Texas Publishes New Strategic IT Plan

Title: Texas Publishes New Strategic IT Plan
Author: Matt Williams
Source: Government Technology
Date (published): 09/07/2012
Date (accessed): 22/08/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Texas Department of Information Resources and state CTO Karen Robinson released the state’s new strategic IT plan.

SFCG: Computer Game Teaches Conflict Resolution Skills to Rwandan Children

Title: SFCG: Computer Game Teaches Conflict Resolution Skills to Rwandan Children
Posted by: Rex Brynen
Source: PAXsims
Date (published): 18/08/2012
Date (accessed): 22/08/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract:The aim of project is to develop a computer game that helps primary school students learn about the causes conflict and ways to deal with it.

Young Peruvians Use Social Media to Promote Agro-Ecological Production

Title: Young Peruvians Use Social Media to Promote Agro-Ecological Production
Authors: Bénédicte Marcilly
Source: IICD
Date (published): 16/08/2012
Date (accessed): 16/08/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language:English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: "A group of young people from the National Association of Ecological Producers in Peru (ANPE PERÚ), promote organic farming and an ecological approach towards agriculture, with the use of Information and Communication Technology tools such as social media."

Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile. Conference Edition

Title: Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile. Conference Edition
Pages: 244 pp.
Publisher: The World Bank
Date (accessed): 15/08/2012
Type of information: book
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract:
This report analyzes the growth and evolution of applications for mobile phones, focusing on their use in agriculture, health and financial services, as well as their impact on employment and government. It also explores the consequences for development of the emerging “app economy”, summarizing current thinking and seeking to inform the debate on the use of mobile phones for development. It’s no longer about the phone itself, but about how it is used, and the content and applications that mobile phones open.

ICT for Greater Development Impact World Bank Group Strategy for Information and Communication Technology

Title: ICT for Greater Development Impact World Bank Group Strategy for Information and Communication Technology
Pages: 66 pp.
Publisher: The World Bank Group
Date (published): 15/05/2012
Date (accessed): 17/08/2012
Type of information: sector strategy
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract:"The World Bank Group’s new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy aims at helping developing countries use ICT to transform delivery of basic services, drive innovations and productivity gains, and improve competitiveness. The strategy reflects rapid changes in the ICT sector over the last decade, including a dramatic increase in use of mobile phones and the Internet, plunging prices of computing and mobile internet devices, and the increasing prevalence of social media."

Using Social Media in Local Government: 2011 Survey Report

Title: Using Social Media in Local Government: 2011 Survey Report
Author: Karen Purser
Pages: 34 pp.
Publisher: The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government
Date (published): 27/05/2012
Date (accessed): 17/08/2012
Type of information: survey report
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract: "This survey was designed to capture the views, experiences and perceptions of local government leaders about the contribution that social media is making, and has the potential to make, in communicating with residents, ratepayers and other stakeholders, and in improving the planning, organisation, and delivery of Local Government services."

Digital Poland of Equal Opportunities. National Digital Literacy Campaign

Title: Digital Poland of Equal Opportunities. National Digital Literacy Campaign
Authors: Participants of the 14th "Cities on Internet" Conference
Pages: 6 pp.
Publisher: Cities On Internet Association
Date (published): 25/05/2012
Date (accessed): 15/08/2012
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract:
Statistics showing that out of 38 million Poles, 10 million adults aged 50 + have never used the Internet. PCRS programme realized in partnership between the Ministry of Administration and Digitization and Cities „On Internet Association” is an initiative which is to encourage the people from the 50 + generation to make this first step into the digital world.

Enchancing user involvement with digital cultural heritage: The usage of social tagging and storytelling

Title: Enchancing user involvement with digital cultural heritage: The usage of social tagging and storytelling
Authors: Harry van Vliet, Erik Hekman
Publisher: First Monday, Volume 17, Number 5
Date (published):
07/05/2012
Date (accessed): 14/08/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract:"This paper focuses on the use of online social tagging and storytelling to enrich digital collections of cultural heritage. Together with several Dutch museums, we examined the question of whether and how social tagging could benefit these museums in disclosing specific digital collections. This led to the development of a social tagging tool (www.ikweetwatditis.nl) as a means of researching behaviour when tagging cultural objects. The results show that tagging and storytelling can help museums enrich their collections and involve their audiences."

Digital Freedoms in International Law. Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online

Title: Digital Freedoms in International Law. Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online
Authors: Ian Brown and Douwe Korff
Pages: 54 pp.
Publisher: Global Network Initiative
Date (published): 14/05/2012
Date (accessed): 15/08/2012
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract:
This report was commissioned by the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and was made possible by a grant from the Open Society Foundations. It is an academic work designed to pose questions and bring others into a dialogue. It attempts to tackle some of the most difficult questions around protecting rights to freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

The Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report: Building a More Competitive Europe

Title: The Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report: Building a More Competitive Europe
Authors: Beñat Bilbao-Osorio, Jennifer Blanke, Roberto Crotti, Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz, Stephen Kinnock, Caroline Ko
Pages: 44 pp.
ISBN: 978-92-95044-43-2
Publisher: World Economic Forum within the framework of the Global Competitiveness Network
Date (published): 02/05/2012
Date (accessed): 13/08/2012
Type of information: insight report
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract: "The European Union (EU) is going through one of the most difficult periods since its establishment, with multiple challenges facing the region’s policy-makers. While many countries are struggling to recover from the worst financial and economic downturn since the Great Depression and some economies are even facing sovereign default for the first time in 60 years, political discontent is mounting. Some gloomy forecasts portend a lost decade for growth unless decisive action is taken at scale and speed to address the bottlenecks to reform that are strangling economic development."

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