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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.

#UgandaSpeaks: Al-Jazeera uses Ushahidi to Amplify Local Voices in Response to #Kony2012

“Invisible Children’s #Kony2012 campaign has set off a massive firestorm of criticism with the debate likely to continue raging for many more weeks and months. In the meantime, our colleagues at Al-Jazeera have repurposed our previous #SomaliaSpeaks project to amplify Ugandan voices responding to the Kony campaign: #UgandaSpeaks.

Other than GlobalVoices, this Al-Jazeera initiative is one of the very few seeking to amplify local reactions to the Kony campaign. Over 70 local voices have been shared and mapped on Al-Jazeera’s Ushahidi platform in the first few hours since the launch. The majority of reactions submitted thus far are critical of the campaign but a few are positive.”  READ MORE

Mobile Active
Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing Human Development Through Participation and Innovation

“The simplicity of new mobile platforms requiring only a basic mobile phone with SMS capacity has allowed their adoption all over the world — from South Africa, to India, to Mexico — to monitor elections, track violence and crime, provide logistical support in natural disasters, and oversee inventories. The portability and ubiquity of mobile phones have helped them become an important tool for civil society, enabling local mobilization and networking among geographically dispersed people.

This report looks at early evidence of the role mobile technologies can play in developing countries, particularly related to democratic governance. Within mGovernance, the report analyzes mobile technology in inclusive participation, responsive institutions, poverty reduction, the environment and energy. The report analyzes ways to create a fruitful environment for the growth of mobile technologies for mGovernance. Points are further illustrated through case studies.”  READ MORE

Transparency International
Motivating business to counter corruption

“Recent years have seen a steady increase in the acknowledgment of the important role businesses play in the global fight against corruption. This has manifested itself in a likewise increasing number of business- oriented anti-corruption initiatives as well as the establishment of business specific anti-corruption legislation (e.g. corporate offense clause for failing to prevent bribery in the UK Bribery Act 2010). In the context of these developments a debate is emerging about (external) mechanisms that could motivate businesses to counter corruption and how different societal actors could use and target these motivations.

So what is it that motivates businesses? Is it severe penalties from regulators? The exclusion from lucrative projects and markets? Or are businesses motivated by rewards for good anti-corruption behavior (to a point where it sets them apart from their peers)? Or is it maybe a combination of the ‘stick’ (sanctions) and ‘carrot’ (incentives) approach?”  READ MORE

Committed to connecting the world

“Telecommunications are a vital part of the modern world. For many citizens, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine daily lives without the use of computers and mobile phones. Neither is this an exclusively Western phenomenon. Over the past decade, mobile penetration in the developing world has enjoyed unprecedented growth. Despite this success, however, there is still more to be done.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a specialised agency from the United Nations (UN) family. For over 145 years ITU has coordinated matters of global communication, making it the world's longest-lived intergovernmental organisation. It is ITU's mission to ensure that all of the world's citizens have access to the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Whilst this has hitherto necessitated the promotion of fixed and mobile network access, over the next decade, the onus will be on broadband.”  READ MORE

African Brains
Crowdsourcing Initiative Maps Africa’s Technology Entrepreneurs

“Lusaka: 20th Feb 2012: Using the power of social-networking BomgoHive Zambia is using the on-line mapping platform Ushahidi to build up an accurate picture of the fast-growing network of technology innovation and entrepreneurship centres across the continent of Africa. BongoHive have created a dynamic, user-generated, on-line map which is revealing just how many tech business incubation hubs have been set up around the continent.

‘In just a few days we have already learned about 15 tech hubs in 13 different countries across Africa’, says Lukonga Lindunda, Co-Founder of BongoHive, ‘More reports are coming in every day. If we can get the message out there, with the help of the crowd, we expect to reach a total of 25 centres within a week, and our goal is to map 50 hubs before the end of the month.’"  READ MORE


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