Archive for June, 2013

If you are looking for some innovative ideas to impart knowledge about the prevention of HIV and AIDS toyouths in your community, here is an interesting computer game developed by UNESCO. “Fast Car: Traveling Safely around the World” is a car racing game that not only helps the player know about HIV and AIDS, but it also gives a virtual tour around some of the World’s Heritage Sites.

Part of the project called “Development of interactive multimedia tools on HIV and AIDS for youths,” the game seeks to entertain and educate young people with accurate and reliable information about HIV prevention. As youths around the world are vulnerable to HIV, they often lack useful resources to understand and take prevention against it. The game can be relevant to them as it provides information about HIV and its prevention in an interactive manner.

However, the problem is that the game is available only in three languages (English, French and Russian) and there is no indication of further language translations to benefit local communities in developing countries. Nevertheless, it is still a remarkable tool to empower educated youths so that they can take the message beyond to their communities. Youths as young as sixteen years can play the game.

NGOs can gather a group of youths from their communities or even their young staff members, download this game on their office computers and allow them to play it for some time. As the car races through some of the World’s Heritage Sites, the player is able to get additional bonus points at checkpoints as he or she correctly answers questions about HIV and its prevention. For incorrect answers, there are useful definitions and information given.

To download the game, you need to provide information about your name, email and your location. Once downloaded on the computer, each player has to create a username and a password and use them to log in to play back. Only one player can play the game each time on a computer.

To download the game, visit this link.

The download size of the game is 32 MB.

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For many business owners, social media has become an integral part of their marketing efforts. Facebook, Twitter and now even Google+ have taken on prominent roles within a robust and ever-growing marketing strategy.

Pinterest, however, is still finding its way into the hearts and business plans of countless others struggling to understand the true value.

A unique, image-based networking platform, Pinterest is a tool designed with the creative marketer in mind. Below are 7 ways to use Pinterest to cross-promote your business and support your additional online marketing efforts.

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This Selected Conference Panel is currently accepting Paper Abstracts for the upcoming  Third World Conference on Humanitarian Studies which is organised jointly with the Third Istanbul Human Security Conference on: 24-27 October 2013. Below is more information about this panel:

Title Is the Development of Information and Communication Management strategies for Disaster response and Disaster risk reduction in Developing Countries be of great benefit?
Authors Kibaya Robert
Abstract Reducing disaster risk is thus critical to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and addressing underlying risk drivers is also vital to climate change adaptation, especially in the short- and medium-term.The 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction pointed out that for any decision to invest public resources in disaster risk management (DRM) involves trade-offs with other priorities in which the same resources could have been invested. At present, most countries do not systematically account for the cost of recurrent disaster losses, let alone the cost of indirect impacts on health, education and productivity. Even fewer comprehensively estimate the maximum losses they may incur.
As such, governments are poorly positioned to assess the trade-offs implicit in their public investment decisions, and have difficulty justifying increased investment in DRM. By navigating in a sea of risks without a compass, public resources are constantly being diverted to rehabilitate or reconstruct damaged or destroyed assets, and disasters continue to surprise governments without adequate contingency measures in place.

The panel will discuss and seek ideas on how to establish and implement institutional repositories of disaster information and how to facilitate the development of institutional and national Information and Communication Management (ICM) strategies and policies as frameworks for addressing issues that are critical to content development and information exchange, and supporting development of human capacity in disaster ICM.

Theme Politics and Practices of Natural Disasters and Disaster Respons

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The Internet is one of the most transformative technologies of our lifetimes. But for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable Internet connection is still out of reach. And this is far from being a solved problem.

There are many terrestrial challenges to Internet connectivity—jungles, archipelagos, mountains. There are also major cost challenges. Right now, for example, in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an Internet connection is more than a month’s income.

Solving these problems isn’t simply a question of time: it requires looking at the problem of access from new angles. So today we’re unveiling our latest moonshot from Google[x]: balloon-powered Internet access.

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