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    Govt reveals plans to censor social media 27 September 2013 The Nigerian online community with its over 48 million internet users and rapidly growing social media users has metamorphosed into the country s most formidable political opposition to the government The Nigerian agency responsible for the sale of moribund government properties Bureau of Public Enterprise said it plans to stray off its sales duties into drawing up possible regulations for the use of social media in Nigeria The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE Benjamin Ezra Dikki revealed the plans on Wednesday in Kuchikau Nasarawa State where he spoke to a cross section of the bureau s non management staff attending a training As it now obtains all manner of things are uploaded on the various platforms of the Social Media without recourse to age and sensibilities of the users Dikki said This is not good enough Dikki expressed dissatisfaction with the current practice where the government does not place heavy restrictions on the use of social media in Nigeria claiming the bureau would apply its authority to regulate materials uploaded on the various Social Media platforms In line with its reform mandate the Bureau plans to

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/nigeria-govt-reveals-plans-to-censor-social-media/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    panel discussion on Friday 26th of April in New Delhi Will Internet and Social Media be a game changer for the elections The panel discussion brought together eminent political leaders like Minister of Information Broadcasting and member of Congress Manish Tewari member of Bhartiya Janta Party BJP Ravi Shankar Prasad CPIM leader Nilotpal Basu senior member of the Aam Aadmi Party and advocate Prashant Bhushan businessman turned politician Rajeev Chandrashekhar MP Jay Panda senior editor R Jagganathan CEO Founder of the IRIS foundation S Swaminathan debating it out as the country is gearing up for Assembly elections 2013 The session began with a brief discussion by Shalini Singh Deputy Editor The Hindu as she talked about the significant impact social media on access and diversity engagement with the youth and transforming governance solutions The IRIS Knowledge Foundation report and its projections for the forthcoming elections in the context of social media were discussed and significant observations were made by its founder CEO S Swaminathan claiming that there are 160 high impact constituencies out of the total of 543 constituencies which are likely be influenced by social media during the next general elections Interesting facts emerged from the study related to the urban rural divide 50 million regional language users 18 25 being the most active target audience and how social media is changing the democratic political dialogue by adopting a bottom up approach unlike campaigning which follows a top down approach I B minister Manish Tewari said The new social media has emerged as an open platform breaking the restraints of an interpretative and editorialised content Ravi Shankar Prasad added that the new social media has helped in the crystallisation of issues as discussions have come out in the public domain open for scrutiny and debate and political authority cannot

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/india-social-media-as-game-changer-in-elections/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Today there are various SNS created on various bases to serve the diversified interests of users be it entertainment professional academic or whatever Many of these sites have succeeded in attracting the attention of youngsters more than any other segment of the society Recent research findings indicate that Facebook users are between the age of 13 and 25 that accounts 46 per cent of the total Hundreds of thousands of people invest their time on such sites A good example for that might be the fact that people watch more than 2 billion video clips daily and every hour users upload an average of 24 hours of video content on youtube Indeed the innovation narrows the geographical gap between people that live at different places It also helps in communicating information much faster than any other media This is the single most important reason for attracting significant number of users to these sites It is made possible to find out latest events virtually equal to one who has a physical presence to it supported by motion or still picture voice or text It is evident that those sites have enormous advantages However there are countries that worry about these networking sites This is simply because SNS could possibly reveal any secrets and incite rebellion against governments as it has been witnessed in north Africa countries This was also evident in UK during the riot sparked in Tottenham and even made Mr David Cameron to propose whether it would be right to stop people communicating via social media Companies as well are worried about the negative impacts of SNS on their business in various ways thus forced to take measures Accordingly in May 2011 HCL technologies A leading offshore IT and software development company announced that approximately 50 per cent of

