Can information and communication technologies (ICTs) transform women’s realities? Undoubtedly, yes. This connection between ICTs and the advancement of women’s rights will be addressed during the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 22 February – 4 March in New York. The CSW is a global policy-making body of the United Nations dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women. APC’s GenderIT.org has released a special edition that speaks directly to this year’s theme of the CSW: gender, education and technology. APC staff attending the CSW will provide live coverage from the session in GenderIT.org’s Feminist Talk section on the website, so stay tuned.
In December 2010, APC member LaborNet held a conference at the University of San Francisco, which demonstrated how technology can be used by trade unions and the labor movement to gain access to information to strengthen their cause.
Call2Recycle is a free collection programme for mobile phones and rechargeable batteries, active since 1994. It operates through a network of 30 000 drop-off locations, such as hospitals, universities, retailers, public institutions and communities, in Canada and the United States. All collected materials are recycled completely, in facilities in North America.
The Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC), supported by over 30 organisations, promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry.
eRecyclingCorps offers a comprehensive solution to the growing issue of wireless device e-waste, by capturing these devices in large quantities, renewing them and offering them for reuse. This also facilitates affordable access to wireless technology to people around the world, often with limited means.
Participants are invited to locate invasive species by making geo-tagged observations and taking photos to alert of the spread of habitat-destroying invasive plants and animals, using Android mobile phones or an online form. The identified species will be placed on public map and alert park rangers of the spread of these habitat-destroying invasives. The purpose of the What’s Invasive!
Project BudBurst is a national field campaign for citizen scientists designed to engage the public in the collection of important climate change data based on the timing of leafing and flowering of trees and flowers.
The film 10 Tactics was screened for the first time in San Diego, California on October 25th, 2010. New Media Rights hosted the event at the local Joyce Beers Center. 10 Tactics is a film about how rights advocates have used digital technologies to turn information into action.
An online calculator and map visualising outcomes of four scenarios in terms of global CO2 savings from the use of IT services instead of flying and commuting. Possible selection of IT services, regions, scenarios and years for which potential savings are calculated.
The e-Stewards Initiative is a project of the Basel Action Network (BAN), which runs the e-Stewards certification program for electronics recyclers. The certification program is designed to provide market incentives that drive the certification of the entire recycling chain that is managing the toxic materials.