Africa

Information explosion offers opportunities

Title: Information explosion offers opportunities
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 22/11/2012
Date (accessed): 26/11/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The world contains an unimaginably vast amount of digital information which is getting ever vaster ever more rapidly. Facebook alone is home to 40 billion photos, 864 000 hours of videos are uploaded to Youtube every day, and in one day, enough information is consumed by Internet traffic to fill 168 million DVDs.

Open Access Debates – get talking

Title: Open Access Debates – get talking
Source: The African Commons Project
Date (published): 20/11/2012
Date (accessed): 23/11/2012
Type of information: Event
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A series of interesting and thought-provoking debates is scheduled to launch on 27 November. Funded by DFID and hosted on UNESCO’s WSIS Open Access Community Forum, the discussion will provide a valuable space to discuss different perspectives on what open access means for the developing world and what it can offer.

Africa not just a mobile-first continent - it's mobile only

Title: Africa not just a mobile-first continent - it's mobile only
Author: Toby Shapshak
Source: CNN International
Date (published): 04/10/2012
Date (accessed): 06/10/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The internet in Africa is entirely different to the internet used in the developed world. In America or Europe, the internet is generally something you surf on a computer or tablet - a device with a 10-inch to 15-inch screen. In Africa, hundreds of millions of people will experience the internet for the first time on a 2-inch cellphone screen. Probably in black and white. And probably only as text.

Are Innovation Hubs the Future of Open Government In Africa?

Title: Are Innovation Hubs the Future of Open Government In Africa?
Author: Chris R. Albon
Source: Techpresident
Date (published): 18/09/2012
Date (accessed): 19/09/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: That year the Kenyan government launched a first for Africa: a national open data project. Called The Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI), the program would eventually release over 400 government datasets on everything from education to sanitation.

Seven ways mobile phones have changed lives in Africa

Title: Seven ways mobile phones have changed lives in Africa
Author: Tolu Ogunlesi
Source: CNN
Date (published): 14/09/2012
Date (accessed): 17/09/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: From banking to m-health: examples, best practices and ideas about advantages of mobile technology in Africa.

FrontlineSMS bring a free, innovative solution to African broadcasters

Title: FrontlineSMS bring a free, innovative solution to African broadcasters
Author: Sylvain Beletre
Date (published): 29/08/2012
Date (accessed): 09/09/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract:
Sylvain Beletre, Senior Analyst, Balacing Act talked to Amy O'Donnell, Project Manager at FrontlineSMS on how SMS can be a very powerful media tool.

The future of education in Africa is mobile

Title: The future of education in Africa is mobile
Source: BBC
Date (published): 22/08/2012
Date (accessed): 28/08/2012
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: United Nation’s mobile learning specialist Steve Vosloo argues phones could be the future of education on the continent.

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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