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Pervasive Technologies: Access to Knowledge (A2K)in the Marketplace

Pervasive networked communication technologies are transforming the way in which people across the world access information. The prices of mobile phones and netbooks have plummeted, even as their penetration and use have become nearly ubiquitous. …

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Flexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa

Research in Africa has shown that flexible intellectual property policies can lead to greater innovation and development.  The Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.) research project investigated the unique collaborative...


News

Internet freedom champion Carl Bildt awarded Diefenbaker human rights and freedom award

01/12/2014

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird presented the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award to international digital diplomacy advocate Carl Bildt for his work promoting Internet freedom.    Bildt chairs the Global Commission on...

Research informs Egypt's telecommunications strategy

15/09/2014

​Work championed by IDRC grantee Nagla Rizk contributed to Egypt’s strategy for open source software. In consultation with the private sector, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is encouraging the use of open source...

Events

IDRC event and live webcast
Dr Fraser Taylor, recipient of the 2014 Killam Prize in Social Sciences

Global Geospatial Information Management and Sustainable Development: Some Observations

15/10/2014

Location determines a whole range of activities, whether economic, social, or cultural, everywhere in the world. Location is also a powerful way to organize many types of information, from population and soil patterns to climate change and roadways...

Highlight: Advancing the global discussion on standardizing health data

10/02/2014

IDRC-supported researchers from Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, and Vietnam attended two international meetings to help shape global discussions on health data.   Why data matters The importance of collecting and storing health data using a standard...

Latest Results

Research in Africa has shown that flexible intellectual property policies can lead to greater innovation and development.  The Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.) research project investigated the unique collaborative...
Flexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studySexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaOnline community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmers

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High-speed Internet access, or broadband, can effectively contribute to economic and social development, but only when it is combined with investments in human capital, such as teacher training and digital literacy programs for women, according to a...
Flexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studySexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaOnline community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmers

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The challenge of collecting data on sensitive issues like gender-based violence is well-documented across the globe. Stigma and shame prevent many victims of sexual harassment from talking about or reporting these crimes. However, new technologies...
Flexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American study Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaOnline community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmers

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Increasingly, popular sites such as Wikipedia, the world's largest free source of information, shape our understanding of the world. But researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute have found that the online encyclopedia is not always the...
Flexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studySexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced data Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaOnline community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmers

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For many rural Africans, radio is a key channel to news, information, and knowledge. For small-scale farmers who have limited or no access to other media such as newspapers, television, or the Internet, radio is an essential part of their daily...
Flexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studySexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia Online community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmers
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