These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
“I am Patrick Meier and I’ve spent the past week at the iLab in Liberia and got what I came for: an updated reality check on the limitations of technology adoption in developing countries. Below are some of the assumptions that I took for granted. They’re perfectly obvious in hindsight and I’m annoyed at myself for not having realized their obviousness sooner. I’d be very interested in hearing from others about these and reading their lists. This need not be limited to one particular sector like ICT for Development (ICT4D) or Mobile Health (mHealth). Many of these assumptions have repercussions across multiple disciplines.” READ MORE 
The Global Integrity Report: 2011 
“This year, we cover 31 countries examining transparency of the public procurement process, media freedom, asset disclosure requirements, conflicts of interest regulations, and more.
Below you’ll find a breakdown of general results that we found interesting, but we invite you to dig into the complete country scorecard(s) and make your own findings. You can also use our widget to choose one indicator and see how all 31 countries fared on that question.” READ MORE 
New YouTube channel to focus on investigative reporting 
“Today, Knight Foundation is announcing an $800,000 grant to the Center for Investigative Reporting to launch a new channel with YouTube. The channel, a hub for investigative journalism, will make its debut later this year with content from an array of contributors, including NPR, ABC News, The New York Times - and you.
YouTube is as much about community and conversation as it is about video - there’s a reason it is the second largest search engine. We’ve seen the importance of on-the-ground videos in the reporting of the Trayvon Martin protests, the Arab Spring, last fall’s Occupy protests and “undercover journalism” practiced by people like James O’Keefe and Project OpenWatch. This collaboration will aggregate the most relevant of those videos with content from more established producers previously mentioned.” READ MORE 
“‘I believe that many ICSOs [international civil society organizations] urgently need to overcome the stalemate in their global governance; they don’t need another governance reform, they need a governance revolution.’ Burkhard Gnarig, Berlin Civil Society Center.
The Berlin Civil Society Center believes that CSO governance models are increasingly facing major challenges. These include that they are typically:
- dominated by national affiliates but increasingly challenged by the need for global decisions and their implementation;
- shaped by Northern countries and cultures while the emerging powers in a multipolar world are located in the South;
- serving one specific mission focused on development or environment or human rights while the interdependence of challenges and the need for integrated solutions become more and more obvious” READ MORE 
“The 2012 edition of IREX’s Media Sustainability Index (MSI) for Europe and Eurasia measures the struggles and triumphs of the media sector in 21 transitioning countries from Croatia to Kazakhstan. Evidence from local media experts shows overall stability in the media sector. Increasing use of digital and social media gives hope for expanding freedom of expression. However, reported backsliding in several countries, partly due to the increased political control of media, concerns the experts.” READ MORE