Publications by year: 2015

A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

This Guide comprises three sections. The first – a summary of the key issues – is presented in the form of a set of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Its purpose is to provide readers with a quick and user-friendly introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and some of the key issues to think about when exploring how to use OER most effectively.

Building digital safety for journalism: a survey of selected issues

Parallel to the growing digitisation of journalism which brings unprecedented benefits to both producers and consumers of journalism, there are worrying trends that have emerged. This publication thus identifies at least 12 digital threats, including illegal or arbitrary digital surveillance, location tracking, and software and hardware exploits without the knowledge of the target. Further examples that are considered are: phishing, fake domain attacks, Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks, and Denial of Service (DoS).

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Concepts of Openness and Open Access

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the late twentieth century had become enablers in empowering citizens worldwide in all segments. Openness in obtaining, processing, publishing and disseminating research information becomes easily achievable due to spread of ICTs. This Module discusses different perspectives of openness, particularly those which deal with the open access movement.

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Countering online hate speech

The study provides a global overview of the dynamics characterizing hate speech online and some of the measures that have been adopted to counteract and mitigate it, highlighting good practices that have emerged at the local and global levels. The publication offers a comprehensive analysis of the international, regional and national normative frameworks, with a particular emphasis on social and non-regulatory mechanisms that can help to counter the production, dissemination and impact of hateful messages online.

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Interim assessment of media development in South Sudan

The assessment provides the first detailed analysis of the media landscape in South Sudan since its independence. It looks at the legal, regulatory and economic frameworks in which the media in South Sudan operates, their democratic potential, education and training initiatives and the infrastructure that impacts media development in the country.

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The Communication & Information Programme

As the world rapidly changes, new challenges continue to emerge. This has required a focus on building strong knowledge societies where students have access to educational material and research; people with disabilities are not shut off from the information highways; women are empowered to create the next generation of ICT applications; knowledge is preserved for generations to come; people have freedom to express themselves; and journalists can use their pens to spread the truth without fear of recrimination.

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