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Advocating for Openness: Nine Ways Civil Society Groups Have Mobilized to Defend Internet Freedom
November 17, 2017

Advocating for Openness: Nine Ways Civil Society Groups Have Mobilized to ...

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"[A]ctivists are building digital rights movements from the ground up, launching national policy dialogues, and fighting to establish new norms and Internet standards. Understanding which of these efforts are successful, and sharing this ...

Risk Communication Guide for Mobile Phones and Base Stations
November 16, 2017

Risk Communication Guide for Mobile Phones and Base Stations

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"The emphasis is on anticipating where people may have concerns and then using effective communication approaches to minimise the potential for heightened concerns in the community." Produced by the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) and ...

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the Literature
November 2, 2017

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the ...

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"In the context of smallholder agriculture, which contains a large and at times complicated number of value chain actors, unequal access to information leads certain actors to be on the losing end of the transactions that take place within the ...

Digital Health for Systems: Strengthening Family Planning Systems Through Time and Resource Efficiencies
October 18, 2017

Digital Health for Systems: Strengthening Family Planning Systems Through ...

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This brief summarises the experience and evidence for the most commonly used digital health technologies aimed at supporting health systems and service delivery for family planning around the world. Digital health has been identified as a ...

Using Mobile Phones to Improve Vaccination Uptake in 21 Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review
October 12, 2017

Using Mobile Phones to Improve Vaccination Uptake in 21 Low- and ...

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"There is reason to be optimistic regarding the potential for mobile phones to increase vaccination coverage in LMIC."

Using Social Media for Good: Crafting a Facebook Content Strategy - Webinar
October 10, 2017

Using Social Media for Good: Crafting a Facebook Content Strategy - Webinar

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“Social media platforms like Facebook can be a tremendous tool for public health organizations, making it possible to communicate critical health information, inspire movements, and connect with a widespread and engaged audience. It can also be a ...

The Potential of Social Media Intelligence to Improve People's Lives: Social Media Data   for Good
October 4, 2017

The Potential of Social Media Intelligence to Improve People's Lives: Social ...

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Developed with support from Facebook, this report from the Governance Lab (GovLab) explores the premise that data - and, in particular, the data and analytical expertise held by social media companies - may provide for a new type of intelligence ...

Making Innovation and Technology Work for Women
October 4, 2017

Making Innovation and Technology Work for Women

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"From mobile banking ventures that facilitate women's entrepreneurship to e-learning platforms that take classrooms to individuals, social innovations have the potential to serve as a powerful tool to break trends and increase the awareness, ...

Gender and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey Toolkit
October 3, 2017

Gender and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey Toolkit

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The Gender and ICT Survey Toolkit provides a set of resources for obtaining a landscape assessment of gender and information and communication technology (ICT), providing organisations wanting to use mobile technology in their humanitarian and ...

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and Telenor Pakistan
September 28, 2017

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and ...

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"The ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing a number of life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections."  This GSMA report addresses the need of an estimated ...

ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda
September 21, 2017

ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda

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"[T]o what extent are ICTs contributing to development, particularly that of the relatively poor members of society? How can we extend the benefits of ICTs more widely in society and mitigate the negative effects of rich/poor divides, for ...

GSMA mHealth Gender Toolkit - Key Principles and Tips for Reaching Women
September 20, 2017

GSMA mHealth Gender Toolkit - Key Principles and Tips for Reaching Women

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“Women represent an untapped business opportunity in mHealth, with direct and indirect commercial benefits for the mobile industry.”

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement
September 20, 2017

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement

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"Digital choices for democracy can empower or disempower citizens; can present citizens with real alternatives for equality, thereby deepening democracy; or [can] prove costly for both individual citizens and the polity as a whole."

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
September 12, 2017

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child ...

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"mHealth research projects are typically under-theorised, poorly specified and vaguely described. This creates challenges for effective evidence synthesis, risks unintended consequences that cannot be explained, makes replication and scaling ...

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services
September 8, 2017

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services

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"The literature on (non-digital and digital) ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and women and girls' empowerment is relatively large, but most studies focus on women's economic empowerment, and these rarely draw connections between ...

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women
September 7, 2017

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women

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What are the most effective tools developed for digital platforms (social media, mobile phone apps and websites) that have been successful in changing behaviour in relation to violence against women? Violence against women and girls (VAWG) ...

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good
September 7, 2017

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good

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"[I]n contrast with the deluge of blog posts and tweets praising technology’s role to promote smarter and more participatory governments, one finds limited evidence on the effects of technology on citizen engagement practices." - Tiago Carneiro ...

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
August 30, 2017

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

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This World Bank report explores the impact of the internet, mobile phones, and related technologies on economic development. Its statistics and analysis show that, while digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world, digital ...

