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    analyses the main drivers and impact of ICT enabled hyperconnected world The report gives an overview of the current state of ICT readiness in the world Over the past decade the world has become increasingly hyperconnected We live in an environment where the Internet and its associated services are accessible and immediate where people and businesses can communicate with each other instantly and where machines are equally interconnected with each other The exponential growth of mobile devices big data and social media are all drivers of this process of hyperconnectivity Image Credits zunia org Consequently we are beginning to see fundamental transformations in society Hyperconnectivity is redefining relationships between individuals consumers and enterprises and citizens and the state It is introducing new opportunities to increase productivity and well being by redefining the way business is done generating new products and services and improving the way public services are delivered Traditional organisations and industry infrastructures are facing challenges as industries converge This will inevitably have consequences for policy and regulation because regulators will have to mediate the blurring lines between sectors and industries and will be obligated to oversee more facets of each interaction in a pervasive way For example in

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/the-global-information-technology-report-2012 (2016-02-17)
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    EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info UK supports FAO programme to improve agri data access in developing countries A funding partnership with the UK is supporting the Food and Agriculture Organisation to improve availability of agricultural data to governments and farmers Related topics regions Data Agriculture Partnerships 50 years of Information Technology This brief roundup by b Online IT Degree b presents

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?SearchableText=&Title=&Subject%3Alist=Data&Description=&created%3Adate=1970%2F02%2F01+00%3A00%3A00+GMT&created_usage=range%3Amin&Creator=&submit=Search (2016-02-17)
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    documents the experiences and lessons learnt in conducting smartphone surveys to explore how people access and receive humanitarian information in Zimbabwe The smartphone surveys were conducted with the so called Nokia Data Gathering software an open source software making it possible to use smartphones to carry out quick surveys and transmit the collected data back to a central server for immediate analysis The tool could ultimately help save lives explains Jesper Strudsholm Zimbabwe Programme Manager at IMS The new geo mapping tools make it possible to collect data from the most remote and poorest areas of the world With digital surveys like this one the people affected by a crisis are given a chance to channel their needs back to decision makers and aid agencies It effectively establishes a two way communication process which potentially could make the aid more efficient and ultimately could help save lives Skepticism and political sensitivity Carrying out the survey over the past few months 30 volunteers in Zimbabwe aimed to test the tool to find out how open source software like it can be utilised in an environment that is both technically challenging and politically sensitive The survey was also a chance to gain valuable knowledge on the population s use of various sources of information in order to help humanitarian organisations and government agencies to improve their communication strategies Although the surveys in some areas were met with skepticism of the new technology among those interviewed the 30 interviewers managed to gain 2500 answers to their questions on access to information Also in several areas of Zimbabwe the political situation remains fragile leading to the data gathering being met with some suspicion In the Zimbabwean political context any gathering of information is treated with suspicion particularly in rural areas where some respondents refused

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/report-shows-smartphones-make-surveys-easier-in-zimbabwe (2016-02-17)
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    free mobile service is helping as an online tracing tool to aid refugees search for their families as discreetly as they want and with very basic Related topics regions Human Rights Media Innovations Google reacts strongly after cyber attack in China Google has raised serious concerns over the security breach of Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists Citing these to be targeted attacks by third Related topics regions Human Rights Cybercrimes Access to knowledge Internet Real world contentions spill on to the net The Google episode in China is an indication that cyberspace may soon become the next war arena in the fight for basic human freedoms observes b i John Related topics regions Human Rights Corruption and transparency Internet Governance Mobile phones radio promote rights in Africa Mobile phones and FM Radio are the new tools used by the African population to build a vibrant civil society and ensure human rights says Amnesty Related topics regions Human Rights Civil society ICTs Mobiles Creating an inclusive society with ICTs b i Global Information Society Watch 2009 i b examines how information technology is advancing human rights and democracy across the world With country Related topics regions Human Rights Civil

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    Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Information sharing in humanitarian emergencies 14 April 2011 Disaster Relief 2 0 The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies reviews the different responses to the Haiti quake to extract learnings that can inform better collaboration between humanitarian systems and volunteer and technical communities Disaster Relief 2 0 The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies Publisher United Nations Foundation Vodafone Foundation and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Relief 2 0 The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies analyzes how the humanitarian community and the emerging volunteer and technical communities worked together in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and recommends ways to improve coordination between these two groups in future emergencies The report was commissioned by the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership in collaboration with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA and researched and written by a team at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative The report explores how the international humanitarian system and volunteer and technical communities approached information management during the Haiti response and how these approaches differed and came into tension Based on this the report

