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    has been set up by UNDP and Mexico s electoral institute to help citizens and organisations keep track of Related topics regions Internet Google apps to facilitate learning in Thai university Khon Kaen University KKU Thailand recently became the first university in Thailand and in Southeast Asia to roll out the Google App for Education to Related topics regions ICTs Kenya e learning gaining ground in Kenyan firms Multinational and local firms seeking to develop their Kenyan employees skill set are discovering e learning as the next frontier in company training Related topics regions ICTs ICT in rural disaster preparedness ICTs can be used to both predict natural disasters and crucially warn smallholders so that they may make preparations to mitigate losses during extreme Related topics regions Mobiles M Calc An app that predicts crop yields in Kenya Mkulima Calculator M Calc is a web based application that allows farmers in Kenya to predict their crop yields giving them access to statistics on soil Related topics regions Mobiles Transforming e health through e learning Healthcare providers worldwide collect and use data for improved health outcomes However in many countries the use of electronic health technologies is Related topics regions Internet The roots of mobile banking in Africa Ken Banks founder of kiwanja net in his blog post speaks about how mobile technology is helping in bringing African grassroots innovation to limelight Related topics regions Internet SEBI to launch website in 13 Indian languages Securities and Exchange Board of India is planning to offer its investor website in as many as 13 Indian languages besides the existing one in English to Related topics regions Internet The Tech Lab b Dr Paul Twomey b president of the internet admin body Icann talks about the net s potential for change Related topics regions Internet FAO launches portal on animal welfare FAO has launched a new web portal to facilitate a single access point for international and national information related to farm animal welfare Policymakers Related topics regions Internet Global hope network to be launched soon Hope Plus an international website that will aid social and community projects using web 2 0 will be launched in December The multilingual website in Related topics regions Internet Microsoft launches digital video series on health Microsoft has launched an online video series Health Tech Today that will highlight how information technology is transforming healthcare It will feature Related topics regions Internet EU launches online pollution tracker People across European Union will now be able to check the quality of air with the new online pollution tracker Launched this week it will provide data on Related topics regions Internet E petitions giving power to people The Department of Communities and Local Government UK is planning to roll out e petition systems for all councils by April 2010 The objective is to reach out Related topics regions Internet Heating the planet to cool the server room Escalating energy demands to power more computer hardware keep data centres chilled stream

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    built an online platform which will make healthcare Related topics regions Internet Website to serve South Asian diaspora The Institute of South Asian Studies has launched a new web link to reach out to the far flung diaspora Starting off with a newsletter and a database of South Related topics regions Internet Keeping the Internet free and open The success of Internet lies precisely in its openness transparency and decentralisation says b Lynn St Amour b president and CEO Internet Society Its Related topics regions Internet Web tool as important as Google A web tool that could be as important as Google according to some experts has been shown off to the public Wolfram Alpha a free program will answer Related topics regions Innovations Rural Bolivia connects up via the net In San Ignacio de Moxos in north Bolivia the only internet connection available was an expensive and intermittent telephone connection Since March 2006 Related topics regions Internet WFP reaches out to schools via web WFP is reaching out to schools to inform teachers and students on global hunger by integrating the issue into lessons on geography science social studies and Related topics regions Internet Off the shelf onto the laptop With the growing popularity of electronic and digital audio books public libraries have started expanding their online collections and are providing easy Related topics regions Internet Simplified desktops for the aged A unique desktop called SimplicITY with six buttons and a website for the elderly has been launched With millions of people now in their sixties and above Related topics regions Innovations Rare scientific manuscripts now online The Royal Society world s oldest scientific institution will release original works of scientists like Isaac Newton Benjamin Franklin Stephen Hawking and Related topics regions Innovations Low cost laptops for children One Laptop Per Child project plans to unveil XO 3 an ultra thin and sturdy tablet PC at less than 100 in 2012 Aiming to connect millions of children in Related topics regions Innovations New tech to bridge the language gap IBM has developed a new software that will offer instantaneous translation across a variety of e platforms Not only will it allow easy translation of URLs but Related topics regions Innovations Villagers go online to marry without dowry Under a joint collaborative between the panchayat and a women s right NGO a website has been launched in a village in south India that exclusively promotes Related topics regions Internet 2012 the year of the internet in India With growing mobile phone penetration and increasing access to internet on devices beyond the pc this new year may be the heralding of a new age of the Related topics regions Internet We re sorry you re not allowed to read this Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidu decries the proposed US anti piracy laws SOPA Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA Protect IP Act to censor the internet Related topics regions Internet A small nonprofit can be a global conversation Heather Mansfield Heather Mansfield

