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."

Hong Kong as an Information Society 2012

Title: Hong Kong as an Information Society 2012
Pages: 87 pp.
Publisher: Census and Statistics Department Hong Kong Special Administrative Region People's Republic of China
Date (published): 29/05/2012
Date (accessed): 14/08/2012
Type of information: Statistical report
Language: Bilingual (Chinese and English)
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract: This publication aims at presenting statistical data compiled from a variety of sources relevant to the development of an information society, ranging from the recent developments in information and communication technology services, the external trade of information and communication technology goods, and the usage and penetration of information technology in the business, household and government sectors. Analysis on the demand for manpower in the information technology field and development of relevant educational programmes is also included.

Researchers of Tomorrow. The research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students

Title: Researchers of Tomorrow. The research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students
Author: Education for Change
Publisher: Joint Information Systems Committee of the Higher Education Funding Council and British Library
Date (published): 28/06/2012
Date (accessed): 14/08/2012
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes (online and pdf)
Abstract: Researchers of Tomorrow is the UK’s largest study to date on the research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students (born between 1982 and 1994). JISC and the British Library jointly commissioned the three year study in 2009, which involved 17,000 doctoral students from 70 universities at various stages in the project.

System upgrade? The first year of the Government’s ICT strategy

Title: System upgrade? The first year of the Government’s ICT strategy
Authors: Sir Ian Magee, Tom Gash, Justine Stephen
Pages: 19 pp.
Publisher: Institute for Government
Date (published): 25/06/2011
Date (accessed): 14/08/2012
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract: Follow up report of the success of UK's National ICT strategy after its first year by e-government experts.

Evaluation of the "UNA LAPTOP POR NIÑO" program in Peru: results and perspectives

Title: Evaluation of the "UNA LAPTOP POR NIÑO" program in Peru: results and perspectives
Authors: Eugenio Severin, Ana Santiago, Julian Cristia, Pablo Ibarrarán, Jennelle Thompson, Santiago Cueto
Source: IDB Education
Publisher: Education Division-SCL, Inter-American Development Bank
Date (published):
15/12/2011
Date (accessed): 14/08/2012
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract: The effective implementation of the “One Laptop per Child” program was not enough to overcome the difficulties of a design that places its trust in the role of technologies themselves. The use of technologies in education is not a magic and rapid solution through which educational problems and challenges can be solved with the simple acquisition of technological devices and systems.

A moment of discovery and awe

Title: A moment of discovery and awe
Authors: Juliana
Source: Ushahidi
Publisher: Ushahidi, Inc
Date (published): 14/12/2011
Date (accessed): 14/08/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Subjective report about the Eye on Earth Summit conference, and the meeting of social data and geolocation.

An E-Reader Revolution for Africa?

Title: An E-Reader Revolution for Africa?
Authors: Geoffrey A. Fowler, Nichoas Bariyo
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Publisher: Dow Jones & Company
Date (published): 15/06/2012
Date (accessed): 14/08/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language:
English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Schools in developing countries are experimenting with digital books; endless titles, spotty electricity

The eLearning Africa 2012 Report

Title: The eLearning Africa 2012 Report
Editors: Isaacs, S. and Hollow, D.
Pages: 56 pp.
ISBN: 978-3-941055-15-5
Publisher: ICWE, Germany
Date (published): 25/05/2012
Date (accessed): 13/08/2012
Type of information: book
Language:
English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract:
This book is a collective e-Learning experience of 41 African countries. There are 15 "opinion pieces", for example: Critical content and communication capabilities: foundational for African education in a digitally-mediated age; African youth, identity formation and social media; Why radio still matters; How African entrepreneurs are training for new opportunities etc.

Digital and Other Poverties: Exploring the Connection in Four East African Countries

Title: Digital and Other Poverties: Exploring the Connection in Four East African Countries
Author: Julian Douglas May
Pages: 17 pp.
ISSN: 1544-7529
Publisher: USC Annenberg
Date (published): 30/03/2012
Date (accessed): 13/08/2012
Type of information: referred article
Language:
English
On-line access: yes (pdf)
Abstract:„Although improved access to ICT has been put forward as a possible pathway from poverty, the mechanisms by which this takes place remain unclear. This is due, in part the need to further develop the conceptual and methodological tools necessary for such analysis. This article suggests a way in which indicators of multidimensional poverty can be incorporated into the analysis of access to ICT. Using data from a four countries in East Africa, households without ICT are found to be poorer in all dimensions than those with ICT. A multivariate analysis shows the associations between these dimensions of poverty and ICT access, revealing the importance of human and financial capitals. The use of digital poverty and the inclusion of multidimensional measures of poverty improve the estimation of the predictors of ICT access, and conversely, are likely to be important for future attempts to measure the impact of ICT on poverty reduction."

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