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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 ...

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."

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Media
September 18, 2017

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and ...

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"In a region with more mobile phones than people,...digital growth in Southeast Asia presents opportunities for children on the move to make informed decisions prior to migration and could help to prevent children from moving alone or being ...

Barriers and Solutions in Using M4D: Connecting Directly to Citizens for Scalable Impact
September 14, 2017

Barriers and Solutions in Using M4D: Connecting Directly to Citizens for ...

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"For a mobile engagement project to create real impact, affordable and scalable technology is a necessary starting point, but elements of culture, psychology and human design must be considered." This paper identifies four prevailing barriers to ...

DataWinners
September 13, 2017

DataWinners

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Launched in January 2012, DataWinners is an online, do-it-yourself mobile data collection service for organisations in the developing world, designed by Human Network International (HNI). Using the service, organisations transform paper forms ...

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 ...

Express yourself: asking fresh questions with Facebook Live in Nepal
September 5, 2017

Express yourself: asking fresh questions with Facebook Live in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action Nepal Stakeholder Liaison Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted Augusut 31 2017 - Social media is providing a platform for young voices in a new programme called Taja Sawal (Fresh Questions) in Nepal. The studio painted ...

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 ...

Guide to Investigative Web Research
August 29, 2017

Guide to Investigative Web Research

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This introductory guide to investigative web research (IWR) was created by The Engine Room, an international organisation working to help activists, organisations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase ...

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 ...

Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND)
August 22, 2017

Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND)

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"What was really eye-opening was that with the phone, the illiterate ASHA, who seemed overwhelmed and a bit lost, was transformed to someone with increased skills and confidence, who was effective in her work and respected in her community. - ...

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 ...

Scaling Digital Health in Developing Markets: Opportunities and Recommendations for Mobile Operators
August 15, 2017

Scaling Digital Health in Developing Markets: Opportunities and ...

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"Digital health is taking its first steps in some African, Asian and Latin American markets, with a widespread view that greater use of technology and digital solutions can help address key healthcare issues: expanding healthcare coverage ...

Development and Access to Information
August 11, 2017

Development and Access to Information

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"Can access to information create more socially and economically inclusive societies? ....[H]w can we capitalize on the strengths of the information society to help combat poverty and inequality, make governments more transparent and accountable, ...

New Pathways for Citizen Agency: Open Government National Action Plans in Uruguay
August 11, 2017

New Pathways for Citizen Agency: Open Government National Action Plans in ...

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This research brief looks at the experience of open governance in Uruguay. It analyses the creation and implementation of the Open Government National Action Plan (OGP-NAP) to understand its impact on citizen agency and participation in the ...

Pathways to Accountability from the Margins: Reflections on Participatory Video Practice
August 9, 2017

Pathways to Accountability from the Margins: Reflections on Participatory ...

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"Many participatory governance and accountability processes, and the theoretical discourses and practical approaches underlying them, do not pay sufficient attention to the need to shape the relational conditions for accountability for ...

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 ...

Participatory Video and the Pacifica Mamas: A Pilot Project
August 2, 2017

Participatory Video and the Pacifica Mamas: A Pilot Project

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"Emerging literature highlights that in the Pacific, the use of participatory video (PV)...can be employed as a tool to empower communities to have agency over their media outputs, meaning that they have full control of the content creation, ...

Open Development: Access to Information and the Sustainable Development Goals
July 31, 2017

Open Development: Access to Information and the Sustainable Development Goals

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"The effective implementation of RTI [the right to information] is a prerequisite for the effective participation of the population and their ability to have a voice, which are necessary for democratic societies."

A Tale of Two Consultations: Online Participatory Practices in Brazil
July 31, 2017

A Tale of Two Consultations: Online Participatory Practices in Brazil

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This paper gives an overview of the state of information and communication technology (ICT)-mediated citizen participation in Brazil. Internet penetration still remains a major challenge in this country, with only around half of homes having ...

History of Struggle: The Global Story of Community Broadcasting Practices, or a Brief History of Community Radio
July 28, 2017

History of Struggle: The Global Story of Community Broadcasting Practices, ...

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"[T]he spread of community radio as an institution is rooted in a history of struggle and media activism engaged among disparate movements and actors who often captured the airwaves in defiance of state-run and for-profit broadcasters."

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 ...

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action
July 18, 2017

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action

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Published as part of the Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)'s Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project, this resource is designed for the staff of humanitarian organisations involved in processing ...

Polio Communications Global Guide
July 18, 2017

Polio Communications Global Guide

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"Whether you are reacting to the initial report of a poliovirus outbreak and need to get the word out quickly or managing a protracted outbreak and need a more nuanced communication approach that can address campaign fatigue or localised ...

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 ...

Conducting Mobile Surveys Responsibly: A Field Book for WFP Staff
July 13, 2017

Conducting Mobile Surveys Responsibly: A Field Book for WFP Staff

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"Mobile technology offers a tremendous opportunity to communicate better with people in humanitarian settings. However, these new capabilities also entail privacy and security risks for people and the communities where mobile surveys are ...

Effective Messages and Media for Employee Health Campaigns
July 13, 2017

Effective Messages and Media for Employee Health Campaigns

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"...provides empirical evidence that the selection of channels used in a health improvement campaign is an important factor in the success of the desired behavioural outcome."

When Top Down Visions Meet Grassroots Digital Activism: Notes from Netherlands
July 11, 2017

When Top Down Visions Meet Grassroots Digital Activism: Notes from Netherlands

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"...even in a context where citizen participation becomes a policy principle, the desired format of and the actual opportunities for participation can be problematic." This paper from Making All Voices Count studies the integration of ...

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 ...

Lost in Translation: The Misinformed Journey of Migrants Across Italy
July 10, 2017

Lost in Translation: The Misinformed Journey of Migrants Across Italy

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"No matter the timeframe of their stay in Italy, or the purpose of their journeys, refugees and migrants demonstrate complex information needs about their ever-changing situation, which require a dynamic response with buy-in from all implicated ...

Hollaback!
July 7, 2017

Hollaback!

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"We've got your back. By sharing your story, you change the way people talk about and understand harassment." Hollaback! is an international movement seeking to end harassment in public spaces. Its website invites women to share narratives (and ...

Open Data in the Philippines: An Issue of Access and Awareness
July 6, 2017

Open Data in the Philippines: An Issue of Access and Awareness

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...in these existing attempts to elevate citizen engagement and amplify citizen voice through transparency and access to data and information, whose voices are being heard? Whose data is it, anyway? And ultimately, who benefits from the data?"

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 ...

The 12 Essentials for System Change
June 30, 2017

The 12 Essentials for System Change

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"To imagine that meaningful interaction can be retrofitted into the existing, well-established systems and structures falls short of a 'revolution'. Revolutions denote a change in power dynamics, which is happening as people affected by disaster ...

Vaccination Resilience: Building and Sustaining Confidence in and Demand for Vaccination
June 30, 2017

Vaccination Resilience: Building and Sustaining Confidence in and Demand for ...

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"In our noisy social media and peer advice overwhelming environment filled with conflicting vaccine narratives, building vaccination resilience is key to minimizing the development of hesitancy and ensuring that immunization programs are not ...

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 ...

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 ...

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