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    business in Bhutan has been difficult because of lengthy and tedious licensing procedures But it will not be anymore Related topics regions Internet Google India to help 50 mn women get online in one year Google India will create awareness about the benefits of Internet for women and empower them through digital literacy initiative Related topics regions Internet ITU stresses on broadband for half the world by 2015 Mid term ICT Development Report by the UN agency underlines need for better internet penetration and development of online content and local language Related topics regions Internet Internet A gateway to many possibilities The need for social networking is inversely proportional to the reduced mobility time and spaces of social interaction says b Nishant Shah b of Related topics regions Internet Scale up IT initiatives to reach rural poor Indian minister Stressing on the need to take digital technology to as many people as possible in the rural areas of India Minister of State for Communications and Related topics regions E Governance Social networking to save rainforests Environmental groups and activists have partnered with big corporations like Starbucks and Dell to form Team Earth to save the world s rainforests The social

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    on leveraging information and communication technology ICT solutions to help address today s complex environmental challenges The agreement focusing on facilitating international collaboration and knowledge sharing was signed during UNEP s 25th session of the Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum on the theme Globalization and the Environment held at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi Kenya and attended by more than 100 environment ministers The partnership focuses on helping environmental stakeholders including UNEP and other international organisations governments non governmental organisations and researchers work more effectively by making use of new technologies UNEP and Microsoft are cooperating to support UNEP s mandate of promoting environmental understanding and increasing public knowledge about environmental factors and the problems facing future generations Areas of cooperation include the following Providing access to research and scientific information on the environment Building integrated knowledge platforms to enable better cooperation between different actors Supporting the development of applications for environmental sustainability management We view our partnership with Microsoft as key to delivering solutions on a scalable level to a community of more than 190 nations and the UN system as a whole said Achim Steiner UNEP executive director UNEP s ability to mobilise information technology and the

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    national markets in 55 developing countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe shows that local prices have not fallen the way they have at the global level the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization FAO said today Image credits UN News Centre Food crisis The National Basic Food Prices Data and Analysis Tool developed by FAO as part of its response to high food prices shows the prices of different food commodities in local currencies or dollars and local measurements as well as standard weights The interactive tool allows for price comparisons between domestic and international markets between different markets in the same country as well as between countries While food prices have fallen internationally as indicated by the FAO food price index this tool shows that in developing countries they have not fallen so fast or at all said Liliana Balbi a senior economist with FAO s Global Information and Early Warning System The easy to use database will be an invaluable source of information for policy and decision makers in agricultural production and trade development and also humanitarian work FAO noted that a rise in food prices hits the poor the hardest given that the share of food in their

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    prompted him to involve people in building a scientific database Anyone can contribute to scientific knowledge it is not the preserve of scientists says Quader The idea hit me while working with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds The largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe has a system of collecting information on birds through volunteers On returning to India I kicked the idea around My colleagues at NCBS appreciated it They prepared a project MigrantWatch to track the arrival of migratory birds in the country Image Credits Down to Earth Most bird enthusiasts are clustered in urban areas which limits data Project MigrantWatch went online in August 2007 and has since drawn the attention of more than 1 000 birdwatchers across the country who have been sending in data see box The success inspired the group to expand their database on nature using similar models and they chose to follow the plant life cycle MigrantWatch has its limitation because most bird enthusiasts are clustered in urban areas says Uttara Mendiratta coordinator of the project Since the database depends on their sightings information on migratory birds from a large part of the country particularly rural areas remains unreported Unlike MigrantWatch SeasonWatch will appeal to a wider cross section of people from gardeners to regular walkers she said Mendiratta believes the project would also strengthen the database of traditional knowledge associated with plants Steps to sign in People who want to contribute information to SeasonWatch would have to monitor particular trees in their neighbourhood or in the park they visit SeasonWatch has a list of trees to choose from Participants would check the trees every week or once in two weeks and note down the presence of buds flowers unripe and ripe fruits and young and mature leaves They would

