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Bad Science - Exaggerated claims of child exploitation online

An independent study commissioned by the Women’s Funding Network has garnered a lot of attention in recent weeks. The study, which tracks sex trafficking in online classifieds, claims that incidences of child prostitution have risen in some states by as much as 67.4% in a matter of months.

NASA holds open source summit

NASA, best known as the guys who invented Velcro, will be holding an Open Source Summit on March 29-30, bringing together researchers and experts in the field of open source “to discuss the challenges with the existing open source policy framework, and propose modifications that would make it easier for NASA to develop, release, and use open source software.”

Study shows new media increases youth's civic engagement

The study, conducted by the Youth and Participatory Politics research network, found that contrary to commonly held beliefs those who used new media and social networking were more likely to be politically engaged.

Women's rights and realities transformed by technology

AUSTIN, TX 18 February 2011 (KB for APCNews)

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.

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Web streaming creates solidarity among the labour movement

San Francisco

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.

Developed by: 
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC)
Description: 

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.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://www.call2recycle.org
Contact person: 
n/a
Contact email: 
customerservice@call2recycle.org
Type of access: 
open
Type of information available online: 
battery disposal point locator, educational materials, videos, recycling laws, recycling facilities, safety tips
Developed by: 
Tides Center
Description: 

The Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC), supported by over 30 organisations, promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://www.electronicstakeback.com/index.htm
Contact person: 
n/a
Contact email: 
info@etakeback.org
Type of access: 
open
Type of information available online: 
information and tools on e-waste legislation, statistics, guide to e-waste recycling for consumers, green design for producers
Developed by: 
eRecyclingCorps
Description: 

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.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://www.erecyclingcorps.com/
Contact person: 
Contact form
Contact email: 
http://www.erecyclingcorps.com/contact.aspx
Type of access: 
open
Type of information available online: 
project description, e-waste statistics
Developed by: 
Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at the University of California, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, EDDMapS
Description: 

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!

Go to direct to resource: 
http://whatsinvasive.com
Contact person: 
Contact form
Contact email: 
http://whatsinvasive.com/index.php/about/support
Type of access: 
open, registration required to participate
Type of information available online: 
invasive species, data, photos, maps
Developed by: 
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Chicago Botanic Garden, and College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana
Description: 

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.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://budburst.ucar.edu/
Contact person: 
n/a
Contact email: 
budburstinfo@ucar.edu
Type of access: 
open, registration required to participate
Type of information available online: 
educational resources, plant identification guides, resources for children, reported data and results, information about phenology and climate change, mailing list

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