New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest

Facebook’s Free Basics Incubator

Facebook and its initiative (now called ‘Free Basics’), have faced their fair share of criticism, but I’m guessing that neither is going away anytime soon. So, here’s something that may be of interest to folks working with and/or designing mobile tools for lower income populations or those with lower end phones. Praekelt Foundation is partnering with Facebook on an open source toolkit of technologies and strategies that will open the Free Basics platform to more organizations and/or tech developers to adapt existing services or create new ones for distribution through the web and the Free Basics platform. Praekelt Foundation will be running this incubator for Free Basics. It will provide 100 social change organizations with tools, service and support worth a total of $200,000

Community Survey: Use of Digital Clinical Resources

Digital clinical resources are on- and off-line tools that are used in the context of medical education and/or care delivery with the overarching goal of Read More


ICT4Peace Workshop for the UN GGE Experts: Existing and Future Norms on International ICT…

Background documents (as PDFs) for ICT4Peace Workshop for the UN GGE Experts: Existing and Future Norms on International ICT Infrastructure and Data Integrity, held in Geneva on 20th February 2017. ICT4Peace Outline UN GGE workshop ICT4Peace Speaker bios ICT4Peace Outline Capacity Building 2017-02-19 ICT4Peace Book Draft Carr Attribution in International Order Carr Beyond Quasi-Norms in Cyberspace CPI GGE Sponsors 2006-2016 CPI UN GGE Members 2004-2017 CPI UN I Com National Submissions 1998-2016 CPI-Leiden Bibliography Tikk Normative Power Or download them all in one ZIP file here.

How to Help Community-Based mHealth Programs Collect High-Quality Data

As health programs are relying more on decentralized models of care, mHealth has made it easier to collect, manage and store community-level health data. This data can feed into national health information systems and be used to inform decision making for improved service delivery at the community level. But how can we ensure that our community-based mHealth programs are collecting accurate, high-quality data that will help us deliver the right services to the right places at the right time? We at MEASURE Evaluation have developed the mobile community based health information system (CBHIS) data quality assessment toolkit to allow programs and projects to rapidly assess the ability of their mobile data systems to collect, manage, and report high-quality community-based data. We recently had the opportunity to present our toolkit for the first time to a group of participants at the MERL Tech Conference.

Digital security training and social media advocacy in Afghanistan

Image courtesy Linkedin Sanjana Hattotuwa, a Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation, has visited and trained activists and leading journalists in Afghanistan since 2015. Having visited the country over six times, Sanjana has worked with media to develop their capacity to report in a timely, accurate and impartial manner especially over social media.

Global health in 2017

I don’t know about you, but I am still in that weird part of the dawning year where writing the date seems like I am playing main stage in a Hollywood ‘sci-fi’ movie. Where the four numbers of 2 – 0 – 1 – 7 seem more of something I would associate with flying cars and robot servants, than the ‘here and now’. But strange as it may seem we are well into the New Year and as the pace of the world reflects the pace of passing time, I can’t help but wonder if we actually do live in the future. So to speak. We now call for a cab via west coast America using a democratized application on a globally connected device no bigger than our palm, manufactured on another continent and possessing the technological potency we could never have even dreamt of just a decade ago – linked to another billion similar devices through millions of miles of fibre-optics spanning the entire planet

Violent Extremism Online: ICT4Peace continues work with UN Counter-Terrorism Executive…

On 31st January 2017, ICT4Peace was invited by the United Nations in Geneva and DCAF to discuss our continuing work with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UN CTED) regarding supporting effective public-private capacity building with respect to countering the use of the Internet and technology for terrorist purposes. The UNOG seminar focussed on “Violent Extremism Online – a Challenge to Peace and Security.”  Adam Hadley from ICT4Peace, presented interim recommendations from Phase 1 of the joint ICT4Peace-UNCTED project. To view a copy of the presentation, click here

Register Now to Learn How to Use Mobile Phones for Public Health

In 2016, the number of global mobile subscriptions reached 8.5 billion — more than the number of people on this earth – yet at the same time, health systems around the world are struggling to: Provide access to affordable healthcare for all Treat infectious diseases such as Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis Address crippling maternal and child mortality rates in low-income countries Manage non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and Diabetes Tackle infrastructure and supply chain challenges in remote settings Train frontline health workers to provide care to vulnerable populations Mobile phones are increasingly central to solutions responding to these challenges – are you ready to leverage mHealth innovations in your programs? TechChange is excited to announce its first online certificate course of 2017: Mobile Phones for Public Health. Use code ICTWorks to get a $50 discount on any TechChange course! The four-week Mobile Phones for Public Health course kicks off on February 6th and will feature leading guest experts, case studies, interactive software demos on the latest mHealth topics and developments. We’ve also been working on a new studio set-up to make live recordings all the more engaging

2016: End of year review

Dear colleagues and friends, For many across the world, 2016 was a year of unexpected turbulence, from on-going violent conflicts and the plight of refugees, to violent terrorist attacks in cities across the globe, to unexpected voting patterns the outcome of which raise challenging questions about the future of democracy. Unfortunately, news that helps us understand and media that helps frame and contextualise these and other developments, remain elusive. The ICT4Peace Foundation, which celebrated in March 2016 its 10 Year Anniversary, continued this year its core mission – in cooperation with its many partners –  to promote peace and security in cyberspace, through inter alia efforts to promote norms of responsible behaviour and confidence building measures as well as capacity building,  to respond to the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, to prevent violent extremism online, to verify social media content, and to promote better use of ICTs in the domains of refugees and protection of civilians as well as peacekeeping and peace building operation

When your best might not be good enough.

