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    90 lakh women members of self help Groups SHGs in Andhra Pradesh can look forward to this facility thanks to a mobile book keeping project being launched by the State Government As centre meetings are the cornerstones of SHG activity data on repayments made and loans disbursed will be uploaded to mobile phones by the record keepers in about 15 minutes The records will capture all the existing loans of individual members insurance details old loans details of assets and repayment dates in Telugu As of now the uploading of data of over 8 lakh SHG groups has already been completed as part of the project which is claimed to be the first of its kind in the country Visakhaptnam based Bluefrog Mobile Technologies has designed software and is deploying the project Under the project village organisations are being provided mobile handsets uploaded with the book keeping software to begin with which will be extended to all others Every village organisation in the State has about 30 SHGs attached to it and there are over 40 000 book keepers who are uploading data into mobiles The initiative will promote financial literacy among the members and also ensures transparency More importantly

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/mobile-book-keeping-project-launched-in-ap-india/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    based complaint app 07 August 2012 South Korea s Capital city has launched early this week a location based mobile application which allows users to register complaints regarding community issues that affect public safety and infrastructure The app which is aptly called the Seoul Smart Complaint Centre app was developed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and has been designed to map the reported location and allow photos of the location to be attached and submitted via smart phone According to an official statement complaints registered through the Seoul Smart Complaint Centre app are immediately transferred to the 120 Dasan Call Center and are then directed to the appropriate city service Furthermore citizens would be able to now the progress of their complaints through their smart phones in real time and an SMS is promptly sent to the user to inform them in detail of every step of the complaint resolution procedure The citizen generated data collected through the Seoul Smart Complaint Centre app will serve as a valuable reference to be used in future municipal decisions Frequent complaints in different regions will be collated and used to inform local government operations The Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning to link the

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/seoul-launches-location-based-complaint-app/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    the coming of age of the mobile phone and heck everyone likes a party Like other 21 year olds it s time for the mobile phone to start taking responsibility and be put to work The mobile phone of 2012 is certainly more capable than ever before with the processing power of a decent computer and the ability to learn and adapt by downloading applications More than 30 billion applications or apps were downloaded onto mobile phones around the world in 2011 Most of them are intended to entertain and educate but increasingly the apps that are downloaded transform the phone into a working device whether as a wallet a navigational aid or a price comparison tool A new report by the World Bank and infoDev Information and Communications for Development 2012 Maximizing Mobile shows how mobile phones are being put to work in developing countries in areas such as agriculture health and financial services and how phones are bringing governments and citizens closer together The report also explores how mobile phones are encouraging entrepreneurship as well as facilitating processes of job search By early 2012 there were more than six billion mobile subscriptions in use around the world pre paid and post paid providing access for more than three quarters of the world s inhabitants Ownership of multiple subscriptions is becoming increasingly common suggesting that their number will soon exceed that of the human population Just over a quarter of the new mobile phones sold during 2011 would qualify as a smartphone having the ability to browse the web to send and receive emails and process data The sub US 100 smartphone arrived on the market a lot earlier than the much heralded US 100 laptop and worldwide there are now two smartphones or tablet computers sold for each

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/the-digital-mobile-phone-comes-of-age/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    Info Report highlights broadband potential for a low carbon economy A UN supported report emphasizes how broadband and ICT can accelerate global progress towards a low carbon future and bring effective solutions for mitigating Related topics regions Climate Change Broadband ICTs The Broadband Bridge Linking ICT with Climate Action Broadband can help transition the world towards a low carbon economy and address the causes and effects of climate change according to a new report just Related topics regions Broadband Climate Change The digital mobile phone comes of age The World Bank Group is increasingly working with its clients to expand the use of mobile phones as tools in development projects for data collection and Related topics regions Development ICTs Broadband South Africa Broadband doubles as country shifts to mobile According to researchers World Wide Worx broadband access in South Africa has more than doubled in the last two years Related topics regions Broadband Africa IT Internet Broadband connectivity for gram panchayats in India The Indian government will connect 2 lakh fifty thousand gram panchayats with broadband within 16 months with a view to improving public delivery mechanism Related topics regions Broadband Development ICTs Technology Digital inclusion sought for inter American

