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    provide results based on Related topics regions Innovations The beginning of an audio revolution Pure Digital a British electronics company has launched Sensia a rugby ball shaped touchscreen radio that harnesses the popular social networking phenomena Related topics regions Innovations Info ladies make life easier in Bangladesh A revolutionary idea is bringing relief to millions of poor Bangladeshis entangled in a multitude of problems Taking the aid of ICTs the info ladies are Related topics regions Bangladesh New tech tools can help mitigate conflicts disasters The governments humanitarian groups and affected communities need to make best use of innovative tech tools to avert crisis says a UN Vodafone Foundation Related topics regions Security Creating art with pocket tools An artist from the Chicago Art Department has found a unique way to promote art with new pocket tools Using iPhones for mixing and overlapping music and Related topics regions Access to knowledge From Brain Drain to Brain Gain UNESCO Hewlett Packard is planning to scale up its Brain Gain initiative to help create a sustainable university e infrastructure for science linking Related topics regions ICTs Year of augmented reality Technological breakthroughs in 2009 have led to the increasing demand of experimental services on mobiles that will blur the line between physical and 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 Indonesia partially gets disaster ready Indonesia has successfully set up an earthquake monitoring system that would help in determining earthquake parameters and providing computer predictions of Related topics regions ICTs A brainy computer An innovative science project in Europe is trying to utilise the properties of bio chemistry to create computers almost as powerful and complex and similar in Related topics regions Research Rescue online for Haiti victims New media tools and social networking sites have come to play critical role in disaster relief and information dissemination in quake hit Haiti With satellite Related topics regions Disaster Management Podcasts a community knowledge sharing tool A pilot project in Zimbabwe run by the development charity Practical Action shows that podcasts can work for poor farmers despite many barriers They are Related topics regions ICTs Building multicultural society in Japan i FM YY i community radio station in Japan has been helping to build a multi cultural and multi ethnic society for the last 15 years Established after the Related topics regions Disaster Management Food security emergency tool for Haiti victims A European Commission funded web based tool developed at FAO will help to aggregate and disseminate food security information in Haiti It presents details in Related topics regions ICTs Person finder tool by Google Google s Person Finder is a searchable database for those who have information about someone as well as those trying to locate a loved one Available in both Related topics regions Disaster Management New draft on film rating

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    I would study this phenomenon more deeply and in particular since I consider peer aggregation to be a non alienating form of work how it could be leveraged as a force for social change So in October 2002 I decided to quit my corporate engagement take a sabbatical to think things through and moved to Thailand to create a global cyber collective to research and promote P2P dynamics Is there a basic set of hypotheses from which the Foundation starts Yes I formulated the following principles when I started the Foundation That peer to peer based technology reflects a change of consciousness towards participation and in turn strengthens it That the distributed network format expressed in the specific manner of peer to peer relations is a new form of political organising and subjectivity and an alternative for the current political economic order i e I believe that peer to peer allows for permission less self organisation to create common value in a way that is more productive than both the state and private for profit alternatives People can now engage in peer production that creates very complex products that can achieve higher quality standards than pure corporate competitors I also believe that it creates a new public domain an information commons which should be protected and extended especially in the domain of common knowledge creation and that this domain where the cost of reproducing knowledge is near zero requires fundamental changes in the intellectual property regime as reflected by new forms such as the free software movement that universal common property regimes ie modes of peer property such as the general public licence and the creative commons licences should be promoted and extended These principles developed by the free software movement in particular the general public licence and the general principles behind the open source and open access movements provide for models that could be used in other areas of social and productive life If we can connect this new mode of production pioneered by knowledge workers with the older traditions of sharing and solidarity of workers and farmers movements then we can build a very strong contemporary social movement that can transcend the failures of socialism I think it also offers youth a vision of renewal and hope to create a world that is more in tune with their values I call the new peer to peer mode a total social fact because it integratively combines subjectivity new values inter subjectivity new relations objectivity an enabling technology and inter objectivity new forms of organisation that mutually strengthen each other in a positive feedback loop and it is clearly on the offensive and growing but lacking political self consciousness It is this form of awareness that the P2P Foundation wants to promote Was this mostly your work or were others involved in formulating these principles I formulated the principles on my own but also after at least two years of reading and of being attuned with the zeitgeist zeitgeist describes

