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Newsmotion - Technology http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/39/all en A Home-Grown Campaign in Bhutan Is Giving Refurbished Shoes to Thousands Who Need Them http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/home-grown-campaign-bhutan-giving-refurbished-shoes-thousands-who-need-them <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Home-Grown Campaign in Bhutan Is Giving Refurbished Shoes to Thousands Who Need Them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 08/30/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_487726" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpShoeBhutan/photos/a.261539580577935.67853.250539758344584/599193376812552/?type=1&amp;relevant_count=1"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-487726" alt="olunteers concentrating on how to recycle the shoes collected during the collection drive. These will soon be sent to corners of Bhutan for distribution. 500 pairs equals 500 smiling faces. Image used with permission." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/volunteers-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Volunteers concentrating on how to recycle the shoes accumulated during the collection drive. These will soon be sent to corners of Bhutan for distribution. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan. Used with permission.</p></div> <p>A campaign in Bhutan led by a Bhutanese entrepreneur is collecting used shoes and cleaning them to distribute the footwear to those who cannot afford a decent pair. Help Shoe Bhutan has so far given shoes to nearly 1 percent of the country&#39;s population of 740,000.</p> <p>The story begins with Sandeep Gajakas, an engineer from India, who <a href="http://www.businessgyan.com/content/shoe_laundry">founded the concept</a> of shoe laundry. Gajakas&nbsp;saw that some people did not make an effort to clean their shoes. If they expect someone else to do it for them, then it is certainly a feasible business model. In 2003, he started India&#39;s first professional footwear laundry and refurbishing service for all types of footwear in Mumbai. So far, its <a href="http://www.shoevival.com/">ShoeVival</a> franchise has expanded to 10 cities in three countries.</p> <p>Young Bhutanese&nbsp;entrepreneur Dawa Drakpa brought ShoeVival to Bhutan in 2011. Bhutanese blogger <a href="http://www.passudiary.com/2014/08/breaking-shoemakers-curse.html">Passang Tshering</a> narrates what happened next:</p> <blockquote><p>His parents had sent him to get a degree in BSc Nursing from Bangalore [India], but to their disappointment he returned from Mumbai with a shoe laundry franchise, and without the degree. Unimaginable, but that&#39;s the strangeness of destiny. [..]</p> <p>Overnight he turned what was earlier perceived as &#8216;dirty job&#8217; into a sexy profession.</p></blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.helpshoebhutan.org/"><img class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-487729" alt="help shoe bhutan" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/help-shoe-bhutan-200x200.jpg" width="200" height="200" /></a><a href="http://dawa-dakpa.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/shoevival-shoe-laundry.html">Dawa Drakpa</a> writes in his blog about the initial struggles and how his venture started the social business called <a href="http://www.helpshoebhutan.org/">Help Shoe Bhutan</a>. Drakpa saw a lot of shoes in a trash yard and thought a good portion of them could be recycled and reused. In rural Bhutan,&nbsp;<a href="http://dawa-dakpa.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/help-shoe-bhutan-behind-scene.html">many children</a>&nbsp;walk for miles without decent shoes to go to school. Farmers often work the field without wearing shoes because they cannot afford footwear.</p> <p>The old shoe collection campaign began in September 2011. In <a href="http://dawa-dakpa.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/help-shoe-bhutan-behind-scene.html">Drakpa&#39;s words</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>The intention was clear-<br /> 1. Collect as many old shoes.<br /> 2. Revive them.<br /> 3. and finally distribute them among the people who cannot afford a decent pair of shoe.</p></blockquote> <div id="attachment_487724" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpShoeBhutan/photos/a.261539580577935.67853.250539758344584/707077656024123/?type=1&amp;theater"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-487724" alt="Help-Shoe Bhutan distributes 500 pairs of shoes at Blind school in Merak. Image used with permission. " src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Merak-and-Blind-School-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Help Shoe Bhutan distributed 500 pairs of shoes in Merak, a settlement in the far east of Bhutan, in Trashigang District. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan. Used with permission.