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    day workshop in New Delhi Mining IDS Knowledge Services for social organisations and research bodies in partnership with the Delhi based OneWorld South Asia OWSA that works in the fields of media Information and Communication Technologies ICTs and research The idea behind holding the workshop was to share IDS vast body of research on issues like globalisation governance knowledge technology and society climate change and similar other issues with organisations in India On the thought behind sharing its research and extensive work on social and development concerns Jon Gregson Head of Knowledge Services at IDS said We have an ethical obligation to share put everything in the public domain as we are funded by the government We do not want that this knowledge is shared within a small community of researchers only We want to see if such content can make a difference to the lives of people We want a greater impact of our work that is why we want people and organisations to use our websites and knowledge repositories The training was held by OWSA which has been taking technology to the grassroots so that underprivileged communities improve their social well being and get access to information which they may not get because of low levels of literacy About a dozen organisations participated in the training many from outside Delhi Ruchita Khurana from the South Asia Pro Poor Livestock Policy Programme SAPPLPP said that sharing of information with IDS has also helped SAPPLPP showcase its own work She added Because our documents are put up on the IDS website we notice a regular flow of people from IDS websites to the SAPPLPP website It helps us to extend our work to similar organisations IDS which extends its services through two initiatives Eldis and Bridge has tens of thousands

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/ids-to-build-knowledge-networks-in-india/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    social welfare around the country starting with its most backward state Bihar The Centre for Knowledge Societies CKS the Bihar state government and the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation have jointly launched the Bihar Innovation Lab BIL a unique initiative that aims to use innovative design ideas to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare services across the state CKS is an innovation major that opens new possibilities to product and service companies In the months to come BIL will create a design environment that promotes new products and supports superior delivery of health services Inaugurating the novel initiative Health Care Secretary Sanjay Kumar said Over the last two years through the Gates Foundation we have done some exceptional work with the Centre for Knowledge Societies in the healthcare sector resulting in programmes like 34 Ways of Saving Lives in Bihar and the Integrated Vaccine Services Delivery Kit To leverage the impact of continuous innovation on the quality of healthcare services we came up with the concept of the Bihar Innovation Lab We want Bihar to set a benchmark for other states with this collaborative model for public interest and development Aditya Dev Sood of CKS who masterminded BIL said The

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/centre-for-knowledge-studies-launches-2018bil2019-to-open-new-gates-of-hope/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    has been struggling with how to broaden the size of its online audience and how to make money from content it has long given away free Last month media mogul Rupert Murdoch said he hoped all of his major newspapers would be charging for online content by the end of June next year Preferences Fast Flip imitates a conventional print publication by offering screenshots of the web pages containing relevant articles The stories are organised following a number of different criteria For example readers will be offered articles that have been popular all day that reflect their personal preference or that have been recommended by friends Users who want to dig deeper into the story can click through to the publisher s website To make money Fast Flip also serves up contextual adverts around the screenshots We wanted to bring the advantages of print media and combine that with the technical advantages of the internet Publishers who have signed up to provide content to the service will share in that revenue that was proof said Mayer that Google was keen to help the industry at a time when it was clearly struggling We are excited to team with publishers and look at a new possibility for how people might consume news online and how to monetise it said Mayer Google admitted that there was no magic bullet to quickly solve the challenges the publishing industry faced but it added that we believe encouraging readers to read more news is a necessary part of the solution Mayer said the science behind this was simple Advertising responds well when you have engaged users If you have users that stay on the site for a long time and who do a lot of page views all of those are good measurers because you

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    use of information technologies in science research in the hope of triggering new scientific activity Image credits Flickr amanky The collaboration will improve technology access in the country Under the agreement signed on 1 July by Microsoft Research and the Colombian Department of Science Technology and Innovation Colciencias Colombian research centres will receive cheap licensing for Microsoft software and graduate students will be offered internships at any of the six Microsoft Research centres worldwide Microsoft Research will also get involved in the establishment of a bioinformatics research centre in Colombia an initiative started by the government to classify information about the country s biodiversity with a view to becoming a global centre Colciencias is contributing US 400 000 to the centre and the Ministry of Communications is contributing US 1 2 million Microsoft Research did not disclose its contribution Microsoft Research which controls an annual global budget of US 6 billion has agreements with various developing countries to help them use technology in ways specific to their needs Colombia is the fourth Latin American country after Brazil Chile and Mexico to enter into such an agreement Carlos Vasquez national technology officer at Microsoft Colombia told SciDev Net that the talent attitude and persistence of Colombian researchers impressed Microsoft Research representatives when they visited in 2007 and 2008 The bioinformatics research centre is a good example of an alliance between the government the scientific community and the private sector says Vasquez What we are looking for is not only to build capacity and infrastructure but to position Colombia as the place where processing biodiversity information is done efficiently he says Colciencias director Francisco Miranda said in a press release that the agreement will become a leading scientific initiative in the country because it opens up many opportunities for the development of

