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Innovation Union 24 April 2014 ONE Conference Brussels 2014: Policies (R)Evolution and Every European Digital, Brussels The Future has begun. Member States and regions must lose no time in preparing the next generation of EU programmes for growth, says Commissioner Hahn after MEPs' vote on radical reform of EU Regional Policy in July 2013. The new programming period brings new investment budgets for Member States, seeking synergies between Regional Policy and Horizon 2020 in order to maximise the innovation opportunities. The data-driven economy can provide Europe with a chance to emerge from the multifaceted crisis with new capabilities. The ONE Conference is facilitating the joint effort of EU partners to build links between information networks and ICT Observatories for reaching ambitious common objectives of Europe 2020.

Clicktivism is ruining leftist activism | Micah White A battle is raging for the soul of activism. It is a struggle between digital activists, who have adopted the logic of the marketplace, and those organisers who vehemently oppose the marketisation of social change. At stake is the possibility of an emancipatory revolution in our lifetimes. The conflict can be traced back to 1997 when a quirky Berkeley, California-based software company known for its iconic flying toaster screensaver was purchased for $13.8m (£8.8m). The trouble is that this model of activism uncritically embraces the ideology of marketing. Clicktivists utilise sophisticated email marketing software that brags of its "extensive tracking" including "opens, clicks, actions, sign-ups, unsubscribes, bounces and referrals, in total and by source". Gone is faith in the power of ideas, or the poetry of deeds, to enact social change. Digital activists hide behind gloried stories of viral campaigns and inflated figures of how many millions signed their petition in 24 hours.

Facts and figures of the digital divide in UK While the majority of people in the UK have access to the internet, there are still 10 million people who do not. Of these people, 4 million are are the most socially and economically disadvantaged in the country. "Those being left behind with technology are being left behind across many spheres" - Martha Lane Fox, Digital Inclusion Champion adults in the UK have never used the internet of households in the UK don't have the internet of people without access are in the lowest socio-economic groups (DE) of people who live in social housing aren't online of government interactions with the public take place with the bottom 25% of society, so failing to encourage everyone online keeps government costs high [Martha Lane Fox, Digital Inclusion Champion] The amount digitally excluded households are missing out on per year from not shopping and paying bills online of people living in deprived areas have used a government online service or website in the last year, compared to 55% nationally back to top »

Telecentres Youtube Welcome to YouTube! The location filter shows you popular videos from the selected country or region on lists like Most Viewed and in search results.To change your location filter, please use the links in the footer at the bottom of the page. Click "OK" to accept this setting, or click "Cancel" to set your location filter to "Worldwide". The location filter shows you popular videos from the selected country or region on lists like Most Viewed and in search results. This item has been hidden In the future you will only see uploads from Telecentres In the future you will see all activity from Telecentres About Telecentre-Europe Telecentres are places where people can go to get help using technology. by Telecentres Latest Activity Jun 2, 2011 Date Joined

PANORAMA : A resource collection for Intercultural Dialogue Introduction Panorama is a resource offered by the Platform for Intercultural Europe, which was initiated in 2006 (as the Civil Society Platform for Intercultural Dialogue) by Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), with the support of the Network of European Foundations (NEF) and on the occasion of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in 2008. Hundreds of civil society organisations and their individuals engaged in intercultural action accross Europe - at local, national and international level, have participated in the Platform during its informal phase; after establishing as an association in 2008, the Platform is open to subscribing members. The context of Panorama The core principle of the Platform is cross-sectoral engagement – connecting and bringing people together from all sectors of the Interculturalism debate, from arts and culture, to education, to social and youth policies, to human rights policies... read more An outline of Panorama Contact

Youth on the move Move to achieve – degree, new job, training, your own business. Every year the European Union supports more than 400,000 young people to work , train and study abroad. This website lists a complete range of EU tools to help your dreams become reality. More about Youth on the Move The European Union offers grants for students, teaching professionals and staff to study or work abroad. Click here to find out more! Learning isn't limited to schools. Click here to find out more! Gaining work experience in another country adds an extra dimension to your CV. Find out more about how you can train abroad! Looking for a job somewhere in Europe? Many tools are at your disposal. More about working in Europe

