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Harnessing innovation to protect the vulnerable

Harnessing innovation to protect the vulnerable

Democratic Underground Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) - home page WCAG 2.1 in Chinese: Authorized Translation Published Web内容无障碍指南 (WCAG) 2.1, the Chinese Authorized Translation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, is now available, following completion of the W3C Authorized Translations process. WAI encourages translating WAI documents in all languages. See: Accessible Name and Description Computation (Accname) is a W3C Recommendation Accessible Name and Description Computation 1.1 (“Accname”) was published today as a “W3C Recommendation” web standard. Pronunciation Task Force: Seeking Participation The Pronunciation Task Force is seeking contributors who would like to help the Web do a better job pronouncing content through text to speech (TTS), including screen readers. New Resource: Developing an Accessibility Statement Developing an Accessibility Statement helps you create an accessibility statement for your website, mobile app, or other digital content. New Resource: The Business Case for Digital Accessibility

Human Footprint Interactive Geographers study the Earth and its physical features, inhabitants, and cultural phenomenon. They examine the physical and human characteristics of a region, ranging in scale from local to global, to explain an event or solve a problem. While many geographers have at least a bachelor’s degree in geography, many professionals, such as teachers, traffic consultants, and doctors, must also use geography in their jobs when examining specific challenges and solutions to issues. This geo-story introduces you to some of these folks who use geography.

Hunchworks - UN Global Pulse HunchWorks is the world's first social network for hypothesis formation, evidence collection, and collective decision-making. HunchWorks is based on the recognition that all too often, by the time we have hard evidence of what is happening, it's too late to act. Yet after a crisis, experts inevitably point to fragmentary evidence that was available early on but was so inconclusive at the time that no one was willing to sound the alarm publicly. HunchWorks allows researchers to connect with other experts with complementary resources so that together they could quickly determine if data signals—those fragmentary bits of evidence—are indications of deepening crisis and warrant further investigation. Why HunchWorks Works Using HunchWorks, a researcher who noticed an anomaly in data that she suspects is related to impending crises would quietly compose a hunch outlining her concerns. HunchWorks essentially allows the researcher to gather evidence, analyze data and be peer reviewed—all at once.

The Global Innovation Index 2013 - The Local Dynamics of Innovation The Global Innovation Index 2014 (GII), in its 7th edition this year, is co-published by Cornell University,INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO, an agency of the United Nations, UN). The core of the GII Report consists of a ranking of world economies’ innovation capabilities and results. In 2013, the ranking covered 142 economies, accounting for 94.9% of the world’s population and 98.7% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (in US dollars). The GII has established itself as the reference among innovation indices, and has evolved into a valuable benchmarking tool to facilitate public-private dialogue, whereby policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders can evaluate progress on a continual basis.

Link News - Home World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Google Fights to Save 3,054 Languages Will you be any worse off the moment humans cease to speak in Aragonese? How about Navajo or Ojibwa? Or Koro, a language only just discovered in a tiny corner of northeast India? No, you probably wouldn't, not in that moment. If there is hope, it lies in the world's centers of information — such as Google. The site, launched early Thursday, features videos and an interactive map. You can hear the heartbreaking, beautiful sound of Koro being sung, or read 18th century manuscripts written in a nearly-dead Native American tongue. The idea is to unite a lot of smaller preservation efforts under the Google.org banner. Check out the project's video below, and let us know in the comments: how else can 21st century technology help save ancient languages?

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