</p></div> <p>Drakpa recalls how many Bhutanese organisations,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bob.bt/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/press-release-on-collection-drive-17th.pdf">businesses</a> and individuals came forward to help the effort by <a href="http://www.loden.org/old/loden-news/142-lodens-entrepreneurs-launches-help-shoe-bhutan-project.html">providing funding</a>&nbsp;or just a helping hand. The cleaning and repairing of the shoes cost as little as Nu. 80 (US $1.30) per pair, a service Drakpa&#39;s Shoe Laundry business is providing. <a href="http://bhutandragons.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/helping-shoe-bhutan.html#.U_8gYEulfFI">Bhutan Dragons Motorcycle Club</a> joined as a distribution partner to deliver the shoes to rural areas that needed them. He&nbsp;<a href="http://dawa-dakpa.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/distribution-trail-with-bhutan-dragon.html">narrates</a> how its members rode together in a charity ride in cold and foggy weather to distribute the footwear and other items in&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samtse_District">Samtse district</a> in southwest Bhutan.</p> <div id="attachment_487725" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 450px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpShoeBhutan/photos/a.261539580577935.67853.250539758344584/605870782811478/?type=1"><img class="size-large wp-image-487725" alt="A little girl with a pair of recycled shoes during distribution in Ghasa. Image used with permission." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/little-girl-450x600.jpg" width="450" height="600" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A little girl with a pair of recycled shoes during a distribution. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan. Used with permission.</p></div> <p>The first distribution was in March 2012. <a href="http://dawa-dakpa.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/help-shoe-bhutan-shoe-distributions.html">Drakpa</a>&nbsp;writes:</p> <blockquote><p>The distribution team reached there around 3pm. And the children started standing in queue. Even at this moment, i was not very sure how those shoes will be accepted. [...] There were different kinds of shoes- adults, kids, flip flops, boots, leather shoes and the list goes on. [...] Help-Shoe Bhutan took 221 pairs of cleaned and repaired shoes.</p> <p>Kids came one at a time to try out shoes&#8230; They were very excited, we could clearly see that the kids and adults as well were choosing their shoes even before their turn came to try out their shoes. Soon kids and adults rushed towards the shoes and the view looked more like a fish market. Having said that, it was indeed a honor for us, the distributing team.</p></blockquote> <div id="attachment_487734" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 400px"><a href="http://dawa-dakpa.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/zhemgang-distribution.html"><img class="size-large wp-image-487734" alt="The signs of joy of getting a pair of shoes to walk during distribution in Zhemgang district, one of the poorest regions in Bhutan. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan &amp; used with permission." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/joy-400x600.jpg" width="400" height="600" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The joy of getting a pair of shoes to walk in during distribution in Zhemgang district, one of the poorest regions in Bhutan. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan. Used with permission.</p></div> <p>The Help Shoe Bhutan team also distributed shoes to Zhemgang, the poorest district in Bhutan. <a href="http://dawa-dakpa.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/zhemgang-distribution.html">Drakpa</a>&nbsp;recalls:</p> <blockquote><p>We made it a point not to miss a single person leave the room without getting a pair of shoes. The distribution began with Bardo Tshogpa calling the names according to the house hold names. There are 68 households in Bardo gewog. And approximately 300 people. The charity goods include shoes, clothes, toys, New blankets, sweets, biscuits etc.</p></blockquote> <p>The first campaign, which ran until May 2012, distributed about 1,300 pairs of shoes. Help Shoe Bhutan&#39;s second campaign <a href="http://www.bbs.bt/news/?p=13719">was launched</a> in June 2012 by Her Royal Highness Princess <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimi_Yangzom_Wangchuck">Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck</a> with a plan of distributing 2,000 pairs. The initiative is ongoing, with the total number distributed as of May 21, 2014, standing at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpShoeBhutan/posts/718048201593735">5,996</a>.</p> <div id="attachment_487736" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpShoeBhutan/photos/a.510171529048071.1073741825.250539758344584/510172022381355/?type=1"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-487736" alt="Distributing partner Bhutan Dragons Motorcycle Club had distributed 742 pairs of shoes in Pemagatshel. