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    unheard voices of the displaced poor As part of its Change Kashmir initiative MTV Iggy is inviting photos blog posts links video clips or any other media format to help the world learn more about the devastating conflict and make an impact in restoring peace The videos bring unfiltered access to Kashmiri voices from the refugee camps of Jammu and Kashmir where the local youth speak directly of their shocking experiences and discuss the peaceful pluralistic roots of Kashmir society and how it has changed in the aftermath of conflict Sunil gives a glimpse of daily life in the Jammu refugee camps in one short clip Mohan explains how religious tensions lead to the slaughter of his entire family in and Deepika shares the reality of leaving her home behind Videos created by Community Video Units in India will be posted on MTV Iggy It is an attempt to make use of different media tools like videos blog posts photographs etc produced by some of the world s most disadvantaged communities and to bring them to a global audience Video Volunteers is a next generation social media network that is engaged in giving voice to billions of underprivileged and marginalised

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/a-platform-for-unheard-voices-from-kashmir/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    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 keywords Related topics regions Human Rights Afghanistan Vocational Education A platform for unheard voices from Kashmir MTV Iggy in collaboration with Video Volunteers brings fearless stories from Kashmir where local youth narrate their experiences from the hotbed of conflict Related

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Peace (2016-02-17)
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    Iggy in collaboration with Video Volunteers brings fearless stories from Kashmir where local youth narrate their experiences from the hotbed of conflict Related topics regions Communications Security Peace Poverty How nanotech can meet the poor s water needs Nanotechnology holds huge potential for supplying clean water to the world s poor but many challenges must be overcome to realise it b David Dickson b is Related topics regions Science and

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Poverty (2016-02-17)
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    But in parts of Pakistan people are suffering from being force fed too much of the same fare hateful and ignorant messages intended to frighten citizens into submission Militants in Pakistan s restive border region of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas FATA have exploited the power of radio for their benefit There some 100 illegal mobile radio stations broadcast across an area larger than the size of all Maine s coastal counties combined from Kittery to Eastport These illegal daily broadcasts tell people that shaving beards is forbidden and that women are not to be educated They provide grisly lists of people who have been or will be executed for a growing litany of crimes People scurry to tune in to daily broadcasts to make sure they are aware of the latest rules As one journalist in Pakistan told me It totally redefines the meaning of a captive audience Community radio And yet in this sea of angry messaging there are beacons of hope that point the way forward for American Pakistani and Afghan policymakers supporting legal local broadcasters that defy the risks to serve the information needs of their communities One of these is Khyber Radio a small legally licensed and local government supported station that provides news to people in FATA Khyber Radio is gutsy producing independent objective newscasts In a region where women are rarely given the freedoms afforded to men the station has both male and female reporters Its news focuses on local issues that matter to local people It also entertains It recently held Khyber Idol where people could vote for their favourite singers In a place where music is considered dangerous the station was flooded with text messages voting for some 80 contestants This station s broadcasts are so popular that a local militant

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/pakistans-new-media-offers-more-space-for-dialogue/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    in dazzling visualisations of near real time global climate data from NASA s fleet of Earth science satellites bringing a world of ever changing climate data to users fingertips Pasadena Calif One of the top iPhone education apps in the iTunes store is now available for Android The free NASA Earth Now Android app immerses cyber explorers in dazzling visualisations of near real time global climate data from NASA s

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/earth-now-available-for-android/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    programme in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners including the US President s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR Meaningful engagement It s fast it s furious it s cool and that s exactly how we filmed it said actress Lupita Nyong o who plays a lead role in Shuga as Ayira a college student who finds herself torn between a boyfriend her own age and an older man Ms Nyong o attended the screening and a panel discussion that followed along with representatives of key partners in the project Image Credits UNICEF video UNICEF collaborated with MTV to create Shuga a TV drama set in Nairobi Kenya It includes messages about HIV prevention for young people The series shows how some kinds of behaviour including sexual involvement with multiple partners sexual exploitation and alcohol abuse can make young people more vulnerable to HIV During the panel discussion PEPFAR Senior HIV AIDS Prevention Advisor Tijuana A James Traore noted the programme s power to speak effectively to young viewers This is really what we mean when we talk about the meaningful engagement of young people in issues that impact their own lives she said No other person or persons I think could have communicated the messages in the way these young people have done A regional priority Messages about HIV and AIDS prevention are especially crucial in eastern and southern Africa the heart of the global epidemic Sixty per cent of HIV infections among young people last year occurred in this region alone Young women in Eastern and Southern Africa are particularly severely affected by HIV said the Senior Specialist in HIV Prevention with UNICEF s Unite for Children Unite against AIDS campaign Susan Kasedde In some countries as many as three young women to each young man are

