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    Infrastructure Technology keywords Related topics regions Human Rights Afghanistan Vocational Education Establishing sustainable Information and Technology parks The global best practice study b i International Good Practice for Establishment of Sustainable IT Parks i b presents the critical business success Related topics regions Infrastructure ICTs Research Achieving active archive ambition An active archive strategy when properly applied significantly reduces overall storage and data management costs while improving efficiencies explains Floyd Related topics regions Internet Infrastructure IT Digital New frontier for the adoption of Green IT Organisations are embracing green technologies not just for cutting down carbon emissions but also for saving money writes b Srikanth R P b Besides Related topics regions Infrastructure ICTs Emissions Open ICT standards will enable smarter ecosystems Openness of the standards on the Internet will facilitate easy connectivity and create more space for smart grid adoption writes b Tom Raftery b on a blog Related topics regions Connectivity ICTs Infrastructure Tapping a billion plus people i b R S Sharma b i Director General and Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India shares the work in progress on the massive Related topics regions Infrastructure Governance Innovations New fiber optic network brings digital era

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Infrastructure (2016-02-17)
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    Punjab visits a government office their name mobile phone number type of service requested and the responsible official are sent to a privately contracted call center The call center follows up with an automatic SMS message and a phone call requesting feedback Responses are entered into a database and reports are made available in real time to both the ministry providing the service and an oversight body In addition the project supplements this survey with direct calls to citizens by senior government officials local assembly members and the Chief Minister himself It s a pretty simple idea but it has immediate impact says Nabeel Awan a senior official in the Chief Minister s Secretariat You start today Collect the numbers tomorrow Then you start making calls And corruption levels begin to decrease because the distance between the citizen and the state is gone By design the internal feedback mechanism piloted within the Punjab Model of Governance initiative are readily scalable and cost efficient so that they can be expanded to other districts and integrated into other services The Punjab government has expanded the pilot to all of the province s 36 districts After using police health or revenue department services citizens receive an automated call with the Chief Minister s Voice and are invited to provide feedback about the quality of service and whether they encountered any corruption The biggest challenge for us is to have the supervising officers cross the threshold of putting the model into practice Once set in motion the model shows its efficacy and results so soon and so complete that the practitioner becomes a protagonist forthwith says Barrister Nabeel Awan a senior government official managing the project at the Chief Minister s Secretariat Beneficiary Results More than 200 000 citizens have been sent text messages seeking feedback With the model currently operating at full scale approximately10 000 new transactions are added every day Some 30 000 citizens have already provided feedback on various services which has shed light on a number of corruption schemes that since been halted This success is due to the fact that rather than passively waiting for complaints the state has been proactively reaching out to citizens and inquiring about their well being says Asim Fayaz a World Bank Consultant working on the project The project has also found a strong vocal champion for its efforts in t Punjab s Chief Minister Not only is the Chief Minister allowing his name and voice to be used in the messages sent to citizens but he has joined a group of provincial legislators in agreeing to directly call citizens to solicit their feedback The direct personalized communication to citizens for reduction of day to day petty corruption provides a very strong incentive to the political leadership to improve services This incentive also aligns very neatly with that of the citizen says Bhatti Bank Contribution While the Punjab Model of Proactive Governance project is funded and led by the government of Punjab the World

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/pakistan-enhancing-service-delivery-through-technology/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    Aakash tablet price to come down to 35 in India 13 December 2012 Production of the Aakash tablet in large volumes will further bring down the cost India s minister for Telecom and Information Technology said India s Telecom and Information Technology IT Minister Kapil Sibal has said that the price of the Aakash tablet will soon come down to 1 900 rupees or 35 Dollars from the present 49 Dollars Sibal said in New Delhi on Wednesday that the next version of the tablet will also have a Skype application for making voice calls using an Internet connection that does not necessarily require a SIM card The minister said the government is in the process of getting Cabinet approval for the manufacture of 50 lakh units of the Aakash tablet in India and then float a global tender for its production in the country He said production of the Aakash tablet in large volumes will further bring down the cost Aakash is first in a series of Android based tablet computers produced by British firm DataWind The tablet is being manufactured by the India based company Quad at their production facility in Hyderabad The tablet was officially launched as

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    About Digital Opportunity Contact Us Spotlight News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Aakash tablet price to come down to 35 in India Production of the Aakash tablet in large volumes will further bring down the cost India s minister for Telecom and Information Technology said Related topics regions South Asia