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan. Used with permission." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/bhutanmotorcycle-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Distributing partner Bhutan Dragons Motorcycle Club had distributed 742 pairs of shoes in Pemagatshel. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan. Used with permission.</p></div> <p>Whats next for the campaign? According to its <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpShoeBhutan/posts/735798539818701">Facebook page</a>, the team is going to high schools to train the students how to clean and recycle shoes. A <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpShoeBhutan/posts/755403571191531">post on July 24</a> mentioned:</p> <blockquote><p>We are just trying to empower the students themselves to take care of their own shoes.<br /> It is often said &#8220;give a man fish, he will feed for a day. Teach him how to fish, he will start a fish shop and feed his neighbourhood&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>You can follow the project via its <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HelpShoeBhutan">Facebook page</a>.</p> <div id="attachment_487738" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="http://dawa-dakpa.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/help-shoe-bhutan-shoe-distributions.html"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-487738" alt="Happy kids with recycled shoes. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan. Used with permission." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/happy-kids.jpg" width="800" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Happy kids with recycled shoes. Image by Help Shoe Bhutan. Used with permission.</p></div> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/rezwan/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Rezwan'>Rezwan</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/31/a-home-grown-campaign-in-bhutan-is-giving-refurbished-shoes-to-thousands-who-need-them/#comments" title="comments">comments (1) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F31%2Fa-home-grown-campaign-in-bhutan-is-giving-refurbished-shoes-to-thousands-who-need-them%2F&#038;text=A+Home-Grown+Campaign+in+Bhutan+Is+Giving+Refurbished+Shoes+to+Thousands+Who+Need+Them&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F31%2Fa-home-grown-campaign-in-bhutan-is-giving-refurbished-shoes-to-thousands-who-need-them%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F31%2Fa-home-grown-campaign-in-bhutan-is-giving-refurbished-shoes-to-thousands-who-need-them%2F&#038;title=A+Home-Grown+Campaign+in+Bhutan+Is+Giving+Refurbished+Shoes+to+Thousands+Who+Need+Them' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F31%2Fa-home-grown-campaign-in-bhutan-is-giving-refurbished-shoes-to-thousands-who-need-them%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/31/a-home-grown-campaign-in-bhutan-is-giving-refurbished-shoes-to-thousands-who-need-them/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/31/a-home-grown-campaign-in-bhutan-is-givi...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bangalore Bhutan Bhutan Citizen Citizen Media Development Economics & Business English Good News Humanitarian Response India India Photos Rezwan South Asia Technology Weblog youth Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:14:16 +0000 feed 325243 at http://newsmotion.org Stop Complaining About the Government! Instead, India Wants Citizens to Help http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/stop-complaining-about-government-instead-india-wants-citizens-help <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stop Complaining About the Government! Instead, India Wants Citizens to Help </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 08/30/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div id="attachment_487640" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 800px"><a href="http://www.mygov.nic.in/"><img class="size-featured_image_large wp-image-487640" alt="The homepage of the MyGov website." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/MyGov-Screenshot-800x450.jpg" width="800" height="450" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">The homepage of the MyGov website.</p></div> <p>There&#39;s a new website in India called &#8220;<a href="http://mygov.nic.in/">MyGov</a>&#8221; that invites citizens to participate actively in the country&#39;s governance and development. MyGov is the work of&nbsp;Indian Prime Minister&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narendra_Modi">Narendra Modi</a>, who&#39;s well known for his <a href="http://www.musion.com/?portfolio=narendra-modi-campaign-2014">3-D-hologram election speeches</a> and general tech-savviness.