The Internet and corruption; GISW Report 2012

GISW report 2012Bytesforall Bangladesh contributed a chapter on the Internet and corruption at Global Information Society Watch report 2012, focusing mostly on public service delivery avenues and the use of ICTs to mitigate corruption. Please read the report at: http://www.giswatch.org/en/country-report/transparency-and-accountability-online/bangladesh

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Mobile Phones and Financial Inclusion..

This report prepared for an international publication ‘Global Mobile’  builds a compelling social and business case for leveraging mobile communication to shape financial access and opportunities for people who may not have traditional banking entitlement. It identifies mobile phone–based financial transactions involving government and public-sector agencies and discusses innovations in foreign remittances, micro-credit, and micro-insurance. Roles and partnerships of stakeholders such as banks, operators, and other third parties are identified and illustrated with numerous case studies from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Recommendations are made for regulators and service providers to increase the reach and utility of mobile financial services. The book is due to come out March, 2013.

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ICT and Environment Sustainability: Bangladesh Baseline Study

Climate ChangeBytesforall Initiative has undertaken an extensive research to map all environment and climate change related policies in Bangladesh and to identify where ICT and access to information can play an important role in order to address the environment sustainability issues. The research indicates that ICT and environment sustainability issues are still not at the policy radar of the Government of Bangladesh is now available through the APC website at:

http://www.apc.org/en/pubs/environment/icts-and-environmental-sustainability-bangladesh-b

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ICT and Health Network

ICT for HealthBytesforall Initiative has set up an ICT and health network (http://ictforhealth.ning.com) to build community and to undertake research in understanding whether ICTs can play any transformational role in the development, delivery or management of health care services for the poorer of the society. Please join the network and share your thoughts, case studies

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Study on Internet Usage in Dhaka City

Internet in DhakaBytesforall Initiative has undertaken a research project to study and analyze the Internet usage pattern, browsing habit and service requirements of Internet users in Dhaka city as per age, income and gender. The research project is expected to fill up an important gap of understanding the Internet users from a social perspective. We expect the outsomes of this research is going to serve advocacy, activism, market or policy interest of different stakeholders in the
country.

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Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) Report

Global Information SocietyGISWatch aims to be a leading platform for civil society perspectives on the state of the information society. The focus of this year’s report is: “access to online information and knowledge – advancing human rights and democracy”. Bytesforall Initiative participated the report preparation work since 2007 and contributed the chapters on Bangladesh (http://www.giswatch.org/gisw2009/country/pdf/Bangladesh.pdf)
and South Asia (http://www.giswatch.org/gisw2009/regional/pdf/SouthAsia.pdf).
This Year’s report is available at: http://www.giswatch.org/gisw2009/GISW2009.html

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Strategic Priorities of Digital Bangladesh: Online Consultation Jointly Organized by Bytesforall and A2I program of UNDP Bangladesh

‘Access to Information’ (A2I) program (http://www.pmo.gov.bd/a2i/index.php) supported by UNDP Bangladesh and hosted at Prime Minister’s Office in Bangladesh is organizing a global online consultation on shaping ‘Strategic Priorities of Digital
Bangladesh’ at Bytesforall Readers Forum (http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/bytesforall_readers).
This is collaboration between Bytesforall and A2I to bring in global inputs to the draft strategy document that A2I has prepared and to understand what examples or experiences can guide Bangladesh to have an ICT enabled development process. The best practices can also be included in the chapter in boxes in collaboration with the writers. It’s your time to turn back! The organizers are listening to take all these to the policy makers.
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‘Internet filtering is growing by the minute around the World’: A conversation with Robert Faris of Open Network Initiative

In August 2008, I had a chance to visit the ‘Berkman Centre for Internet and Society’ at Harvard University (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/) where I met Robert Faris, Research Fellow of Open Net Initiative (ONI). ONI tries to identify and document the cases of Internet censorship across the World. It’s a collaborative partnership of four leading academic institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, the Advanced Network Research Group at the Cambridge Security Programme, University of Cambridge, and the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. IDRC is also involved in supporting its research projects in Asian countries.

Rob shared some interesting and intriguing outcomes of this research as well as some research ideas to pursue in future. He thinks that the outcomes of ONI research is showing that the filtering is growing by the minute around the World. There are more and more country that are filtering the Internet and the scope of what they filter is growing all the time. Rob wishes to extend the research in analyzing the cost benefit of filtering vis-à-vis the alternatives. He thinks ultimate solution is to learn to live with greater freedom of the Internet and find out how to mitigate the negative sides of an open Internet in a more effective way – rather than filtering which we see as a blunt instrument for carrying this out.

Based on the outcomes of this research in about 40 countries, ONI initiative has also published a book ‘Access Denied’. The book cover is attached to this blog.

Listen to my conversation with Robert Faris HERE

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