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/tv-drama-on-aids-entertains-and-educates/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    an information and communication technology initiative is promoting the use of solar powered public payphones in areas not covered by the national telecommunications grid using satellite antennas to pick up a phone signal Connect Africa is running a pilot project in Mumbwa and Kaoma districts in the Western Province giving people in these two rural communities access to relatively cheap payphones We still have so many people in this country who have no access to cheaper and affordable means of communication especially in rural areas This shouldn t be the case in this age where ICT is almost everything says Dean Mulozi national coordinator for Connect Africa There is such a high demand for the services We want to expand the programme to cover the entire country and cater for all rural districts All the districts not connected to the mobile phone grid must be reached Mulozi adds In the two districts where the project is running demand for the phone service has already outstripped supply with thousands of people walking up to 10 kilometres to make calls In Kaoma there are only six handsets catering for about 4 000 people per phone Lubinda Sitenge a 40 year old farmer in Kaoma uses the phone to inquire about the arrival of farming supplies at the nearest depot and to check on prices for his incoming harvest He used to have to walk more than 20 kilometres to get this basic information nowadays if the supplies have not been delivered the government price of his crop has not yet been set or he is not happy with what the market is offering he simply waits at home Sometimes because of the distance we would write a letter and ask someone going near the depot or the office of the district agricultural

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/connecting-rural-zambians/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    problems they would have appropriated them and used them to strengthen their ability to solve problems make decisions and choices and take desired actions Strategic uses of ICTs are being made in other key areas of empowerment such as combating violence among women A recent Stanford University Study report by Dayoung Lee indicates that mobile phones lower a woman s tolerance of domestic violence significantly by giving them greater connectivity and access Lee writes Phones may empower women by giving them better access to social services Given the privacy of talking on the phone women can more easily report domestic violence or consult family planning agencies However that is not to say that ICTs are a panacea for gender discrimination The world of ICT and gender remains a complex one Where we have seen positive strides towards gender equality we have also seen ICTs provide another space for the further marginalisation of women and scope for exerting greater control power and perpetrating violence against them Lee writes that though the benefits of a mobile phone was indisputable they depended ultimately on having access to a mobile phone in the first place According to her Household ownership of mobile phones does not indicate that women have access to them or that women own them Because mobile phones can be carried around husbands may have more complete control over them than over landline phones If they take the mobile phone to work for example women have no means of taking advantage of it In the GenderIT org paper Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies Uganda Country Report Strengthening women s strategic use of ICT to combat violence against women and girls the authors Aramanzan Madanda Berna Ngolobe and Goretti Zavuga Amuriat highlight the tenuous relation between ICT and violence against women Privacy invasion through SMS stalking and monitoring and control by spouses is growing Men control women s use of mobile phones and give or withhold permission to their wives to use them when and how The link between mobile phones and killing of women are not incidents in isolation Some women have acquired two SIM cards to forestall domestic violence This is a sign of women s empowerment as telephones provide a means through which to break male control by opening contacts to the outside world Women use mobiles to contact police officers in the event of domestic violence Women s organisations use the internet in combination with TV radio newspapers and other print media to highlight violence against women The Blank Noise Project is one such initiative we have seen in the recent times to raise awareness and voices against street sexual harassment of women Examples of other initiatives are a a Bangladesh national campaign for strategic use of ICT to end violence against women from 2008 and b Texting for Social Action in Africa organised by the Gender Based Violence Prevention Network in collaboration with Women of Uganda Network WOUGNET In a 2008 case study on Mobile Cell

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/icts-helping-to-bridge-gender-divide/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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