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ICTs: A THREAT TO GLOBAL HEALTH?

South Africa

In the past two decades, smart phones have dramatically reshaped the way that we socialize with friends and family, share information, conduct business, and entertain ourselves in our day to day lives. We are living in a society dominated by wireless devices, which is unprecedented in human history. We are absolutely nuts about technology.

Exciting award for innovative libraries promoting social inclusion

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is offering a new award – for library services using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to contribute to social inclusion in the community.
The award, which includes a prize of US$1,500, is open to public and community libraries in developing and transition countries.

Two public libraries win award for innovative health services

Two public libraries have won the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) award for contribution to community health.

Upcoming online forum: "Using ICT to enable Agricultural Innovation Systems for smallholders"

This is the fourth in a series of online discussions that stem from the launch of the World Bank’s ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook and the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes.

ICT can expand communication, cooperation, and ultimately innovation among the wide array of actors in agriculture.

Costa Rica: Cybercrime Law Threatens Internet Freedom

San José

I recently interviewed Kemly Camacho of APC member Sula Batsu in Costa Rica on the new cybercrime law that was introduced in her country. The law is a fantastic challenge (in a negative way) to internet freedom. In fact, Costa Rica is probably making one of the most direct assaults on journalism and a free and open internet. What does it mean for the world?

Digital Storytelling as a Feminist Practice

Germany

Digital storytelling provides a powerful way of using information and communication technologies to empower marginalised women. Digital stories are produced and distributed by digital media.

GEM practitioners participate in research on technology and social change

Two GEM practitioners participated in a research on internet access of local people using internet cafes and public kiosks in neighborhoods and popular sectors in Chile, Argentina and Peru.

APC consults on guidance to protect human rights in the ICT sector

Canada

As part of its work with the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), APC’s Connect Your Rights! project participated in the consultation process for the development of EU ICT sector guidance on protecting fundamental rights and freedoms.

Internet rights, open spectrum and online security at the 2012 Allied Media Conference

Winnipeg, Canada

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As governments and non-state actors find ways to restrict access to internet content and wireless connections to serve their own purposes, there is growing support for a human rights based approach to information and communication technology, and particularly the internet.

Copyright and the digital divide

SEOUL

It’s day two of the ‘Informal’ Asia Europe Foundation meeting on human rights and ICTs, and we’re split up into workshops to discuss recommendations that will go to the Foundation’s ministerial meeting in November: I’m in the workshop on digital divide.

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