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    and democratisation Focus on freedom of expression and association online Publisher Association for Progressive Communications APC and Hivos Image credit APC GISW 2011 cover page Launching on December 10 Human Rights Day the Global Information Society Watch 2011 report investigates how governments and internet and mobile phone companies are trying to restrict freedom online and how citizens are responding to this using the very same technologies Everyone is familiar with the stories of Egypt and Tunisia GISWatch authors tell these and other lesser known stories from over fifty countries including Prison conditions in Argentina Prisoners are using the internet protest living conditions and demand respect for their rights Torture in Indonesia The torture of two West Papuan farmers was recorded on a mobile phone and leaked to the internet The video spread to well known human rights sites sparking public outrage and a formal investigation by the authorities The tsunami in Japan Citizens used social media to share actionable information during the devastating tsunami and in the aftermath online discussions contradicted misleading reports coming from state authorities Other countries include China Iran Lebanon and Pakistan Written by internationally renowned experts the report brings its readers easy to read and yet comprehensive articles many with policy proposals on the most important challenges protecting human rights on the internet is facing today says lawyer Matthias C Kettemann co chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition The report s country studies which are in turn saddening moving uplifting shed light on how the internet can truly be a catalyst for change and how it can be misused In his preface to the report Frank La Rue UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression says GISWatch 2011 offers timely commentary on the future of the internet as an open and shared

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/internet-and-democracy-report-dedicated-to-the-arab-revolutions/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Internet and democracy report dedicated to the Arab Revolutions 2011 has been a watershed year for the internet in creating peoples movements worldwide for human rights and democracy The Global Information Society Watch Related topics regions Human Rights Social trend New Media Internet Clicking problems away A new range of online services from psychiatric help to

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    Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Using ICTs for human rights promotion A case study of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights 29 March 2012 This case study Using ICTs for human rights promotion determines the effectiveness of human rights promotion strategies used by the African Commission in fulfillment of its mandate It explores how use of ICTs could have a positive impact The use of ICT in human rights promotion A case study of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights Publisher DiploFoundation 2012 Although the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights was created by the Organization of African Unity OAU in 1987 the procedures of the Commission is not well known to the majority This paper by Eliot Nsega examines the effects of information and communication technology ICT in promoting human rights in the African continent with particular reference to the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights The aim is to determine the scope of ICT usage vis à vis traditional approaches especially in the digital age and to suggest alternatives The paper seeks to render a critical analysis that will lead and co

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    has set up a tele medicine facility linking it to the French Medical Institute for Children FMIC in Kabul the capital for tele radiology tele conferencing and other medical services The machine was launched in the Bamyan hospital by the Aga Khan Health Services AKHS and Roshan Telecom also an Aga Khan enterprise The tele radiology allows us to electronically send a digital scan of an X ray to an expert in FMIC in Kabul and receive the interpretation and expertise quickly instead of sending the patient with his her film to Kabul Mattew Rodieck Bamyan hospital manager told IRIN Instead of sending staff for a training session in Kabul we electronically link the trainees in Bamyan with the trainers in Kabul In addition through live tele conference and tele consultation sessions health workers from Bamyan hospital are involved in training and exchange of information with experts in Kabul for diagnostic purposes The machine costing US 100 000 has helped the hospital and patients save money and time because they are not required to travel to Kabul about 230km away for diagnosis and training Instead of sending staff for a two hour training session in Kabul we electronically link the

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/afghan-telemedicine-project-expedites-patient-diagnosis/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Afghan telecom to expand GSM 3G to remotest provinces 20 February 2013 The fiber optic services would also get expanded in the remotest provinces of Afghanistan said Afghanistan s Minister of Communication and Information Technology The state run telecom company is planning to widen its GSM and 3G services across the remotest provinces Afghan minister of communication and information technology said on Tuesday The minister who was speaking at the seventh anniversary of the company said the programme would take two years to complete countrywide The fiber optic services would also get expanded in the remotest provinces where there is proper security he said adding the company succeeded to provide wide areas of up to 3 100 km with the fiber optic in the past Head of the company Gul Ahmad Rastman also told reporters that the contract on expansion of 3G and GSM at the cost of 32 million was signed with the ZTE in order to increase its cover of 100 to 700 installed towers He said the telecom company is a state run and it has been activated at

