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Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?
June 27, 2017

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?

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Author:  Soraya Carvajal B., June 27 2017 - In 2010 Eli Pariser began his research on bubble filters thanks to his interest in meeting different people, which would challenge him in his way of thinking. So, trying to keep the exchange of ...

Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?
June 27, 2017

Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?

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Autor:  Soraya Carvajal B., 27 de junio 2017 - En 2010 Eli Pariser comenzó su investigación sobre los filtros burbuja gracias a su interés por conocer a gente distinta, que le supusiese un reto en cuanto a su forma de pensamiento. Así, ...

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems
June 27, 2017

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems

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"Given the power of community-based data to inform decision making, it is essential that these data are of high quality....The true power of community-based health data can be realized when stakeholders across all levels of the system use this ...

Children and the Data Cycle: Rights and Ethics in a Big Data World
June 27, 2017

Children and the Data Cycle: Rights and Ethics in a Big Data World

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"With increasing collection of big data and a vocal data science movement calling for more open data and greater utilization of big data within public, private and not-for-profit policymaking arenas, ensuring the protection of and respect for ...

Guidelines for the Development of a Social Media Code of Conduct for Elections
June 26, 2017

Guidelines for the Development of a Social Media Code of Conduct for Elections

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The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) observes that electoral management bodies (EMBs) have noted stakeholders' increasing reliance on social media throughout the electoral cycle but have also ...

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain
June 23, 2017

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain

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"Although the scheme may be simple, we believe that it already features most of the components of a new democratic participation in the digital age." This research brief from IT for Change via Making All Voices Count looks at initiatives that ...

Key Findings Report: Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Workshop
June 20, 2017

Key Findings Report: Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Workshop

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"Opportunities and challenges relevant to smallholder agriculture in emerging economies are increasing thanks to the continued proliferation of smartphones, sensors, and advanced analytics globally." - Karina Lundahl, Facilitator, Innovation for ...

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts
June 14, 2017

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts

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This paper presents a study of recent discourse in Twitter among different communities across the globe regarding a public health emergency of international concern: the Zika outbreak. This analysis demonstrates the significance of 3 types of ...

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory
June 12, 2017

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory

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"Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems ...

Tech Age Girls (TAG)
June 7, 2017

Tech Age Girls (TAG)

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"[E]fforts to improve girls' potential must go beyond training and start creating an ecosystem in which skills can be maximized. This means addressing leadership and self-confidence, creating support networks, developing allies and advocates, and ...

Jungala Radio
June 6, 2017

Jungala Radio

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"Refugees travelling to and across Europe have limited or no access to media platforms, digital tools and the Internet. This makes it difficult for these communities to challenge the negative mainstream media narratives and public attitudes that ...

Approaches to Local Content: Realising the Smartphone Opportunity
May 30, 2017

Approaches to Local Content: Realising the Smartphone Opportunity

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"[S]martphones have the potential to open up a more vibrant ecosystem, with a growing number of commercial competitors, increasing consumer choice. This has the potential to drive both economic development, digital inclusion, and access to ...

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs - Literacy and Numeracy Programmes using Radio, TV, Mobile Phones, Tablets and Computers
May 30, 2017

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs - Literacy and Numeracy Programmes using ...

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“It is my hope that this publication contributes to the advancement of innovative and effective ICT-oriented solutions for literacy teaching and learning. It should support the building of a more solid knowledge base for what works (and what ...

Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic Opportunity
May 24, 2017

Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic ...

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"A majority smartphone market could serve as an ideal lab environment to test how mobile money could disrupt entrenched social and financial structures that have kept most people - especially women, ethnic minorities, and rural farmers - in deep ...

PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements Awareness [Manual]
May 19, 2017

PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements ...

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This manual is for use by National Societies of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) wishing to use PASSA Youth in their programmes. As detailed at Related Summaries, below, the Participatory Approach for ...

Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth
May 19, 2017

Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth

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"If PASSA Youth is systematically and correctly used it will bring about behavioural change. For this to happen youth need to take full ownership of the process which will happen if they are treated as autonomous beings and not as children ...

Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society
May 19, 2017

Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society

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This report is part of Amnesty International's global advocacy campaign Brave, launched to combat measures by authoritarian leaders and other actors (state and non-state) with power to threaten and attack human rights defenders (HRDs) and shrink ...

Mapping Information Exposure on Social Media to Explain Differences in HPV Vaccine Coverage in the United States
May 18, 2017

Mapping Information Exposure on Social Media to Explain Differences in HPV ...

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Editor's note: This summary was written by The CI.

