ICTD InfoBank: A Knowledge Sharing Portal on ICTD for the Asia-Pacific region

The ICTD InfoBank has been designed and developed by APCICT as a place for online convergence of like-minded individuals and organizations working to strengthen capacities in the use of information and communications technology for development (ICTD) in the Asia-Pacific region. The ICTD InfoBank does not attempt to duplicate the work of other ICTD portals, it aims to provide easy access to relevant resources on ICTD. The resources available in the ICTD InfoBank aims to support trainers and educators in building ICTD capacity, and assist policy makers in making informed decisions.

Resources on the ICTD InfoBank include: publications, reports, journal, articles, working papers, training manuals, guidelines, case studies, video and audio files, and multimedia materials, as well as web portals with links to relevant resources, and blog sites. Users can browse these different types of resources by various topics (e.g. e-commerce, e-governance), by country, or by organization that have published these resources.

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ICT, Development, and Poverty Reduction: Five Emerging Stories

Drawing from a wide range of recent literature, this paper identifies five main stories that come together at many points in the literature: universal access, economic and social services, openness, human development, and innovation. It is worth underlining that this article is mostly about mobile phone access and use, as this is the dominant story of the last decade for people in the bottom or base of the pyramid. This is not to deny the importance of broadband, Internet connection, or computers and devices with computing power much greater than that of mobiles.

APDIP e-Note 11 - Pro-Poor Public Service Delivery with ICTs: Making local e-governance work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals

This APDIP e-Note introduces the concept of pro-poor e-governance; gives two examples of e-governance projects targeted at poor and vulnerable groups; and provides a comprehensive approach to pro-poor e-governance comprised of seven building blocks.

Canada and the Challenges of Cyberspace Governance and Security

This brief article provides the reader with a focused, concise critical analysis regarding the challenges of Cyberspace Governance and Security from Canada's perspectives.

Innovative Practices of Distance Education (including e-Learning) in Asia and the Pacific

The present study aims at identifying innovative and good practices of open and distance learning (ODL) in Asia and the Pacific region at the tertiary education level, and sharing the findings to promote knowledge sharing with ODL institutions. To achieve these objectives, a survey of ODL institutions in the Asia and the Pacific region and analyses of published documents and websites have been conducted.

Cyscience: emerging technologies for Rural PD

This project utilized emerging technologies such as mobile broadband videoconferencing along with web-based software and materials (http://www.cyscience.com.au) to enhance the provision of science and mathematics in rural and remote schools in Northern Queensland. The paper tracks the role of technology in the development and implementation of the CY Science project. It will explore how technology enabled a successful classroom project to evolve into a regional program and beyond.

Internet Security and Networked Governance in International Relations

This paper asks whether the Internet’s heavy reliance on non-hierarchical, networked forms of governance is compatible with growing concerns about cyber-security from traditional state actors. Networked governance is defined as a semipermanent, voluntary negotiation system that allows interdependent actors to opt for collaboration or unilateral action in the absence of an overarching authority.

Space Technology Application Capabilities, Facilities and Activities in Asia and the Pacific: A Regional Inventory

This Inventory on space technology capabilities, facilities and activities in Asia and the Pacific is part of the information dissemination and exchange efforts of RESAP. It provides comprehensive information on a wide range of aspects concerning space technology applications in the context of sustainable development in the region.

Digital Security & Privacy for Human Rights Defenders

This document addresses the different risks faced in digital security. In particular, it focuses on the privacy and security issues faced by human rights defenders and how they can deal with them. It also discusses ways of preventing the erosion of universally guaranteed freedoms.

Trade Liberalization and Development in ICT Sector and its impact on household welfare in Viet Nam

This paper examines the impact of trade liberalization and development in the ICT sector on household welfares in Viet Nam. It discusses constraints in the current ICT policies and regulations and implementation in practice; analyzes the access to and use of ICTs by households, and the impact of access to and use of ICTs on poverty reduction and household welfare in Viet Nam. The paper concludes by discussing the policy implications.

APDIP e-Note 12 - The Role of Governments in Promoting ICT Access and Use by SMEs: Considerations for Public Policy

This APDIP e-Note provides an overview of the policy considerations that are needed to promote information and communications technology (ICT) usage among SMEs. It discusses critical components for a comprehensive policy and legislative strategy that would address the various policy, legal, market, technical and social considerations needed in order to create conditions conductive for encouraging ICT-enabled SMEs