</p> <p>“We would like your expert advice, thoughts, and ideas on various topics that concern India. Join the discussions to share, debate and add value,” says the homepage. “There is work to be done and a nation to be built. Find little tasks that interest you and do your bit for India.” Indeed, India&#39;s exploding Internet-user population—currently estimated to be about <a href="http://facts-about-india.nishchala.org/">243 million people</a>, trailing only China and the United States—is fueling the government’s efforts to tap into this latent talent pool and engage in crowd-sourcing.</p> <p>The portal is meant to serve as a platform where citizens can present the government with initiatives and solutions to state problems, as part of the Modi Government&#39;s new citizen-centric push.&nbsp;An introductory video in Hindi and English informs first-time visitors of the site’s purpose.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uEpW1uMtXDM?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>MyGov currently features seven state projects: Clean Ganga, Digital India, Girl Child Education, Green India, Job Creation, Skill Development, and Swachh Bharat (Clean India). Each group hosts discussions, and anyone who signs up with the site (by surrendering their mobile number and home address) can participate. For example, the <a href="http://mygov.nic.in/details-3.html">Girl Child Education group</a>&nbsp;invites visitors join in an open discussion about improving schooling opportunities for young women:</p> <blockquote><p>With an aim to study the discussions and ideas to improve girl child education in the country, whether it be facilities or economic assistance, the &#8216;Girl Child Education&#8217; group on MyGov provides the platform for the necessary debate.</p> <p>The objective of this Group is to prepare a policy framework and gather suggestions that can help increase education among girl students and give them livelihood opportunities.</p></blockquote> <p>Groups also try to motivate the public by inventing specific tasks.&nbsp;The “<a href="http://mygov.nic.in/details-1.html">Clean Ganga</a>” group, for instance, challenges users to “suggest 10 actionable policy measures towards the cleaning of the Ganga.” Every task has a deadline and estimated time required for completion. As an added bonus, the government <a href="http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-07-27/news/52089059_1_pm-narendra-modi-portal-platform">might even offer the most active users a chance</a> to meet the Prime Minister in person.</p> <p>The portal is obviously a hit with many Indians. <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/internet/modi-s-mygov-portal-invites-indians-to-participate-in-governance/article/397817">Digital Journal&nbsp;reports</a> that over 100,000 people signed up between the site’s launch on July 21 and the first week of August. The estimated traffic in July stands at 1.4 million visits. Quite likely, the prime minister&#39;s posts on Twitter, where he urged Indians to get involved, helped attract so many people.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A special Open Forum has been created on MyGov for suggestions on the new Institution. Let the ideas flow! <a href="http://t.co/zojklP70KT">http://t.co/zojklP70KT</a></p> <p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/statuses/501588826020528129">August 19, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>The Twitter account MyGovIndia picked up over 3,000 followers in the last month alone. The account follows Modi’s lead, using social media to encourage citizen participation in India.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Join groups, accept tasks of your interest and use your skills to contribute towards Good Governance. Login to <a href="http://t.co/Subru43pey">http://t.co/Subru43pey</a></p> <p>— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) <a href="https://twitter.com/mygovindia/statuses/502753050532913152">August 22, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>One open-source activist tweeted:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>For MyGov site of India, I demand logo design files also be acceptable in GIMP; inkscape. Text in OpenOffice. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FOSS?src=hash">#FOSS</a> <a href="http://t.co/uxCzeKTe5C">http://t.co/uxCzeKTe5C</a></p> <p>— Niyam Bhushan (@niyambhushan) <a href="https://twitter.com/niyambhushan/statuses/504573907500666880">August 27, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Others lauded the government&#39;s efforts:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Excellent idea of GOI to reward 50,000 Rs for useful suggestions sent on <a href="http://t.co/FQVAFp35yK">http://t.co/FQVAFp35yK</a> This will encourage people&#39;s participation</p> <p>— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) <a href="https://twitter.com/thekiranbedi/statuses/495255284613259264">August 1, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Indeed, many Indians are extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to help develop the country. <a href="http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Blogs&amp;sd=Blog&amp;BlogID=1516">G Siva, one blogger who signed up at MyGov, writes</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>I have personally signed up for the Clean Ganga campaign. Frankly speaking, I have always complained about it and whined about how no one is doing anything to save our environment and cultural heritage. I think it is time to stop whining and start doing. I think many others are going through similar thought processes. It&#39;s a smart move for the government to tap into all this and offer a platform for concerned citizens.