Zika Communication Mapping
May 16, 2017

Zika Communication Mapping

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This mapping tool is designed to support country-level coordination in Zika communication in 4 Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Developed by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative ...

From a Refugee Perspective: Discourse of Arabic Speaking and Afghan Refugees and Migrants on Social Media from March to December 2016
May 16, 2017

From a Refugee Perspective: Discourse of Arabic Speaking and Afghan Refugees ...

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"During the large influx of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants to Europe in 2015, it became apparent that most people started their journey without a clear understanding of what lay ahead of them....It was a mixed migration movement that ...

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies
May 16, 2017

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies

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"People need to generate, access, engage with, and disseminate high-quality news and information in order to make informed decisions, hold those in power accountable, and take actions that will improve their lives. This paper describes IREX's new ...

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development
May 12, 2017

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development

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"The...potential and limitations of these technologies are fundamentally dependent on choices that we make, today and in the future - choices about keeping platforms open and interoperable, choices about hardwiring users' rights and freedoms into ...

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)
May 11, 2017

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)

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ViVI was founded in 2008 in Vienna, Austria, as an international think tank aiming to promote evidence-based vaccine safety research and communication, and has since been registered as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO). ViVI ...

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects
May 10, 2017

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects

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"The communicative ecologies approach grounds our analysis of innovation, sustainability, and strategy in local contexts, enabling us to explore how the spread of digital technologies is being integrated into Pacific media and communication ...

Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using Interactive Voice  Response Surveys
May 10, 2017

Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using ...

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"In Ghana, as in most countries, there is no systematic or easy way to provide inputs on citizen satisfaction and preferences to decision-makers." This practice paper shares the results of a research project involving a crowdsourcing platform ...

Educating Parents about the Vaccination Status of Their Children: A User-Centered Mobile Application
May 9, 2017

Educating Parents about the Vaccination Status of Their Children: A ...

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"Well-informed parents who support and maintain vaccination records will have an improved sense of control and the gratification of playing an active role in keeping their children healthy..."

Transforming Governance: How Can Technology Help Reshape Democracy?
May 9, 2017

Transforming Governance: How Can Technology Help Reshape Democracy?

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"How can we adjust our democratic formulas so that they are more sustainable, powerful, fulfilling - and, well, democratic? Some of the parts of this equation may come from the development of online tools and platforms that help people to engage ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for Social and Behavior Change Communication
May 5, 2017

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for ...

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This end of project report highlights the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI), a 3-year (2013-2016) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project under the global Health Communication Capacity ...

Organizational Guide to ICT4D: Leveraging Technology for International Development
May 5, 2017

Organizational Guide to ICT4D: Leveraging Technology for International ...

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"The world faces many challenges that require academic understanding, technological application, and program implementation to address. This guide is intended for internal change leaders and lays out an approach to using technology to improve ...

Shifting the Spotlight: Understanding Crowdsourcing Intermediaries in Transparency and Accountability Initiatives
May 4, 2017

Shifting the Spotlight: Understanding Crowdsourcing Intermediaries in ...

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"Whereas the users of earlier, targeted transparency initiatives and 'right to know' policies had to rely on disclosers of information and regulators to obtain the information they sought, this wave of collaborative transparency initiatives ...

Partnership Guidelines: Building Effective Relationships between MNOs and NGOs in Complex Environments and Crises
May 2, 2017

Partnership Guidelines: Building Effective Relationships between MNOs and ...

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"Mobile technology is increasingly seen as a channel for information sharing, and humanitarian organisations are looking to how informative materials can be shared in digital form. As work continues in the space of mobile identity, here too we ...

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies
May 2, 2017

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies

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Featuring reflections on civil society strategies to create a more enabling environment, this paper draws on the findings of the Enabling Environment National Assessments (EENA), held in 22 countries between 2013 and 2016 (Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, ...

April 26, 2017

Media: Pay or not pay?

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There is an ongoing, murmuring issue in health communication - do you pay for media time or not? The issues are difficult and interesting. Where do you stand and why? In favour of paying is the argument that if you wish your media and ...

How to Bring Family Engagement and Early Learning into the Digital Age
April 26, 2017

How to Bring Family Engagement and Early Learning into the Digital Age

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"By paying close attention to the ways in which technologies and media may be deployed to promote new connections that advance critical skills and learning pathways - and by ensuring that educators, mentors, tech developers, and parents are ...

The Power of Airwaves: The Role of Spectrum Management in Media Development
April 26, 2017

The Power of Airwaves: The Role of Spectrum Management in Media Development

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"[A] well-defined, transparent, and equitable spectrum management process that takes into account the needs of all relevant stakeholders is necessary in order to create an environment that serves the public good and enables media development."