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    of software on their computers It also means users don t get security updates or support services Software piracy is becoming unnecessary as open source software is adding as many features But software piracy is becoming unnecessary Open source software packages are becoming as user friendly and adding as many features as proprietary packages even in scientific circles A software revolution Open source software which is usually free and differs from proprietary software such as Microsoft Office by publishing its source code has come of age The open source web browser Firefox has almost a quarter of the world market according to online technology news site Ars Technica In science open source software users are still a minority but such programmes are no longer the exclusive preserve of those who love to tinker with computers In maths the SAGE programme is gaining ground In chemistry the Blue Obelisk group provides a range of open source chemical informatics software Open source software also exists for physics bio informatics finance and geographical information systems The open source stuff is generally better says Rob Beezer a mathematics professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington and an avid SAGE user and promoter A natural choice for Africans Cash strapped African universities could be fertile ground for such open source packages yet few academics know they exist It s difficult to say whether Africans are using open source chemistry software as it does not require users to register says Egon Willighagen a Dutch chemist and Blue Obelisk member But based on the questions coming to the group there are none outside South Africa I ve seen more illegal copies of software than legal ones says Jan Groenewald IT manager for the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences AIMS in Muizenberg outside Cape Town South Africa and a leader in open source software adoption AIMS runs SAGE on computers loaded with the Linux open source operating system Coupled with Open Office and other free software packages it saves the institute over a hundred thousand South African rand per year But the cost saving is not the main reason why AIMS uses open source software says Groenewald The real cost of conventional software is in the lock in and proprietary nature Not so for open source Students can download these programmes free of charge and take them home with them that would be illegal with proprietary software Open source also invites users to adapt the software to their own needs This can improve IT and programming skills that in turn promote innovation It s a catalyst for development says Groenewald And in countries where bandwidth is a problem users can run SAGE from a web interface without downloading the programme Barriers to uptake So why hasn t open source science software reached more Africans Barriers include a lack of advocacy poor internet connectivity and aggressive marketing by proprietary software companies says Mixo Shiburi a senior software developer and researcher at South Africa s Council for

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    government plans to introduce an annual per capita tax of 6 to fund the project BT s superfast broadband network will be completed in time for the 2012 Olympic Games the firm has announced Image credits BBC The service will initially be rolled out in urban areas The 1 5bn fibre optic network will offer speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second Mbps for some customers supporting high definition video However it will only reach around 40 of homes mainly in towns and cities The firm had originally said the programme would be completed by March 2013 but said the rollout was now ahead of schedule Given the progress we re making four million homes will have access to fibre by the end of next year said Ian Livingston CEO of BT He said the firm aims to offer 10 million homes access to the fibre network by the time the games begin on the 27 July The firm currently has five million customers But extending the coverage would inevitably involve support from the public sector he added Customers will be able to access the highest speeds where BT runs fibre optic cables all the way to their home However the network will still offer speeds of up to 40 Mbps in areas where the fibre cable is run to BT owned cabinets In these fibre to the cabinet areas homes will still be connected to the cabinets by slower copper cables Currently BT s rival Virgin Media offers some homes broadband speeds of up to 50 Mbps regarded as super fast broadband The UK government has said it wants super fast broadband available to 90 of the country by the end of 2017 and everyone in the country to have access to broadband speeds of 2 Mbps by

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    important folio of contacts Image credits Nepal Wireless Mahabir Pun Our short walk is sprinkled with smiles and greetings everyone is glad to see Mahabir At the far side of a rectangular patch of mud that serves as the football pitch and general assembly area for the Pun tribe is a row of low wooden school huts I m not sure what I was expecting but this gleaming array of computers and monitors flanking both long walls is a pretty startling sight Children many barefoot are hard at work the only sound the clatter of keyboards More than 40 other remote mountain villages have now been networked and connected to the internet You want to check your email Mahabir asks me grinning at my surprise At a school in London these computer and internet facilities would be unusual here they are astonishing At the far end of a line of regular hardware I spot something a little different a couple of wooden boxes housing circuit boards Ah these are the first computers that I built with recycled parts donated from old computers because we couldn t afford new computers Mahabir explains adding that the village built a hydropower generator in the stream at the bottom of the village to power them In 1997 Australian students donated the four adjacent computers and people in the US and Europe sent over the rest in subsequent years Reaching the unconnected With no telephone line no way of funding a satellite phone link and with the country in the grip of insurgency Mahabir realised that to bring 21st century communications facilities to his village he would have to leapfrog the conventional technology route In 2001 he wrote to a BBC radio show asking for help in using the recently developed home WiFi technology to connect his village to the internet Intrigued listeners emailed with advice and offers of assistance Backpacking volunteers from around the world smuggled in wireless equipment from the US and Britain after the Nepalese government banned its import and use during the insurgency and suspicious Maoist rebels tried to destroy it Image credits Nick Pattinson A traditional roundhouse in Nangi village By 2003 with all the parts in place Mahabir had linked Nangi to its nearest neighbour Ramche installed a solar powered relay station TV antennae fixed to a tall tree on a mountain peak and from there sent the signal more than 20 kilometers away to Pokhara which had a cable optic connection to Kathmandu the capital Nangi was online Mahabir says he used a home WiFi kit from America that was recommended for use within a radius of four meters I emailed the company and told them that I had done 22 kilometers with it he says I was hoping they might donate some equipment but they didn t believe what I told them More than 40 other remote mountain villages 60 000 people have now been networked and connected to the internet by Mahabir and his stream of

