• What could emojis bring to disaster response?

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    What could emojis bring to disaster response?

    13 July 2017 – “One of the advantages that we’ve found in social media is — even though it’s an untamed, noisy type of communication — it’s also a place where people are listening. And so they don’t need to know that an emergency is going to happen; they could even be very unprepared. But when you want to get their attention, you can get it because they’re already there.”

     Source: Devex

    Tags: Emojis
  • Leveraging ICTs critical to achieve Global Goals, UN highlights in new report

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    Leveraging ICTs critical to achieve Global Goals, UN highlights in new report

    July 13, 2017 – Underscoring the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in today’s world, the heads of over 20 United Nations agencies and offices have called for leveraging those technologies to “fast forward” implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

     Source: UN

    Tags: ICT, SDGs
  • ICAD launches three new case studies on the Digital Liaisons microsite

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    ICAD launches three new case studies on the Digital Liaisons microsite

    ICAD is happy to announce the launch of three new case studies on its Digital Liaisons microsite. Three HIV and sexual health organizations from around the world share the lessons they have learned from using social media in their work:

    • APCOM (Thailand) turns to the community and its influencers to encourage men to Suck. F*#ck. Test. Repeat.;
    • Health GAP (United States) adds Whatsapp and Twitter to its activist toolkit;
    • Youth Engage (Zimbabwe) turns to social media to mobilize young people, and politicians.
    Tags: Digital Liaisons, ICT, Social Media
  • Introducing IRL: An Original Podcast From Mozilla

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    19 June 2017 – Let’s face it: our online life is real life. We walk, talk, work, LOL and even love on the Internet — but we don’t always treat it like real life. In IRL, an original podcast from Mozilla, host Veronica Belmont explores this disconnect with stories from the wilds of the Web, and gets to the bottom of online issues that affect us all.

    Source: Mozilla

    Tags: Internet Health, Podcasts
  • Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

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    Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

    8 June 2017 – A survey of Swiss gay men and men who have sex with men recruited through the Grindr networking app has found that while only 4.3% had taken HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), 50% would consider taking it within the next six months and 79% would either take it some time in the future or want to learn more about it.

     Source: AIDSmap

    Tags: Apps, Grindr, PrEP
  • Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world’s development challenges

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    Innovators, UN discuss using tech to tackle world’s development challenges

    May 17, 2017 – From drones dropping food and medicines, to handheld devices that can diagnose Ebola with a drop of blood, the latest technological advances are converging to make the “unthinkable happen,” said global innovators and heads of tech companies invited to the United Nations today to discuss how to emerging technologies can boost achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Tags: SDGs, Technology
  • Why Snapchat is the Most Important Social Media Platform

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    Why Snapchat is the Most Important Social Media Platform

    May 16, 2017 – Each month as part of our Real Talk series, we spotlight one young person to give readers an insider’s view of the mindset, habits, and preferences of millennials and Gen Zers. This week, I chatted with Kaitlyn, a 15-year old high school freshman from Hillsborough, NC. Here’s what she had to say.

     Source: TMI Strategy

    Tags: Snapchat, Social Media, Youth
  • How Ogilvy PR got people to take a selfie to #ProTESTHIV

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    How Ogilvy PR got people to take a selfie to #ProTESTHIV

    May 11, 2017 – The #ProTESTHIV campaign is being recognised in the 2017 SABRE Awards. Ogilvy PR Johannesburg will take home two prizes for its work on the campaign. The agency’s Nick Bedford shares what it takes to create a social media strategy that gets people to publically pledge their support for HIV testing.

     Source: media update

    Tags: Campaigns, Social Media, Testing
  • Cultural barriers need to be challenged to close the gender digital divide

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    Cultural barriers need to be challenged to close the gender digital divide

    May 8, 2017 – Cultural and social norms are one of the most significant, yet largely ignored, barriers preventing women and girls accessing mobile phones and the internet. In some cases they have even resulted in death and rape.

    Source: Devex

    Tags: Gender Equality, Smart Phones
  • Want to Be An HIV Advocate? There’s a Cookbook for That

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    Want to Be An HIV Advocate? There’s a Cookbook for That

    April 11, 2017 – The Young HIV Advocates’ Cookbook, a project started by young activists from all over the world, in conjunction with the International AIDS Society to increase AIDS awareness and activism via social media.

    “This cookbook,” the introduction explains, “is for every young person interested in learning about the role of social media in the HIV response and how to take action.”

    Source: The Pride L.A.

    Tags: Activism, Social Media
  • WhatsApp Is a Lifeline for Nurses and Midwives in Remote Communities

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    WhatsApp Is a Lifeline for Nurses and Midwives in Remote Communities

    April 5, 2017 – A popular social media tool is changing the way health workers practice—and saving lives.

    Allison Annette Foster was enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with her family in Dallas when her phone chimed. Her cheer faded as a clinical emergency began to unfold in a string of text messages among a group of nurses eight time zones away.

