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May 24, 2011

May Net2 Think Tank Round-up: Improving Lives in Rural Communities with ICTs

May 17th marked the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD). To celebrate, NetSquared used this year’s WTISD theme, “Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTs” to guide their Net2 Think Tank question for May and there was a tremendous response from many members of the public. Individuals working with nonprofits, academics, librarians and entrepreneurs  based in countries around the world responded. NetSquared had some of their best Net2 Think Tank responses to date!

Specifically, they asked you to share your ideas for closing the digital divide for people living in rural areas all around the world. The responses have been compiled and is now available on the NetSquared blog.

Topic: How can the lives of people living in rural areas be improved using ICT? What are your tactics and best practices for helping rural communities using web or mobile technology? And, which projects are already doing this well?

Also while this month’s Net2 Think Tank is now closed, you’re always welcome to add your feedback on the subject at the bottom of the NetSquared blog post.


August 25, 2010

FACT Social Justice Challenge (2010)

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This announcement was originally published on the NetSquared Blog.

The French American Charitable Trust (FACT) and NetSquared are pleased to announce the second annual FACT Social Justice Awards. Submissions are now open for innovative projects that leverage web and mobile technologies to foster collaboration around social justice issues. Learn more about the challenge and how to participate below.

About the FACT Challenge

FACT is committed to addressing the fundamental inequalities and injustices in  society by helping develop and sustain networks of community-based groups in the U.S. and France that educate, organize, and empower people to actively participate in developing public policies that directly affect their lives.

The Challenge theme this year is “Collaborate for Social Justice.” We chose this theme because beneath all the new platforms, widgets, tools, social media, and innovative products lies the potential for people to collaborate in new ways with one another.

How to Participate

Share: Let your friends, colleagues, and networks know about this opportunity to profile ideas and find collaborators!

Submit: Submissions are now open — submit your project today!

Support: Even if you don’t have a project to submit, your feedback and comments will help other projects improve — get ready to share!

Learn More

Visit the FACT Challenge pages below for more information:

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