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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.

Nieman Journalism Lab
Deutsche Welle’s trying to use Africa’s mobile-phone boom to spread news by new means

“As the fastest-growing mobile market on the planet, Africa is facing huge opportunities — and distinct challenges — in news dissemination.

By the end of the year, it’s estimated that more than three-quarters of the population will be cell phone subscribers, including in places where literacy rates are low and electricity is unavailable. To better serve that demographic, German media giant Deutsche Welle is using over-the-phone voice technology to deliver news.

No Internet access necessary: Just dial a number to access the program Learning by Ear, an educational show for teenagers that mixes news and explainers having to do with health, politics, the economy, the environment, and social issues.”  READ MORE

The Economist Group
Will citizen publishing of digital information trump online news?

“Digital platforms are popping up everywhere. Much attention focuses on social media services like Facebook where millions of citizens, young and old, are publishing their stories. But digital media platforms are making it possible for people to analyze data and apply it to solve economic and social problems. In the days of printed news and today’s online news, publishers aim to provide stories that give citizens information they need to decide whether to take action. Networked journalism is becoming familiar as are events like Wikileaks when secret information is dumped into the public sphere.”  READ MORE

Freedom House
New Report: Mobile Technologies Put Users’ Security at Risk

“The capability of repressive governments to monitor users of mobile phones and block access to internet content is far beyond levels realized by users and presents significant risks for user privacy and safety, according to a new report released today by Freedom House and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). This is a serious problem in countries that lack the rule of law and where civil liberties are not respected.

The report, entitled Safety on the Line: Exposing the myth of mobile communications security, evaluates the ability of mobile phone services to protect security and privacy and to circumvent censorship in 12 countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Egypt, Iran, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The assessment covered a range of mobile technologies, including operating systems, applications and mobile protocols. Findings showed that, across the spectrum, these technologies fail to protect users and are highly vulnerable to misuse by autocratic regimes.”  READ MORE

African women must use tech to change business

“I believe that when you educate a woman, you educate a nation - because that one woman will share what she has learnt with other women and pass it on to the generations below hers.

This is why it's so important that women are taught how to integrate technology into their businesses if the businesswomen of the future are to follow suit.

Women in Africa are taking to business in a big way, and playing a crucial part in the economic development of their countries.”  READ MORE

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Photo of the Day: The Importance of Accountability

“A key pillar of India’s success is the checks and balances involved in the system to ensure nearly every child is vaccinated, and that poor performance is not tolerated.
Polio vaccination team member, Sujata Roy, marks a house during a campaign in Balarampota village.”  READ MORE

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