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Women and the Web

Intel, 2012

This report is the first compilation of the global data on how women in developing countries access and use the Internet. It provides key insights for policy makers, the development community and industry. Based on interviews and surveys of 2,200 women in developing countries, as well as interviews with experts and a review of existing literature, this report found that, on average, 23 percent fewer women than men are online in developing countries. This represents 200 million fewer women.

Women and mobile: A global opportunity

GSMA, Cherie Blair Foundation & Vital Wave Consulting, 2010

"The GSMA Development Fund, the Cherie Blair Foundation and Vital Wave Consulting ... produced this groundbreaking report that reveals for the first time the extent of the gender gap in mobile usage in many low and middle income countries. The research ... shows that a female in a low or middle-income country is 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a male."

Big Data for Social Innovation

Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014

"Nonprofits and other social change organizations are lagging their counterparts in the scientific and business communities in collecting and analyzing the vast amounts of data ... generated by digital technology. Four steps need to be taken to improve the use of big data for social innovation."

Monitoring & Evaluation in a Tech-enabled World

Itad & Rockefeller Foundation, September 2014

By exploring the great potential for technology to further transform and advance traditional evaluation methods, this paper aims to highlight the current state of tech-enabled M&E while also maintaining a critical perspective which recognizes the limitations and inherent risks.

South East Asia Digital Future in Focus

ComScore, 2013

"comScore presents the 2013 Southeast Asia Digital Future in Focus, its report highlighting prevailing trends in web usage, online video, search, social media and e-commerce. Plus, a special country spotlight covers detailed digital media trends from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam."

Mapping Digital Media: Global Findings

Open Society Foundations, March 2014

“Is a world where there are almost as many mobile phones as people, more than half the globe can access digital TV signals, and almost 3 billion people are online a better place for journalism? The Global Findings of the Mapping Digital Media project assess these and other forces affecting digital media and independent journalism worldwide. Researched and written by a team of local experts, the 56 country reports, from which these Global Findings are drawn, examine the communication and media environments in 15 of the world’s 20 most populous countries, covering more than 4.5 billion of the world’s population, and in 16 of the world’s 20 largest economies."

Mapping Digital Media: India

Open Society Foundations, March 2014

“The United Nations pointed out in 2010 that more Indians have access to a mobile phone than to a toilet. There are over 800 million mobile connections, although the number of unique users (excluding inactive connections) is estimated at around 600 million. Together with the fact that 60 percent of all households have cable and satellite television, providing access to many of the 700-plus television channels licensed to broadcast, it becomes clear that in garrulous India, mass poverty and marginalisation do not result in a perfect “digital divide.”

Mapping Digital Media: Indonesia

Open Society Foundations, March 2014

"The emergence of digital media in Indonesia coincided with the country’s transition to democracy beginning in 1998. In some ways, digitisation has catalysed the development of diverse and independent media ... In other ways, however, digitisation has merely helped to shift the locus of concentrated power from the state to an increasingly consolidated media elite."

Lions go digital: The Internet’s Transformative potential in Africa

McKinsey Global Insights, 2013

"Following a decade of rapid urbanisation and strong economic growth, Africa is going digital. While just 16 percent of the continent’s one billion people are online, that picture is changing rapidly. Evidence of what is to come can already be seen in Africa’s major cities, where consumers have greater disposable income, more than half have Internet-capable devices, and 3G networks are up and running."