ICT for development
For twelve emerging scholars from developing countries around the world, their research ideas in the area of ICT for development have just been made reality.
South Asia is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile markets, surpassing traditional media like television, radio, printed press and newer media like the internet. And mobile platforms are becoming the natural choice for extending digital services – SMS and basic voice to smart phones and enterprise workflow. Mobile is the choice for new content and services. APC member Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and the Government of India launches a new award to recognise the best mobile applications in the region with awards in ten categories “Find out more about the mBillionth award”:http://mbillionth.in/.
10 tactics is a package of videos and information cards explaining tactics when planning an implementing an information campaign.
A set of basics cards explain the basics of information activism and provide ideas on campaign strategy and access to information etc. which can be useful in any of the ten tactics that are covered.
The 1st International Workshop on Research in ICT for Human Development will take place in Madrid in May 13th and 14th 2010. This workshop is organized by Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) and EHAS Foundation and funded by CYTED sponsored program and Thales Group.
The report reviews the projects goals, objectives and activities and also details short term plans for research and the strategic retreat.
The Network of Networks project aims to strengthen civil society influence in global public policy
spaces that deal with internet policy issues through building a transglobal network of policy
advocates working for an open and just information society. To do so we want to increase the
capacity of organizations to understand, to intervene and to collaborate on internet governance
In the 1990s, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela privatised their telecomms sectors and the policies were a dismal failure. Almost 20 years on the Andean region has some of the worst connectivity statistics of all Latin America. For example only 4 in 100 Bolivians have internet access. Of the four, two will have broadband connections but out-of-date telephone systems will force the other two to use dial-up so slow that viewing YouTube or interactive news sites will be virtually impossible. From 2008 APC has looked at what had gone wrong. Our detailed national reports produced with an eye on influencing the policy debate in Latin America are now collected along with summaries of main points to emerge from the research. Photo: “Velaia”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/velaia/3238166271/
The morning of 19th February was one that we had been working toward for some time. There was anticipation and yet there was fear – anticipation because it was an important initiative that we were all excited to be a part of; fear that perhaps we had taken on more than we could handle, that the relevant people would not show up, etc. etc.
But we needn’t have worried.
In 2009, the APC WNSP began implementing the ‘Strengthening Women’s Strategic Use of ICTs to Combat Violence Against Women and Girls’ project in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with a grant received from the MDG3 Fund: Investing in Equality. The simplified project title: ‘Take Back the Tech. End Violence Against Women’ captures the core objectives of the project to:
build and strengthen the capacity of women, girls and women’s rights organisations to use, reclaim and shape ICTs to stop violence against women and girls
create platforms and opportunities for women and girls to critically engage with ICTs to combat violence, and as survivors of violence, to contribute towards self and collective healing
build feminist analysis, particularly around the intersections of violence against women and ICT into global, regional and national ICT policy processes
Objective of the communications strategy
Build the visibility of the Take Back the Tech! End violence against women project through the production and dissemination of content and media outreach.
1.Document or repackage information about the project and its activities for a general public – eg journalistic and easy to read content, highlighting project activities, news and feature stories, useful examples.
2.Produce timely news articles and press releases on newsworthy activities
3.Secure media coverage for the project (regionally and/or internationally) and provide advice to country partners locally
- Policy-makers (who are looking at their MDG3 results for 2015)
- Journalists and media (to influence policy debate)
- Women’s and girls’ rights groups (motivating them to get interested in VAW and ICTs – WNSP needs to use the legitimacy of being first of all women’s rights activists)
In 2009, the APC WNSP began implementing the ‘Strengthening Women’s Strategic Use of ICTs to Combat Violence Against Women and Girls’ project in 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with a grant received from the MDG3 Fund: Investing in Equality. The simplified project title: ‘Take Back the Tech.