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    Internet is essentially a global resource it is crucial that appropriate Internet governance supports the right of everyone to have access to and use information and communication technologies in self determined and empowering ways said the independent expert adding that a human rights based approach to the issue should always be adopted Ms Shaheed emphasized the importance of governance on this issue since the Internet has become a powerful medium through which individuals can exercise a wide range of human rights The Internet has become a key element for the enjoyment and the promotion of human rights such as the right to freedom of opinion and expression including the right to seek receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds regardless of frontiers the right to share and enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications the right to participate in cultural life and engage with others through inter cultural dialogue as well as the right to development she said Ms Shaheed noted that the Internet can also play an important role promoting democratic participation accountability transparency and economic development and this highlights the need to maintain it as a global source for all to enjoy In particular she underscored that the Internet should not be divided into national spheres and it should be guarded against any monopolistic appropriation which could reduce the public spaces where social actors interact as equals The principle of net neutrality whereby all content is treated equally over the Internet is a foundational principle of the Internet and should be upheld she said The Internet started as a collegial enterprise of communication and sharing informed by the principles of equality non interference and non hierarch she added Its architecture was constructed in a manner which ensured that the flow of content was independent

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    It features a virtual room where users can get their questions answered and prizes for creating tools that provide better access to mars images Washington NASA and Microsoft launched an interactive website that allows Web surfers to become Mars explorers The Be a Martian website invites members of the public to help scientists perform such research tasks as improving maps of the red planet the US space agency and US software giant said We re at a point in history where everyone can be an explorer Doug McCuistion director of NASA s Mars Exploration Program said in a statement With so much data coming back from Mars missions that are accessible by all exploring Mars has become a shared human endeavor McCuistion said People worldwide can expand the specialised efforts of a few hundred Mars mission team members and make authentic contributions of their own he said Users can for example count craters on Mars a task NASA said had posed a challenge in the past because of the vast numbers involved The collaboration of thousands of participants could help scientists produce far better maps NASA and Microsoft said There s so much data coming back from Mars Having a wider crowd look at the data classify it and help understand its meaning is very important said Michelle Viotti director of Mars Public Outreach at NASA s Jet Propulsion Laboratory And we re also accomplishing something important for NASA The beauty of this type of experience is that it not only teaches people about Mars and the work NASA is doing there but it also engages large groups of people to help solve real challenges that computers cannot solve by themselves said Marc Mercuri a Microsoft director of business innovation AFP The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows twisting dark trails on

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/free-pass-to-mars/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    But are these costs and technologies the only options Not so as a recent UNESCO global consultation sharply brought into focus In fact as the President of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC Steve Buckley pointed out media s role during these times of crisis is not just about getting the message across It is about people taking a lead in getting their voices heard and strengthening accountability linkages between government and citizenry What is more these media are both accessible and affordable and demonstrate that they are for all seasons not just in times of recession Community media making a difference The proof of the pudding lies in the eating and as Buckley s data affirmed there is no dearth of examples that showcase how community media is quietly albeit consistently making a difference Rural community radio stations are working to assist farmers to maintain and increase their harvest In Northern Quebec Inuit communication networks are providing advice on safety as hunting routes across sea ice become increasingly precarious In Mali rural community radio stations are working to assist farmers adapt to changing seasonal patterns in order to maintain and increase their harvest In Bangladesh coastal NGOs are building community radio stations and other communication tools to provide systems for early warning and disaster management in the face of floods and inundations that result from rising sea levels Sometimes the disaster itself propels governments to encourage people to build their own communication systems for disaster preparedness and mitigation as in the case of Senegal post the 2004 locust invasion However these seem to be the exception Remember August 2008 when the River Kosi changed its course and wreaked havoc on areas around the Indo Nepal border Despite efforts mum was the word as far as emergency radio

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    users respond well to the test run the new restrictions will apply to all entries for living people in the next few weeks Blocking illegitimate editing The idea is to block the kind of high profile vandalism that has marred some pages In one of the most recent embarrassments Democratic Sens Robert Byrd and Edward Kennedy were prematurely declared dead by rogue editors Still Wikipedia risks discouraging legitimate editing if restrictions on changes or additions become too burdensome such that articles won t get better or keep up with events That may be especially true on more obscure pages with fewer active volunteers to approve edits in a timely way Aware of the risks Wikipedia has set the criteria for experienced editor status relatively low Users who are registered for a few days can give changes the OK said Jay Walsh a spokesman for the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation which runs the site Becoming credible A more uniform system for filtering changes on Wikipedia represents a step back from the site s original philosophy which called for harnessing the collective knowledge of volunteer editors without any major restrictions We haven t closed the drawbridge People can still get in But it keeps going up and up and up But it is not the first time Wikipedia has attached some strings The same flagging process for example has been imposed on all entries in the German language Wikipedia for more than a year On the English site too high profile pages that are likely to be defaced such as Michael Jackson s have been tightly restricted Some believe Wikipedia must continue tightening editing policies if it wants to gain credibility Investments I m just waiting for the other shoe to drop said Eric Goldman director of the High Tech Law Institute at

