text messages each day throughout South Africa encouraging people to get tested and treated for HIV The SMS messages are written in local languages and are used to direct users to the National AIDS Helpline Once patients call the hotline representatives provide information on HIV testing services and locations Knowing one s HIV status is critical in a country where almost 20 of the population is living with HIV but less than 3 know their status Using mobile technology for diagnosis and data collection Health workers in remote areas with no health facilities are now able to diagnose and provide treatment support to people living with HIV through wireless access to medical information databases or medical staff As a result patients are able to receive treatment in their villages and homes Data collection is a crucial component of HIV programmes in developing countries Furthermore data collection from remote areas is much faster reliable and more efficient through mobile technology Innovative initiatives such as Phones for Health are helping to close the information gap that exists for patient data in developing countries allowing decision makers to make smarter investments by allocating resources where they are needed most Data collection is a crucial component of HIV programmes in developing countries as policymakers and health providers

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/mobile-technologies-aiding-hiv-aids-testing/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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