Social media dominates women’s use of the web

Title: Social media dominates women’s use of the web
Author: Sumita Thapar
Source: SciDev.Net
Date (published): 21/10/2015
Date (accessed): 25/10/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Poor women in cities are using the internet just as much as more affluent women and men, but are less likely to use it to increase their income or engage with politics online, a study has found. The report launched says that poor urban women are held back by a lack of education and language skills when they use the web. The study found that 97 per cent of women who use the internet do so through social media, especially Facebook. But, for example, just 20 per cent said they had used the internet to access information on sexual health and contraception.

Will Outernet Bring Connectivity to the Unconnected Parts of the World?

Title: Will Outernet Bring Connectivity to the Unconnected Parts of the World?
Source: ICT Works
Date (published): 21/10/2015
Date (accessed): 25/10/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: One new start-up company, Outernet, is taking a longer-term approach. Outernet is working to find innovative, long term and multi-sectorial solutions to connect the poorest parts of the world to the Internet. According to the founder and CEO, Syed Karim, Outernet is a “universal information system available to all of humanity.”

Mobile phone data used to track Ebola spread

Title: Mobile phone data used to track Ebola spread
Author: Phillippa Biggs
Source: Infonetica
Date (accessed): 25/10/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Mobile phone tracking software is viewed with suspicion by many but it could be helping save lives by tracking movements in Ebola-torn West Africa.

How Big Data will help fight global epidemics

Title: How Big Data will help fight global epidemics
Author: Cosmas Zavazava
Source: The ITU Blog
Date (published): 13/10/2015
Date (accessed): 25/10/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Big data and its application for saving lives is maturing. Today, big data is being used to help manage disease outbreaks, enabling humanitarian agencies and NGOs to see trends and correlations, helping them to interpret the data to aid effective decision making. ITU have developed an innovative new project that uses big data to help aid agencies track the outbreak of disease while safeguarding individual privacy. The project is based on a co-financed partnership between the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Government of Japan and currently supports Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia by tracking the Ebola outbreak using official data from Mobile Network Operators in the region.

Mobile phone data helps predict dengue advance

Title: Mobile phone data helps predict dengue advance
Author: Gareth Willmer
Source: SciDev.Net
Date (published): 23/09/2015
Date (accessed): 17/09/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Using mobile phone data to track people’s movements can help predict how dengue fever spreads, epidemiologists have shown in Pakistan. In a study published earlier this month (8 September) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences*, researchers teamed up with Telenor, a Norwegian mobile provider that operates in Pakistan, to analyse call records from about 40 million subscriber SIM cards in the last seven months of 2013.

Affordable, Simple Tools to Collect Data, Communicate with Clients, and Measure Impact

Title: Affordable, Simple Tools to Collect Data, Communicate with Clients, and Measure Impact
Source: Impact Tracker Technology
Date (accessed): 17/10/2015
Type of information: catalogue
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Organisations are under pressure to measure their performance and results. Many low-cost, information communication technology (ICT) -based tools already exist to help collect data on a large-scale, real-time basis. Yet, while both supply and demand for ICT-based tools exist, nonprofits and social enterprises often fail to take advantage of them. In addition to addressing these gaps, this catalogue goes a step further by providing recommendations that assist users to make decisions in certain categories of tools (i.e. digital data collection apps and SMS communication platforms). Beyond these targeted recommendations, the catalogue displays all relevant research findings so that users can draw their own comparisons.

Helping farmers in identifying problems and improving produce

Title: Helping farmers in identifying problems and improving produce
Author: Neesha Thunga K.
Source: Livemint
Date (published): 06/04/2015
Date (accessed): 17/10/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: CropIn’s app provides climate reports as well as information on diseases, pests and better farm practices.

Global broadband growth slows sharply: 4 billion still offline

Title: Global broadband growth slows sharply: 4 billion still offline
Source: ITU: Committed to connecting the world
Date (accessed): 23/09/2015
Type of information: press release
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Broadband Internet is failing to reach those who could benefit most, with Internet access reaching near-saturation in the world’s rich nations but not advancing fast enough to benefit the billions of people living in the developing world, according to the 2015 edition of the State of Broadband report.

How Text Messaging Curbs Infant Mortality in Africa’s Biggest Urban Slum

Title: How Text Messaging Curbs Infant Mortality in Africa’s Biggest Urban Slum
Author: Ken Banks
Source: National Geographic
Date (published): 09/09/2015
Date (accessed): 23/09/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Almost half of Kenyan mothers do not give birth in a hospital and, thus, receive little professional care or education on basics such as how long to breast feed, what to do in the case of diarrhea and vomiting, or where to go for an emergency. In this issue of Digital Diversity, Cayte Bosler looks at an innovative text messaging service which helps parents differentiate between normal behaviors and signs that something might be wrong.

Using Skype and shoddy internet, overseas psychiatrists support Syria’s internally displaced persons and refugees

Title: Using Skype and shoddy internet, overseas psychiatrists support Syria’s internally displaced persons and refugees
Author: Becky Hagan-Egyir
Source: Makeshift - A field guide to hidden creativity
Date (accessed): 23/09/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Using Skype and shoddy internet, overseas psychiatrists support Syria’s internally displaced persons and refugees.

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