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    2009 The Report is a contribution to enhancing the understanding of the key factors determining economic growth and to explaining why some countries are more successful than others in raising income levels and opportunities for their respective populations It features a total of 133 economies thus providing the most comprehensive assessment of its kind Switzerland tops the overall ranking followed by United States with weakening in its financial markets and macroeconomic stability Singapore Sweden and Denmark round out the top five European economies continue to prevail in the top 10 with Finland Germany and the Netherlands following suit India is placed thirty fifth out of 133 countries behind China at 22 and Brazil at 28 for innovation capacity but fares better in the quality of its scientific research institutions Within South Asia India is ranked first followed by Sri Lanka ranked at 49 and Pakistan at 56 the report says The country fares better in quality of scientific research institutions ranked at 25 ahead of China at 35 and Brazil at 41 India hosts some of the best universities in the world and a number of Indian corporate giants have become major global players or even leaders in their fields These two key science indicators are part of a package of 12 development indicators that ranks countries according to a global competitiveness index GCI The report highlights India s reverse development pattern The subcontinent has climbed up one place in the comparative growth ladder and ranks an outstanding 28th in the most complex areas measured by the business sophistication and innovation sub index ahead of several advanced economies but a wide gap between rural India and the rest of the country s thriving economic and technological hubs remains Computer and telephone penetration is also still low The Confederation of Indian

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    Medical students get Ipads for research in Rwanda These gadgets are being donated to enhance education and information sharing between the medical students and lecturers Related topics regions Research Africa IT Digital ICTs can help reduce emissions says report According to a new study by IDC and other industry partners ICTs have considerable potential to reduce carbon emissions The report to be presented at the Related topics regions Climate Change ICTs Research Phones outnumber radios among South Asia s poor Phones are catching up with TVs and the number of phones being used by bottom of the pyramid households have already outpaced the number of radios and Related topics regions ICTs Research Microchip to detect cancer other diseases Canadian researchers have developed a new microchip using nanomaterials to detect cancer and other infectious diseases The new device quickly picks up the Related topics regions Science and Technology Disease Research Cooperation not compulsion on clean technology transfer Compulsory licensing of clean technologies will only be needed if developed countries duck UNFCCC obligations says b Dalindyebo Shabalala b Related topics regions Environment Access to knowledge Research Computers powering medical research Advanced scientific research is no longer done through microscopes or telescopes but by computers enabling investigators to collate visualise and analyse Related topics regions Science and Technology ICTs Health Research 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 Computing is transforming science Microsoft Research publication b i The Fourth Paradigm Data Intensive Scientific Discovery i b is a collection of essays that offers insight into the Related topics regions Science and Technology Access to knowledge Research IDS to build knowledge networks in India The UK based IDS in partnership with OneWorld South Asia organised a one day workshop in New Delhi to share its research on important development issues like Related topics regions Research Access to knowledge Partnerships Launch of Mapping Tool and Malawi Geocoded Data A dynamic mapping tool released by the Strauss Center s Climate Change and African Political Stability CCAPS program and AidData helps visualize data on Related topics regions Aid Research Conflict Climate Change Mobile tools boosting development activities Android an open source platform for mobile devices and other toolkits are being widely used by organisations to collect data on the field The toolkits allow Related topics regions Development ICTs Research Innovations Preserving our digitised heritage A Japanese research team has proposed storing data on semiconductor memory chips made of silicon that will make information as resilient as if it were set in Related topics regions Information Research Innovations Google s new mirrors to generate cheap solar power Google has announced its plan to create a new mirror technology that would help bring down the cost of producing solar energy The company is on the lookout of Related topics regions Climate Change Research Capacity building Investments

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    to build a database on details of every Indian resident will provide authorities to cross check identities of persons they are dealing with using a cellphone Unique Identity Authority of India UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani said here on Saturday If anybody wants to confirm the identity of a person all he has to do is to take the thumbprint or fingerprint of the person on a cellphone and send it across to the central database and receive authentication within seconds he said delivering the CSIR Foundation Day Lecture here He said the UIDAI was in the process of designing and developing systems that will make such navigation possible Nilekani said that UIDAI would perhaps be the first body in the world to make available online authentication where agencies can compare demographic and biometric information of the resident with the record stored in the central database However the online authentication would be done only through a Yes or No response and the UIDAI will not share resident data with the authorities he said The database would be developed in partnership with the government and private agencies across the country The sheer enormity of the project could be gauged by the fact that currently similar databases of 120 million identities are available and UIDAI is in the process of building a register of 1 2 billion people Nilekani said The database would be developed in partnership with the government and private agencies across the country he said These agencies including mobile service providers cooking gas outlets passport offices NREGA and PDS authorities would act as registrars or enrollers for the UIP The details of persons approaching any of the above points of contact will be stored in the Central ID Data Repository CIDR The first set of unique identity numbers will be

