These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
Celebrating World Press Freedom Day
“The timing could not have been more perfect for the World Press Freedom Day events held this week at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., this week. The program focused on both promoting freedom of the press and examining how new and old media are working together. We were there, and thought we would share some important takeaways from todays sessions:
- Sucessful Movements Need: the right timing, the right tools, and the right BIG idea.
- Mobile, Mobile, Mobile: in more countries than every more people than ever are accesing the internet, and getting their information via mobile phone.
- Social media is not killing traditional media- it is reinvigorating it.” READ MORE
Space for Transparency
Why Forests Need Transparency
“The climate change report TI issued this week had a whole section on forest governance. Manoj Nadkarni, manager of TI’s Forest Governance Integrity Programme explains why.
Recently, I’ve been getting a few inquiries about whether we at the Forest Goverance Integrity Programme have an ‘official’ view on the whole concept of the UN’s REDD programme: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.
Will REDD work?’ ‘Is the money already going towards REDD being spent properly?’” READ MORE
“In response to last week's post about Facebook's usage in Africa doubling every 7 months, Victor van R, a Dutch ICT4D researcher asked the following pertinent question: Is there any development impact of FB? I immediately thought of at least 3 development impacts we can expect from Facebook's amazingly fast adoption rate.
As I've pointed out before, Facebook is driving ICT adoption in Africa by making technology a primary means of communication - for work, pleasure, or politics. All the chatter about Facebook accounts is driving new customers to invest in smartphones for Facebook 0 or computers and Internet connectivity for the real deal. "I need to get Facebook," is becoming a common refrain at retail technology stores of all types.” READ MORE
'Shine the light on payments': Q & A with Clare Short
“The new chair of the EITI Board gives her thoughts on the ‘resource curse’, recent events in North Africa, and the future of the global transparency initiative
Global interest in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has never been higher. The number of EITI ‘compliant’ countries recently doubled to 11, with a further 24 seeking to implement the initiative as ‘candidate’ countries. The recent EITI global conference attracted a significant crowd, including prominent figures such as George Soros, Mo Ibrahim, and Shell’s CEO, Peter Voser. At the same time, as unrest in North Africa creates fresh demands for accountability from governments of resource-rich countries, and as the new transparency requirements in the US Dodd-Frank Act come into force, expectations and pressure on the EITI to deliver are also growing.” READ MORE
World Press Freedom Day: Safeguarding Free Speech and Democracy
“’Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers” –Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The media is one of the strongest weapons in showing the world the devastating effects of corruption and shining a light on those who would use their entrusted power for personal gain. An independent and free media is a cornerstone of democracy and a crucial component of a healthy governance system. But the methods used to silence journalists are real and many: criminal defamation, harassment and even death.” READ MORE
Global Integrity Report
“The Global Integrity Report is a tool for understanding governance and anti-corruption mechanisms at the national level. Written by local researchers and journalists, the Report is characterized by an innovative, award-winning research methodology; a robust peer review process; and start-to-finish transparency.
Key Findings from the 2010 Report:
- Anti-Corruption Safeguards Deteriorated in Egypt in the Months Before the January Revolution
- Egypt Is Not the Only Country in the Middle East and North Africa with Anti-Corruption Challenges
- New Countries Added (and Dropped) from the Grand Corruption Watch List” READ MORE
“Lusaka: World Bank president Robert Zoellick says the crisis engulfing Middle East and North Africa shows that stability of any country can only be guaranteed if the government is more accountable to the people. Zoellick said that greater citizen participation and better governance were crucial for economic development. He said World Bank had since been urging governments to publish information, enact Freedom of Information Acts, open up their budget and procurement processes, build independent audit functions, and sponsor reforms of justice systems.
Zoellick said the Bank would not only promote institutional reforms but also look into providing more support for civil society as a way of making government more accountable to people.” READ MORE
“Is web video becoming the main format for online news? According to a new survey by D S Simon it just may be. According to the survey, 85 percent of online media websites are now using online video content to cover the news, jumping a third from last year. Read on to learn more.
According to Douglas Simon, the D S Simon Web Influencers Survey, which garnered results based on an online survey delivered to over 1,000 media influencers in the fields of TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and web media properties, showed that “online media has now officially become a video programming network.” 33% more media outlets are using online video to cover news than they were a year ago, and the growth of online video is showing no signs of stopping. Hear about the report form Doug Simon himself in the video below.” READ MORE
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