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Middle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia

Increasingly, popular sites such as Wikipedia, the world's largest free source of information, shape our understanding of the world. But researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute have found that the online encyclopedia is not always the...

Better resilience to disasters and improved livelihoods on South Asian coasts

Research supported by IDRC and the former Canadian International Development Agency (now part of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) has increased the resilience of poor coastal communities in India and Sri Lanka to natural disasters and...

Online community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmers

For many rural Africans, radio is a key channel to news, information, and knowledge. For the small-scale farmers who have limited or no access to other media such as newspapers, television, let alone an Internet connection, radio is an essential...

Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia

An innovative IDRC initiative is improving evaluation capacities of researchers studying Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD). Developing Evaluation Capacity in ICTD (DECI) provides researchers from five IDRC-funded...

Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agenda

IDRC-supported research has shown that, as more and more people go online in Asia, digital privacy is increasingly seen as an important political and consumer right. A survey of Asian countries revealed widespread concern among citizens about...

Influencing pro-poor telecommunication policies in Asia

A study on mobile phone use by the poor has resulted in the cancellation of a plan to tax mobile usage in Bangladesh. Surveys on mobile expenditures in several South Asian countries found that nearly half of the poor people in Bangladesh own a...

Promoting knowledge sharing, management, and collaboration through virtual platforms

How can virtual platforms (VPs) better support research and civil society organizations in their research, policy development, project collaboration, capacity building, and dissemination activities?  This was the theme of a Learning Forum hosted by...

Innovative grants program teams up Canadian and Latin American researchers

Canadian and Latin American researchers are jointly pursuing knowledge in a variety of disciplines, generating ideas and building international networks. For example, in Colombia, researchers from Simon Fraser University and the Centro Internacional...

Influencing pro-poor telecommunications policy in Latin America

A research network on telecommunications policy is playing a significant role in influencing pro-poor ICT policies in Latin America. Research conducted by DIRSI (Regional Dialogue on the Information Society) has been critical in building knowledge...

Protecting youth's privacy in Latin America

Mexico and Uruguay have adopted a memorandum of agreement to protect youth's privacy and personal data on social networks. The document – the result of IDRC-supported research – has also become a key reference document for many Latin American...

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