Blog: Data and Technology

Driving Change on Mobile Innovation – Join the Global Conversation!

By Mandy Sugrue
September 17, 2012

As it currently stands the mHealth (mobile phones for health) field is fairly fragmented. The term “thousand flowers bloom” is a commonly coined phrase at this point. This is a far leap from where we were not too long ago–Where conference goers and thought leaders in the mHealth community were advocating on the power of mobile technology as a global health solution.

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The Gift of Social Media is in the Interaction

By Elena Sonnino
August 16, 2012

Becoming a blogger was never something I anticipated. It was not a dream of mine. I was not even keenly aware of this social media space or the profound depth of people that are involved with it until a few months before I started. To say that my evolution to blogging as a hobby, a new found passion, and now as my sole career was a surprise would be… an understatement…

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Internet Freedom Fellows Find an Ally in UNESCO

By Aaron Sherinian
June 28, 2012

Two years ago, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said, “We need to work toward a world in which access to networks and information brings people closer together and expands the definition of the global community.” This week, I saw her call to action happening live, as a group of six Internet Freedom Fellows, brought together by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission in Geneva, sat down to break bread with UNESCO and the United Nations Foundation here in our Washington D.C. offices

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How Social Media Gives us all a Seat at the Summit

By Aaron Sherinian
June 18, 2012

Right now, world leaders are gathering in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, to define pathways to a more sustainable future for our world. Known as Rio+20 because it marks 20 years since the first Earth Summit held in Rio, the conference will bring together governments, businesses and groups from around the world to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity, and ensure environmental protection to get to the future we want.

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Mobile Phones for Health and Wealth

By Menekse Gencer
March 13, 2012

In 1999, only one year after I got my first mobile phone, I launched a company that enabled people to order online groceries and pay their bills with our newly created, kitchen iPad-like device that would sit on the countertop. I distinctly remember hearing venture capitalists at the time ask us why we didn’t enable this over the mobile phone.

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