The latest issue of ICT Update magazine has just been published online at http://ictupdate.cta.int
ICT Update issue 56, August 2010: Irrigation
Figures from the FAO show that irrigation can increase crop yields by up to 400%.
The Cabinet Office made recommendations in the report aimed at making the energy consumption of government ICT carbon-neutral within four years. The report claims the UK government is the first in the world to make such an effort.
NHESS encompasses: * The evolution of natural systems towards extreme conditions and the detection of precursors of such evolution. * The monitoring of rare events and the integration of measures for the understanding of spatial and temporal characteristics of rare natural phenomena. * The development of new techniques for the reduction of damage to human settlements and the impact of rare e
Green IT is research in and use of IT in an efficient and environmentally correct manner.
Green IT can contribute to reducing energy consumption, both by reducing power consumption as well as promoting innovative IT solutions capable of reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in other sectors.
This Action Plan presents eight concrete initiatives for the private and public sectors, which wi
OneClimate is an action hub on climate change. It uses innovative spaces and tools to enable users to share experiences, knowledge, insights, questions and answers about climate change. OneClimate.net organized Live Stream from Copenhagen Climate Change Talks into Second Life to enable Global participation in COP 15 without travel carbon.
Rozi Bako reports that after researching the state of access to online information for extending democracy in Romania “we are now advocating for open e-government”. Bako of the StrawberryNet Foundation found that technology in Romania is far more advanced than information dissemination practices, and that if Romania is to become a transparent, participatory society, government initiatives and a business community drive have to be backed up by opinion-makers and citizen action groups.
APC member in Budapest, Green Spider, is challenging Facebook and YouTube by offering a home-grown Web 2.0 suite for Hungarian activists. “In the face of the overwhelming monoculture of corporate social networking tools, the service has taken off amongst grassroots activists, community organisers and charities in the Hungarian social and environmental movement,” says Green Spider.
A campaign to expose illegal logging is a new wall against the extinction of forests in Bulgaria. The campaign combines digital tools and green activism in an online system for filing whistle-blower alerts.
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.
Smallholders in the desert region of Huaral depend on irrigation cooperatives to water their crops. For ten years one coop association has been developing an information system based on telecentres to help them to make informed agricultural decisions. But the system is being under-utilised and they decided to find what was going wrong. Using APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) they found that older people and women over 40 were being left behind. While decision-making spaces are still mainly all-male, at least some issues identified by women are now on the table.