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How to improve digital inclusion with the power of mobile connectivity

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Author: Mats Granryd, Director-General, GSMA

  • Of the 3.8 billion people around the world who remain unconnected to mobile internet, 88% live in an area already covered by mobile broadband but do not use mobile internet services. Those who are unconnected are more likely to be poorer, less educated, older, rural and women.
  • Large public-private initiatives, which are based on an understanding of the local context, needs and barriers of the unconnected, are the best way to tackle the usage gap.
  • Whole-of-government approaches are necessary to address the complex barriers of affordability, literacy and digital skills, safety and security, relevance and accessibility.

The last two years have altered the world, and the lens through which we view it, utterly. And through all the change, mobile connectivity provided a steadying…

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Russia v. Ukraine: The Limits of International Law


Several of my esteemed colleagues and experts have analyzed various international law issues related to the escalating Russia-Ukraine conflict (for example, see here and here and here).  The purpose of this post is not to reiterate some of such excellent analyses already published but rather to focus on the limitations of international law in this type of a conflict situation, implicating a Great Power such as Russia.

First, this conflict clearly implicates use of force issues in international law.  It is abundantly clear that Russia has violated Article 2(4) of the United Nations’ Charter when it used military force against the territorial integrity and political independence of Ukraine.  The international law prohibition on the use of force is also part of customary law and a jus cogens norm; international law is more than unequivocal that this type of behavior by Russia is a flagrant violation of one of…

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Australian state parliament conducts inquiry about use of animals in research-your views are needed!

Speaking of Research

February 28th 2022

In news from Down Under, the parliament of New South Wales (Australia’s most populous state) has called for an “Inquiry into the use of primates and other animals in medical research in New South Wales”. The inquiry is being run by the Health portfolio of the upper house (Legislative Council; equivalent to a Senate), and seeks submissions on the following topics:

  1. the nature, purpose and effectiveness of medical research being conducted on animals in New South Wales, and the potential public health risks and benefits posed by this research;
  2. the costs associated with animal research, and the extent to which the New South Wales and Federal Government is commissioning and funding the importing, breeding and use of animals in medical research in New South Wales;
  3. the availability, effectiveness and funding for alternative approaches to animal research methods and technologies, and the ability of researchers to…

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The Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine

Once completed, the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine (IEU) will be the most comprehensive source of information in English on Ukraine, its history, people, geography, society, economy, and cultural heritage. At present, the IEU team is working on phase 1 of the project: the creation of an Internet database containing the revised and updated contents of the five-volume Encyclopedia of Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, 1984-93) edited by Volodymyr Kubijovyc (vols. 1-2) and Danylo Husar Struk (vols. 3-5). Approximately fifty percent of this information is currently displayed on our site. At the same time, a considerable number of new articles (not contained in the published five-volume Encyclopedia of Ukraine) have also been made available. New entries are being edited, updated, and added daily. Our ability to update this information and the speed with which we can make it available to Internet users worldwide will greatly depend on the availability of financial resources for our project. You can greatly contribute to the success of the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine by supporting our work morally and financially. Become an IEU supporter! To learn more about our project, click on About IEU.

We invite you to search the materials currently available on this site. First, you may wish to click on the buttons located on the left side of the screen, such as “History” or “Land,” to view currently available featured groups of entries, dedicated to particular topics. To search for particular names or entries, use the TITLE SEARCH box in the top right corner to locate entries such as “Kyivan Rus’,” “Cossacks,” “Carpathian Mountains,” “Central Rada,” “Archipenko, Alexander,” “Bukovyna,” “Khmelnytsky, Bohdan,” “Ukrainians,” and many others (type any part of a name or entry you are searching for). Alternatively, select one or several letters of the alphabet in the Index Search to view all available entries starting with the given letter or combination of letters. Navigate between entries through hyperlinks or by using the “Next Entry” and “Previous Entry” buttons. We encourage you to use the Advanced Search functions to find information on subjects that do not yet have their own entries but are discussed in various other entries.

Books For Africa (BFA) Publishing Initiative Partners with Ethiopian Printer to Print 25,000 Amharic- and Oromo-language Books

One of the Books For Africa’s special initiatives is called BFA Publishing. This initiative custom prints books, translating them if need be, in mother tongues of the African continent. Our latest project under the BFA Publishing initiative takes things one step further. Not only are we having books printed in the Amharic and Oromo languages, the printing is also being done by a printer in Ethiopia! Check out more details and the photo album in our success story!

Statement of solidarity with librarians, archivists, and information professionals in Ukraine.

The library, archive, and information professional community in the UK will work with our colleagues around the world to offer whatever support and solidarity we can to our professional colleagues in Ukraine.

eLibrary: International Civil Aviation Organization

We’ve added a new feature to our eLibrary that we think you’ll like! From now on, you can select your preferred language when receiving new eLibrary notifications.

Did you know that MUSE offers a vast amount of scholarly content (historical, cultural & political) on both Russia & Ukraine?

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