Measuring the Information Society Report 2015

Title: Measuring the Information Society Report 2015
Author: Houlin Zhao
Source: The ITU Blog
Date (published): 01/12/2015
Date (accessed): 06/12/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report, released on 30 November 2015, gives an overview of information society developments as we reach the cusp between the end of the Millennium Development Goals and the beginning of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Republic of Korea tops the ICT Development Index (IDI) this year, with Denmark and Iceland close behind, in second and third place. The IDI top 30 ranking includes countries from Europe and high-income nations from other regions including Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Macao (China), New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. Almost all countries surveyed improved their IDI ranking this year, but over the past five years, there has been a widening of the gap in IDI values between countries ranked in the middle and those towards the bottom of the distribution. In the 48 UN-designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the IDI grew less compared to other developing countries, and LDCs are falling behind in particular in the IDI ‘use’ sub-index – which could impact on their ability to derive development gains from ICTs.

A2A interoperability: What is happening between banks and mobile money providers?

Title: A2A interoperability: What is happening between banks and mobile money providers?
Author: Francesco Pasti
Source: GSMA
Date (published): 26/11/2015
Date (accessed): 27/11/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Last year, the GSMA Mobile Money Programme began to focus on Account-to-Account (A2A) interoperability, meaning interoperability between mobile money accounts from different providers and between mobile money accounts and bank accounts. Indeed, when mobile money providers embrace A2A interoperability, it is not only about P2P transfers, but also about offering Bank Account to Mobile Money Account (B2M) and Mobile Money Account to Bank Account capabilities (M2B) to their customers.

"Everybody Wants A Smartphone" And Other Factors Pointing To Africa's Transition To An All Data Future

Title: "Everybody Wants A Smartphone" And Other Factors Pointing To Africa's Transition To An All Data Future
Author: Russell Southwood
Source: iAfrikan
Date (published): 03/09/2015
Date (accessed): 27/11/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Globally, everything - voice and data- is in the process of (or is already) becoming data. It will soon become as natural to use something like WhatsApp to make a call and to think that SMS is quaint and outdated. This article explores why this transition has begun and how quickly it will take place. At first sight, as with many of the large changes that have happened in Africa over the last 15 years, a transition to data would seem an unlikely thing.

Digital Security in Aid and Development

Title: Digital Security in Aid and Development
Author: Rahel Dette
Source: GPPi - Global Public Policy Institute
Date (published): 18/11/2015
Date (accessed): 27/11/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Technologies are used increasingly in humanitarian, development and human rights. This field of work is sometimes abbreviated with “ICT4D,” or information communication technologies for development. But new technologies can also introduce new risks, especially concerning digital security and privacy. To make ICT4D more secure and safe, aid actors (or anyone working with technologies) can use “threat models” to play through possible attacks and hacks ahead of time. Being more alert to digital vulnerabilities can help prevent data breaches and devastating damage, which is especially important in the aid sector.

UNDP experts help Pakistan map disasters in real time

Title: UNDP experts help Pakistan map disasters in real time
Source: Medium
Date (published): 12/11/2015
Date (accessed): 23/11/2015
Type of information: case study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: On 26 October 2015, a severe earthquake hit the Hindu Kush mountains which straddle Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is a remote and mountainous area, sparsely populated and difficult to access. Yet, within half an hour of the 7.5 magnitude tremor, Pakistan’s National Disaster Risk Management Authority (NDMA) had released a map on its website showing the magnitude of the earthquake, its epicentre and areas affected.

Discussion Paper: The Mobile App Divide

Title: Discussion Paper: The Mobile App Divide
Author: Mr. Michael Kende
Source: Internet Society
Date (published): 17/11/2015
Date (accessed): 23/11/2015
Type of information: discussion paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Internet Society Discussion Paper Series is intended, as the name suggests, to stimulate discussion around a topical issue of importance to meeting the Internet Society goals. In style, it is intended to be longer than a blog post and shorter than a full research study, and likewise, in substance it represents our emerging opinion, but does not represent a final Internet Society position. Instead, we intend it as a means to gather information and insight from our community on the topic. The discussion will inform our view on the issue, and will be reflected in a revised version of the paper. Please join us in our Open Forum at connect.internetsociety.org to provide us with your insights and opinions.

New Research: What are the Models of Mobile Data Services Available in Developing Countries?

Title: New Research: What are the Models of Mobile Data Services Available in Developing Countries?
Source: Alliance for Affordable Internet
Date (published): 03/11/2015
Date (accessed): 15/11/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A4AI just published the first report in our research series exploring “The Impacts of Emerging Mobile Data Services in Developing Countries” in the Philippines, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Colombia and Peru. This first research brief, “Models of Mobile Data Services in Developing Countries“, maps out the types of data plans across these eight countries and lays the groundwork for future assessment of the impact of these data plans.

How drones can improve healthcare delivery in developing countries

Title: How drones can improve healthcare delivery in developing countries
Author: Barry Mendelow
Source: Quartz
Date (published): 08/11/2015
Date (accessed): 15/11/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The advent of cell phone networks has significantly aided the way results are transmitted from the laboratory to the clinic. But this is obviously not applicable to physically transporting samples. Drones are potentially a solution to this logistical problem.

Kenya: Laptops for Schools Revived

Title: Kenya: Laptops for Schools Revived
Author: Isaac Ongiri
Source: allAfrica
Date (published): 13/10/2015
Date (accessed): 15/11/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Sh 17 billion will be spent to buy to 1.2 million laptops for Class One pupils after the salvaged procurement was launched by the Information Communication Technology Authority. The laptops will reach all schools around the country in two years after the procurement was split into two.

New case study explores the different stages of the mobile money regulation in Paraguay

Title: New case study explores the different stages of the mobile money regulation in Paraguay
Author: José Sanin
Source: GSMA
Date (published): 12/11/2015
Date (accessed): 15/11/2015
Type of information: case study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: New case study explores the different stages of the mobile money regulation in Paraguay. The case study is in Spanish language.

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