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American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report | District Dispatch

American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report | District Dispatch | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,” a new report that details U.S. library engagement with the federal program.

 

The report is the first to highlight state and local library BTOP projects nationwide and the improvements they have made to public access technology resources, digital literacy, and workforce development. Library projects in 29 states and the District of Columbia are featured in the report. ALA estimates about 20 percent of U.S. public libraries have benefited from BTOP funding.

 

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded just over $4 billion to 233 BTOP projects. The NTIA established BTOP to increase broadband access and adoption nationwide, and U.S. state and public libraries have been critical partners in this effort.

 

“Libraries have served as first responders in these tough economic times,” said ALA President Maureen Sullivan. “Millions of Americans have turned to us to gain new technology skills and access to specialized resources. BTOP has helped to enable expanded services and to develop the improved infrastructure to meet these community needs.”

 

Highlights from the report:


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President Pranab Mukherjee praises Rwanda's role in peacekeeping efforts in ... - Daily News & Analysis

President Pranab Mukherjee praises Rwanda's role in peacekeeping efforts in ... - Daily News & Analysis | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
President Pranab Mukherjee praises Rwanda's role in peacekeeping efforts in Africa - President Pranab Mukherjee met Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on Wednesday, November 5, and praised him for his country's...
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Research paper authored by Fatima Sajjad presented at the Asian Education for Peace and Interfaith Congress. Hiroshima - University of Management and Technology

Research paper authored by Fatima Sajjad presented at the Asian Education for Peace and Interfaith Congress. Hiroshima - University of Management and Technology | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
A research paper authored by Fatima Sajjad, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, UMT, titled 'Religious... http://t.co/oN5FcHLhAe
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MUJURU WAR ESCALATES - Southern Eye

MUJURU WAR ESCALATES - Southern Eye | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
THE war of words in Zanu PF between Obert Mpofu and Rugare Gumbo over Vice-President Joice Mujuru escalated yesterday, with the Transport minister describing his politburo colleague as a “pseudo-revolutionary” and a Rhodesian sell out.
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Partnerships key in unlocking rural potential, says Mujuru | The Herald

Partnerships key in unlocking rural potential, says Mujuru | The Herald | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
"@HeraldZimbabwe: Partnerships key in unlocking rural potential, says Mujuru http://t.co/6b26ajMMYu"//she finally gets column inches #Mujuru
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Israel's UN envoy lashes out at Security Council for silence in wake of deadly terror attacks

Israel's UN envoy lashes out at Security Council for silence in wake of deadly terror attacks | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
"If recent events offer any indication, the Security Council will once again remain silent as Israel buries yet another victim of Palestinian terrorism."
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Listen to me all ye Zanu-PF stalwarts, 'Stop dis-Gracing Joice' | AfricaNewsDesk.com

Listen to me all ye Zanu-PF stalwarts, 'Stop dis-Gracing Joice' | AfricaNewsDesk.com | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
PLEASE listen to me all ye Zanu-PF stalwarts. There is a difference between being clever and being wise. I know by saying what I am saying now, you will not want me to step my foot on Zimbabwean soil ......
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Zanu-PF battles stall government business

Zanu-PF battles stall government business | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
INTERNECINE succession battles that have rocked Zanu-PF have stalled government business, damaging the country's frail economy and hurting prospects for recovery, analysts.
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SADC parliamentarians salute Sata

SADC parliamentarians salute Sata | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
South Africa News: SADC parliamentarians salute Sata - New Era: New EraSADC parliamentarian... http://t.co/GZvo0ktf8V #Search #Automated
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Minimizing collateral damage due to human rights problems requires new approach

Minimizing collateral damage due to human rights problems requires new approach | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Minimizing collateral damage due to human rights problems requires new approach
By Jehan Perera-November 3, 2014, 6:32 pm
The Sri Lankan Airlines flight was full of tourists. But when the flight...

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Ebola crisis draining development budgets in West Africa, study finds | UNDP

Ebola crisis draining development budgets in West Africa, study finds | UNDP | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is impairing the ability of governments to raise revenues, increasing their exposure to domestic and foreign debts and may make them more dependent on aid, according to the latest study on the socio-economic impact...
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MOOCs Carve Out a Narrow Niche in Higher Education: A Familiar Story for K-12 Use of Educational Technology

MOOCs Carve Out a Narrow Niche in Higher Education: A Familiar Story for K-12 Use of Educational Technology | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
So many hopes, so many promises, so many disappointments about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in the past three years. Hopes for expanding enrollments to anyone in the world with an Internet c...