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    that aids cyber café owners to maintain a digital record of customers has been introduced in India The click cyber cafe manager application Related topics regions Cybercrimes Security Internet Ethics code for mobile users Egypt has launched a 16 point codebook to regulate the behaviour of cell phone users It advices users to refrain from using inappropriate words or photos in Related topics regions Security ICTs Reforms Tunisian Interior Ministry beefs up internet security post breaches Recent breaches in cyber security of Government websites in Tunisia are prompting an emergency response in building up better defenses for the internet in the Related topics regions Cybercrimes Security Governance Internet Japanese netizens fret about internet safety Eighty per cent of Japanese internet users are worried about their privacy and feel insecure when using the web according to the results of a government Related topics regions Security Internet Governance E Governance Remove the risks associated with new technologies Both designers and users need to be aware of the risks posed by the combination of new technologies and free participation in the web says b Avinash Related topics regions Security Technology Access to knowledge New Media Indian women benefiting from mobile revolution According to a new study by Stanford University mobile phones are contributing towards women s autonomy and providing them access to social services Related topics regions Gender Security ICTs India Rights activists seek online privacy tools for protection Human rights activists are looking towards a new generation of web tools for anonymity and security The use of Tor has increased in China and Iran as its Related topics regions Information Security ICTs India to get e passports next year Biometric passports that have already been implemented in over 70 countries will be made available to Indian citizens next year The security microcontroller

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    a container service NL The idea of a telecentre set up in a moveable container was conceived in 2007 when ALIN developed a new strategy to make more information and knowledge available to communities especially ones in marginalised regions We selected ten sites in the region and in partnership with other organisations initiated the maarifa centres The partners generally offer space where the maarifa centre is based but in some cases the available space was quite limited so we fundraised to have containers fabricated with ICT equipment for use The containers are in fact fixed so they will only be moved when the need arises However what happens at four of the centres Kyuso Nguruman Marigat in Kenya and Lukwanga in Uganda is that the community information volunteers are equipped with laptops so they occasionally move out to communities where they demonstrate internet access using mobile ADSL modems This move is to encourage local communities to learn how to access information Our community volunteers who are currently stationed at ten of our centres go to schools and markets to demonstrate and create awareness of information access from the internet APCNews How did the communities initially react to it And what about now Image credits APC Comunity knowledge centre maarfia in Isinya NL From the beginning communities have been quite enthusiastic about learning more IT skills and even more so about how to access information on their own They felt this was a cheaper and easier way to access new and practical information that is relevant to them The number of visitors to the centres has increased and then number of those registering to be trained on IT skills has doubled since 2007 APCNews Do you have any words of wisdom in case other want to follow in your footsteps NL Communities where the centres are based have to be mobilised to participate in the project and use of the facilities It s important for communities to fully participate so they own the process A good example is the Ngarua Maarifa centre at Laikipia west district in Kenya The communities have generated income and bought two extra computers for the centre since the demand for training activities is quite high We also involve communities in the management of the centres by forming an advisory committee composed of stakeholders in the region The role of the committee is to ensure the centre s objectives are met ALIN has set general objectives such as increasing the information and knowledge capacity of communities sharing knowledge through workshops and discussions documenting local content and basic computer skills Communities from each centre undertake a visionary exercise to reflect on the centre in their own context and set specific objectives that are relevant to them The exercise is also meant to help communities appreciate the centre as their own and start investment plans We also involve a local person whom we train technically to support the smooth running of the centre The Community Knowledge Facilitator CKF is

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    for flagship project on IT in Schools The iSchools project in Philippines for IT in education has come a long way since it commenced in 2007 The Government is now focused on ensuring its Related topics regions Education Capacity building ICTs A media success story Radio Salus in Rwanda b Nduhura Dominique b Director of NUR School of Journalism and Communication explains how Radio Salus of the National University of Rwanda has contributed Related topics regions Community Radio Education Disability Capacity building Radio boost for marginalised women A local radio station in Pastapur near Hyderabad is ushering change for women in the community empowering them with information and providing a tool to Related topics regions Community Radio Capacity building Gender Technology revolutionising society Communities are benefiting from several e learning packages resource centres and mobile and internet access facilities writes b John Liebhardt b A series Related topics regions Development ICTs Capacity building Teachers in Bangladesh lead content development for their classrooms Under the Access to Information programme in Bangladesh teachers across the country are developing digital multimedia content for their classrooms Related topics regions Education Capacity building Digital pilot launched for anganwadi workers Hewlett Packard HP has launched its pilot healthcare initiative the Sankya Learning Laboratory in association with Rotary International for empowering Related topics regions ICTs Health Capacity building Children Usual computer lessons in an unusual place A new computer training centre set up by UNHCR in one of the largest refugee settlements in Bangladesh brings along promises for the migrants children that Related topics regions Education Capacity building Access to knowledge ICTs India to use ICTs to save forest The Ministry of Environment and Forests is planning extensive use of ICT for setting up national forestry knowledge forum national forestry information Related topics regions ICTs India Capacity building Forests India Prison outsourcing unit set for operation A unique outsourcing unit established in the Cherlapalli jail in India s southern city of Hyderabad is expected to be functional by the end of January The BPO Related topics regions Employment Capacity building Rural women in Equador find a tool for empowerment in ICTs In Equador the NGO AMJUPRE supported by UN Women has been training more than 300 women leaders in the rural areas of the country since 2008 teaching them Related topics regions Gender ICTs Capacity building Vodafone innovates on learning solutions for school children under Mobile for Good Using innovative software and mobile technology and in partnership with Pratham Education Foundation the Vodafone Foundation is providing learning solutions Related topics regions Innovations Education Capacity building Children Next Generation technology to improve air traffic New technologies like automatic dependent surveillance broadcast integrated with GPS linked systems will help aviation sector to become more efficient and Related topics regions Technology Capacity building Transport Google s new mirrors to generate cheap solar power Google has announced its plan to create a new mirror technology that would help bring down the cost of producing solar energy The company is on the

