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    between rich and poor is widening Injustice poverty ignorance and violence are to be found everywhere and cause great suffering to people and to the natural environment In treating information as a commodity and not as a right of peoples the mainstream media pay more attention to short term gain and the interests of the powerful Thus the environmental agenda has been reduced to the fatalities and catastrophes when in reality the environmental crisis is also the moral crisis of an economic system and of our political and social institutions We believe it is necessary to reaffirm the social responsibility of the media to act in the public interest and to defend the most vulnerable and we encourage community media to promote environmentally sustainable development We commit ourselves to Uphold the right of everyone to receive clear and timely information on environmental issues and on development plans that may affect us or in which we have an interest Adopt the climate change agenda so that communities we work with in different parts of the world have quality information that enables them to take more effective action and to demand those in power adopt policies to mitigate the causes of climate change Strengthen the standards of environmental reporting and build the capacity of environmental communicators at local and community level Support civil society at local regional and global levels and promote the participation of all individuals and organisations in decision making that affects their lives and livelihoods Protect and exercise the right to freedom of opinion expression association and dissent to rethink new more just more equitable and more sustainable models of development Strengthen local communities capacity to take care of our environment Adopt best practice in our own activities with respect to environmental management and promote a carbon neutral community

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/radio-broadcasters-reaffirm-commitments-to-protect-earth/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Info i speak earth calls for action against climate change In an effort to influence global leaders and businesses to take immediate action to curb global warming a new website i i speak earth i has been launched Related topics regions Climate Change Copenhagen Internet Radio broadcasters reaffirm commitments to protect earth The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC has issued a statement to COP 15 reaffirming its commitment to adopt best practice for promoting Related topics regions Community Radio Copenhagen Governance Heating the planet to cool the server room Escalating energy demands to power more computer hardware keep data centres chilled stream videos use social networking are creating massive environmental Related topics regions Copenhagen Emissions Access to knowledge Internet Copenhagen 24 7 An interactive TV livestream launched i OneClimate net i has launched a new interactive TV channel that allows people across the world to watch the Copenhagen climate conference live on their Related topics regions Climate Change Copenhagen Communications Nanotechnology can help reduce emissions Experts claim that use of nanoparticles can help mitigate the impact of climate change The tiny particles which are used in creating alternative technologies Related topics regions Copenhagen Science and Technology Emissions Tracking

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Copenhagen (2016-02-17)
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    of the changing face of governance in India Inaugurating the forum the Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said social media now needs to move beyond its transactional role and fulfill its transformational potential as seen most recently in the mass protests in Egypt and Libya In the next two years we will connect every village every taluka with broadband But for that to happen he said the internet and social media need to be more inclusive The government has to play a role In the next two years we will connect every village every taluka with broadband This is our national commitment In a panel discussion that followed several government departments shared their experiences with social media tools Navdeep Suri Joint Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs shared how the MEA s Twitter channel played a critical role in the evacuation of Indians stranded in Libya PN Ranjitkumar Director of the Indian Postal Service shared how public interaction via Twitter led to the development of a grievances redressal mechanism which is now helping the department better understand and provide for the needs of existing and potential users Next step said Ranjitkumar was the deployment of a blog for deeper and more meaningful engagement Facebook too has been put to good use by several government departments C Chandramouli the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India shared how the Facebook page of Census 2011 successfully addressed public queries on various census related issues The upcoming National Population Register enrollment and the caste based enumeration will also employ various social media tools he announced The Additional Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Anshu Prakash shared that the department enrolled citizens help through its Facebook page to help clean up the city More than 2000 designated garbage collection points are

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/indian-government-steadily-going-2.0/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    for the internet in the country Image Credits Tunisia Live Image posted by Anonymous after hacking into Tunisian Facebook page Concerns about the security of the websites of the Tunisian Interim Government ministries have increased especially after recent breaches Recent cyber attacks have targeted the Tunisian Prime Minister s email account and the official website of the Ministry of Justice The government s program for 2012 presented by Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to the Constituent Assembly on April 5th included a focus on improving Internet security by hiring new experts at the Ministry of the Interior Hafedh Ben Hamida IT security engineer and cyber crime specialist explained that the National Agency for Computer Security has been working on fortifying the defenses of the Internet in Tunisia since 2004 Haythem Elmir an official at the Agency said that experts will be brought in to assist his Agency in its ongoing work to protect Tunisian government websites The whole security system is to be re structured in order to improve it However the final version is not clear yet he stated According to Elmir the technical aspects of security breaches are immediately treated at the National Agency for Computer Security emergencies are