    Source:  VITAL

    Tags: Digital Health, Health Workers, WhatsApp
  • How mobile apps are making cities safer for women

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    How mobile apps are making cities safer for women

    March 15, 2017 – How safe do you feel in the streets of Bogota, Jakarta or major cities in India such as Delhi and Chennai? That’s a question the Safetipin app has been asking users since it launched in 2013 following the highly publicized case of a young woman gang raped on a bus in Delhi. The app crowdsources information on how safe a city is based on nine parameters, including lighting availability, visibility and a person’s own feeling of safety. This data helps inform other users — women in particular — which areas in a city are safe for travel or walking, particularly at night, and which ones are best avoided. A new feature allows friends and family members to monitor one’s whereabouts.

     Source: Devex

    Tags: Apps
  • New Mobile Phone Application for Sex Workers in Russia

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    New Mobile Phone Application for Sex Workers in Russia

    March 15, 2017 – An application for mobile phones was developed for sex workers in Russia. The application is called Red Umbrella (Красный Зонт) and its goal is to inform male, female and transgender sex workers about their rights, sexually transmitted infections, about the history of sex workers’ movement in Russia and in the world.

     Source: European Regional Correspondent

    Tags: Apps, Sex Work
  • Instagram Emoji Study – Emojis lead to higher interactions

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    Instagram Emoji Study – Emojis lead to higher interactions

    Jan 24, 2017 – Emojis are omnipresent – We use them while chatting with friends on WhatsApp, at work on Slack and they are even used in the business world, too. Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, you will encounter many hearts, camera or thumbs up icons. We wanted to dig deeper on how Instagram emojis are used, how often they are used on average and, most of all, we wanted to know if a post containing emojis receives a higher amount of interactions. The following Instagram emoji study tackles all of these questions and reveals some great insights on how businesses can profit from emojis.

    Source: Quintly

    Tags: Emojis, Instagram, Social Media
  • Mozilla releases The Internet Health Report, an open-source document with version 1.0 coming by year end

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    Mozilla releases The Internet Health Report, an open-source document with version 1.0 coming by year end

    Jan 19, 2017 – Fresh off its brand redesign, Mozilla has released The Internet Health Report, an open-source initiative to document the state of the internet, combining research and reporting from multiple sources. The report, which will be improved and expanded throughout the year, covers five key topics: decentralization, digital inclusion, open innovation, privacy and security, and web literacy.

    Source: VentureBeat

    Tags: Digital Inclusion, Internet Health
  • Can an app help with the UK fundraising drought?

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    Can an app help with the UK fundraising drought?

    Jan 11, 2017 – Poverty reduction charity Oxfam is hoping a new iPhone app will rejuvenate mailer-weary donors and offer the  public a better glimpse into its global operations at a time when aid organizations in the U.K. are searching for new ways to generate public giving.

     Source: Devex

    Tags: Apps, Fundraising
  • 4 major trends digital health needs to embrace in 2017 and beyond

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    4 major trends digital health needs to embrace in 2017 and beyond

    Jan 9, 2017 – Standing at the side of road hoping to hail a cab is becoming a thing of the past thanks to ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft who have used mobile technology to revolutionize the taxi industry. Now the health care industry could follow suit by using cellphones to connect patients to nearby health workers, guide them to correctly assess a person’s condition and suggest treatment, send reminders to patients to take their medication and attend follow-up visits, and even enable them to pay for medication and visits using mobile money.

     Source: Devex

    Tags: Digital Health, Trends
  • 5 Social Media Trends That Will Dominate 2017

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    5 Social Media Trends That Will Dominate 2017

    Jan 3, 2017 – Social media is one of the fastest changing industries out there. Sometimes a cutting-edge technology changes the social game, or an old idea (e.g. virtual reality) gains viral popularly. Either way, the results always have a huge impact and 2017 will be no different. Here are five social media trends that will dominate 2017.

    Source: Forbes

    Tags: Social Media
  • A Johannesburg company will build Africa’s first homegrown smartphones

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    A Johannesburg company will build Africa’s first homegrown smartphones

    Dec 7, 2016 – A Johannesburg-based Onyx Connect is betting on local talent to build affordable Android-based smartphones for the African market after inking a software licensing deal with Google. After receiving a 150-million rand ($11 million) investment from undisclosed investors, the company hopes to start making the new phones as soon as next year.

    Source: QZ

    Tags: Smartphones
  • Facebook Messenger chatbot aims to prevent mother to child HIV transmission

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    Facebook Messenger chatbot aims to prevent mother to child HIV transmission

    July 19, 2016 – The Praekelt Foundation has announced that the Department of Health’s MomConnect service will be making its way to Facebook as a Messenger bot. MomConnect is an SMS and USSD service which provides mothers and others with essential information regarding pregnancy and HIV. The service was launched in 2014 and is used by 850 000 South Africans.

     Source: htxt

    Tags: ChatBots, Facebook, MNCH