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    curriculum including all K12 boards Making learning easy HCL announced this new initiative at eIndia a three day international conference on ICT applications being held at Hyderabad The event brings together industry media and education analysts from across the globe The HCL DigiSchool learning solution will offer students an opportunity to not just learn according to the curriculum but also give a chance to improve their IT competency The key features that this solution offers are digital multimedia asset library covering all major aspects in K 12 category Build on the latest eLearning standards the module effectively integrates Sharable Content Object Reference Model SCORM which is a collection of standards and specifications for Web based e learning SCROM compliant Learning Management Systems LMS helps in effective lesson planning and content management and seamless integration of various features like interactive white board student response system and online examination module Language skills Apart from these features such as HCL language lab not only help students to learn English language but also helps in improving pronunciation communication skills fluency and accent George Paul Executive Vice President HCL Infosystems Ltd said HCL DigiSchool is part of HCL s advanced Education Solutions that offer an end to end single window solution to educational institutes This solution will equip the teacher and make learning easy for the students The solution is in line with our endeavour to constantly evolve the technological interface in order to offer customized and user friendly solutions which are relevant across sectors Safe schools HCL s DigiSchool also offers the school management software that fits the unique needs of the department in the school thus improving the overall functioning and efficiency of the system The best fit of the school management software are student management information systems parent management information system teacher

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    one stop shop for individuals and organisations searching for the latest information about the welfare of livestock The Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare is designed to provide a reliable information conduit on legislation and research findings in the sector as well as on animal welfare standards practices and policies Expected users are farmers and government officials lawmakers researchers the livestock and food industry and non governmental organisations Important forum Image credits FAO Giulio Napolitano A vet in the DRC gives a goat anti worming treatment It will provide an important forum for animal welfare issues related to activities such as transport slaughter and pre slaughter management animal husbandry and handling and the culling of animals for disease control Livestock production accounts for 40 of the value of world agricultural output and products of animal origin provide one third of humanity s protein intake Animals also contribute income social status and security to roughly one billion people including many of the world s poor Livestock moves south Since the 1990s the centre of gravity of livestock production has moved from north to south and a few developing countries have emerged as powerful new players on the global scene Any development programme that improves animal health increases livestock production and responds to natural disasters where animals are involved needs an animal welfare component in it said Samuel Jutzi Director of FAO s Animal Health and Production Division This portal meets a real information need in this extremely important area Compliance with standards By giving less economically developed country governments professionals and producers online access to the latest information and the opportunity to contribute information relevant to their own situation the portal will help to improve livestock welfare health and productivity worldwide Compliance with animal welfare standards can open access to international markets

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/fao-launches-portal-on-animal-welfare/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    iPhone application named Blue and REDD Carbon is already available online in English Arabic Chinese French Japanese Russian and Spanish Blue and REDD Carbon The iPhone application provides users with in depth information on the vital role of coastal and terrestrial ecosystems in both storing and sequestering carbon The Blue Carbon concept aims to promote better management of coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests sea grass meadows saltwater marshlands which serve as vital carbon sinks and can store in the case of mangrove forests up to 1 900 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare Information on other key climate initiatives such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation REDD is provided The UNEP application also highlights the valuable natural services provided by ecosystems such as the protection of shorelines from storms support for fisheries and provision of materials such as timber and medicine Forest ecosystems provide income and employment to over a billion people in the global economy According to UNEP s Forests in a Green Economy report released earlier this year forest ecosystems provide more than a billion people with incomes and employment and contribute approximately US 468 billion to the global economy Equatorial rainforests also contain around half of all plant and animal species known on Earth Yet many of these vital ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation pollution from agricultural run off water diversion and other factors The Blue and REDD Carbon application provides a variety of suggestions and guidelines to show how individual actions such as buying sustainably sourced fish can help limit the environmental degradation of coastal and terrestrial ecosystems One UN Pavilion at Eye on Earth The application was launched during the official opening of the One UN Pavillion at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi The

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/an-iphone-app-to-tackle-climate-change/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    M D senior director of Worldwide Health for Microsoft Since coming to Microsoft it s been my desire to do something more to disseminate information showing how information technology is transforming health and healthcare and now is the time Crounse said With the worldwide interest in health and particularly health IT we want to give people a forum to talk about how important IT is to the industry and how it can improve the cost and quality of care as well as the satisfaction of those providing and receiving care Health Tech Today gives the industry a voice that it currently does not have on the Web In addition to featuring compelling personal stories Health Tech Today will host some of the world s top thought leaders in health and global health issues Each show features live guests in the Microsoft Studios or brought in by satellite or webcam using Windows Live Messenger The line up for the premiere of this monthly show includes a breadth of current issues and topics and guests Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu joins live from his home in Cape Town South Africa to discuss how e health the use of information technologies in medicine may be the key to solving chronic problems in global healthcare Andrew Cull a paramedic turned chief executive discusses how his organisation Remote Medical International is breaking the mold dispensing emergency medical services around the globe all coordinated by handheld devices cell phones and online software Pediatric specialist Dr Cornelia Ruland joins the show from Oslo Norway where she demonstrates how an interactive video game helps doctors and medical professionals gain new insights into the symptoms of their young chronically ill patients Dr Kim Pittenger a family physician from Virginia Mason Medical Center in Kirkland Wash discusses how he believes

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/microsoft-launches-digital-video-series-on-health/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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