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/tunisian-interior-ministry-beefs-up-internet-security-post-breaches/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    that is being done What would it actually lead to in terms of savings for the government Because I was reading somewhere that you know on account of what the government will just save on subsidies for LPG liquefied petroleum gas cylinders it could amount to around Rs1 200 crore That s how much is lost on account of duplication or fraud What could the savings be See it is difficult to put a number on this because it is not really us who is going to implement those savings So savings depend on implementation But if you look across the board if you look at systems like the PDS public distribution system NREGA Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act kerosene subsidy LPG subsidy fertilizer subsidy and old age pensions We have a whole gamut of social welfare programmes and subsidies I think the savings will be fairly substantial I can t put a number around it but it will be substantial I think you yourself pointed out that this is only an identification number a lot will really depend on how the delivery mechanism is actually engineered to deal with this How do you see things moving We have started signing MoUs memoranda of understanding with state governments Recently we signed our first MoU with the state of Madhya Pradesh and that MoU is on our website So that tells exactly what is the relationship between us and the state We are signing with other states Now we are also in discussions with the Ministry of Rural Development to make sure the NREGA tie up happens We have had discussions with the food and civil supplies department on the PDS But ultimately a lot of this is also at the state level because the state runs the PDS the state runs NREGA state runs RSBY Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana the state runs old age pension The finance minister FM in his Budget speech said we would see the first numbers being rolled out any time between August of this year and February next year Do you now have a more specific timeline That s our commitment Just to retrace a bit the Budget speech of FM last year in July 2009 had very clearly said that the first UIDs would roll out in 12 18 months For us that clock started ticking on August 12 So 12 18 months from August 12 2009 to August 2010 to February 2011 So we are absolutely sure and we are very comfortable that we will issue the first set of UIDs before February 2011 What about the revenue generation model as far as the UID is concerned We talked about this and the argument is that for basic authentication it should be free But if people start using UID for address verification suppose you go to a bank to open account and you give an address the bank wants to verify that the address you have given to them is the

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    Madhya Pradesh his first act was to make himself available 24x7 to all citizens Image credits Livemeint Osama Manzar He did this by giving out his mobile phone number the calls never stopped some coming in well past midnight But Shukla wanted to do more than be available He wanted to process these queries in a transparent manner Soon the DC devised a mechanism live radio from the local station of All India Radio AIR This led to the launch of the Jansamvad programme Shukla announced a dedicated time for grievance redressal calls on the local radio station The promise made was the DC himself would attend the calls And the conversations would be broadcast live The initiative received the Manthan Award for innovative community broadcasting for 2007 To millions living in the countryside a radio is still a dominant and powerful information and communication platform India has 225 AIR stations and around 310 commercial ones In addition it has around 70 community radio CR stations out of which around 45 are campus based Despite criticism that CR could compromise India s security or propagate communal sentiments the fact is community broadcasting has the ability to address key development and governance challenges And demand for them is growing Till the end of 2008 India s information and broadcasting ministry had received 800 applications for the service Since launch in November 2006 CR stations in India have offered communities a locally owned public forum to look into their problems And the Manthan Awards have recognised innovations on this platform The Kalanjiam Samuga Vanoli initiative in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu a winner of the Manthan Award in 2008 undertook community awareness drives after the tsunami Broadcasts told locals how to cope with disasters better Sangham Radio in Medak district of Andhra

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/comments/community-radio-for-good-governance/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    systems said Steinberg who set up the high profile Number 10 e petitions site Standard software Standardising the software makes it easier to push e petitions to other platforms such as Facebook Twitter and mobile applications meaning they reach a wider audience thinks Steinberg It will also allow for an aggregated national e petition website which could draw all the local campaigns together as well as comparing how well different councils deal with e petitioners Steinberg hopes such a website will be built and that the Number 10 e petition scheme will feed into local ones One of the biggest problems with the Number 10 e petition scheme is that it bypasses parliament meaning that there is little obligation to follow through on the campaigns raised Whether or not it will get better is down to the government said Steinberg who is now a digital advisor to the Conservative party Despite criticisms of the Downing Street system it has proved popular clocking over 10 million signatures to date Parliament is currently considering opening its own e petition system but there has been one major stumbling block according to Steinberg They just don t seem to believe that it can be done as cheaply as it can said Steinberg MP resistance It is likely there is also resistance from MPs unsure of whether they want a closer relationship with citizens In the last month we have had a lot of people phoning us up and asking us to turn on the e petition feature Matthew Mannian is democratic services team leader for the London borough of Lambeth and helped roll out its e petitions scheme I can see why councillors are threatened It takes over their role to some extent It is also the first time councils will have had something

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/epetitions-giving-power-to-people/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    the knowledge that cannot be learnt in manuals but has to be acquired through learning by doing The implication of this simple observation is that startup firms in developing countries will have to finance periods of loss making while the tacit knowledge is being acquired through practice The market failure that constrains economic development most seriously is that investors cannot be sure that they will be able to enforce the levels of effort that will make this investment viable The institutional and governance conditions that ensure high levels of effort in learning in at least some sectors are vital and perhaps the most important preconditions for any policy aiming to sustain development Old style investment policies failed because they could not ensure effort The abandonment of ambitious industrial policy did not remove the market failure which still needs to be addressed Today firms and countries are trying to finance these learning attempts in a multitude of different ways The success of countries and sectors in the market depends on the variables that determine whether their financing strategies will work We argue that the effectiveness of any financing instrument applied to the learning process depends on the interaction and appropriateness of three other sets of variables the governance agencies implicitly responsible for enforcing the terms of the instrument the firm structures describing the internal hierarchies of firms their relationships with the state and the markets they operate in and the broadly defined political settlement that describes the relevant distribution of power between the different agents involved in the learning and financing process Through a set of extensive case studies of Thailand India Bangladesh and Tanzania we show that this approach can explain the emergence of competitive success in their most important high growth sectors The success of these sectors depended not

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/developing-technological-capabilities/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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