</p></blockquote> <p>Scarcely 100 days into Modi&#39;s new administration, both officials and citizens in India seem ready to welcome the citizen-centric governance model on a national scale.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/alkapratap/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Alka'>Alka</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/30/india-mygov-governance-crowdsourcing/#comments" title="comments">comments (1) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F30%2Findia-mygov-governance-crowdsourcing%2F&#038;text=Stop+Complaining+About+the+Government%21+Instead%2C+India+Wants+Citizens+to+Help&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F30%2Findia-mygov-governance-crowdsourcing%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F30%2Findia-mygov-governance-crowdsourcing%2F&#038;title=Stop+Complaining+About+the+Government%21+Instead%2C+India+Wants+Citizens+to+Help' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F30%2Findia-mygov-governance-crowdsourcing%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; margin:0 !important; padding: 0 !important" id="wpp_popup_post_end_element"></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/30/india-mygov-governance-crowdsourcing/" target="_blank">http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/30/india-mygov-governance-crowdsourcing/</a> </div> </div> </div> Alka China Citizen Citizen Media Digital Activism English Governance Ideas India India South Asia Technology Weblog Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:47:52 +0000 feed 324924 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Asks Todd Park to Continue Administration Service in New Role after Returning to Silicon Valley http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-asks-todd-park-continue-administration-service-new-role-after-returnin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Asks Todd Park to Continue Administration Service in New Role after Returning to Silicon Valley </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 08/28/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>President Obama today announced that he has asked U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/leadershipstaff/park">Todd Park</a> to take on a new role for the Administration as a technology advisor based in Silicon Valley. Park will begin the new role in September after he and his family have returned home to California.</p> <p>Park&rsquo;s focus will be recruiting more top tech talent like <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/introducing-new-us-digital-service">Mikey Dickerson</a> into government and identifying innovative ways to improve the quality of government digital services, two central goals of the President&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/11/delivering-customer-focused-government-through-smarter-it">Smarter IT Delivery agenda</a>. He will also help ensure that the Administration has an on-the-ground sense of how technology is evolving and can craft policy and initiatives accordingly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/28/president-obama-asks-todd-park-continue-administration-service-new-role-after-return" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/28/president-obama-asks-todd-park-continue-administration-service-new-role-after-return" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/28/president-obama-asks-todd-park-continu...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= California California John Holdren Lindsay Holst Official Open Government Silicon Valley Technology The President Todd Park WASHINGTON White House Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:30:36 +0000 feed 324509 at http://newsmotion.org Trinidad & Tobago: Back-to-School Apps http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/trinidad-tobago-back-school-apps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trinidad &amp; Tobago: Back-to-School Apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/26/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ICT Pulse <a href="http://www.ict-pulse.com/2014/08/5-apps-ready-school-2014/">shares</a> 5 useful apps for staying organised once school starts. </p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/janine-mendes-franco/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Janine Mendes-Franco'>Janine Mendes-Franco</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/27/trinidad-tobago-back-to-school-apps/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; 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3G is against Sharia &amp; moral ethics&quot; <a href="http://t.co/kbZ3poSfJH">http://t.co/kbZ3poSfJH</a> <a href="http://t.co/04IPVBXiXK">pic.twitter.com/04IPVBXiXK</a></p> <p>&mdash; Omid Memarian (@Omid_M) <a href="https://twitter.com/Omid_M/statuses/504019681955831809">August 25, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>Iran <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iranian-Ayatollah-rules-broadband-internet-is-unethical-inhumane-372388">has</a> the highest number of internet users in the Middle East, but its average data speed is about a tenth of the global average.Internet speeds in Iran <a href="http://www.theglobalist.com/ten-facts-iran-internet/">have accelerated</a> by 30% since summer 2013, after Hassan Rohani won the presidential election.