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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, December 2015

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In focus: Mobile Health Information System in action
In underdeveloped rural regions, access to up to date information via internet may be severely restricted, due to the cumulative effects of various factors. Computer prices and internet subscription costs are unaffordably high for regions living in deprivation.

Highlighted articles
- Measuring the Information Society Report 2015
- Why we need a global partnership to end modern slavery
- Introducing the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Digitization Guidebook
- Insights on developing an organizational ICT4D strategy
- Why Do Evaluations of e-Health Programs Fail?
- Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets: Lessons from East African Startups
- Ensuring Developing Countries Benefit from Big Data

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, November 2015

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In focus: Data on information and communication technologies released by ITU
New figures released by ITU at the 2015 WSIS Forum in Geneva. The data indicates that over the past 15 years, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have grown in an unprecedented way, providing huge opportunities for social and economic development. The new figures track ICT progress and show gaps in connectivity since the year 2000.

Highlighted articles
- Development Informatics - e-Science for Digital Development: “ICT4ICT4D”
- Extending ECHO to Homenet Indonesia
- Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises toward a Strengthened Response
- Can Technology Entice Youth to be Farmers?
- Open Data for Sustainable Development
- Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet
- Log on and learn: The tech geeks working to transform Africa's education
- Economic and Social Impact of ICT in the Pacific
- Learning how to harness Information Communication Technologies for Development
- Technology doesn't make school pupils smarter
- To Really Help the Global Poor, Create Technology They’ll Pay For

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, July 2015

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In focus: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 launched
The MDG Report 2015 was launched early July in Oslo, Norway. The report provides a final assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs since their endorsement in 2000. It shows that significant progress has been made across all goals and also acknowledges uneven progress and shortfalls in many areas, which need to be addressed in the new universal and transformative post-2015 development agenda. In this post we summarize some results of two goals which are closely related to the Information for All-Programme.

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- The eLearning Africa Report 2015
- Closing the Coverage Gap – a view from Asia
- The Internet and Sustainable Development
- Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience
- Analyzing Multimedia Data: Exploring the Dimensions of Context in ICT for Development Research
- Digital and Social Inequalities: a Qualitative Assessment of the Impact of Connecting Equality Program among Argentinean young people
- ICT for the Development of Labour Productivity in Cameroon
- Competing for talent: global mobility, immigration and the City of London’s labour market
- Internet Broadband for an Inclusive Digital Society
- The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition
- Development Informatics - e-Science for Digital Development: “ICT4ICT4D”

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, May 2015

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In focus: Internet in Emerging and Developing Nations – an interesting survey
In the end of March, Pew Research Center published a report called „Internet Seen as Positive Influence on Education but Negative on Morality in Emerging and Developing Nations.” The report contains some really valuable information, taken into consideration that quality, reliable, recent and comparable data is not easy to find on the use of the internet, especially in developing nations. Among basic penetration data, the report also examines internet activities and public opinion regarding the internet’s impact on society. We present here some of the more interesting findings of the report.

Highlighted articles
- Cleanweb For Development - An Introduction
- Mobile for Development - mHealth Country Feasibility Report: Zambia
- Gender Issues & Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D): Prospects and Challenges for Women in Nigeria
- Development as Freedom in a Digital Age: Experiences from the Rural Poor in Bolivia
- Somalia Impact Report: The World Citizens Panel
- The importance of effective governance in implementing national broadband plans – Overview
- Key themes in national educational technology policies
- Call Me Educated: Evidence from a Mobile Monitoring Experiment in Niger

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, March 2015

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In focus: Measuring the digital world: new indexes and more available data
Measuring the digital world is always a challenging task, because of the fact that it needs to collect, interpret and also to visualize a large amount of data. From the quality of data sources to the methodology of different indexes - aiming to summarize the different datasets into easy-to-understand and easy-to-use aggregated indicators - , there are a lot of factors affecting the information gathering process, while policy makers, businesses and third sector organizations all need this information to plan their work. From time to time there are new initiatives, sources and indexes in the making and in this post, we present some new solution from the past months.

Highlighted articles
- Digital Inclusion Report 2014
- Six innovations revolutionizing farming
- MOOC for development report ICT4D
- Changing Education Through ICT in Developing Countries
- Integrating Mobiles into Development Projects
- Gender and Information Communication Technologies (ICTS) in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects
- Technology-enabled Public Libraries Can Help Improve the Quality of Life of the Rural
- Elderly Big Data in Action for Development

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, June 2014

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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.

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- 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

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, May 2014

In focus: ICT4D – lesson learned, successes and failures

In our four-part article series we draw up the concept of ICT4D and we introduced some typical projects. In this last part we summarize our thoughts.

Highlighted articles
- Empowering Local Radio with ICTs
- The GovLab Selected Readings on Open Data (Updated and Expanded)
- Question 25/2. Access technology for broadband telecommunications including IMT, for developing countries
- Women in Science
- What Washington can learn from Colombia's genius plan to lift millions out of poverty
- New report outlines cybersecurity challenges in developing countries
- Broadband Prices in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Information and Communications in the Chinese Countryside
- Raspberry Pi for Learning Initiative (Pi4L)
- Measuring ICT and Gender: An Assessment
- New study reveals impact of technology for children in developing world
- Using Technology for Social Good. An Exploration of Best Practice in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, January 2014

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In focus: ICT4D – overview of typical projects
In our four-part article series we draw up the concept of ICT4D, we introduce some typical projects and we make some general critical remarks on the projects. In this third part we continue introducing the typical projects.

Highlighted articles
- New America’s Open Technology Institute Releases Commotion 1.0 Mesh Networking Toolkit
- ICT for Health: Five Years of Learning
- Is the One Laptop Per Child Enough? Viewpoints from Classroom Teachers in Rwanda
- FrontlineSMS as An Early Warning Network for Human-Wildlife Mitigation: Lessons Learned from Tests Conducted in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
- Global Mobile Learning Implementations and Trends
- Can MOOCs and Open Badges provide an alternative to the so-called "inflation of educational credentials"?
- Toward the Next Phase of Open Government
- The Effects of Shared School Technology Access on Students' Digital Skills in Peru

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, December 2013

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In focus: ICT4D – overview of ICT4D typical projects
In our four-part article series we draw up the concept of ICT4D, we introduce some typical projects and we make some general critical remarks on the projects. In the second part we start to introduce the typical projects.

Highlighted articles
- Internet Monitor 2013: Reflections on the Digital World
- Mobile E-Government - The key to stronger ties between MENA Governments and their Constituents?
- The Africa Competitiveness Report 2013
- The Tech Trends Most Likely to Transform How Latin Americans Learn
- Education, Not Fertility, Key for Economic Development in Developing Countries
- Freedom of expression and ICTs: Overview of international standards
- Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa

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Information Society Observatory Newsletter, October 2013

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In focus: ICT4D – concept and interpretations

In our four-part article series we draw up the concept of ICT4D, we introduce some standard projects and we make some general critical remarks on the projects. The first part is about concept and interpretations of ICT4D.

Highlighted articles
- Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013 - India
- Digital Media (ICT) for development. The use of crowd sourcing maps as a tool for citizen empowerment and engagement. Case study of Map Kibera Project
- Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries
- Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter
- A few myths and misconceptions about digital teaching and learning materials in Africa
- The state of broadband 2013: universalizing broadband
- World Disasters Report. Focus on technology and the future of humanitarian action
- Top 10 mobile agriculture applications
- Africa: ICT4ag13 - ICT Can Help Youth Return to Farms, Solve Africa's Agricultural Challenges
- Smart cabs and social games: Africa's mobile tech startups

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