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/ethiopia-are-social-networking-sites-good-for-society/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    young people through a micro blogging platform United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon was honoured today for his engagement with social media users and commitment to global dialogue by the Chinese micro blogging platform Sina Weibo We need governments non governmental organizations and concerned citizens to speak out about global problems and work together for solutions Social media networks like Sina Weibo are helping individuals to raise their voices Ban said in a video message delivered to the awards ceremony held in the Chinese capital of Beijing The annual Sina Awards recognize advances in Internet and social media Ban received the Sina Weibo Award for Special Merit for his engagement with young people through the micro blogging platform on which he held a live conversation in July During the conversation Ban answered questions on a wide range of global issues including peacekeeping youth employment and sustainable development The event was watched live by some 20 million people and subsequently attracted some 50 million Internet users The event served as an occasion to confirm the possibility of achieving world peace through mutual understanding and cooperation Ban said During the ceremony the United Nations Weibo account was also awarded the Annual Special Award According to the selection committee UN Weibo ranks first in terms of popularity and influence among Weibo accounts that are managed by organizations and governments The account is currently followed by some 3 25 million users Through social media the United Nations is connecting to the peoples of the world in a way that was never possible before said the Director of the News and Media Division of the UN s Department of Public Information Stéphane Dujarric The dynamism of social media adds to the United Nations print radio and television products to bring real time information about

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/un-chief-honoured-for-engagement-in-social-media/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Chinese scientists develop cheap e notebook for the blind 08 February 2013 According to the World Health Organisation WHO there are around 39 million blind people in the world Chinese scientists have developed and tested a prototype electronic notebook for blind people that is designed to be cheap to manufacture The e notebook called B Notes allows people to take notes or memos using Braille or by recording speech It is similar in size to a mobile phone B Notes makes use of technologies developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Computing Technology ICT including translation software Prototype e notebooks were trialled on ten blind people last month 5 January Wang Xiangdong technical leader of the ICT team that developed the device says that Braille can be conveniently input using a panel on the e notebook And when B Notes is connected to a computer the Braille Chinese translation software can be used to convert Braille into Chinese characters automatically he says Currently there are almost 39 million blind people in the world according to the WHO And according to the China

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/chinese-scientists-develop-cheap-e-notebook-for-the-blind/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    tackle sanitation challenges 23 April 2013 According to the World Bank one in three people do not have access to toilet facilities Mobile phone and web applications that enable people to talk to local policymakers and allow children to learn through games have won a competition for technological innovations that address sanitation problems in developing countries One in three people today have no toilet and the global economic losses due to lack of access to sanitation amount to US 260 billion a year according to the World Bank The three winners of the World Bank s Sanitation App Challenge were announced on Friday 19 April during the 2013 Spring Meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC United States Representatives from each team were invited to the event and are now on a week long tour of Silicon Valley California The three apps mSchool SunClean and Taarifa were chosen from ten finalists announced last month 22 March The winners were chosen by a combination of public votes and scrutiny by a group of tech experts and World Bank members One judge Jesse Shapiro the water sanitation and hygiene adviser of the US Agency for International

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/mobile-and-web-apps-tackle-sanitation-challenges/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    seasonal climatic conditions and rising population are all affecting availability of water resources Moreover a number of effects linked to climate change such as lengthy droughts and extreme weather events are worsening the situation Water shortages are at the core of many of the UN Millennium Development Goals MDGs one of which is to reduce by half the number of people without safe access to water by 2015 According to the UN World Water Development Report by 2050 at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of freshwater ICT provides a unique opportunity for water stakeholders to obtain information in near real time about a number of physical and environmental variables such as temperature soil moisture levels and rainfall through web enabled sensors and communication networks Smart metering technologies can also provide individuals businesses and water companies with information about their own water use thus raising awareness about usage locating leakages and having better control over water demand Organized by ITU at the kind invitation of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Egypt this first ITU workshop to address this serious topic will address a number of issues

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/egypt-to-host-first-itu-smart-water-event/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Thailand to launch e service to monitor water use Provincial Waterworks Authority of Thailand PWA will launch a new e service for water users to access real time water consumption expenses on the Government Related topics regions Development ICTs Web Egypt to host first ITU Smart Water event An upcoming ITU workshop on ICT as an

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Water (2016-02-17)
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