Facebook Saves Developing World’s Data Plans With 65% Smaller, 50% More Efficient Android App

Title: Facebook Saves Developing World’s Data Plans With 65% Smaller, 50% More Efficient Android App
Author: Josh Constine
Source: TechCrunch
Date (published): 19/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Data is expensive and phones have low storage in developing nations like those in Africa, so over the last year, Facebook quietly undertook a massive engineering overhaul of its Android app to make it easier to use around the world. It now starts up 50 percent faster than six months ago, uses 50 percent less data than a year ago, and the download itself is 65 percent smaller since the start of 2014. The updates will make sure more Android users have the latest version of the Facebook app that loads fast even on old devices, and doesn’t burn through their data plans so quickly.

An Ushahidi-Powered Platform Shows "Free" Healthcare In India Comes With Hidden Costs

Title: An Ushahidi-Powered Platform Shows "Free" Healthcare In India Comes With Hidden Costs
Author: Jessica McKenzie
Source: TechPresident
Date (published): 18/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Two and a half years after a pilot program called Mera Swasthya Meri Aawaz (My Health, My Voice) was launched to record and document the informal fees that plague India's “free” maternal health services in Uttar Pradesh, hundreds of reports have been collected and mapped. The Indian human rights organization Sahayog, which helped launched the initiative, tells techPresident that around 40 public health facilities in two Uttar Pradesh districts have been connected to informal fees, a kind of low-level corruption.

Campaign to inspire farmers to use ICT

Title: Campaign to inspire farmers to use ICT
Author: Gilbert Nakweya
Source: SciDev.Net
Date (published): 10/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The information and communication technology (ICT) device with greatest potential for education and training is laptop, whereas Facebook is the most popular social media, according to a new survey of e-learning professionals in Africa.

Campaign to inspire farmers to use ICT

Title: Campaign to inspire farmers to use ICT
Source: The Daily Star
Date (published): 18/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID), Grameenphone and Department of Agricultural Extension launched a campaign to promote ICT-enabled e-Krishok services in agriculture.

Mobile Money for the Unbanked

Title: Mobile Money for the Unbanked
Author: Arunjay Katakam
Source: GSMA
Date (published): 19/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Annual reports show mobile money remains a strategic priority for MNO groups.

Information and Communications Technology in the Global Youth Wellbeing Index

Title: Information and Communications Technology in the Global Youth Wellbeing Index
Author: Nicole Goldin
Source: TechChange
Date (published): 18/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Information and communications technology (ICT) is an integral component of the increasingly technology-driven global economic and social landscape. For many of us, ICT has become the principal way we communicate and get informed, shop or sell and increasingly how we learn, bank, advocate, get medical guidance or engage with our government. As the first generation of “digital natives,” ICTs – both old and new– have arguably become akin to a central nervous system among (many) youth.

New technologies for improving old public security challenges in Nairobi

Title: New technologies for improving old public security challenges in Nairobi
Authors: Mads Frilander, Jamie Lundine, David Kutalek and Luchetu Likaka
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: research paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This Strategic Note maps out the digital environment shaping public security in selected informal settlements of Nairobi. It considers the diverse ways in which information communication technologies (ICTs) are being adopted by Kenyan police in informal settlements and by the community in Mathare, one of Nairobi’s most violent informal settlements (or slum). It highlights the views and attitudes of police working in different informal settlements and identifies opportunities and challenges for the introduction of new smart policing tools in the Nairobi context. The use of digital technologies can potentially enhance accountability within the police while simultaneously providing a layer of protection for patrolling officers and improved community safety. The report was prepared as part of the Smart Policing project coordinated by the Igarapé Institute in cooperation with Google Ideas and partners in Cape Town, Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro. The initiative is intended to employ a technology-driven approach to improving the accountability, responsiveness and effectiveness of city-based policing strategies and public security promotion. The research in Nairobi was conducted by the Danish Demining Group (DDG) and Spatial Collective.

World Bank, Firstmonie partner to advance mobile money in Nigeria

Title: World Bank, Firstmonie partner to advance mobile money in Nigeria
Author: Paul Adepoju
Source: HumanIPO
Date (published): 11/06/20134
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The World Bank through its subsidiary the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced a partnership with First Bank of Nigeria’s Firstmonie to advance mobile money services in Nigeria.

Top 10 Lessons From ICT4E Projects in Kenya

Title: Top 10 Lessons From ICT4E Projects in Kenya
Source: ICTWorks
Date (published): 18/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Back in 2010, the Pontis Foundation launched with one primary and one secondary pilot school in Taita -Taveta County financed by SlovakAid. Their first focus was merely ICT integration, but now besides computer skills and ICT Clubs, their top priority is Business Studies improvement through student practice companies.

Clustering users of public access venues: Analysis results featuring the Global Impact Study

Title: Clustering users of public access venues: Analysis results featuring the Global Impact Study
Source: Technology & Social Change Group - TASCHA
Date (accessed): 17/06/2014
Type of information: research paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This paper examines the application and subsequent findings from the use of cluster analysis on data from the Global Impact Study. Specifically focusing on the user survey data, the results successfully show that complex and interesting structure exists in this data. Making connections between features of the data is an exciting and integral part of analysis. Using cluster analysis as an exploratory analysis tool, additional insight is gained into the complicated relationship between usage patterns and perceived impact for users of public access venues. Additional insight is also gained into the ongoing debate about constructive uses of ICTs, and whether gaming and related activities have solely a detrimental effect. These findings are useful in providing insight beyond that gained by tables and crosstabs, and at the very least, suggest areas for discussion or further study.

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