A Citizenship in Crisis: Voice, Welfare and Other Contestations in the Digital State
August 28, 2017

A Citizenship in Crisis: Voice, Welfare and Other Contestations in the ...

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"The primacy of the digital over the offline, in a scenario where digital access disparities are stark, has meant that traditional forms of collective representation and action fall by the wayside and are not given their fair due - to emerge, ...

ReMiND Project: Midterm Evaluation Summary
August 22, 2017

ReMiND Project: Midterm Evaluation Summary

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Using mobile phone-based health technology (mHealth) in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India, the Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths Project (ReMiND) aims to increase the adoption of key maternal newborn and child health practices by improving the ...

Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age
August 22, 2017

Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age

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This paper summarises the key issues in the current digital governance scenario in India. It focuses on emerging technological practices in government and articulates the gaps in current legal-policy measures necessary to promote participatory ...

Young Adolescents and Digital Media: Uses, Risks and Opportunities in Low-and Middle-Income Countries
August 7, 2017

Young Adolescents and Digital Media: Uses, Risks and Opportunities in ...

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With the goal of contributing to evidence-informed programming and policy dialogues and action, this rapid evidence review explores adolescent girls' access to and use of digital media, especially mobile phones and the internet, in low- and ...

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good
August 4, 2017

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good

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"There are many different stakeholders...in the mobile data for social good field, and all play a role in converting mobile data into actionable insights. The large number of stakeholder groups - and the plethora of organizations and individuals ...

When Digital Democracy Falls Short: Insights from Colombia
August 3, 2017

When Digital Democracy Falls Short: Insights from Colombia

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This research brief examines the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) mediation in democratisation and citizen engagement in Colombia. This country's e-government development has been recognised by the United Nations (UN) as a ...

Digital Discrimination: Political Bias in Internet Service Provision across Ethnic Groups
August 2, 2017

Digital Discrimination: Political Bias in Internet Service Provision across ...

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"The global expansion of the Internet is frequently associated with increased government transparency, political rights, and democracy....Still, we do not know how the provision of Internet services varies across societal groups in a country or ...

ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and Institutions (Updated Edition)
July 27, 2017

ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and ...

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“Information and communication technology (ICT) has always mattered in agriculture. Ever since people have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, they have sought information from one another. Today, ICT represents a tremendous ...

Local Radio in Afghanistan: A Sustainability Assessment
July 26, 2017

Local Radio in Afghanistan: A Sustainability Assessment

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"[T]he historical resilience of radio and its future prospects within Afghanistan’s fluid media landscape, and in particular the viability of local radio stations’ efforts to guarantee a minimum level of access to information for even the most ...

Rádio Yandê
July 25, 2017

Rádio Yandê

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Rádio Yandê is a community radio station that uses digital media to bring Brazil's indigenous cultures and languages to the forefront. The station, which began streaming online in November 2013, is a web-based broadcast created by indigenous ...

Global Kids Online Tools for Researchers
July 21, 2017

Global Kids Online Tools for Researchers

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"Rather than thinking about children as objects to be studied, we might think of children as co-researchers who are involved in all phases of a research project, from defining the issues to be investigated and designing the methods that will be ...

Communication for Development in the University Curriculum
July 18, 2017

Communication for Development in the University Curriculum

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"As most of the nations of the world subscribe to the Sustainable Development Goals and their 2030 targets, it becomes increasingly important that the potential of using communication knowledge, skills, ethics, and technology intelligently and ...

Digital Reach
July 10, 2017

Digital Reach

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Working with 12 delivery partners, Nominet Trust is supporting six pilot projects in the United Kingdom (UK) to test a range of new models to meaningfully improve the digital skills, confidence, and resilience of young people aged 15-24 who lack ...

Social Media Handbook: Tips for Civil Society Users
July 3, 2017

Social Media Handbook: Tips for Civil Society Users

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"...what is the biggest change you hope to achieve with your social media?" The purpose of this handbook is to help civil society in Cambodia better use social media to share information and prompt interactive communication. From the United ...

Media and Information Literacy: A Practical Guidebook for Trainers
June 29, 2017

Media and Information Literacy: A Practical Guidebook for Trainers

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"Both Deutsche Welle and DW Akademie promote freedom of expression and access to information. Our fundamental belief is that this right can only be realized when all people are able to freely, independently, and confidently communicate online, ...

Why We Post
June 28, 2017

Why We Post

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Why do we post on social media? Is it true that we are replacing face-to-face relationships with on-screen life? Can we assume that social media is the same for a female factory worker in China as a male information technology (IT) professional ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Una Hakika Project
May 24, 2017

Una Hakika Project

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Una Hakika (which means “Are you sure?” in Swahili) is a mobile-phone-based information service that helps to address false rumours contributing to intercommunal conflict in Kenya. Una Hakika began in the Tana Delta, an area with a history of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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