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    is Perceived Far less understood or exploited has been the uncertain promise of social media to facilitate communication with populations affected by humanitarian crises or improve the effectiveness of aid itself In absence of effective communication whatever the means people are drawing their own conclusions about humanitarian aid providers Recently MSF co published In the Eyes of Others How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid with Humanitarian Outcomes and NYU s Center on International Cooperation The book is a result of MSF s attempt to better understand how our work and principles of neutrality impartiality and independence as well as the notions of transparency and credibility are perceived by those who receive our emergency medical care The study part of operational research aimed at improving our field practices exposed important gaps in understanding among geographically and culturally diverse communities ranging from Monrovia Liberia to Bishkek Kyrgyzstan While most people recognize MSF s medical nature the project revealed that we have a long way to go to facilitate two way communication with our beneficiaries To that end perception is increasingly being integrated from the start of each project and the study has provoked changes in thinking in operations medical human resources and communications departments It remains to be seen whether social media can be a relevant tool in helping our field teams to close these gaps in understanding What is clear however is that the issue of perception can have important implications for the security and effectiveness of our aid programs Social Media as a Means Not an Ends One of the first struggles of figuring out how to leverage social media to improve communication with populations receiving humanitarian aid is the basic step of knowing what platform or tool to use It can be difficult to gauge the penetration of media social or otherwise in the regions where the greatest humanitarian needs exist today These gaps in information also pose a challenge in making decisions about how much to invest in different forms of communication whether new or old to support programs on the ground Practically speaking time and resources are precious commodities for operations managers in the field and at headquarters who are busy mobilizing aid managing hospitals or clinics and analyzing evolving security situations Methodologies and techniques have been developed by groups such as Internews to assess information needs of target populations like Somali refugees in Dadaab Kenya and the best way to deliver messages to these communities The Internews sponsored project infoasaid provides some simple diagnostic tools to assess information needs and has done some impressive assessments of many countries in terms of mobile phone and radio penetration and mapping of media outlets MSF is still far from incorporating access to information within the scope of our emergency assessments It is clear this is an important and under appreciated aspect of meeting the needs of disaster affected populations on top of the more tangible forms of assistance like medical care water food and shelter Understanding how people

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    to a mobile phone the majority will be those live on less than USD 2 a day and be the most likely to be affected by climate change This publication explores the practical linkages between climate change access to and sharing of information and knowledge and communication for development This publication invites you to think outside the box say authors Patrick Kalas and Alan Finlay It takes you on a journey to consider s how everyday information and communication tools such as radios mobile phones personal computers the internet and interactive media can help reduce the risks of climate change faced by the most vulnerable segments of the global village through providing access to and the sharing of timely information and critical knowledge The target audience of this publication are not experts on ICTs or climate change but development practitioners and policy makers overall those who will be faced with the need to interpret the demands of climate change and apply these to their work in the context of the possibilities afforded by ICTs Some of the case studies highlighted include In the Asia Pacific region community radio is being used to improve relief delivery mechanisms in the face of the humanitarian impact of tsunamis This technology is also being used in Latin America where changes in water quantity and quality due to climate change are affecting the availability of and access to food as well as in Africa where desertification is a reality Evidence of vulnerabilities is already visible in the Bundelkhand region of Central India which has faced extreme weather events over the last ten years and witnessed a 50 decrease in food grain production Likewise competing demands on increasingly scarce water resources have adversely affected marginalised agricultural communities in pockets of the Indo Gangetic belt especially in

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