30 April 2015 | Nearly 1.5 billion people live in countries riddled with conflict, fragility and violence, and which have also shown the least progress on achieving development goals, according to a new OECD study. EurActiv Germany reports.
28 April 2015 | The world’s sustainability goals for 2030 are currently being debated at the United Nations HQ in New York, a key negotiation that will largely decide where development aid will flow over the next 15 years.
23 April 2015 | My smart phone, computer, and broadband access are the most important tools I have. I use them every day at work and in my personal life – to conduct business; make appointments; talk, text or vid...
22 April 2015 | By 2050, 2.5 billion more people will live in global cities — 90 percent of whom will reside in Africa, Latin America or Asia. But how do these less-developed urban centers fit into the hype about smart city technology?
28 April 2015 | THE global economic recovery, which has been assessed as uneven with manifest divergences across countries and regions, has however, been supported by Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (EMDCs) as the major drivers of global growth, although...
Jane Coffin's insight:
If developing economies have driven global growth, how do we continue that momentum? And, if IT infrastructure and the Internet have contributed to it - do we keep the pressure on to lower import/customs duties on equipment, keep the pressure on re more liberal communications environments, and encourage more technical training?
Before ICT4D we were using "telecoms" for development. I would say we are looking at a progression - morphing of terms - with the same intent. To help develop/progress/change/innovate using technical media. The important thing - we work together as partners - avoid duplicating projects and efforts to train, educate, sustain.
23 April 2015 | In Indonesia, startup company Ruma is making slow but sure progress in connecting people to the Internet for the first time. But there is a long way to go. Here are some other apps aimed at helping people get more value out of their mobile phones.
21 April 2015 | Google, Facebook and others are scrambling to reach the roughly two-thirds of the global population still without Web access. But the Internet’s expansion among new users is actually slowing.
15 April 2015 | The Global Information Technology Report 2015 features the latest iteration of the Networked Readiness Index, which assesses the factors, policies and institutions that enable a country to fully leverage information and communication technologies...
2 April 2015 | Angered by Edward Snowden's revelations on the wiretapping habits of tri-lettered American agencies, Brazil is taking the internet into its own hands -- and giving Uncle Sam the middle finger...
Jane Coffin's insight:
Subcables provided amazing connectivity worldwide. Very good for Brazil to be building out more cables. Watching traffic patterns change. One can only help that they take a good "lesson-learned" from Kenya and allow small operators a chance to participate in the cable....
1 April 2015 | Moves towards fibre-optic broadband are beginning to pick up across Latin America, with a number of high profile contracts awarded by governments over the past year. Similarly, investment budgets from private operators reflect a growing desire to move towards fibre, as the more developed markets in the region have a sufficiently high broadband penetration to warrant a transition towards this next-generation network technology.
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