10 reasons Open Innovation fails

Title: 10 reasons Open Innovation fails
Author: Christian Kreutz
Source: Crisscrossed
Date (published): 27/01/2014
Date (accessed): 16/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Open innovation can be a powerful force. When hundreds of people collaborate openly things can evolve in all kinds of creative ways.

The GovLab Selected Readings on Open Data (Updated and Expanded)

Title: The GovLab Selected Readings on Open Data (Updated and Expanded)
Author: Andrew Young
Source: GovLab
Date (published): 14/02/2014
Date (accessed): 16/02/2014
Type of information: data source
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics.

Interactive Educational Television in the Amazon

Title: Interactive Educational Television in the Amazon
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: World Bank Blogs
Date (published): 12/02/2014
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This initiative was born out of an effort that began in 2002 in Amazonas to train unqualified teachers (Proformar) in rural areas that led to a teaching certificate. Based on the success of that initiative, and its model, planning for this project began in earnest in 2004. In 2007 it started in high school classrooms, and in 2009 it was expanded to middle schools. Here are some quick figures related to the reach of the project: 2007: 10k students, 260 classrooms, 200 schools, serving 334 communities. 2013: 38k students, 1809 classrooms, 400 schools, serving 2400 communities. All of this has been done using existing municipal facilities (schools), which underwent minor refurbishment.

Empowering Local Radio with ICTs

Title: Empowering Local Radio with ICTs
Source: UNESCO
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: case study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The UNESCO project "Empowering Local Radio with ICTs" builds the capacity of 32 local radios in 7 African countries, from 2012 until end of 2014. Its overall goal is to improve the lives of the poor, especially women and girls, by raising local radio stations' quality programming. UNESCO helps local radios acquire ICT skills, achieve an increased range of local news coverage as well as gender equality and financial sustainability. By the end of the project, local radios will be able to provide better social service and engage different sectors of the community in the debate of issues of local public concern. This project is possible thanks to the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Sterio.me - A Mobile Learning Technology for Primary/Secondary Educators in Africa aims to launch in Nigeria

Title: Sterio.me - A Mobile Learning Technology for Primary/Secondary Educators in Africa aims to launch in Nigeria
Author: Kenneth Omeruo
Source: TechTrends
Date (published): 12/02/2014
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Technology has increasingly changed the way we learn.For Africa especially Nigeria, with the rapid increase in the use of mobile phones and the growth in Mobile Internet, Technology enhanced learning will no doubt offer great opportunity for the nation. One of such technologies set to empower and improve learning for Primary and Secondary Schools in Africa is Sterio.me which is to be launched in Nigeria soon.

Five unusual ways in which Indians use mobile phones

Title: Five unusual ways in which Indians use mobile phones
Author: Tushar Banerjee
Source: BBC News - Asia
Date (published): 12/02/2014
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The mobile phone in India has many uses other than making calls and sending messages. For hundreds of millions of people, a mobile phone is sometimes the only piece of technology in their homes. This has led to unique uses for the phone in the country - the world's fastest growing market for mobile phones with 900 million subscribers. Here are five unusual Indian uses for the mobile phone.

3 Best Practices for Social Change via Mobiles in Developing Countries

Title: 3 Best Practices for Social Change via Mobiles in Developing Countries
Source: TechChange
Date (published): 05/02/2014
Date (accessed): 13/02/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Since 2008, Text to Change (TTC) has been working to provide and collect real-time and accurate information using mobile devices in relevant and meaningful ways to people in developing countries all over the world. As the mobile phone has reached even the most remote places across the world, we have seen how mobiles can empower citizens of developing nations. Through our experience in partnering with development bodies, NGOs, private companies, governments and other global organizations, there are several key lessons we’ve learned in using mobile phone technology to achieve social change and from continuous dependence on foreign aid.

Information Society Observatory Newsletter, January 2014

Table of Contents

In focus: ICT4D – overview of typical projects
In our four-part article series we draw up the concept of ICT4D, we introduce some typical projects and we make some general critical remarks on the projects. In this third part we continue introducing the typical projects.

Highlighted articles
- New America’s Open Technology Institute Releases Commotion 1.0 Mesh Networking Toolkit
- ICT for Health: Five Years of Learning
- Is the One Laptop Per Child Enough? Viewpoints from Classroom Teachers in Rwanda
- FrontlineSMS as An Early Warning Network for Human-Wildlife Mitigation: Lessons Learned from Tests Conducted in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
- Global Mobile Learning Implementations and Trends
- Can MOOCs and Open Badges provide an alternative to the so-called "inflation of educational credentials"?
- Toward the Next Phase of Open Government
- The Effects of Shared School Technology Access on Students' Digital Skills in Peru

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.

Mobile Learning Week: A Revolution for Inclusive & Better Education

Title: Mobile Learning Week: A Revolution for Inclusive & Better Education
Source: UNESCO - The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture
Date (published): 07/02/2014
Date (accessed): 10/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: How do we make educational materials accessible to a girl from a poor family in Africa where over 50% of her female peers will never go to school? How can we get books into the hands of the poorest people on Earth? The answer, at least in the immediate term, is mobile devices – and more precisely, mobile phones. Mobile devices are the most successful and ubiquitous information and communication technology in human history. They are plentiful in places where books and schools are scarce.

CEO Weekends: Kenya’s PesaPal Launches in Malawi | Launching Next in Nigeria, Ghana & Zambia

Title: CEO Weekends: Kenya’s PesaPal Launches in Malawi | Launching Next in Nigeria, Ghana & Zambia
Author: Sam Wakoba
Source: TechMoran
Date (published): 07/02/2014
Date (accessed): 10/02/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Kenya’s PesaPal, an online payment system allowing buyers to pay for goods and services online via mobile money and credit cards, has today launched in Malawi.

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