Articles tagged with: United Nations

Broadband must be recognized as a vital development enabler

Access to broadband could be the universal catalyst that lifts developing countries out of poverty and puts access to health care, education and basic social services within reach of all, according to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, more

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UN unveils education initiative connecting mobile phones to the classroom

With mobile telephone access reaching over five billion of the world's population, the United Nations educational agency today announced the launch of an initiative to harness the technology and bring mobile phone use into the classroom. more

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World Food Programme Trials Transferring Food Aid Funds via Mobile Phone

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a pilot programme that uses mobile phone technology to facilitate cash transfers to 54,000 people living in poor districts of Abidjan to assist them to buy food. more

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UN expert warns of rising governmental restrictions on Internet information flows

An independent United Nations expert on freedom of expression today warned that governments are increasingly restricting the flow of information on the Internet due to its potential to mobilize people to challenge the status quo. more

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Text messaging helps thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria receive UN food aid

Tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria will now be able to receive food aid by exchanging coupons sent to their mobile telephones as the first such electronic food voucher system in the world moves beyond its pilot phase to embrace those living outside Damascus, more

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Greater access to cell phones than toilets in India

Far more people in India have access to a cell phone than to a toilet and improved sanitation, according to UN experts who published today a 9-point prescription for achieving the world's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for sanitation by 2015. more

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Poor but networked: UN says cell phone use surging

More than half of the people in the developing world are now cell phone subscribers, a U.N. report said Tuesday, highlighting strong global growth in telecommunications. more

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UN warns about tech waste in developing world

Sales of household electrical gadgets will boom across the developing world in the next decade, wreaking environmental havoc if there are no new strategies to deal with the discarded TVs, cell phones and computers, a U.N. report said Monday. more

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WFP, Vodafone Project Distributes Food Vouchers by Text Message in Burkina Faso

The U.N.'s World Food Program (WFP) and the mobile telecommunications company Vodafone are piloting a project that will allow shopkeepers in Burkina Faso to manage food vouchers by text message. more

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Physician Uses Cell Phones to Bring Health Care to the Poor

Epidemiologist Joel Selanikio has used the explosion in mobile phone technology and the World Wide Web to deliver more effective public health services throughout the developing world.  more

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