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/colombia-receives-tech-boost-in-new-deal/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Environmental activists are taking to the Internet in a new bid to help save the world s rainforests with the help of major corporations including Starbucks Corp and Dell Inc Image credits Red Orbit Rainforests Campaigners plan to announce on Monday the formation of Team Earth a social network that includes businesses nongovernmental organizations students and politicians with the hope of battling tropical deforestation Team Earth will launch in November but its organizers wanted to spread the word this week as world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly This is a moment when leaders around the world need to take action We cannot afford for our representatives not to take action so we re mobilizing the public said Peter Seligmann chief executive of Conservation International which is spearheading the effort Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz said he joined forces with Conservation International over shared concerns over divergent efforts of many separate parties NGOs corporations politicians and individuals trying to do something in which perhaps the sum of the parts could be greater if there was collective action Schultz said it makes business sense for companies to take serious action against social and environmental issues because it is important to employees and customers Our individual efforts have been fruitful but history shows that real change is not accomplished through individual efforts but through movements In order to make a sustainable enduring business that s profitable you re also going to have to create a balance between profitability and a social conscience Schultz said in an interview Some of Starbucks existing environmental targets include having all of its new company operated stores meeting green building standards starting in 2010 and having all of its cups recyclable by 2012 Actor Harrison Ford a Conservation International board member best

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    of the most prestigious Dutch awards that can be won by IT companies Altran is not just an IT consulting company but a leader in innovation consultancy The reason why Altran is mainly on the shortlist of nominations is because the company invests its employee s time in IICD supported projects by giving training and advisory services on practical ICT solutions Altran advised in Zambia with the setting up of a digital information system for blood donors Altran also assisted in Tanzania with the installation of a mobile network that helps farmers to exchange information in a better way with potential buyers The award nomination is the proof that Altran s corporate social responsibility programme works and that many projects in Africa bare the fruits of Altran s advise The Altran employees themselves have also gained valuable knowledge by working in Africa They are now more aware of a a world they wouldn t normally go to in their regular line of work Employees get the chance to use their expertise and knowledge in a completely different setting where out of the box thinking is crucial Altran will continue to work with IICD in the future In the third and

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    in an interactive map form and will aid the relief agencies In the face of extreme food price volatility and food shortages in Haiti following the January 12 earthquake FAO has developed an interactive tool to guide international agencies and NGOs involved in food security across the country The Haiti Food Security Emergency Tool aggregates data from a variety of authoritative sources and presents that information in an interactive map form Subjects covered include useable roads crop calendars land use livelihood zones and damage information The project is based on the Global Information and Early Warning System GIEWS Workstation funded by the European Commission under the EC FAO Food Security for Decision Making Programme Food prices up Prices for some food commodities have sharply increased in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit Port au Prince and its West and South East provinces a month ago destroying the country s main port roads and other agricultural assets Although Haiti had an excellent harvest in 2009 damage to roads and means of transport have disrupted marketing channels pushing prices up said Henri Josserand of the Global information and early warning system We re also concerned about implications for the upcoming agricultural season starting next month he added The price of wheat flour has risen 70 from average December prices and imported rice by 20 to 30 Local maize and black beans the main commodities produced in Haiti have risen by around 30 to 35 Import dependence Around 60 of the food eaten in Haiti is imported making the country highly vulnerable to external price shocks Together with food assistance shelter water and sanitation the immediate priority is to keep up domestic food production and farm incomes by supporting farmers for the upcoming planting season in March which accounts for 60 of

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    Food Security in Times of Crisis to mark the World Food Day today The programmes will highlight how rural development and natural resource management can help in combating hunger The worldwide community radio network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC will be covering on October 16th 2009 the World Food Day by emphasizing on this year theme Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis AMARC covers also the Food and Agricultural Organisation FAO activities for the World Food Day as part of a signed worldwide partnership agreement between the two organisations in order to contribute to rural development and natural resources The radio programmes will be broadcast through local community radio stations and live streamed on the AMARC World Food Day To view the programmes please click here Right to food The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 first recognized the right to food as a human right It was then incorporated in the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights Article 11 adopted in 1966 and ratified by 156 states which are today legally bound by its provisions The expert interpretation and more refined definition of this right are contained in General Comment 12

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