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"I appreciate all your work in improving [our] report. With your help I feel I am improving my writing from one report to the next one. From time to time, when it is appropriate I mention your annual report in my work as a trainer and lecturer." 

"I am using GISWatch in a course I am convening on development communications at Wits University. There is a session on ICT4Ds, and GISWatch will be used for that -- but it is generally useful and helpful. For instance, reports on institutions and governance can be shared with students to show how complex and complicated engaging with UN bodies can be for rights advocates. Many of them capture the nuances of this...

"Since their launch in 2007, the annual GIS Watch reports have become must-read material for analysts and activists concerned with the global social, economic and political effects of information and communication technologies. The insightful Thematic Reports set the context and focus for each edition, and the regional and country reports provide concise and authoritative overviews of how that focus is playing out "on the ground" around the world. In keeping...

The number of reports published on human rights on the internet in the last year alone is staggering. Who has the time to read them all, some might ask. The good news: You don’t have to. If you take the time to read one report, make it GISWatch 2011.

Written by internationally renowned experts, the report brings its readers easy-to-read...

GISWatch 2011 offers timely commentary on the future of the internet as an open and shared platform that everyone has the right to access. [..] It makes a valuable contribution to dialogue on freedom of expression, freedom of association and democratisation and seeks to inspire and support collaborative approaches.

How often is the technology policy solution, an environmentally sustainable one? And how often are sustainability policy tools drawing on innovative communication technologies? Global Information Society Watch 2010 proposes, not often enough.

Given thematic global governance tracks for information communications technology (ICT) and environment within the UN system are led by specialized agencies, greens and techies barely pass each other in the halls. Operating in silos on various...

The Association for Progressive Communications and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries provide a welcomed overview of the state of green ICT in their jointly produced Global Information Society Watch 2010 (GISW2010). Divided into country reports and thematic reports written by some of the leading thinkers and organizations in this emerging space, this year’s GISW leaves a singular impression. ICTs have significant potential to foster sustainable...

 

“Every child should have a computer”. This political statement is often heard, especially in countries where the ICT penetration has not reached the tipping point. But is that enough for an ICT policy? Should we give every human being on the planet a computer, if we limit the Internet, by ICT policies, to what we want to be (by ignoring net neutrality claims)? Should we give every human being a computer just to be thrown in the backyard at the end of its (short) life?

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