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    the removal chain more transparent Friends of the Earth s Senior Waste Campaigner Michael Warhurst said the project could be a useful tool for highlighting the impact of rubbish Waste doesn t simply disappear when we throw it away and all too often it ends up causing damage when it could be recycled instead People must have much better information on and control over where their rubbish and recycling ends up Global waste In order to monitor how the pieces of rubbish move around the cities and beyond the MIT team has developed a small mobile sensor that can be attached to individual pieces of waste It s like a miniature cell phone with limited functionality said Carlo Ratti another member of the project Each tag encased in a protective resin continuously broadcasts its location to a central server The results can then be collected and plotted on a map in real time Image credits BBC Volunteers can apply to have their trash tagged and tracked It s like putting tracers in your blood and seeing where it moves around your body said Mr Biderman Because cell phone technology is cheap and importantly ubiquitous the system should be able to track rubbish around the globe This could be important when tracking computers and electronic waste which is often disposed of incorrectly according to Mr Ratti Some of them are shipped to Africa to pollute he said The team aims to tag different types of waste from computers and cell phones to bags of garden waste The group is currently looking for volunteers to donate their trash The results of the US studies will be shown at two exhibitions in Seattle and New York during September Zero waste The team stresses that it has tried to limit the impact of its

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    of endangered birds animals and plants facing extinction on its website throughout 2010 It will draw on the latest Red List of endangered wildlife to enforce upon the governments to take action in saving these species Geneva Endangered species from polar bears to giant salamanders great white sharks to beluga whales and Namibian quiver trees to Cuban crocodiles will have their day on the Internet throughout 2010 Image credits Reuters Aurora a 20 year old Beluga whale swims with her newborn calf The International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN said on Thursday it would issue throughout the coming year an extensive daily portrait of each of the 365 animals birds and plants most under threat of disappearance It is time for governments to get serious about saving species and making sure it is high on their agenda for next year as we re really running out of time said Jane Smart a biodiversity expert at the Swiss based IUCN The scientific evidence of a serious extinction crisis is mounting Smart said A third of the some 1 8 million identified species were under growing threat Experts believe there could be as many as 6 to 12 million more species as yet unknown to science From January 1 2010 declared the UN Year of Biodiversity IUCN will draw on latest research for its annual Red List of endangered wildlife to portray in detail the possibly doomed species of the day The material will be posted on the IUCN website We will start with some better known species before moving to cover plants fungi invertebrates and more including less charismatic ones the inter governmental body said The polar bear whose fate as the arctic ice shelf melts has been widely recognised will have star billing on January 1 Before December s

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    Britain fossil types and the impact on the landscape of natural events such as flooding The whole archive is now searchable and free to use for non commercial purposes Even if you have very little geological knowledge I m sure it will be fascinating to zoom into your street and instead of seeing an aerial photograph see the colourful geology underneath said Dr Keith Westhead head of Information Delivery at the BGS We don t know all the uses people will put this information to but what we re hoping is that they ll think of new and creative things to do with it The map data is also available at the smaller scale of 1 625 000 The website allows professional and amateur geologists to pull the information into virtual globe software which enables them to manipulate it further and mesh it with other types of data At the 1 50 000 scale geological details down to about 50m on the surface can be resolved essentially street level The BGS says this is a world first in terms of releasing country wide information Those who live in Edinburgh for example can see how their city is built on top of an ancient volcano Glaswegians on the other hand will notice that their city is built on the remains of an ancient tropical forest evident in the coal measures and fossil trees that can be seen today Regular drivers of the M1 motorway between Leicester and Loughborough might be interested to study how their route passes across some of the oldest rocks in England that preserve the remains of soft bodied animals which once lived in an ancient sea And going further south still the residents of Cornwall can observe how the Lizard Peninsula contains a slice of ancient ocean

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