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Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policy

IDRC-supported conferences, tutorials, and internships in Asia, Africa and Latin America are building the capacity of young researchers to inform telecommunications policy. Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) conferences showcase the...

New books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to development

Two recently published open access books present the findings of IDRC-funded research exploring the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries. These books provide important insights into the increasingly...

Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

A robust network of researchers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has delved down to the household level to better understand the changes brought about by increased access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the developing...

Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American study

High-speed Internet access, or broadband, can effectively contribute to economic and social development, but only when it is combined with investments in human capital, such as teacher training and digital literacy programs for women, according to a...

Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced data

The challenge of collecting data on sensitive issues like gender-based violence is well-documented across the globe. Stigma and shame prevent many victims of sexual harassment from talking about or reporting these crimes. However, new technologies...

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...

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...

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