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Weekly Wire: the Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

One
How to Start a Transparency Revolution

“In less than two weeks, on 17th and 18th June in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, world leaders will converge for the G8 Summit. The UK government has shown great leadership in setting a ground-breaking agenda on trade, tax and transparency, but the focus now needs to be on translating ambitious rhetoric into action.

ONE has been advocating for the G8 to unleash a “transparency revolution” – as well as a “food revolution” – so that people have the information they need to follow the money, to hold their governments and others to account so that resources are used to deliver real results in the fight against poverty, disease, hunger and malnutrition.

A transparency revolution requires three things: first, making data available; second, making that data user-friendly; and third, making sure it can be used effectively.”  READ MORE 
 

The Girl Effect
Women Deliver: 10 Inspiring Reasons to Put Girls First

“Making sure girls have a voice in the post-2015 development goals is essential. That's why the girl effect made sure the voices of girls were heard at this year's Women Deliver conference, which took place in Kuala Lumpur this week.

Our tree installation at the conference told the stories of 250 girls from all over the world. Their voices represented those of the 250 million girls living in poverty.

Their stories have been translated into a series of recommendations that will ultimately become the Girl Declaration, which - when it comes out on International Day of the Girl in October - will call on the development community to recognise the unique potential of girls to catalyse global development.” READ MORE

Open Democracy
Technology and the nation-state: governing social complexity

“While the way in which individual political units make decisions often dominates popular discussion on the subject of the development of political organisation, the nature of how the individual political units themselves are defined is also a rich subject area. Throughout history there have been empires, city-states, tribal groups, and more, often all interacting with each other at one time. Now, the nation-state is almost ubiquitous. How this came to be is inextricably linked to technological advances. Even in the eighteenth century the connection between states and technology was recognised by thinkers such as Adam Smith, and more recently writers like Benedict Anderson have noted the connection between the rise of printing press and the origins of nationalism. Advances in communication and transport infrastructure, for example, allow the governments in states to generate greater tax revenue, with efficient tax collecting systems leading to a more efficient state. The industrial revolution gave rise to technologies that facilitated European colonialism on a larger scale than ever before, and the rise of twentieth century nationalism in what came to be called the third world was a direct result of these processes.” READ MORE

The Wall Street Journal
Google to Fund, Develop Wireless Networks in Emerging Markets

“Google Inc. GOOG +0.32% is deep into a multipronged effort to build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets as part of a plan to connect a billion or more new people to the Internet.

These wireless networks would serve areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to dwellers outside of major cities where wired Internet connections aren't available, said people familiar with the strategy.

The networks also could be used to improve Internet speeds in urban centers, these people said.”  READ MORE 

OHCHR
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression 

“The present report, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 16/4, analyses the implications of States’ surveillance of communications on the exercise of the human rights to privacy and to freedom of opinion and expression. While considering the impact of significant technological advances in communications, the report underlines the urgent need to further study new modalities of surveillance and to revise national laws regulating these practices in line with human rights standards.”  READ MORE 

Tech New World 
The Internet Against The World 

“Last December, the United Nations-sponsored World Conference on International Telecommunications accomplished... well, not a ton. Disagreement abounded, as Western democracies (the U.S., Australia, Europe and the like) aligned against predictable foes (China, Russia, several Arab states) to ensure that the proceedings ended at loggerheads.

Despite the December stalemate, the UN's International Telecommunication Union hasn't given up. In mid-May, representatives from around the world met in Geneva to take another crack at finding common ground.”  READ MORE

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