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Elliot King's curator insight, November 5, 2014 1:55 PM

Nice commentary on the limits of transformation

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Grace Mugabe: ZANU-PF's best mistake! - Nehanda Radio

Grace Mugabe: ZANU-PF's best mistake! - Nehanda Radio | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Grace’s utterances at meaningless rallies has proved beyond doubt how shallow she is.
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Peacekeeping operations: ICRC statement to the United Nations, 2014 - ICRC (press release)

Peacekeeping operations: ICRC statement to the United Nations, 2014 - ICRC (press release) | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations, United Nations, General Assembly, 69th session, Fourth Committee, item 53 of the agenda, statement by the ICRC, New York, 31 October 2014.
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Australia set for China cattle deal

Australia set for China cattle deal | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Australia is finalising a deal with China for the annual export of one million head of cattle, worth A$1bn, officials say.
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NGOs heads looting development aid funds – Chinamasa

NGOs heads looting development aid funds – Chinamasa | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
HARARE, November 6 (The Source) - Finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa on Thursday said he wanted development aid to Zimbabwe to be channelled through the state, accusing non-governmental organisations (NGOs) of diverting assistance funds for...
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ANOTHER MUJURU ALLY BOOTED OUT | AfricaNewsDesk.com

ANOTHER MUJURU ALLY BOOTED OUT | AfricaNewsDesk.com | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Zanu-PF’s Harare provincial executive yesterday passed a vote of no confidence on its provincial chairman Cde Amos Midzi with immediate effect for fanning factionalism in the party.
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Mnangagwa plots to arrest Mujuru' over corruption allegations

A sources close to the faction led by Mnangagwa says that corruption charges against Joice Mujuru imminent.
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Rugare Gumbo is a bitter man

Rugare Gumbo is a bitter man | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
On the eve of Zimbabwe's first independence election in 1980, the Rhodesia Herald carried the following revealing article based on an interview the paper had with Rugare Gumbo, now Zanu-PF national spokesperson, in which he bares his hatred for...
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Digital social innovation and the future of human rights | Nesta

Digital social innovation and the future of human rights | Nesta | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
At a time when the future of human rights are uncertain here in the UK, this blog explores how humans rights defenders are using digital social innovations to extend their reach, and gives a roundup of four of the best examples of digital human...
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ZANU-PF's fear of the secret ballot

ZANU-PF's fear of the secret ballot | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
ZANU-PF must surely have plucked and perfected a few leaves from Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), the man squarely blamed for the outbreak of, perhaps, the greatest war in the history of the world and mankind — the Second World War.
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The power configurations within Zanu PF

The power configurations within Zanu PF | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
In view of the calls for the Vice President Joice Mujuru to step down by the incoming Zanu PF Women’s League Chairperson, the following could be an illustrative “Systems Framework for Political Analysis”.
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‘I thought computers are for rich people, but I was wrong': ICT4D in Tanzania

‘I thought computers are for rich people, but I was wrong': ICT4D in Tanzania | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
At the Hermann Gmeiner School in Arusha , Tanzania, teachers, students and co-workers are enjoying new computer classes, as part of SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania’s latest project in Information and Communication Technologies for Development...

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Sustainable development and agriculture

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Concept of sustainable development was developed earlier by many sociologist and concern scholar. After release of book ‘Silent Spring’ in 1962 by Rachel Carson, scientist started thinking about hu...
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African Scientist: African Corruption Made Ebola Worse | WIRED

African Scientist: African Corruption Made Ebola Worse | WIRED | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Oyewale Tomori, president of the Nigerian Academy of Science, says Ebola has been worsened by an epidemic of misspent resources.

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zach blakewell's curator insight, November 12, 2014 12:47 PM

This article tries to explain how the Ebola virus was able to spread so quickly and was not able to be contained. Ebola was able to spread so easily only because Africa doesn't have the resources or money to be able to fight the virus efficiently.