Dissertation Click here for full list of Publications Do “Liberation Technologies” Change the Balance of Power Between Repressive StateS AND CIVIL SOCIETY? Dissertation Committee:Dan Drezner, Larry Diamond, Clay Shirky, Carolyn Gideon Do new information and communication technologies (ICTs) empower repressive regimes at the expense of civil society, or vice versa? For example, does access to the Internet and mobile phones alter the balance of power between repressive regimes and civil society? These questions are especially pertinent today given the role that ICTs played during the recent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond. The first half of this doctoral study comprises a large-N econometric analysis to test whether “liberation technologies” are a statistically significant predictor of anti-government protests in countries with repressive regimes. My dissertation is available for download here in PDF. Main Contributions and Highlights: Here are my latest blog posts on my dissertation findings:

Digital Economy Act 2010 (c. 24) Expand All Explanatory Notes (ENs) An Act to make provision about the functions of the Office of Communications; to make provision about the online infringement of copyright and about penalties for infringement of copyright and performers’ rights; to make provision about internet domain registries; to make provision about the functions of the Channel Four Television Corporation; to make provision about the regulation of television and radio services; to make provision about the regulation of the use of the electromagnetic spectrum; to amend the Video Recordings Act 1984; to make provision about public lending right in relation to electronic publications; and for connected purposes. [8th April 2010] Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:— OFCOM reports 1OFCOM reports on infrastructure, internet domain names etc

Get Online Week 2011 rainbow [Rainbow Paper Online] Commit to change for Intercultural Dialogue. Make our collective voice heard. Support our advocacy with the European Union and its Member States. This site serves the public endorsement of The Rainbow Paper, an initiative of the Platform for Intercultural Europe (previously the “Rainbow Platform”). The Rainbow Paper is the result of several consultation exercises in the course of 2007 and 2008. The paper sets out five steps to making interculturalism our new human norm and proposes five sets of recommendations: Educating, building capacity by organisations, monitoring for sustained policies, mobilising across boundaries and resourcing of Intercultural Dialogue. The endorsed document was first presented to the public and to the EU Council at the closing event of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue on 17-19th November 2008 in Paris.

Sustainable growth - for a resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy How will the EU boost sustainable growth? Through 2 flagship initiatives: 1. Resource-efficient Europe To support the shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy, our economic growth must be decoupled from resource and energy use by: reducing CO2 emissions promoting greater energy security. reducing the resource intensity of what we use and consume 2. Top Why does Europe need sustainable growth? Over-dependence on fossil fuels Our dependence on oil, gas and coal: leaves consumers and businesses vulnerable to harmful and costly price shocks, threatens our economic security contributes to climate change. Natural resources Global competition for natural resources will intensify and put pressure on the environment. Climate change To achieve our climate goals, we need to reduce emissions more quickly and harness new technologies such as wind and solar power and carbon capture and sequestration. Competitiveness The EU needs to improve its productivity and competitiveness.

Googling Africa - By Dayo Olopade The Google office in South Africa is no different from the Google office in Washington -- from the outside. Tucked into a sprawling, high-tech office park in Johannesburg, Google's hip, young Africa team has taken the company's beanbag-chairs-and-jeans culture global. But in practice, their mission is different -- and far more difficult. They're out to prove that Google can be an African verb. Since 2007, the American search giant has entered the African market head first, establishing offices in Lagos, Accra, Johannesburg, Dakar, and Kampala, with its largest presence in Nairobi. Just as other multinational companies have discovered in recent years, Google knows that there is a lot of money to be made in urbanizing, newly wired African markets. When it comes to Western tech companies, Google is unmistakably ahead of the curve. This commitment to Africa has produced some exciting firsts. In many ways, Google is well suited to the challenge. Take Gmail, for example.

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