DRC youth power up for change

kristy Greentech, Trendspotting

DRC youth power up for change

Friends of the Congo is working to build local capacity for change through an innovative Youth Project that trains young Congolese on the use of ICT tools and provides them with the equipment and access needed to raise their voices on the global stage.
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ITU taps universal charger to reduce e-waste

The International Telecommunications Union backs an industry standard universal charger to eliminate the need for individual device chargers, promote efficiency and reduce e-waste.
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UN considers access a right

A United Nations report characterizes Internet access as a human right associated with the right to free speech and expression, and calls for governments and other entities around the world to promote universal access.
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Blowback worries follow Arab Spring

Private sector players worry repressive governments will increase effort to clampdown on Internet access as a result of the role social media and other ICT tools played in the Arab Spring uprisings.
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ICT can drive new economy

The Carbon Disclosure Project lays out a vision for the 21st century communications economy, a new economic system where technological capabilities help erase geographical, time and resource constraints to individual and communal development while promoting sustainability.
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Going Inside with social moviemaking

Intel and Toshiba back a new kind of filmmaking experiment that allows social media users to help determine the plot direction in a mystery/thriller.
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Working to end cell phone gender gap

Major ICT brands are supporting efforts to erase the cellular telephone gender gap and increase the number of female customers in the developing world by 600 million by 2014, in a bid to promote development goals and market penetration.
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India Internet law draws fire

Indian authorities face strident criticism from Internet users and human rights advocates for a new law that blocks certain content and requires Internet café owners to install security cameras and track customers’ identities on the grounds it infringes upon the rights to free speech and expression.
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Technology put to tortuous use

Allegations Bahraini authorities are using cell phone monitoring systems purchased from a Western corporation to torture and prosecute dissidents is the latest in a string of transactions in countries with repressive leadership to draw fire from rights advocates.
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