Global Innovation in ICT

This site will review a range of innovative issues in global information and communication technologies.  The bloggers are all affiliated with the Seminar on Innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) at the American University School of International Service.

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Broadband Access in Brazil, a Frustrating Reality

The emerging Brazilian economy has struggled to keep the pace of developed countries when it comes to broadband Internet penetration. As Brazil will be hosting the World Cup soccer tournament in 2014, followed by the Rio Olympics in 2016, having broadband Internet in its territory has become of the country’s top communication priorities. However, the improvements on the area look slim. Continue reading

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Broadband Penetration: More Than Just Internet

If you think that broadband penetration only means internet access, you are sadly mistaken. Broadband refers to a high-speed connection, which has widespread implications for those who are, or are not, connected. Continue reading

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Broadband Penetration: A Matter of Access

broadbandIn many cases when communicating on the digital divide the focus is on whether there is access to the Internet and information and communication technology (ICT) or not.  By exploring the multiple issues that influence broadband penetration it further opens up the discussion to more closely look at the impact of infrastructure, the economics of the market, and the speed of the Internet connection have on the depth of access to the plethora of information available on the Internet. Continue reading

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Cyberlearning’s Challenges and Aspirations

While an increasing number of students join online classes in the United States, sophisticated technology lags in cyberlearning.  According to Babson Survey Research Group’s 2012 study, “…the number of students taking online course has now surpassed 6.7 million,” this great number can be seen as a warning that cyberlearning technology has to improve quickly in order to provide effective tools to improve the learning experience online.

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Creating an Equal World for Cyberlearning

Technology is changing our lives. Some of the changes are more direct in terms of improving our overall living condition, but often times changes are happening in a deeper level – helping us interact with others, access knowledge and grow intellectually.  Continue reading

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Cyberlearning: Changing the Landscape of Learning

Cyberlearning opens up new avenues for people all over the world to take advantage of technology that disseminates knowledge and the principles of education.  It has the potential to grant people access to courses across geographical distance, time, and socioeconomic status, in both developed and developing nations.  The courses are facilitated by experts that span the globe.  Cyberlearning also applies to supportive technology used as educational resources in the classroom by teachers to aid in the learning process.

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Cyberinfrastructure: A Foundation for Innovation

The first thought that comes to mind when I think of cyberinfrastructure is one of potential advancement through collaboration.  To get better acquainted with the concept, let’s discuss what the term cyberinfrastructure references.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) in the report Revolutionizing Science and Engineering Through Cyberinfrastructure states,

The newer term cyberinfrastructure refers to infrastructure based upon distributed computer, information and communication technology. If infrastructure is required for an industrial economy, then we could say that cyberinfrastructure is required for a knowledge economy. Continue reading

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