When the UK goes 'digital by default', who will be left behind?

Title: When the UK goes 'digital by default', who will be left behind?
Author: Elizabeth Rust
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 23/06/2014
Date (accessed): 30/07/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: UK government services are going digital, yet often the people who need them most are not able to access them. Elizabeth Rust reports on the 17% who are digitally excluded.

Mobile Message Disaster Warnings Become Law in the Philippines

Title: Mobile Message Disaster Warnings Become Law in the Philippines
Author: Cris Larano
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Date (published): 29/06/2014
Date (accessed): 30/07/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Mobile Message Disaster Warnings Become Law in the Philippines. The government’s disaster agencies, including the weather bureau, already issue such alerts through TV, radio and social media, and the new law, which takes effect next month, is aimed at addressing a gap in the information flow.

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:
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