Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything

Title: Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything
Author: Ivan Garcia
Source: Iván's File Cabinet
Date (published): 10/06/2014
Date (accessed): 23/07/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: On June 4, 2013, there were opened 118 internet rooms in Cuba. According to an ETECSA (Telecommunications Company of Cuba) official, around 900,000 users have accessed the service. Not very impressive figures. On average, each internet room has received 7,600 customers a month in the first 12 months. Some 250 internet users a day. 25 an hour: the internet premises are open 10 and a half hours every day of the week, from 8:30 am to 7 pm.

Internet Access, Yes, But in my Mother Language!

Title: Internet Access, Yes, But in my Mother Language!
Source: The World Bank
Date (published): 03/07/2014
Date (accessed): 15/07/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: At least 80 percent of all content on the Internet is in one of 10 languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Arabic, French, Russian, and Korean. Linguistic and cultural diversity are at risk. It is estimated that nearly half of the world’s approximately 6,000 languages could die out by the end of the century, with 96 percent of these languages spoken by a mere four percent of the world’s population.

The Digital First Aid Kit

Title: The Digital First Aid Kit
Source: Digital Defenders Partnership
Date (accessed): 15/07/2014
Type of information: digital toolkit
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Digital First Aid Kit aims to provide preliminary support for people facing the most common types of digital threats. The Kit offers a set of self-diagnostic tools for human rights defenders, bloggers, activists and journalists facing attacks themselves, as well as providing guidelines for digital first responders to assist a person under threat.

Ghana launches girls’ e-learning campaign

Title: Ghana launches girls’ e-learning campaign
Author: MGCubed
Source: BiztechAfrica
Date (published): 07/07/2014
Date (accessed): 15/07/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The British Government launched a programme dubbed ‘The Girls Education Challenge’ under which one million girls across the globe are to go to school and learn.

Six innovations revolutionising farming

Title: Six innovations revolutionising farming
Author: Charlotte Seager
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 08/07/2014
Date (accessed): 15/07/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In 1798, economist Thomas Malthus predicted that the world would exceed its food supply by the late 20th century. While he was right to identify the challenges of feeding a growing population with a finite amount of land, in the last half a century agricultural production has tripled. So, how did this happen? The answer: innovations in farming technology. Smallholder farmers in particular have seen a rise in productivity over the last decade. So what are the innovations making the difference?

Millicom launches mobile learning facilities in Rwanda

Title: Millicom launches mobile learning facilities in Rwanda
Author: Chris Udemans
Source: HumanIPO
Date (published): 09/07/2014
Date (accessed): 13/07/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: International telecommunications company has announced the launch of EduMe English in Rwanda, providing Tigo subscribers with an on demand or subscription service for learning the English language.

Mobile Money accounts outnumbering Bank accounts in 9 African Countries

Title: Mobile Money accounts outnumbering Bank accounts in 9 African Countries
Source: PC Tech Magazine
Date (published): 04/07/2014
Date (accessed): 13/07/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: By April 2014, there were 233 mobile money services globally and Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 52% of them. At the top of mobile money providers is Kenya, which has the highest mobile payments penetration levels with approximately 74% of adults (23 million) being registered mobile money users.

Information Society Observatory Newsletter, June 2014

Table of contents

In focus: use of ICT tools during disasters
In this short introduction we highlight the rapidly growing topic of using ICT tools and social media during disasters.

Highlighted articles
- Development Informatics - ICT4D 2016: New Priorities for ICT4D Policy, Practice and WSIS in a Post-2015 World
- A practical guide to using ICTs in community programs
- Final WSIS targets review: achievements, challenges and the way forward
- Clustering users of public access venues: Analysis results featuring the Global Impact Study
- Schools ill-equipped to teach computer skills, study says
- Big Data & Society
- Innovations out of Africa

New documents in the Observatory
In this chapter you can find a list of every new item which has been added to the Observatory in the last period.

The downloadable newsletter in pdf format:
Newsletter

Innovations out of Africa

Title: Innovations out of Africa
Source: Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications
Date (accessed): 29/06/2014
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Kenya’s capital Nairobi, the birthplace of M-Pesa, has established itself as the “tech centre” in Africa within seven years. The rise of M-Pesa is impressive: in 2007 the local mobile services provider Safaricom in partnership with its shareholder Vodafone launched a mobile-based money-transfer service as a non- profit project. Just six years later a third of Kenyans (17 million people) were using their mobile phone to transfer or save money. Despite these impressive developments, challenges remain substantial. In order for Kenya’s technology ecosystem to establish itself in the long-run, the specific regional conditions must be foregrounded within the activities of innovation policy.

Using a Facebook Game to Build Jordanian Youth’s Civic Engagement Skills

Title: Using a Facebook Game to Build Jordanian Youth’s Civic Engagement Skills
Source: NetHope
Date (accessed): 29/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Global Broadband and Innovations (GBI) Alliance's Innovations for Youth Capacity and Engagement (IYCE) Program is piloting a free Arabic-language Facebook game in Jordan this year aimed at entertaining young people while building their skills in civic engagement. GBI is a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and NetHope.

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