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[liberationtech] ISIF Asia Awards
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Wed May 1 10:51:39 PDT 2013
The ISIF Asia Awards seek to acknowledge the important contributions ICT
innovators have made with creative solutions to the social and economic
development of the Asia Pacific region. The ISIF Asia Awards are granted to
initiatives on the last stages of implementation or that have finalized
activities already that are aligned with the funding categories and
eligibility criteria. Financial support for up to AUD 3,000 is allocated
via a competitive process, plus a travel grant to attend the awards
ceremony at a regional or global event chosen by the ISIF Asia secretariat.
Innovation and a development focus should be an integral part of all award
nominations. The funding categories are:
- *Innovation on access provision*: Access to Information and
Communications Technologies (ICTs) is a prevalent issue in the Asia Pacific
region, especially for services that require broadband connectivity.
Innovative solutions offering low cost deployment, low power consumption
and low maintenance that expanded fixed and mobile access to the internet
through new forms of technical and organizational arrangements as well as
improved the quality of access based on issues of accessibility, disability
and linguistic diversity.
- *Innovation on learning and localization*: Capacity building and
localization efforts have been key to develop the skills needed to design,
maintain, and manage ICT infrastructure and services in local languages,
supporting local talent and creating job opportunities in rural or urban
marginalized areas. Innovative, open, inclusive and sustainable approaches
to learning and localization are key elements to guarantee the quality of
access to knowledge needed to offer reliable services and applications.
- *Code for the common good*: High mobile penetration in the AP region
has been a catalyst in the development of mobile-based services,
applications and software solutions. These solutions have been used to
support timely and relevant information dissemination on a large scale
using a range of network infrastructures through a variety of devices, even
where literacy rates are lower. Mobile technologies have enabled
communities to increase participation in political processes, coordinate
efforts during emergency situations, receive extreme weather alerts,
communicate with remote health services, and receive specialized patient
referrals, among many other applications.
- *Rights*: Strategic use of Internet tools and services to promote
freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security,
consumers’ rights, gender equality, new forms of intellectual property in
the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to the
Internet and human rights.
Starting in 2012, in addition to selecting a winner per category, a *Community
Choice Award* will be granted to the best social media campaign (the
project with the highest number of votes from the community).
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