Digital Entrepreneurship in Kenya 2014

Title: Digital Entrepreneurship in Kenya 2014
Date (accessed): 20/01/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This report focuses new attention on Kenya’s emerging digital entrepreneurship ecosystem, with a unique perspective on entrepreneurs developing mobile enabled services. In this report, we highlight the challenges startups are currently facing and the opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders, in particular opportunities for engagement with the mobile industry.

Where Cellular Networks Don’t Exist, People Are Building Their Own

Title: Where Cellular Networks Don’t Exist, People Are Building Their Own
Author: Lizzie Wade
Source: Wired
Date (published): 14/01/2015
Date (accessed): 20/01/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Strategically ignored by Mexico’s major telecoms, Yaee is putting itself on the mobile communications grid with the help of a Oaxaca-based telecommunications non-profit called Rhizomatica.

Demystifying the MOOC

Title: Demystifying the MOOC
Author: Jeffrey J. Selingo
Source: The New York Times
Date (published): 29/10/2014
Date (accessed): 06/01/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: When massive open online courses first grabbed the spotlight in 2011, many saw in them promise of a revolutionary force that would disrupt traditional higher education by expanding access and reducing costs. The hope was that MOOCs — classes from elite universities, most of them free, in some cases enrolling hundreds of thousands of students each — would make it possible for anyone to acquire an education, from a villager in Turkey to a college dropout in the United States. Following the “hype cycle” model for new technology products developed by the Gartner research group, MOOCs have fallen from their “peak of inflated expectations” in 2012 to the “trough of disillusionment.”

How to combat malaria with mobile phones

Title:
How to combat malaria with mobile phones

Author: Issie Lapowsky
Source: Wired UK
Date (published): 22/12/2014
Date (accessed): 05/01/20145
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Africa, where malaria kills around 400,000 children every year, is set to top 1 billion mobile phone subscriptions by next year. That means that public health researchers will have one billion ways to communicate with -- and collect data from -- the people who are most at risk of catching malaria, a disease that has traditionally been extremely difficult to track.

2014: How the ICT sector fared

Title: 2014: How the ICT sector fared
Author: Collins Mwai
Source: The New Times
Date (published): 01/01/2015
Date (accessed): 05/01/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Information Communication Technology has been placed among the key facilitators for national growth and development. This has been due to heavy investments in the sector by both government and the private sector. With increased investments in the sector, there has been a relative increase in gains especially in 2014. Statistics show that the sector attracted about 45 per cent of all foreign direct investments in the country and contributed 3 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the last quarter of the year and is projected to contribute about 4 per cent in the coming year.

Timeline: Gender Equality, 2014 Year in Review

Title: Timeline: Gender Equality, 2014 Year in Review
Source: UN Women
Date (accessed): 04/01/2015
Type of information: online collection
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: From the passing of one of the Arab region's most progressive constitutions enshrining women's rights to changes in legislation to provide long overdue redress to wartime survivors of sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world this year.

The Best E-gov Websites in the World

Title: The Best E-gov Websites in the World
Author: Darlene Meskell
Source: DigitalGov
Date (published): 31/12/2014
Date (accessed): 04/01/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In Design Secrets of the World’s Best e-Government Web Sites, the Asia-Pacific online communications powerhouse FutureGov singles out eight national e-government portals as the best-designed in the world, and identifies the best practices these sites exemplify.

How Mobile Phone Data Reveals Food Consumption Patterns in Central Africa

Title: How Mobile Phone Data Reveals Food Consumption Patterns in Central Africa
Source: MIT Technology Review
Date (published): 17/12/2014
Date (accessed): 30/12/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Food shortages in developing countries have always been difficult to monitor in real time. But mobile phone data is changing that, say demographers.

What Are MOOCs Good For?

Title: What Are MOOCs Good For?
Author: Justin Pope
Source: MIT Technology Review
Date (published): 15/12/2014
Date (accessed): 30/12/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Online courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways.

How Government Can Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data: Part I

Title: How Government Can Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data: Part I
Author: Tod Newcombe
Source: Government Technology
Date (published): 16/12/2014
Date (accessed): 30/12/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Zillow, the fast-growing online real estate marketplace, couldn’t exist without public data. More specifically, it probably couldn’t exist without online public data relating to real estate sales information. The nation has more than 3,000 counties, each with its own registry of deeds where routine but vital data are recorded on every transaction involving the sale of homes, businesses and land. Until recently, much of that information resided in paper documents stored in filing cabinets. But as that information has moved online, its value has increased, making it possible for firms like Zillow to use the data in new ways, creating its popular “zestimate” forecast on home values.

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