</p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/farid/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Farid'>Farid</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/26/irans-grand-ayatollah-3g-internet-is-immoral/#comments" title="comments">comments (1) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; 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where a user with a headphone and smartphone app equipped with GPS can hear sounds as he or she walks around the city. </p> <blockquote><p>&#8230;when you move around the sounds will appear to be coming from a particular location, and you can discover other sounds as you walk around.</p></blockquote> <p>This innovative project was <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hanoisoundwalk">launched</a> in Hanoi, Vietnam last year. 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Angkor Wat (Temple City) is a popular tourism destination in Cambodia which used to be the capital of the Khmer Empire in the 12th century. It is also a massive religious monument, a UNESCO World Heritage <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/668">site</a>, and one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G9plvrHnOLA?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p class='gv-rss-footer'><span class='credit-text'><span class="contributor">Written by <a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/mong/' class='user-link' title='View all posts by Mong Palatino'>Mong Palatino</a></span></span> &middot; <span class="commentcount"><a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/24/digital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat/#comments" title="comments">comments (0) </a></span><br /><a href='http://globalvoicesonline.org/donate/' title='read Donate' >Donate</a> &middot; <span class='share-links-text'><span class='share-links-label'>Share this: </span> <a class='share-link' href='http://twitter.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F24%2Fdigital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat%2F&#038;text=Digital+Reconstruction+of+Cambodia%27s+Angkor+Wat&#038;via=globalvoices' id='gv-st_twitter' title='twitter' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>twitter</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F24%2Fdigital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat%2F' id='gv-st_facebook' title='facebook' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>facebook</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='http://reddit.com/submit?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F24%2Fdigital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat%2F&#038;title=Digital+Reconstruction+of+Cambodia%27s+Angkor+Wat' id='gv-st_reddit' title='reddit' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>reddit</span></a> <a class='share-link' href='https://plus.google.com/share?url=http%3A%2F%2Fglobalvoicesonline.org%2F2014%2F08%2F24%2Fdigital-reconstruction-of-cambodias-angkor-wat%2F' id='gv-st_googleplus' title='googleplus' target="new" ><span class='share-icon-label'>googleplus</span></a></span> </p> <div style="display: block !important; 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Movement, which demanded&nbsp;the country&#39;s ousted chief justice be restored to the Supreme Court. The band joined the campaign and providing a soundtrack to the movement.</p> <p dir="ltr">When Pakistan issued a YouTube ban in 2012, Laal was one of the many bands that felt the effects. Additionally, Laal’s <a href="http://www.dawn.com/news/1110984/the-case-of-pakistans-vanishing-facebook-pages">Facebook page has been banned</a> a few times &#8212; a noteworthy blow, considering they have over 400,000 Facebook likes and reach many of their followers specifically through social media.</p> <p dir="ltr"><iframe width="500" height="375" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eBMz3FV6lHA?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Facebook page ban</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In June, Laal&#39;s Facebook page was banned, along with 162 other pages. Frontman Taimur quickly took to social media, <a href="https://twitter.com/Taimur_Laal/status/487205968464580610">tweeting</a> and posting Facebook statuses about the ban, which were quickly picked up by fans.