Do Digital Information and Communications Technologies Increase the Voice and Influence of Women and Girls?
April 25, 2017

Do Digital Information and Communications Technologies Increase the Voice ...

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"Digital ICTs can provide new opportunities for women to express themselves but engaging publically and politically online does not guarantee power." What does the empirical evidence tell us about the types of interventions most likely to enable ...

Advancing C4D in Academic institutions
April 24, 2017

Advancing C4D in Academic institutions

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This group emerged from an extensive discussion on The Communication Initiative platform that was prompted by a post from Caroline Hungwe entitled Lack of C4D modules in University courses. There were over 60 contributions to that discussion from ...

Lights, Camera, Action: The Participatory Video Experience in Nicaragua
April 24, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action: The Participatory Video Experience in Nicaragua

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"The engagement of rural communities in ICTs, paying particular attention to women and youth, is a powerful channel to foster the leap from individual and collective learning to sustainable livelihood impacts through an integrated capacity ...

Behavioural Insights at the United Nations - Achieving Agenda 2030
April 20, 2017

Behavioural Insights at the United Nations - Achieving Agenda 2030

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"Agenda 2030 can only be achieved if we critically examine the behavioural factors that lead people to utilize programs effectively and efficiently. Research in behavioural science - regarding how people make decisions and act on them, how they ...

Exposing the Invisible
April 20, 2017

Exposing the Invisible

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"What is the data environment that makes...use of publicly available data possible? What part do we play in it? What are the systems that are perpetuating knowledge inequality? We want to dig deeper into the abuse of power between public and ...

Social Media Initiative in Ukraine: Analysis of Online Conversations on Polio, Vaccination, and Routine Immunization
April 19, 2017

Social Media Initiative in Ukraine: Analysis of Online Conversations on ...

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Editor's note: The Communication Initiative (The CI) is tasked with supporting country-focused reviews of polio communication, with extensive and growing reference to the relationship with routine immunisation. Those reviews take many different ...

Holistic Security Trainers' Manual
April 19, 2017

Holistic Security Trainers' Manual

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The Trainers' Manual was created partially as a companion to Tactical Technology Collective's Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders (see Related Summaries, below) and partially to reflect further learnings and best practices ...

Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders
April 19, 2017

Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders

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"When we work to bring about positive social change, we can face persistent threats and attacks which impact upon our physical and psychological integrity, and often affect our friends and families. However, taking an organised approach to ...

Stories of Land, Rights, and Culture: Indigenous Community Leaders Document Their Efforts to Protect Human Rights and Preserve Traditions
April 18, 2017

Stories of Land, Rights, and Culture: Indigenous Community Leaders Document ...

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"Dominant narratives about the 'development agenda' often fail to consider the needs and desires of indigenous communities, who face disproportionate threats to their rights and cultural traditions as a result of land grabs, climate change, and ...

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts
April 12, 2017

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts

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"[W]e question a characterisation that often contrasts vertical mainstream media with more horizontal and inclusive social media, arguing that a more nuanced view of the political significance of both spaces of communication is required, and one ...

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
April 10, 2017

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

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"The society - the rural people, the field level extensionists, farmers - do not read journals; they read blogs, watch YouTube and use Facebook and Twitter and these are the mediums that reach them effectively. These platforms provide incentives ...

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: Potential and Constraints
April 10, 2017

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: ...

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"Everyone is reliant on mobile technology for communication ... Even a grandmother in Syria might now be using applications such as WhatsApp ... these tools have become central." (Field researcher interviewee) This report presents the findings ...

Tuning In To Community Radio
April 7, 2017

Tuning In To Community Radio

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"While we acknowledge there is a tyranny of distance between Pacific countries...we have the opportunity to strengthen existing information and communication exchange models which amplify voices and brings visibility to the desire for equality, ...

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Latin America
April 3, 2017

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Latin America

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From GSMA Intelligence, in collaboration with the GSMA's Disaster Response team, this report provides an overview of the Latin American mobile market, the disaster risk landscape, and examples of the innovative solutions being developed by the ...

Social Media as a Platform for Health-Related Public Debates and Discussions: The Polio Vaccine on Facebook
April 3, 2017

Social Media as a Platform for Health-Related Public Debates and ...

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"The traditional online media supported the Ministry of Health in the Polio crisis of 2013. This in turn led to responses from both opponents and supporters in the social media. The social media were, in fact, the actual locus of debates and ...

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