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    them ITC and Srei also bring infrastructure to the table ITC will leverage its large network of e Choupals the village based Internet kiosks that have become a key grassroots component of local supply chain management since they were launched in 2000 see Marketing to Rural India Making the Ends Meet We have over 6 500 e Choupals in 100 districts spread across 10 states says Sivakumar While we have operationalised 10 districts in the pilot phase of rozgarduniya we intend to expand to 5 000 e Choupals in 80 districts very rapidly with the key states being Uttar Pradesh Rajasthan Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra Why the partnership with Monster First our missions match Sivakumar notes ITC e Choupal s mission is to improve the quality of life in rural India Monster Worldwide the parent company of Monster India is striving to inspire people to improve their lives With a local presence in key markets in North America Europe and Asia Monster connects employers with quality jobseekers at all levels and provides personalised career advice to consumers globally We are able to build a winning solution for rural India which leverages the capability of Monster in the employment solution space and ITC e Choupal in the service delivery space Srei s backbone on the other hand is a network of common service centers CSCs in public private partnership with the central government and seven state governments Some 15 000 CSCs are already up and running more than halfway to its goal of eventually opening 27 000 Our scale is huge says Azim This is possibly the largest such network in the world Each CSC is run by an entrepreneur who is required to contribute 25 of the US 3 000 start up costs Srei provides the communications infrastructure To start with a host of business to consumer services such as railway bookings banking services insurance services and prepaid mobile account refills will be rolled out Azim notes These will generate quick revenue for a village level entrepreneur In the next stage we will start government to consumer services such as issuing birth and death certificates Srei has also enlisted the help of banks to provide loans and financial advice to the entrepreneurs On the employment front Srei starts by finding vacant jobs Next it locates the candidates helping them to fill any skills gaps through its Sahaj Academies The customer facing operations of the academies are run from CSC premises We are building an ecosystem in education Some 50 academies are ready to go while another 50 CSCs are moving to larger premises to accommodate the demand for these services The centres enroll students collect fees and provide the infrastructure Often the CSCs have the only computer and Internet connection in a village The model is based on e learning From a virtual studio teachers provide lessons which are broadcast to the CSC classrooms Students then receive hands on training through for example local apprenticeships We are building an ecosystem

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/indias-rural-job-portals-covering-new-grounds/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    itself as a regional hub for science and technology innovation Image credits Flickr Haeroldus Laudeus Leading light Bahrain seeks to be a pioneer in science and technology innovation Last month 21 April it announced a project called bahrain which will consist of a technology research institute a technology park and a techtainment centre offering interactive entertainment It will contain more than one million square metres of business entertainment and education facilities and promote investment in key technologies such as transport Bahrain has also announced the launch of a higher education city a regional hub for ICT research and training and the first Internet based e University for Asia and the Middle East The US 1 billion city should be ready by early 2010 and will encourage educational innovation to fill the skills gaps in labour markets It will host a consortium of universities from France Germany Italy and Sweden and accommodate 20 000 25 000 students within five years of opening Initially it will offer four year degrees in business studies engineering ICT fine arts and humanities and vocational training The regional ICT hub will be set up in cooperation with UNESCO UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation As well as ICT training and research in e learning it will provide ICT support and policy consultation The e University will include national e learning initiatives to improve information access in the 31 member states of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue a continent wide forum Originally proposed by Malaysia it will be managed by the Open University Malaysia and will open next year 2010 Two branch campuses will be set up in Singapore and Saudi Arabia Eltayeb Mohamed Abdelgadir a researcher at the Sudan based Agricultural Research Corporation told SciDev Net that Arab countries need more projects like these Although some Arab

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/bahrain-invests-in-science-and-technology-innovation/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    International Telecommunication Union The main objective of the ICT Development Index is to provide policy makers with a useful tool to benchmark and assess their information society developments and to monitor progress that has been made globally to close the digital divide Image credits ITU Cover page of the report The need to develop an ICT index was emphasized in the outcome documents of the two World Summits on the Information Society WSIS The Geneva Plan of Action calls for a realistic international performance evaluation and benchmarking through comparable statistical indicators and the creation of a composite index This was reiterated in the Tunis Agenda which calls for periodic evaluation through indicators and benchmarking and an assessment of the magnitude of the digital divide This publication has been produced in response to those calls and following the request from ITU members to develop a single ITU index to track the digital divide and to measure countries progress towards becoming information societies This Report examines global and regional ICT developments during the past five years based on the index results They reveal that despite huge improvements that were made in the access and use of ICTs worldwide large disparities remain among countries The top ranking economies are primarily high income countries from the developed world whereas the least developed countries rank towards the bottom of the index Despite impressive growth in the uptake of mobile telephony in many countries the magnitude of the digital divide remains almost unchanged However the divide is slightly closing between countries with very high and those with low ICT levels An important element in monitoring ICT developments is to examine the cost of ICT services High tariffs are often a major barrier to ICT uptake in particular among poor people The report features a new ICT

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/measuring-the-information-society-the-ict-development-index/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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