As most people working in global development will know, poverty isn’t a static state. It’s not ‘simply’ a case of helping lift people out and then moving on to other things. Poverty as a state is fluid, one which the majority of people repeatedly drift in and out of over time. Problem-solving more broadly in international development follows a similar pattern. Some problems seem solved, only for them to return later.

Workshop on International Cyber Security Policy and Diplomacy for OSCE Field Staff

ICT4Peace was invited by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna to conduct a workshop on 14 and 15 December 2016 for OSCE field staff on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the context of regional and international security. The objective of the training was for OSCE cyber focal points to have a better understanding about: (1) international/regional discussions, efforts and tools to counter the misuse of ICTs as part of promoting international peace and security; (2) the application of international law, norms of responsible state behavior as well as confidence building measures related to cyberspace; (3) potential activities that could support efforts to enhance cyber-stability between States and/or reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of ICTs as well as national cyber/lCT security resilience in line with key OSCE commitments.

ICT4Peace lecture at the University of St. Gallen on Building an International Governance for…

ICT4Peace’s Dr. Daniel Stauffacher was invited to give a lecture at the University of St.


Press Conference at the UN, 2 December 2016 Left: Daniel Stauffacher, Ambassador (ret.), Founder and President, ICT4Peace Foundation, Rapporteur Middle: Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate Right: RasmusWandall, General Counsel to the Intl Association of Prosecutors & Affiliated Research Fellow, Uni of Bergen, Norway On the occasion of the Special Meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee held in New York on 1-2 December 2016, ICT4Peace and the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (UNCTED) presented an initial Report on the findings of a joint project on ‘Private Sector Engagement in Responding to the Use of the Internet and ICT for Terrorist Purposes: Strengthening Dialogue and Building Trust’. The report can be accessed here. The UN CTED Technical Session that marked the first day of meetings featured a panel on “International cooperation and public-private partnership while respecting international human rights”, during which members of the UNCTED-ICT4Peace project Advisory Group from Microsoft, Facebook and Telefónica presented on how their companies are responding to terrorist use of their technologies and services, and the normative framework guiding that response

ICT4Peace briefs the UN Security Council on Cybersecurity and International Peace and Security

ICT4Peace was invited on 28 November 2016 to brief the members of the UN Security Council on Cybersecurity and International Peace and Security. The Arria-formula meeting was co-chaired by Secretary of State Félix Sanz (Spain) and Ambassador Fodé Seck (Senegal), President of the Security Council in November 2016 and co-organized by these two countries. Daniel Stauffacher, representing the ICT4Peace Foundation urged the UN Security Council to engage more actively in conflict prevention in cyberspace, – as the first destructive acts of offensive cyber operations have occurred – and not wait that new threats materialise and violent conflicts erupt

UN Press Briefing with UNCTED, ICT4Peace and International Association of Prosecutors on…

In the context of the Special meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on Preventing the exploitation of information and communication technologies (ICT) for terrorist purposes, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms on 1 December 2016 a press briefing was held by ASG Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Ambassador (ret.) Daniel Stauffacher, Founder and President of ICT4Peace and Dr. Rasmus H. Wandall, General Counsel of the International Association of Prosecutors, on how terrorists can be prevented from exploiting information and communication technologies

Fake news in Myanmar: Social Media verification workshop

An informal workshop on verifying news and information spread across social media was held recently at Phandeeyar in Yangon, Burma, led by the Foundation’s Special Advisor, Sanjana Hattotuwa. Amongst the confirmed participants were: Media and Media Support Organizations Irrawaddy BBC Media Action Kumudra and Modern Journal Democratic Voice of Burma Myanmar Journalism Institute Civil Society Organizations PEN Myanmar People in Need Burma Human Rights Network Myanmar ICT Development Organization Center for Diversity and National Harmony Women Peace Arakan Network Funders, Researchers, INGOS Andaman Research and Advisory Peace Support Fund The Swedish Burma Committee Fortify Rights Humanitarian Dialogue Center Covering Google, Error Level Analysis for images, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and other topics, the workshop was anchored to the source evaluation module of a longer course run by the ICT4Peace Foundation on the use of new media in crisis management. The workshop also drew on Sanjana’s experience of countering-rumors and violent extremism in Sri Lanka.

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