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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.

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.

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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

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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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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Information Society Observatory Newsletter, May 2013

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In focus: MOOC – New trend or empty hype?
A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. Are they the big reform of education, or a new buzzword?

Highlighted articles

- Information and communication technology (ICT) in education in five Arab states
- ICTs are key to growth and inclusion in post-revolution Tunisia
- The Impact and Reach of MOOCs: A Developing Countries’ Perspective
- E-learning Nigeria: Exploring the Opportunities in e-learning to enhance Education in Nigeria
- Civic Engagement in the Digital Age
- Online and upcoming: The Internet's impact on India
- Making aid work for education in developing countries. An analysis of aid effectiveness for primary education coverage and quality
- 2013 Human Development Report - The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World
- A Framework Using Institutional Analysis and the Capability Approach in ICT4D
- How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms
- World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development
- Open Data in Developing Countries
- Achieving Development Success: Strategies and Lessons from the Developing World
- ITU: The World in 2013. ICT Facts and Figures

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.

Information Society Observatory Newsletter, February 2013

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In focus: country profiles, USA
In our Annual Report we collect best practices and remarkable strategies, policies from the world of Information Society. In this issue we analyze the strategy of USA.

Highlighted articles
- Africa's Voices Project
- Education, Urban Poverty and Migration - Evidence from Bangladesh and Vietnam
- Investing in the Business of Development
- From Connectivity to Service Delivery: Case studies in e-governance
- E-health in low- and middle-income countries: findings from the Center for Health Market Innovations
- Going Digital: Credit Effects of Land Registry Computerization in India
- ICT in Primary Education
- The Art of Knowledge Exchange. A Primer for Government Officials and Development Practitioners
- Women and the Web. Bridging the Internet gap and creating new global opportunities in low and middle-income countries
- Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation

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.

Information Society Observatory Newsletter, December 2012

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In focus: Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi is a single board ultra low cost computer. In this article we introduce this new technical development.

Highlighted articles
- The European Union and the African Union - A statistical portrait 2012 Edition
- Social Media Report 2012
- Global Internet User Survey 2012
- Information Economy Report 2012
- Pocketbook on Euro-Mediterranean statistics — 2012 edition
- Nudge or Compel? Can behavioural economics tackle the digital exclusion of older people?
- As its universities turn out engineering grads, Poland attracts US tech giants

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.

Information Society Observatory Newsletter, November 2012

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In focus: Information and accessibility in agriculture
Agriculture, one of the users and also the basis of major rural resources, has undergone significant changes over the last decades. Agricultural managers and producers are both dependent on a comprehensive, information-rich environment, since without it they could easily lose their competitive edge. This process presents an enormous challenge for the stakeholders in agriculture, especially for small-hold farmers who play a crucial role in the sustainable use of rural resources.

Highlighted articles
- UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development releases first global broadband report
- iPad or running water? Today’s tech is no patch on the past
- Kenya Case Studies in e-Payments
- Digital Competence in Practice: An Analysis of Frameworks
- The Future of Big Data
- Report on using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education for persons with disabilities
- The Rise Of The TechnoLatinas: A Full-Fledged Startup Movement Emerges In South America
- The Information Economy Report 2011: ICTs as an Enabler for Private Sector Development
- Internet in rural India 2012

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.

Information Society Observatory Newsletter, August 2012

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In focus: Cloud Computing
Cloud computing services are becoming more and more trendy and widely accessible. Now the cloud offers not just the possibility of data storage, but also the base for the future's work, education, online entertainment and digital cultural existence. After the Age of the Personal Computer comes the Age of the Personal Cloud.

Highlighted articles
- 2012 Greendex Report
- The Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2012
- Digital Government: building a 21st century platform to better serve the American People
- Just-in-time Information through Mobile Connections
- Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile. Conference Edition
- ICT for Greater Development Impact World Bank Group Strategy for Information and Communication Technology
- The Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report: Building a More Competitive Europe
- The eLearning Africa 2012 Report

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.

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