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Broadband (2016-02-17)
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    and digital media for social and economic empowerment Nano Ganesh a mobile application developed by Ossian Agro Automation in Pune Maharashtra allows farmers to monitor and switch irrigation pumps using mobile phones to water crops in remote locations This app was one among the 56 innovators to have bagged the best mobile innovators award at a recent award ceremony The system helps in remote monitoring saves power water and prevents soil erosion It is designed to be robust to perform efficiently in rural areas where power supply is erratic with open wiring said Santosh Ostwal CEO Ossian Agro Automation The third mBillionth South Asia Award initiated by Digital Empowerment Foundation a Delhi based non profit organisation recognises and honours mobile telecom innovations from across eight South Asian countries which uses ICT tools like mobile phones and digital media for social and economic empowerment Osama Manzar founder director of Digital Empowerment Foundation Mobile technology has the potential to be even bigger than the internet and the umpteen mobile innovators have already proved it said Osama Manzar founder director of Digital Empowerment Foundation He also said mBillionth is a platform to identify best practices where best innovations are recognised in 10 categories

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/2018mobile-has-the-potential-to-get-bigger-than-internet2019/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    at recent audience surveys across the African market it is obvious that local audience want local content Indeed radio and TV operators have responded by increasingly shifting from a one way broadcast to media that reach audiences by integrating interaction with listeners into programming But the lack of communication with the audience and the lack of finances are often major barriers for broadcast organizations working in African countries Not knowing exactly what people want to watch and listen and not being able to check facts on the field broadcasters have to find alternative solutions to make their job easier if they want to avoid being eaten up by more powerful competitors And if broadcasters do not know their audience s program needs they lose market share together with potential advertisers revenues FrontlineSMS is a text messaging system marketed with these problems in mind By leveraging basic tools already available to most broadcasters and their audiences computers and mobile phones FrontlineSMS enables instantaneous two way communication on a large scale As parts of its numerous applications it can facilitate dynamic conversations between radio listeners or TV watchers and broadcasters whether it is in Africa or elsewhere It s easy to implement

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/an-innovative-solution-for-african-broadcasters/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    sea Image credits Nicole Anand FFMA provides vital livelihood information to fisherfolk The 2004 Tsunami brought to the forefront the plight of the fisher community in India a sector that has long been neglected from mainstream policy The natural disaster revealed the lack of access to fishing related information which adversely affects the livelihoods of fisher folk often putting them at great risks Fisher folk use traditional techniques to predict weather and wave conditions Information within the communities typically travels through word of mouth The Fisher Friend Mobile Advisory FFMA application by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation MSSRF in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in collaboration with telecom and software companies uses mobile technology to bridge this information gap This is enabling fishing communities to pursue their livelihoods in a safe and proactive manner Fishermen can access weather forecasts emergency contacts fishing zones and market prices The application enables a system of information flows whereby fishermen can gain access to fishing related information such as weather forecasts emergency contact information details of high potential fishing zones PFZ and market prices so as to enhance their productivity and ensure their safety Upon sending a single button click request from an icon

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/fisher-friendly-mobile-application-in-india/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    across the world 2010 may well be remembered as a watershed year when activists and journalists used new technology to speak truth to power Information is a source of power and for those challenging the abuse of power by states and other institutions it is an exciting time Shetty also praises what he calls the innovative use of tracking and recording abuses pioneered by the Ushahidi com website in Kenya He says the site has opened up a whole new set of possibilities for conflict prevention But he also points out that there is nothing magical or deterministic about the internet and other communications technologies and warns that technology itself neither respects nor undermines human rights Technology will serve the purposes of those who control it whether their goal is the promotion of rights or the undermining of rights We must be mindful that in a world of asymmetric power the ability of governments and other institutional actors to abuse and exploit technology will always be superior to the grassroots activists the beleaguered human rights advocate the intrepid whistleblower and the individual And while recognising the contribution of WikiLeaks to promoting human rights Shetty says the morality of revealing secret cables written by American diplomats was not clear cut The dissemination of documents with apparent insufficient concern regarding the security of those exposed and the controversy surrounding the sexual offences case against Julian Assange the founder of WikiLeaks made moral clarity difficult He nevertheless says that those who see the behaviour of WikiLeaks as amoral need to be aware that those who live with the daily abuses of power may understandably celebrate WikiLeaks Their last hope for accountability is disclosure however messy embarrassing and apparently counter productive it may be In assessments of the state of human rights in countries

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/mobile-phones-radio-promote-rights-in-africa/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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