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    Comunica's network researches and supports the use of new information and communication technologies by local and independent media in less developed countries to reinforce local initiatives for development and democracy.

BOOK – Enabling Openness: The future of the information society in Latin America and the Caribbean

enabling cover imageIn recent years the internet and other network technologies have emerged as a central issue for development in Latin America and the Caribbean. They have shown their potential to increase productivity and competitiveness in the economy, to create new ways to deliver education and health services, and to be driving forces for the modernisation of the provision of public services.

Edited by Bruce Girard and Fernando Perini, with an introduction by Robin Mansell and contributions from  more than twenty of the region’s leading experts, Enabling Openness:The future of the information society in Latin America and the Caribbean, reflects on some of the key issues that will determine what information society will emerge in the region.

Download or purchase the book. Also available in Spanish as Habiltando la apertura: el futuro de la sociedad de la información en América Latina y el Caribe.

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Book – Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy

impact2point0 coverEdited by Bruce Girard and Estela Acosta y Lara, Comunica’s new book features case studies and reports on the use of “web 2.0″ and social networking applications and services to increase the impact of research on policy in Latin America. This book features case studies and reports on the use of “web 2.0″ and social networking applications and services to increase the impact of research on policy in Latin America.

It is available as a free download or for purchase in English and Spanish. >

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Impact 2.0 iGuide: New mechanisms for linking research and policy

This iGuide was developed for use by Impact 2.0 research projects to provide ideas and guidelines for how web 2.0 and social networking tools can be used to facilitate collaborative policy making and the effective insertion of research into the policy process. It was prepared by Cheekay Cinco, Karel Novotný and Bruce Girard.

The iGuide is a wiki available in Spanish and English >

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Book – NRA Websites: Benchmarking National Telecom Regulatory Authority Websites


NRA Websites: Benchmarking National Telecom Regulatory Authority Websites is a report published by Comunica is association with LIRNE.NET. The report takes a detailed look at the state of regulatory authority websites in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and North America and identifies benchmarking indicators for evaluating them.

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