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Monthly: December 2012

2012 was a year of many diverse events – the continuing Arab Spring the global recession, Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars, Hurricane Sandy, Obama’s reelection as US president, debates over the regulation of the internet, and the Rio+20 summit.

I just came back from South Sudan, where I had an amazing experience. Last week, Forest Whitaker, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the PeaceEarth foundation, launched the Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN) in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. This involved a four-day workshop for the youth of the world’s youngest nation on conflict….

The COP 18 climate-change conference has come to an end and the post-event evaluations and assessments have started. The Qatar National Convention Center in Doha, where the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place, was a buzz during proceedings, as the different parties and government delegations met for negotiations.

ICT’s potential to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions is even greater than originally estimated. The SMARTer2020 report – the latest from the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) together with Boston Consulting Group – shows that ICT-enabled solutions will continue to be a driving force in combating climate change.

On December 3, 1992, the first text message was sent with the greeting “Merry Christmas” – a simple beginning that changed the world. Now trillions of text messages are sent every year, having transformed our daily lives: we get to use a whole new language (LOL, BFF), can buy train tickets, and receive updates reminding….