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    in Latin America and the Caribbean due to the rapid rollout of mobile networks However the next digital divide concerns Internet access and the many rural areas in the region that are still without it In the 1980s countries in Latin America and the Caribbean spearheaded reforms in the telecommunications sector and many countries around the world followed suit They started by privatizing state owned incumbents and then opened up the sector to new entrants which led to a competitive market particularly for mobile operators The gap in access to voice telephony has largely been met now due to the rapid rollout of mobile networks However the next digital divide concerns Internet access and the many rural areas in the region that are still without it The Connect Americas Summit 2012 hosted by the International Telecommunication Union in Panama City brought together leaders from the public and private sectors as well as international and regional development agencies to identify resources required to close information and communication technology ICT gaps in the region Doyle Gallegos the World Bank s lead ICT policy specialist who attended the summit says We are now at the base of the next wave of reforms which

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    million listeners in villages in and around Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi The station which broadcasts in Hindi and Haryanvi is very popular says its director Arti Jaiman Among community radio stations southern India has the largest spread led by Tamil Nadu with 22 stations In comparison there are fewer stations in the northeast and states like Odisha where the government wants more stations to be set up said Sahu The government has set up content sharing platform for community radio stations Like a station in Awadhi or Haryanvi may have very good programmes which could inspire other stations which could adapt through a content sharing platform said Sahu The platform Ek Duniya Anek Awaaz One World Many Voices has been set up by the ministry in partnership with NGO One World South Asia According to Sahu any non profit organisation can apply to set up a CRS It can be a society or trust an NGO an educational institution or Krishi Vigyan Kendra said the official It costs Rs 15 lakh 20 lakh about 30 000 USD to set up a station Under the 12th Five Year Plan 2012 17 financial support will be given to eligible organizations that have been granted licenses to run CRS said Sahu The ministry has also sent a Rs 170 crore Rs 1700 million proposal to the Planning Commission for supporting the community radio movement in the country In order to help the CRS become financially sustainable the ministry has begun empanelling them with the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity DAVP which would fetch them advertisements Thirteen CRS have been empanelled so far and the others are keen to be empanelled Sahu added Jaiman of Gurgaon ki Awaaz said her station was not empanelled though it had sent its papers last

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    are still missed during campaigns especially in the country s conflicted north where ongoing religious tensions and low levels of trust lead to children going unvaccinated According to recent Independent Monitoring Data 65 of missed children went unvaccinated in the last campaign because they were not at home when vaccinators visited the household and another 9 because vaccinators failed to visit the household at all This could be due to poor scheduling of visits or confusion over which houses had already been visited To improve overall performance the GPEI is harnessing the power of smartphone technology to look much more closely at vaccinators performance In this exciting new public private partnership the GPEI is working with the Economic and Social Research Institute ESRI and telecommunications service provider Etisalat to deploy an Android based application that helps map the location of communities in high risk polio areas tracking real time progress of vaccination teams during door to door campaigns Using data from the global Geographic Positioning System GPS the specially designed software aims to help the programme achieve the necessary 90 vaccination coverage to stop the spread of the disease An earlier study mapping polio reservoirs along the Congo River in DR Congo found that use of GPS data helped identify outbreak locations much more precisely helping vaccinators mount a more effective response Given the priority high risk areas in northern Nigeria have been selected for the first phase of full deployment With GPS transmitters attached to vaccine carriers the specially designed software tracks the daily progress of vaccinators uploading their routes to the ESRI ArcGIS server Maps are then generated showing which areas have been successfully covered highlighting where the risk of polio transmission still remains These risk maps and reports will provide vital real time micro planning data for

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    of Kiribati connect its people with each other and the rest of the world Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles today announced Australia will provide US 3 1 million for a World Bank led Kiribati Telecommunication and ICT Development project to bring better telephone and internet coverage across the archipelago Mr Marles said Kiribati is severely disadvantaged by some of the highest phone and internet costs in the Pacific Reliable and affordable communications are the cornerstone of communities relationships and development Mr Marles said Schools clinics and government offices rely heavily on network connections for their daily operations Improved telecommunications encourages a more mobile workforce and despite the vast distances between islands can help preserve links between I Kiribati communities In 2011 only 12 per cent of Kiribati s population had access to telecommunication services It is hoped this project will increase that figure to 60 per cent by 2017 The World Bank and the Government of New Zealand have also pledged US 1 million each to the project which is being implemented by the Kiribati Ministry of Communications Transport and Tourism Development and the Telecommunications Authority of Kiribati Mr Marles said the project aimed to promote competition

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    users working on Philippine geospatial data Linda Papa Deputy Administrator in NAMRIA told FutureGov that most of the wealth of information generated in various government agencies remains untapped or underutilised for decision making Information which is visually presented gives decision makers heightened situational awareness and helps users have greater appreciation and understanding of their value What we are doing with the Philippine Geoportal is that we are integrating data from relevant government agencies and organisations to make geospatial data more meaningful and relevant she says The project s key stakeholders are the National Government Agencies NGA Local Government Units LGU the academe and the general public The stakeholders especially those from NGA s and LGUs shall prepare the inventory metadata and the actual data of their organisation worth deploying on the web develop the thematic layers and attributes associated to their agency using the standard multi scale base map and set up a training program for participating agencies and other potential users to facilitate data integration and fusion To cite an example the Department of Public Works and Highways DPWH will add the national roads LGUs will add the local roads the Department of Environment and National Resources DENR will add their thematic maps on forestry mines and environment Meanwhile Baranggays villages will add addresses to every building footprint based on a standard and the Bureau of Internal Revenue will tag buildings and associate the establishments that have been tax mapped Papa reveals that since the project is still in its beta testing phase the pilot area for the project will be in Metro Manila which would automatically make the Metro Manila Development Authority MMDA a major stakeholder in the project The project is progressing well as we certainly have the interest of our stakeholders and that there are no

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    for D practitioners 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 Philippines embarks on One Map journey The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority NAMRIA of Philippines is embarking on a multiagency project that seeks to establish a web portal Related topics regions Development ICTs Cloud

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    OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Taiwan launches mobile app for public safety 28 August 2012 The Ministry of Interior recently launched a mobile application which not only allows users to have improved access to public safety services but also have an opportunity to help the police force fight crime The app includes features such as the 110 police service line the 113 abuse prevention line the 165 fraud prevention line fugitive and stolen car information missing person reports road traffic information police case reports and a taxi calling According to Li Shiang chen Director of the National Police Agency s Division of Information the 110 police service function includes a GPS tracking system for the police to easily trace the caller s destination With that function in place the police would be able to respond efficiently at the crime scene This would be a huge help for people who need to keep silent at the crime scene and those who have hearing disabilities he said The app is available on iOS and Android platforms for free download As of last week the Ministry

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    Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info India s official news platform goes mobile 04 September 2012 Keeping up with the latest trends the Press Information Bureau PIB India has launched a mobile version of its official website The mobile site of the PIB features the latest press releases on the home screen and links to other content on the website To make it open instantly in places where the internet connectivity is poor the mobile site does not display the heavy content such as photographs and videos on the homepage When an alert is issued by PIB e g regarding a press conference to be held soon this supersedes all content says the PIB in a statement At present the mobile version shows only English content Hindi and Urdu content of the main website will also be available on the mobile version soon With the increasing popularity of smartphones and Internet browsing on the go a lot of companies as well as the government agencies have launched mobile sites Some of them have even come up with their mobile apps The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation IRCTC earlier this year launched a mobile website which featured all the functions

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