Open Innovation, Closed Innovation and Related Terms

Open Innovation, Closed Innovation and Related Terms

I have come across an interesting post which attempts to define a number of key terms such as open innovation, closed innovation, etc.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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UN Launches Phone-Based Scheme to Help Poor Buy Food

UN Launches Phone-Based Scheme to Help Poor Buy Food

The United Nations has launched a pilot programme that uses mobile telephone technology to facilitate cash transfers to help thousands of poor people that were badly affected by the post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire to buy food.

More than 10,000 vulnerable households in Abobo and Yopougon districts in the commercial capital, Abidjan, will receive a text message on their mobile phones alerting them to the transaction and allowing them to withdraw money from local cash points of the telecoms provider MTN, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), which launched the scheme.

“This innovative method of payment is particularly suited to households with low purchasing power,” said Alain Cordeil, WFP Country Director in Côte d’Ivoire.

A total of $1.6 million will be disbursed in the pilot project, with each household receiving $75 per month, equivalent to the food basket of an average family of five, WFP said. Beneficiaries have been given SIM cards that enabled them to receive their first transfer, and the second transfer will take place at the end of October.

“This project is ground-breaking for WFP in West Africa, as it is the first time that we use a mobile service provider as a financial partner,” said Mr. Cordeil.

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Facebook or Google Plus?

Facebook or Google Plus?

After months from the launch of google plus, I wanted to know what users think of the difference between facebook and google plus. Meaning: in which context do you use one or the other? or just one and not the other? Just vote in this poll here and we'll see! Facebook or Google plus?

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First International ICST Conference on Eco-Technology and Green Computing

First International ICST Conference on Eco-Technology and Green Computing

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The First International Conference on Eco-Technology and Green Computing (GreenTech) focuses on the role of green ICT or Ecological Technology in accomplishing more eco-responsible and energy efficient solutions in computing and promoting environmentally friendly computer technologies and systems.

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Video of the Month: A Shared Culture - Interesting Video From the Good People at Creative Commons

Is Creative Commons the future of Copyright or only a drop in the Ocean?

Learn more about Creative Commons and why so many publishers, scientists and authors are turning to this new form of intellectual property protection.

Guide on building effective IT Security Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

Guide on building effective IT Security Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

EU Cyber security agency ENISA launches a new Guide with 36 recommendations on building effective Public and Private Partnerships for resilient IT security.

The critical information infrastructures (CII) in Europe are fragmented, both geographically and because of competition among telecom operators. To overcome this fragmentation, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have evolved to protect the digital economy in many Member States, at different times, and under different legal frameworks. But this natural evolution means that there is no common definition of what constitutes a PPP.

In a world where threats to infrastructure do not respect national borders, the European Network and Information Security Agency ENISA’s new PPPs Guide with 36 recommendations on how to successfully build a PPP, underlines the need for a common understanding across Europe.

This is of particular importance for the European Public Private Partnership for Resilience (EP3R), a European Union initiative, which is liaising with national PPPs on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP) issues.

PPP taxonomy

The Guide classifies PPPs for security and resilience in three types: Prevention Focused, Response Focused and Umbrella PPPs. The Guide consolidates and validates a PPP-taxonomy, and gives advice in five main areas:

- Why a PPP should be created (scope/threats)

- Who should be involved (coverage, geographical/focus, interrelated links)

- How a PPP should be governed

- What services and incentives should be offered

- When a PPP should be created and other timing points

The Guide draws on input from 30 questionnaires and 15 in-depth interviews with both public and private sector stakeholders across twenty countries. It also describes and maps PPPs from the USA, Canada and Australia, identifying critical success factors for information sharing, and ways forward for international collaboration.

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Security and Safety
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e-waste impacts on Environment

e-waste impacts on Environment

E-Waste is a popular, informal name for discarded electronic products such as computers, VCRs, cameras, which have reached the end of their "useful life". Discarded electronic products contain a stew of toxic metals and chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, and PCBs. Based on the Gartner estimation over 133,000 PCs are discarded by U.S. homes and businesses each day. Less than 10 percent of all electronics are currently recycled. Most European countries and a growing number of countries around the world require electronic companies to finance and manage recycling programs for their products. There is no such federal law in the United States. Being environmentally responsible makes perfect sense for higher education institutions. Unfortunately, e-Waste, a dangerous byproduct of technology's relentless expansion is one of the fastest growing segments of higher education institutions' waste stream. We need to be strong advocates of "producer responsibility" and give companies an incentive to produce environmentally friendly products. In addition we must learn about and educate our campus communities about managing old electronics and associated materials. In this Discussion , we attempt to answer the question "What should be done with old electronic products?" discuss opportunities for waste prevention and reuse, and talk about regulatory issues.

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Green World
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Rapid development of information & Future

Rapid development of information & Future

Have you ever think that with this Rapid development of variety information what will happen and what we will do with this information ?

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Greatest innovators

Greatest innovators

As Obama said, Steve Jobs was one of the greatest innovators of our time. Who do you think might also be considered as such?

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Green World
ICT for Development
Internet and Mobility
Wellbeing
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Creatures

Creatures

This is innovation and creativity and vision...and just cool to see.

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