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/information-sharing-in-humanitarian-emergencies (2016-02-17)
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    their full potential if teachers administrators and students don t know how to get the best out of them Capacity Building for ICT in Education an info Dev commissioned paper by Price Waterhouse Coopers India says most South Asian nations need to complement their basic ICT4E infrastructure needs such as computers connectivity and physical resources with investment in mass based learning networks content support and development initiatives The third essay accompanying the Survey of ICTs for Education in India South Asia Capacity Building for ICT in Education states that the focus in education needs to shift from the teacher to the learner Integrating technology into education certainly helps switch to a more student centered pedagogy However encouraging digital literacy and providing computers are necessary but insufficient conditions for success The info Dev PWC India report identifies the main challenges to ICT4E capacity building in South Asia Increase in the use of ICT in education has not occurred at the same pace as the increase in overall ICT infrastructure and the overall increase in ICT availability has not yet reached a stage of providing access to most people in South Asia Absence of integration and interaction across the South Asian region restricts sharing of information resources and creates duplication of efforts resulting in ineffective use of ICT Absence of trained teachers of high quality and caliber Restrictive access to ICT facilities results in a lack of ICT enablement Absence of authentic and adequate data on access and use hampers policymakers Narrowly focused interventions limit the overall gain from ICT and miss the broader vision and goals of the sector Continued need for a minimal level of physical and complementary infrastructure Low use of ICTs potential The basic requirements for access to ICT4E are infrastructure financial resources and legal frameworks Notwithstanding these

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/capacity-building-for-successful-ict4e (2016-02-17)
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    the need for appropriate policies to ensure benefits more Image Credits e agriculture Mobile telephony used for rural development Related topics Development Communications ICTs Livelihoods Mobile phones for HIV AIDS education 06 10 2009 Using mobile phones to fight HIV AIDS a report on a pilot project conducted in Western Uganda highlights the lack of access to knowledge and treatment on the dreaded disease The document brings out the significance of mobile phones in tracking and prevention of the virus more Image Credits Google Cell phone technology in Africa Related topics Health ICTs Africa Access to knowledge Democracy and ICTs in Africa 30 09 2009 Sida s new report ICTs for Democracy examines the potential of information and communication technologies for advancing democracy and empowerment with special focus on Kenya Tanzania and Uganda It recommends the integration and strategic use of ICTs in good governance more Image Credits Google ICT in Africa Related topics Development ICTs Africa Governance Measuring India s technological competitiveness 23 09 2009 World Economic Forum s latest publication Global Competitiveness Report 2009 10 highlights the gaps between innovation and research in the Indian subcontinent The document stresses the need for more technological readiness and penetration for holistic development more Image Credits World Economic Forum Cover page of the report Related topics ICTs India Research Innovations Economy Technology in everyday life 16 09 2009 IDRC s publication Living the Information Society in Asia highlights the connection between man and technology and how varied ICT tools and applications have transformed human lives The collection of selected papers provides fascinating insights to practitioners into the ICTs interventions and interactions in Asia more Image Credits Image credits UN APCICT Cover page of the report Bridging growth in times of crisis 09 09 2009 World Economic Forum s publication The Global

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    become a major contributor to economic growth in the developing countries Related topics regions Internet ICTs United Nations Digital Restrictions to limit Internet access on the rise UNESCO The United Nations agency which deals with freedom of expression on the Internet warned that restrictions limiting Internet access appear to be on the rise Related topics regions United Nations Internet The digital divide is shrinking The latest edition of b i Measuring the Information Society i b features the new ITU ICT Development Index IDI and the ICT Price Basket two Related topics regions Information United Nations Technology Digital UN to build an ICT museum International Telecommunication Union in partnership with United Arab Emirates is set to launch an ICT museum in Geneva next year The first of its kind ICT Related topics regions ICTs United Nations Innovations 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 ICTs vital to tackle climate change UN Addressing a global forum in Geneva UN chief has pointed out the significance of ICTs in building awareness and creating opportunities to address climate Related topics regions Development Climate Change ICTs United Nations UNEP launches online tool for marine area protection The online system is the latest decision making tool to provide the most current and relevant information about marine and coastal biodiversity and its Related topics regions Environment Information ICTs United Nations Developing a knowledge society GeSCI s publication b i Building a Knowledge Society for All i b points out that while transition to knowledge based economies is progressing the gap Related topics regions ICTs United Nations Access to knowledge Research ICT key to

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