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    of Kenya CCK will prohibit politicians from sending unsolicited campaign text messages Politicians seeking to send campaign messages through bulk SMS to the electorate will have to forward them to mobile service operators at least 48 hours before their scheduled dispatch in new stringent rules revealed by the Communications Commission of Kenya CCK on Wednesday The regulator s new guidelines will in essence prohibit politicians from sending unsolicited campaign text messages in a bid to avoid the unrest experienced in the 2008 General Elections Further such messages will only be sent during the day between 8 a m and 6p m and only in Kiswahili or English In addition any messages originating from a political party or individual candidate must be authorised by the political party or individual together with signed copies of the party s registration papers Mobile operators will also be able to filter messages being transmitted through their networks and turn down any content that is deemed inciting or discriminatory In June Safaricom announced its own guidelines aimed at reining in negative political messages ahead of the General Election Meanwhile CCK will be switching off unregistered SIM cards on December 31 following its recent crackdown on counterfeit

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/new-rules-to-curb-sms-hate-speech-in-kenya/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    receiver s inbox PCMs are free to both sender and receiver making them hugely popular Over 30 million PCMs are sent in South Africa alone per day and the service has since spread to several other African countries PCMs use 40 of the 160 characters normally allowed in a text message leaving 120 unused characters Praekelt Foundation a South African technology company developed SocialTxt where these 120 unused characters in a PCM are then utilized to spread social messages to audiences who don t usually interact with traditional media as they don t have a television or internet access SocialTxt is open source software that allows an NGO or other campaigning organization to insert any social message into Please Call Me messages and thus reach a large target audience at a low cost Any organization can therefore work with mobile phone operators and use the software to insert a message into PCMs Performance SocialTxt can be adapted to work in a variety of ways but there are three main applications Firstly it can insert the number of a call centre into a Please Call Me message where callers can access information and services The receiver of the message can then dial that number to connect to the call centre which could for instance be an HIV Aids helpline Secondly the software can be used to share information with a particular target audience by providing a WAP wireless application protocol link in a PCM The link leads anyone with a WAP enabled phone to a site with further details on the topic Thirdly organizations can also use SocialText to send USSD unstructured supplementary service data menus via PCMs to their target audience Almost all mobile phone handsets can access USSD and gives the user a variety of options and allows more detailed interaction between the campaign team and the recipients of their message Typing 101 for example and selecting your village location can trigger the system to send back information on the nearest vaccination station or even market prices for a specific commodity Until now SocialTxt has been used mainly in the health sector and more specifically in HIV awareness campaigns Praekelt Foundation in cooperation with their national and international partners currently uses the software in a South African HIV Aids project called Project Masiluleke The project running from October 2008 until September 2009 uses SocialTxt to tag approximately one million PCM messages every day for one year The country s leading mobile operator MTN donated the message space to the project giving them one out of every 20 PCMs sent per day When someone receives the SocialTxt message from Project Masiluleke they are linked to the South African National Aids Helpline where they can access HIV information and services One previous message for example read Want to fall pregnant and worried about transmitting HIV to your unborn baby For info call AIDS Helpline 0800012322 Over a four month period SocialTxt consistently doubled the daily number of calls to the helpline

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/delivering-an-extra-message/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    and particularly broadband and mobile are impacting economic growth in developing countries The data section includes at a glance tables on ICT sector performance for 150 economies Information and Communications for Development 2009 Extending Reach and Increasing Impact Publisher World Bank Image credits World Bank Cover page of the report Information and Communications for Development IC4D is a regular publication of the World Bank Group on the diffusion and impact of information and communication technology ICT available at http www worldbank org ic4d The first report IC4D 2006 Global Trends and Policies analyzed lessons on developing access to ICT examined the roles of the public and private sectors in this process and identified the benefits and challenges of adopting and expanding ICT use in businesses This second report IC4D 2009 Extending Reach and Increasing Impact takes a close look at mobile and broadband connectivity It analyzes the development impact of high speed Internet access in developing countries and provides policy options for rolling out broadband networks and addressing the opportunities and challenges of convergence between telecommunications media and computing The report also presents a framework of e government applications and discusses various country experiences with the institutional and policy arrangements

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/studying-the-development-impact-of-ict/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    services will bring faster more affordable telecommunication Related topics regions Communications Technology Connectivity Radio Erasing superstitious and fictitious beliefs Radio is a better tool for eradicating the superstitions rooted deep in the people writes Dr R Sreedher Related topics regions India IT Communications Despite I B ministry nod Dehradun CRS yet to go on air Dehradun s Himgiri Ki Awaaz has received the nod from India s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting MIB but has failed to receive the WPC license till Related topics regions Communications South Asia Community Radio Dairy farmers on the web to highlight their plight Dairy operators in California are using social media tools to educate people on farming market pricing and diseases The slumping dairy industry and Related topics regions Communications ICTs Agriculture Economy India s National Community Radio Awards 2014 presented Community Radio JU from West Bengal was awarded Most Creative Innovative programme content Award Related topics regions Communications Community Radio India South Asia TV drama on AIDS entertains and educates Kenyan television drama for AIDS awareness Shuga co produced by UNICEF and MTV hopes to spur meaningful dialogue among young people on preventing HIV Related topics regions Communications Africa Health Mobile services to benefit 7 crore Indian farmers report The mobile based services would be especially beneficial to the small and marginal farmers living on the edge of poverty says the report Related topics regions India digital literacy Communications South Asia When Chanderi Ki Awaaz took flight Last week a small weaver community in central India celebrated the first test transmission of i Chanderi Ki Awaaz i a community radio station initiated by Related topics regions Communications Civil society India Community Radio Internet providing helping hand to social initiatives With more and more people getting involved with social welfare programmes Internet has come to play significant role in increasing connectivity cutting costs Related topics regions Communications India Campaign Connecting rural Zambians A pilot project in two districts in Zambia s western province will allow rural communities to access relatively cheap payphones The solar powered public Related topics regions Communications Energy ICTs ICTs helping to bridge gender divide New technologies are empowering women by giving them greater connectivity access to social services and reducing the gender gap writes b Aparna Ray b Related topics regions Communications Security ICTs Gender Mobile radio reaches out to Nepali communities Antenna Foundation in partnership with local FM stations is helping rural people in Nepal s hilly terrain access to information and opportunity to Related topics regions Communications Nepal Community Radio Connecting educational institutions in Asia Trans Eurasia Information Network has recently been launched by a UK based organisation to boost the capacity and footprint of research networking in Related topics regions Communications Research Access to knowledge Information Non serious community radio players must go Indian official The Indian government looks at Community Radio not just as a tool for empowering marginalized people but also a means to bridge the digital divide Related topics regions Communications Community Radio India