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dear friends, we have reason to believe that PTA has shut down our page in Pakistan once again. Could you please&#8230; <a href="http://t.co/x14deXVtoz">http://t.co/x14deXVtoz</a></p> <p>— Dr. Taimur Rahman (@Taimur_Laal) <a href="https://twitter.com/Taimur_Laal/statuses/487205968464580610">July 10, 2014</a></p></blockquote> <p>He also <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152061854860672&amp;set=t.720730671&amp;type=3&amp;theater">posted this picture</a> to his Facebook profile:</p> <div id="attachment_486558" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 644px"><img class=" wp-image-486558" alt="Laalban" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Laalban-644x600.png" width="644" height="600" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Screenshot of an image from Taimur&#39;s Facebook. Image is a black and white photo of Taimur with a red &#8220;CENSORED&#8221; stamp across his body, and the text &#8220;Laal the Band, has become Laal the Banned&#8221;</p></div> <p dir="ltr">Taimur told Global Voices that the ban was an attempt to demotivate Laal’s efforts to spread awareness about freedom of speech and social justice. He said that the ban was ordered by the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA), which he jokingly referred to as the Pakistan Taliban Authority <a href="https://twitter.com/Taimur_Laal/status/487210996184788992">in a tweet</a>. Eventually, the PTA backed off and claimed to have nothing to do with the ban, and <a href="http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/blocked-fb-page-of-rock-band-now-accessible-in-pakistan/article6092458.ece">the ban was lifted</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s very shadowy and Orwellian,” Taimur said <a href="http://indiapostlive.com/music-freedom/">in conversation with India Post</a> Live, in reference to the ban being levied suddenly, without giving an explanation or any particular party taking responsibility for it. “There has to be some sort of process.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Although the PTA claimed to have nothing to do with the ban, <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/09-Jun-2014/the-secret-agreement-between-pta-and-facebook">PTA has a hidden contract with Facebook</a>, according to Pakistani lawyer and blogger Yasser Latif Hamdani.</p> <p dir="ltr">The ban ended up being an asset for Laal, as it called attention to their cause, brought them more followers, and put them back on the news. Laal is currently using the momentum to plan a tour of rural Punjab, Pakistan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unfortunately, bands with less Internet notoriety who have had their social media presence banned have not been as lucky &#8212; bands who were fairly anonymous to begin with are now even more anonymous, as their access to social media continues to be blocked.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>YouTube ban</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Laal, which gained a lot of popularity through YouTube, knew that its reach would be affected when YouTube was banned in Pakistan. The ban was imposed in 2012 after “Innocence of Muslims,” a 14-minute long video featuring virulent anti-Islamic content, caused an uproar in the Islamic world. Although other Islamic countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh also initially imposed the ban, it currently remains in effect only in Pakistan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many oppose the ban &#8212; for example, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/PAKISTAN-Dont-BAN-Facebook-Youtube-or-Twitter-BAN-TERRORISM-/121966377836344.">this Facebook community</a> was made in reaction to the ban:</p> <div id="attachment_486565" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 650px"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/PAKISTAN-Dont-BAN-Facebook-Youtube-or-Twitter-BAN-TERRORISM-/121966377836344?fref=ts"><img class="size-full wp-image-486565" alt="Facebook group titled: &quot;PAKISTAN - Don't BAN Facebook, Youtube or Twitter, BAN TERRORISM!!&quot;" src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/pakistanfbook1.png" width="650" height="358" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Facebook group titled: &#8220;PAKISTAN &#8211; Don&#39;t BAN Facebook, Youtube or Twitter, BAN TERRORISM!!&#8221;</p></div> <p dir="ltr">Still, others express public support for Internet censorship. A poll on the YouTube Ban on popular tech blog&nbsp;<a href="http://propakistani.pk/">ProPakistani.pk</a>&nbsp;found that readers would only support opening YouTube with certain restrictions, or not opening it at all (The site has previously published articles <a href="http://propakistani.pk/2013/08/29/filtering-internet-right-way-necessary/">in support of Internet censorship</a>, and led polls that overwhelmingly supported <a href="http://propakistani.pk/2010/05/29/poll-73-percent-want-permanent-ban-on-facebook/">banning Facebook</a>). &nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_486563" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 657px"><a href="http://propakistani.pk/2014/05/14/poll-do-you-want-youtube-ban-to-be-lifted/"><img class="size-full wp-image-486563 " alt="Poll asking the question, &quot;Do You Want YouTube Ban to be Lifted?