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    centers as well as the teachers of the learning sessions writes Ranil Sorongon Executive Director of Autism Society Philippines The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child UN CRC and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UN CRPD recognize the inherent rights of children with disabilities CWDs and their full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedom on an equal basis with other children Accordingly CWDs need to be educated of their rights in a way that recognizes their capacities and limitations Believing in the potential of DAISY digital talking books in supporting CWDs learning process in this area the Autism Society Philippines ASP submitted an entry to the Search for Innovative Philippine Human Rights Initiative in 2011 conducted by the Ateneo Human Rights Center Ateneo School of Government and the Caucus of Development NGOs The proposal entitled Educating Children with Disabilities of Their Rights Using the Digital Books emerged as one of the winners among the more than 200 entries Australian Aid AusAID provided the funding support for the one year project implementation that started in May 2012 It was a daunting task for the project team the partner schools and therapy centers as well as the teachers of the learning sessions to implement such a novel project but the enthusiasm and commitment of the implementers fueled the group to successfully finish the project After a year of implementation 626 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Down Syndrome AD HD Intellectual Disability Cerebral Palsy deafness and other disabilities acquired knowledge of their rights specifically the right to a good education the right to play and rest and the right to be protected against verbal and physical abuse The total number went beyond the project s target of 500 recipients Aside from this

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    are still excluded from the benefits of being online China alone accounted for one third of Internet users in the developing world One important challenge in bringing more people online is the limited availability of fi xed broadband access which is primarily confi ned to Internet users in developed countries and some developing countries Monitoring the Digital Divide The digital divide remains high on the agenda of national and international ICT policy makers and one of the key objectives of the IDI is to help monitor and assess the digital divide and highlight areas for improvement While the IDI values are on average much higher in developed than in developing countries growth over the past years has been equally strong and even slightly higher in developing countries Chart 2 The largest differences between developed and developing countries can be seen on the ICT use sub index where developing countries are still far behind developed countries in particular for the uptake of mobile and fi xed broadband Another way of measuring differences in ICT development is provided by the time distance methodology which measures the number of years a country or region lags behind a benchmark country or region in terms of development indicators The results illustrate that the gap between developed and developing countries in terms of ICT indicators is relatively small especially compared to that for other development indicators such as life expectancy or infant mortality rates The IDI ICT Development Index captures the level of advancement of ICTs in 159 countries worldwide and compares progress made between 2002 and 2008 It also measures the global digital divide and examines how it has developed in recent years The report also features the latest ICT Price Basket which combines 2009 fixed telephone mobile cellular and fixed broadband tariffs for 161 economies into one measure and compares these across countries and over time The analytical report is complemented by a series of statistical tables providing country level data for all indicators included in the Index The ICT Price Basket allows policy makers to compare the cost of ICT services across countries and provides a starting point for looking into ways of lowering prices for example by introducing or strengthening competition by reviewing specifi c tariff policies and by evaluating operators revenues and efficiency In 2009 the ICT Price Basket corresponded on average to 13 per cent of GNI per capita The ten economies with the lowest ICT service prices relative to income are Macao China Hong Kong China Singapore Kuwait Luxembourg the United States Denmark Norway the United Kingdom and Iceland Overall people in developed countries have to spend relatively less of their income 1 5 per cent on ICT services than people in developing countries 17 5 per cent This shows that with a few exceptions ICT services tend to be more affordable in developed countries and less affordable in developing countries especially the least developed countries LDCs Measuring ICT impact One of the main objectives of the IDI is

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/the-digital-divide-is-shrinking/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    the museum s collections The first of its kind initiative it is an attempt to preserve and showcase the rich cultural heritage and history of the war torn country Unfortunately protection didn t come soon enough for thousands of cultural artifacts in war torn Iraq But at least now a virtual tour of the Iraq National Museum will be made possible at the beginning of 2010 by using state of the art technology from Google Image credits Times Online Baghdad museum holds artefacts from the Stone Age through to the Babylonian Assyrian and Islamic periods CEO and Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt along with members of Iraq s Antiquities and Heritage Board have announced a project to make a virtual tour of the Iraq National Museum a reality early next year The project the first of its kind at any museum will digitise and electronically catalogue artifacts at the Iraq National Museum allowing global access to the collection The move is part of an ongoing commitment by US institutions to partner with Iraqis under the strategic framework agreement to help support and showcase Iraq s rich cultural heritage and history Schmidt said that the US State Department and a group

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    32 partner institutions have launched the World Digital Library a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives Related topics regions Culture ICTs Access to knowledge Online atlas for endangered languages UNESCO has unveiled the digital version of the b i Atlas of the World s Languages in Danger i b This interactive electronic tool has updated information Related topics regions Culture ICTs Access to knowledge A mobile app for the culture lovers in Hong Kong The Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong recently launched a mobile application called My Culture The app allows users to view information Related topics regions Development ICTs Culture Iraq s museum to go digital Iraq s Antiquities and Heritage Board has partnered with Google to digitise the ancient artifacts and provide a virtual access to the museum s collections The Related topics regions Culture Digital Computer coding helps spot art fakes Sparse coding an innovative modern approach is being used by a team of Dartmouth researchers to differentiate original artworks from the imitations The Related topics regions Culture ICTs Innovations How SMS can be SOS for endangered languages Many language advocates are pushing to make more written languages available on

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Culture (2016-02-17)
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