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    farmers significantly in knowledge sharing WeFarm is the latest project in one such attempt at reaching the farmer community where on sending an SMS any query related to crops is answered Opportunities for small scale farmers across the world to share their knowledge with each other are rarely possible Innovative ideas and solutions could be possible if farmers talked to each other directly and shared their experiences to get knowledge they need to improve their lives even if it is across large distances and different languages Reliable internet access is still a challenge in many countries However mobile telephony penetration has been significant in many regions and small scale farmers are using it for their daily work It is in this context that WeFarm has been created a project created by Cafédirect Producers Foundation CPF an NGO attempting to reduce poverty tackle climate change and improve livelihoods of smallholder cocoa coffee and tea farmers across Africa Latin America and Asia Farmers members of the WeFarm project can send an SMS to the system and ask any questions about their crops The question will be shared with all the WeFarm community around the world and the answer can be given through

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/sharing-ideas-through-mobiles/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    collect and use data for improved health outcomes However in many countries the use of electronic health technologies is extremely varied leading to what can become life threatening gaps in information Intel and Futures Group are working together to transform eHealth in order to improve healthcare in Africa through information communications technology On August 2 the companies will join forces to host the Transforming eHEALTH with eLEARNING in Africa technical workshop Leaders from Kenya Nigeria and Tanzania will come together to share current eHealth projects and national strategies and discuss the barriers they face in their eHealth programs Mindful of the wide range of stakeholders needed to affect this dramatic change in eHealth the workshop brings together representatives from governments the private sector donors and the international development community The workshop aims to formulate public private partnership that advance healthcare information technology and support countries as they work to overcome challenges to eHealth implementation eLearning has the ability to transform eHealth and significantly impact global healthcare by putting the power of learning in the hands of the health work force It also can be a cost effective tool for training health care workers Workshop participants will discuss and demonstrate the

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/transforming-e-health-through-e-learning/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    government has provided cell phones to 482 sub district and district government hospitals which are used as round the clock hotlines staffed by health workers Nationwide there is one doctor for every 3 200 residents and one hospital bed for every 1 738 people according to government data published in 2011 While this proportion of doctors to residents exceeds the World Health Organisation WHO recommended minimum of one doctor per 10 000 residents to ensure basic health services the picture in rural areas is markedly different There are many hard to reach areas where it is difficult for the people to quickly rush to the hospitals These people are getting health advice by the mobile phone health service said Azad The country is in the bottom 20 countries ranked by NGO Save the Children for health workers ability to reach patients in need Diarrhoea advice by phone Shakhawat Hossain 30 an agricultural labourer from Kaliakair a sub district 40km north of the capital Dhaka said health advice via phone can help when there are no other alternatives When Shakhawat s three year old daughter recently had a 3 am bout of diarrhoea he was anxious knowing how difficult it was to get to the closest hospital My wife told me that she had heard that anyone can get help from the sub district doctors by mobile phone I phoned the doctor and he told me everything I should do he said The health worker on the other end of the line instructed him to feed her liquids and a homemade saline solution Within hours his daughter s condition improved Every year a rural child has an average of 4 6 episodes of diarrhoea from which about 230 000 children die annually according to a 2003 government study Even though there

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/dial-for-m-healthcare-in-bangladesh/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    original manufacturers and not imitations or Chinese cell phones and this is because of the operating systems in the original phone he explained Original cell phones have android Symbian Blackberry and Windows operating systems which would work well with the security software Once installed into the mobile phone laptop or desktop computer the security software will require the owner to identify five numbers that will be programmed with the software s in a way that if it is stolen a message will be sent to the five numbers Once installed the owner of the phone also gets an account with RenewEarth Technologies website with a username and password The account will have all the details in the cell phone which can be accessed if the phone is stolen For a mobile phone once the thief changes the simcard or chip a text message alert is automatically sent to the five numbers The message will show the new user s number and exact location within five to ten metres of the thief Dr Buberwa explained With the new user s number the owner of the phone can block shut down the phone or have it make siren sounds without stopping or listen in on the conversation of the new user With the software you can also have the phone send you text messages going out and coming in of the thief or person using your stolen phone and block the functions of the phone the CEO explained For laptops and desktop computers the Micro LNTS or Lost Notebook Tracking System software installed helps track it When stolen and once the thief or new user logs onto the Internet the software instantly identifies the IP of the computer and sends this to the email address of the owner The software remains undetected

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/tanzania-device-to-recover-lost-phones/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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