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Open platform development">Open platform development


township Mom is a pilot project focused on:

  • the establishment of an open platform enabling the use and publication of open data.
  • the application of social production process to identify appropriate development services for mothers in the townships of Africa.

Stakeholders:

  • Moms living in the townships
  • Developers and social entrepreneurs looking to address social issues
  • Civic organisations looking to make the best use of open data

To participate sign up at:

http://www.konekta.info/

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Millenium development goals">Millenium development goals

GOAL 1:ERADICATE EXTREME POVERTY & HUNGER

Target 1:
Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day

Target 2:
Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people

Target 3:
Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

GOAL 2:ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION

Target 1:
Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling

GOAL 3:PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN

Target 1:
Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015

GOAL 4:REDUCE CHILD MORTALITY

Target 1:
Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate

GOAL 5:IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH

Target 1:
Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio

Target 2:
Achieve universal access to reproductive health

GOAL 6:COMBAT HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES

Target 1:
Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AID

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Target 2:
Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it

Target 3:
Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases

GOAL 7:ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Target 1:
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources

Target 2:
Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss

Target 3:
Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

Target 4:
By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers

GOAL 8:DEVELOP A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR DEVELOPMENT

Target 1:
Address the special needs of least developed countries, landlocked countries and small island developing states

Target 2:
Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system

Target 3:
Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt

Target 4:
In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries

Target 5:
In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

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Yochai Benkler: open-source economics">Yochai Benkler: Open-source economics

The Emergence of the Networked Information Economy

The most advanced economies in the world today have made two parallel shifts that, paradoxically, make possible a significant attenuation (loss of strength) of the limitations that market-based production places on the pursuit of the political values central to liberal societies.

The first move, in the making for more than a century, is to an economy centered on information (financial services, accounting, software, science) and cultural (films, music) production, and the manipulation of symbols (from making sneakers to branding them and manufacturing the cultural significance of the Swoosh).

The first shift means that these new patterns of production – nonmarket and radically decentralized – will emerge, if permitted, at the core, rather than the periphery of the most advanced economies.

The second is the move to a communications environment built on cheap processors with high computation capabilities,interconnected in a pervasive network – the phenomenon we associate with the Internet.

It is this second shift that allows for an increasing role for nonmarket production in the information and cultural production sector, organized in a radically more decentralised pattern than was true of this sector in the twentieth century.

It promises to enable social production and exchange to play a much larger role, alongside property-and market-based production, than they ever have in modern democracies.

Yochai Benkler – The Wealth of Networks

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The Cambodian Space Project – Mondulkiri">The Cambodian Space Project - Mondulkiri

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An introduction to linked data">An introduction to linked data



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PopTech 2009 Social Innovation Fellow Josh Nesbit">PopTech 2009 Social Innovation Fellow Josh Nesbit

PopTech 2009 Social Innovation Fellow Josh Nesbit from PopTech on Vimeo.

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Harnessing Social production">Harnessing Social production

A Case for Open Data in Transit from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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os process for social entrepreneurs">os process for social entrepreneurs

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Transparent and verifiable elections">Transparent and verifiable elections

I’ve just watched David Bismark’s presentation on Ted and wonder which African country is going to use this method first?
It solves a number of vital issues. By blending a sophisticated ballot paper, digital scanners, 2D bar-codes and computers a process is created that enables transparent and verifiable elections.
1) Voter intimidation
If you’re standing in a voting booth in Zimbabwe or the Sudan thinking about who to vote for you can rest assured that you’ll be concerned that the heavy in the corner is going to check your vote and see if you voted ‘right’. Davids process includes a ballot paper with a perforation down the middle that allows the candidate list to be separated from your selection and encrypted value making it impossible to see who you voted for.
2) Vote accuracy and verification
By scanning the encrypted bar-code and counting your encrypted vote computers do the heavy lifting of counting and publishing the results securely. Voters are able to take the slip home as a receipt for verification over the web at a later date.

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Seva Foundation">Seva Foundation

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