&quot; 30% said yes, only if blasphemous videos are fully blocked inPakistan; 24% said yes, with warning pages on objectionable videos; 24% said do not open YouTube ever; 21% said open YouTube without any restrictions." src="http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/youtubeban.png" width="657" height="534" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">ProPakistani.pk poll asking the question, &#8220;Do You Want YouTube Ban to be Lifted?&#8221; 30 percent said yes, only if blasphemous videos are fully blocked in Pakistan; 24 percent said yes, with warning pages on objectionable videos; 24 percent said do not open YouTube ever; 21 percent said open YouTube without any restrictions.</p></div> <p dir="ltr">Taimur said the ban had a great impact on musicians, as YouTube was a major platform to promote their music. When Global Voices asked Taimur whether he thought young people lost interest in music after the ban, he answered he thought they did, since YouTube was a major source of entertainment and a platform to find new music. He said attempts are being made to keep the music going, but he thinks that the ban needs to be lifted so that people could post new music and again have a place to be discovered.</p> <p dir="ltr">For him, the only way to revive the beauty of progressive music is to open YouTube in Pakistan.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Alternative networks</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In the meantime, citizens are still waiting for YouTube access to return. Some are able to open YouTube through proxies, but most proxies are unreliable and face connection issues. Those who do not have the patience to wait for proxies to load must wait for the ban to be lifted.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are other sites for artists and musicians to upload and promote their work, including Vimeo and Dailymotion. However, these sites are still much less popular than YouTube and enjoy less viewership.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now that the controversial video “Innocence of Muslims”&nbsp;is no longer on the site, people question the reason for the ban. According to <a href="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/06-May-2014/pakistan-likely-to-lift-ban-on-youtube">a story in English-language newspaper the Daily Times</a>, Pakistan’s National Assembly unanimously voted to lift the YouTube ban on May 6, 2014. However, at the time of publication, YouTube remains inaccessible.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tech-savvy entrepreneurs have had more creative reactions to Facebook bans. After Pakistan placed one ban on Facebook in 2011 following a “competition” calling for caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, Omer Zaheer Meer <a href="http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/halal-version-of-facebook-is-a-hit-in-pakistan-31612?site=classic">created MillatFacebook</a> &#8212; a Facebook clone that called for users to &#8220;respect humanity,&#8221; &#8220;respect beliefs of all people&#8221; and &#8220;not disrespect anyone.” The site currently has nearly half a million users, but, according to <a href="http://tribune.com.pk/story/487579/angry-social-network-after-two-years-millat-facebook-is-on-the-verge-of-collapse/">a 2013 post by the Express Tribune</a>, it is currently going through financial trouble and its future is uncertain.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Krishnan Unni, a professor at Delhi University, called for future generations to take a radical stance and form underground networks of resistance. “Multiple sites of resistance can come together and propose &#8212; this is where we are, this is where we can interject our peculiar kind of politics,” he said&nbsp;<a href="http://indiapostlive.com/music-freedom/">in conversation with India Post Live</a>. “The new music which is coming up from all third world nations is an antinomy against any kind of established structure like the Information Broadcast Ministry. All of us need to realize that we are not living within a totalitarian regime, but snooping and surveillance against each and every individual is happening right now. We need to organize ourselves.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em><span style="color: #808080;">With additional reporting by Annie Zaman.</span></em></p> <div class="notes" dir="ltr"><span style="color: #808080;"><em>This story was commissioned by&nbsp;<a href="http://freemuse.org/"><span style="color: #808080;">Freemuse</span></a>, the leading defender of musicians worldwide and&nbsp;<a href="http://globalvoicesonline.org/"><span style="color: #808080;">Global Voices</span></a>&nbsp;for&nbsp;<a href="http://artsfreedom.org/?p=7783"><span style="color: #808080;">Artsfreedom.org</span></a>. 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