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    Related topics regions Innovations US aid to boost technology in Islamic countries The US sponsored global technology and innovation fund will invest million of dollars in projects that will promote technological development and innovations Related topics regions Innovations Future of ICTs depends on tech innovations The future of ICT depends at the ability of the two worlds to converge on technological matters writes b John Liebhardt b To make positive impact on human Related topics regions Innovations Kenya s tech innovators face many roadblocks Young tech innovators in Kenya have developed new online services that can help address the key challenges faced by the country But lack of support from Related topics regions Innovations Arab world uses reality TV to showcase science A reality television programme aiming to pique the public s interest in science and showcase innovation has been launched in the Arab world Related topics regions Innovations Using PDAs in Bolivia to monitor organic crop production Extension workers from the Bolivian farmers organisation Fundación AUTAPO will soon use GPS enabled PDAs to speed up the certifying process for the popular Related topics regions Innovations Super tiny microchips for effective PCs mobiles Taiwan s National Nano Device Laboratories has unveiled an advanced chip technology that will make cell phones and laptops smaller lighter and cheaper It has Related topics regions Innovations 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 Innovations Info kiosks benefit thousands in tribal areas of India The voice based legal information kiosks or NyayaPath as they are called have been set up in the largely tribal states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh Related topics regions Innovations Info kiosks benefit thousands in tribal areas of India The voice based legal information kiosks or NyayaPath as they are called have been set up in the largely tribal states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh Related topics regions South Asia Centre for Knowledge Studies launches BIL to open new Gates of hope A coalition of private and public players in India launch an initiative designed to alter the face of social welfare around the country starting with its most Related topics regions Innovations 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 Innovations The believer in open spaces b Michel Bauwens b founder of the Peer to Peer Foundation talks about the Free Software and Wikipedia movements as pointers to a genuine change in the way Related topics regions Innovations Vodafone innovates on learning solutions for school children under Mobile for Good Using innovative software and mobile technology and in partnership with Pratham Education Foundation the Vodafone Foundation is providing learning solutions Related topics regions Children Singapore launches map based crowdsourcing of information from public Singapore goes hi tech yet again with

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    if Florianopolis a city in the south is to become the Related topics regions Innovations Amazon looks forward to a digital book era Amazon e reader device to be launched in over 100 countries later this month is set to popularise online book reading Kindle an international wireless Related topics regions Innovations New lighting technology to save energy A new technology used to light bulbs is gaining popularity as it helps to reduce the energy consumption and brings real savings Researchers claim that the Related topics regions Innovations Optical soil dipstick to forecast earth s health A new device developed by Tel Aviv University will aid researchers and farmers to measure the pollution level and the health of the soil By inserting the Related topics regions Innovations Green digital homes Hitachi has developed a new television set that will help to save energy at homes The image in the TV fades out within seconds when the viewer looks away from Related topics regions Innovations MESH search engines to dig deeper into meaning The EU funded MESH project is set to revolutionise semantic search by digging deeper into the text and audio visual contents and provide results based on Related topics regions Innovations Hi tech autos for India s capital A new range of eco friendly autorickshaws with cutting edge technologies will be introduced in India s national capital coinciding with the Commonwealth Related topics regions Innovations Hi tech solutions for India s job guarantee scheme The impoverished state of Bihar in India will soon introduce e muster rolls biometric smart cards and an online system for effective and transparent Related topics regions Employment Simplified desktops for the aged A unique desktop called SimplicITY with six buttons and a website for the elderly has been launched With millions of people now in their sixties and above Related topics regions Innovations Mobile chemical detector from NASA A NASA scientist has developed a miniature device that allows iPhones to sniff out low airborne concentrations of chemicals like ammonia chlorine gas and 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 Rare scientific manuscripts now online The Royal Society world s oldest scientific institution will release original works of scientists like Isaac Newton Benjamin Franklin Stephen Hawking and Related topics regions Innovations Google unveils new technology to save world s forests At the ongoing Copenhagen summit Google s philanthropic arm has launched a software that will make monitoring deforestation easier The software processes the Related topics regions Innovations Tracking climate promises UN has launched an online tool called climate pledge tracker to monitor the promises made by individual countries in combating climate change With the new Related topics regions Innovations 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

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