ITU, Facebook and ACOPEA launch online safety project in Ethiopia

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Blog-copITU has teamed up with Facebook to develop a pilot program to promote child online safety in Africa as part of its Child Online Protection (COP) initiative. The collaboration will enable the African Child Online Protection Education & Awareness Centre (ACOPEA), an NGO focused on African child online welfare, to implement a six-month pan-African e-safety awareness pilot program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The COP initiative at ITU has been collaborating with partners around the world to establish an international collaborative network for action to promote the online protection of children worldwide; to encourage the development of national Child Online Protection centers; and to organize awareness campaigns and community forums to create a safe environment for young users around the world.

The initiative is also counting on the efforts of global advocates that thanks to their tireless support and commitment are promoting the importance of a safer online world for…

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Another California data center turns to fuel cells

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A small, but growing, amount of data centers in California are having fuel cells installed onsite, offering a cleaner and more direct way to access electricity compared to the power grid. The latest came on Monday, when telecommunications company CenturyLink (s CTL) announced that it’s bought a couple fuel cells from startup Bloom Energy to help power a data center in Irvine, California.

Fuel cells are devices that combine a fuel like natural gas with air and turn it into electricity through a chemical reaction. Bloom Energy’s fuel cells are “solid oxide fuel cells” that use a solid ceramic material as the electrolyte part of the fuel cell (if you think of it like a battery that has an electrolyte, an anode and a cathode).

Bloom EnergyCenturyLink’s data center in Irvine is operated by Savvis and the data center powers cloud, managed hosting and colocation services. Bloom Energy has…

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mHealth: the Opportunity for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

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m-healthMobile phones are the most rapidly adopted technology in the world: next year, there will be more mobile phones than human beings on this planet.

For all of us who work in global health the question is how can we leverage the power of these billions of mobile phones to advance global health goals? This question becomes more tangible when we look at the potential use of mobile technology to prevent and control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). As IFPMA’s latest report Health at your fingertips shows, this is already happening in a number of countries where pilot projects have been implemented. We now need to bring these pilots to scale.

Recently, I had the pleasure to discuss these issues during a roundtable we organized together with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU and the World Health Organization (WHO) are already working on an intersectoral mHealth initiative

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