These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
“The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project includes data on how these changes affect news about political, economic, and social affairs. Visit the Open Society Foundations’ website to see the full version of each country’s report.
CIMA worked with the Open Society Foundations to identify the most important digital media indicators in the series of reports. The mapping tool allows for the visualization of these indicators from each report and enables the comparison of digital media penetration in various countries. Please note that some data from the reports has been recalculated to ensure that comparable data is presented in the map.” READ MORE
ICT for WASH and public service delivery
“In June, two organisations focussed on using ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in the water and sanitation sector joined forces in Cape Town. SeeSaw, a social enterprise that customises ICT to support sanitation and water providers and iComms, a University of Cape Town research unit (Information for Community Oriented Mu nicipal Services) co-hosted a two day event to look at how ICT tools are changing the way that public services function in developing countries.
There are growing expectations that harnessing ICT intelligently can bring about radical improvements in the way that health, education and other sectors function, particularly in developing countries. SeeSaw and iComms wanted to look at this in more detail – and to build on the open sharing of experience to provide general principles to those planning to harness ICT for public service delivery. Their overarching goal is to help practitioners cut through much of the complexity and hype surrounding ICT usage and give them a robust set of guidelines with which to plan and negotiate partnerships and projects on the ground.” READ MORE
Young activists: the future of social media in the Arab world
“The onset of the Arab uprisings demonstrated the power of social media and its effect of people protesting for their rights. Youth were an integral part of the revolutions, with many grassroots initiatives springing up online in response to years of endemic corruption.
In the search for more ways to use technology to fight corruption, last month we organised a conference for social media activists and bloggers in Mohammedia, Morocco.
The goal behind this unique gathering of youth from the Arab region was to spread a culture of transparency via social media.” READ MORE
“‘Don’t let them get away with it,’ Cobus de Swardt, managing director of Transparency International, said this weekend in closing the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Brasilia.
Attendees at the event in Brazil pledged to ramp up their campaign to end impunity for political and business leaders who steal public money.
The messages repeated by campaigners at the conference were clear: Bankers must not be allowed to profit by accepting the deposits of kleptocrats who loot public coffers; political leaders who line their own pockets at the expense of citizens should be prosecuted; businesses should not evade taxes by choosing favorable jurisdictions to base operations; and public officials who fail to provide public services and take bribes must be held to account.” READ MORE
“Tanzanian transport companies each pay almost $13,000 a month in bribes to authorities, a survey of East Africa's transport corridors by Transparency International showed on Monday.
Their Kenyan counterparts pay an average of $6,715 a month each in bribes to revenue authorities, police officers and customs officials, highlighting the difficulties of opening up trade within the five-nation East African Community (EAC).
"Corruption is deeply entrenched amongst the regulatory institutions operating along the main transport corridors in the region," said the report titled 'Bribery as a Non-Tariff Barrier to Trade: A Case Study of East African Trade Corridors'.” READ MORE
Voices from Eurasia
Taking participation to a new level with GovCamp
“I recently got back from three days of intensive brainstorming in Bitola with some of the country’s leading whizz kids to come up with new ways of using social media to increase accountability in local government.
And I’m sure everyone who took part would agree that this event took participation in governance to a new level.
GovCamp is the first think-tank of its kind in the country and a model of how citizen participation can go beyond consultation to active involvement in generating solutions to improve local services.” READ MORE