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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.

Malala Wows Us...Again

“She was shot point blank by the Taliban simply for wanting to go to school, but Malala Yousufzai still believes that she is the “luckiest,” the ardent activist told a crowd at the Mashable Social Good Summit on Monday.

Joined by her father, Shiza Shahid, CEO of the Malala Fund, and Elizabeth Gore, resident entrepreneur at the UN Foundation, Malala shared how she’s grown since she was attacked by the terrorist organization in Pakistan 10 months ago and how her supporters have motivated her to continuing fighting for the rights of girls.”  READ MORE

Internet Activism Is a 'Gateway Drug' to Doing Good

“Clicking the Like button on Facebook or signing an online petition may not actually make the world a better place, but it could be the first step. Regardless of what it takes to get there, taking action is a crucial step.

The advocacy group ONE, which works to alleviate global poverty and preventable disease, proved this by converting millions of YouTube views and Spotify listens into hundreds of thousands of actual actions.”  READ MORE

NDITech Adventures: Mining Big Data For Public Political Sentiment
Democracy Works

“The United Nations estimates that more than 2.7 billion people will be online this year. What if there was a way to leverage the power of 2.7 billion people to tell their stories about how they feel about political topics? NDI recently received a grant from Crimson Hexagon to use their ForSight platform to delve deep into the public Internet to get answers to complex political questions.  The platform is based on mathematical algorithms developed by a team of academics at Harvard.  As we are rolling out Crimson Hexagon's platform for specific programs we run, we wanted to test it on a topic we are keenly interested in.  So, we decided we wanted to know more about what the global discussions are relating to “Technology and Democracy.’”  READ MORE

Anonymous companies: A Global Witness briefing
Global Witness

“Money launderers, corrupt politicians, terrorists, arms traffickers, drug smugglers, and tax evaders all rely on two things to move their dirty money: company structures that allow them to hide their identity, and banks and other professionals willing to do business with them. Both are all-too available.

This Global Witness briefing explains the problem of hidden company ownership, the ease with which the corrupt can set up anonymous companies and trusts, and how this is a major barrier in the fight against poverty. With this issue quickly rising up the political agenda, this briefing also explains what can be done to combat this problem.”  READ MORE 

There’s one good thing about the newspaper industry decline — more innovation is happening
Paid Content 

“There are a couple of different ways that newspapers and other media companies have chosen to respond to the inexorable decline of their former market dominance: one is to moan about how Google is stealing their content, and talk incessantly about the good old days, and the other is to try and adapt to the shifts going on around them — by experimenting to see what their readers respond to and learning from that. It’s refreshing to see at least a few newspapers choosing the latter path, including the Boston Globe and the Washington Post.”  READ MORE

Partnerships: drop the jargon
Global Development Professionals Network

“Conflict, climate change, the global economic crisis: while world leaders debate the issues and consider what action to take, others are already hard at work helping those most seriously affected. Our sector has long played a crucial role in the alleviation of global poverty. We have made good progress towards achieving the millennium development goals. But there is still much more that needs to be done.”  READ MORE

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