Apps https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/1444/all en #5 from 2017: The role of social media in development https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/5-2017-role-social-media-development <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div> <em>Our Top Ten blog posts by readership in 2017. This post was <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/role-social-media-development" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">originally posted</a> on May 1, 2017.</em><br />  </div> <div> <strong><a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/9129089214_d4e394a439_z.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="225" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/9129089214_d4e394a439_z.jpg" style="float:left" title=" Arne Hoel / World Bank" width="339" /></a>Why should development organisations care about social media? Rosie Parkyn looks at social media’s potential to enhance development outcomes in the Global South and how this stacks up against the evidence.  </strong><br />  </div> <div> At BBC Media Action, we take our content to people wherever they are, be that <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcmediaaction/entries/96a149f8-0e26-4ba9-be2f-ba2132cbab17" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">a refugee reception centre in Lebanon</a>, <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/publications-and-resources/research/summaries/africa/ethiopia/listening-groups" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">a homestead in rural Ethiopia</a> <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/where-we-work/middle-east-and-north-africa/libya/supporting-broadcasters" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">or their Facebook feed</a>. Our work as a media organisation makes the biggest difference when we succeed in getting people talking, whether face-to-face or across virtual networks. Social media enables such discussion, broadening it beyond geographically defined communities and existing editorial agendas, and at a scale hitherto unimaginable.<br />  </div> <div> As a development organisation that predominantly produces mass media outputs, social platforms allow us to see how people respond to our content and debate the issues we raise in our programmes. We can observe and interact with audiences in a way that isn’t possible with legacy media like newspapers and TV.<br />  </div> <div> It’s true that many of our most important <a href="https://wearesocial.com/uk/special-reports/digital-in-2016" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">audiences in the Global South are yet to gain access to social media</a>. Nonetheless, its role and influence within the information ecosystems we work in will only grow and its ability to support positive development outcomes demands exploration.<br />  </div> </div></div></div> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:14:00 +0000 Rosie Parkyn 7774 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Campaign Art: Smartphone App fighting hunger one tap at a time https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/campaign-art-smartphone-app-fighting-hunger-one-tap-time <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.</strong><br /><br /> How can Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) help solve the world’s toughest humanitarian challenges? Increasingly, more and more humanitarian agencies are realizing the potential of ICTs in reaching their overall mission. <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/its-birdits-planeits-edible-aid-drone" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Drones delivering food and water</a>, robots, off-grid power, wearables, mobile applications and artificial intelligence, all offer an enormous potential for solving world’s pressing issues.  <br /><br /> One of the examples of utilizing technology for humanitarian assistance is the introduction of the innovative smartphone app called <a href="https://sharethemeal.org/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SharetheMeal</a>, that fights hunger one meal at a time. Introduced in 2015 by the <a href="https://www1.wfp.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Food Programme</a> (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger, ShareTheMeal is a free smartphone app that allows iOS and Android users to donate $0.50 cents, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/nov/12/world-food-programme-share-the-meal-app-syrian-children" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">enough to provide a child with vital nutrition for a day</a>. This is a quick and easy way to help whenever you like. So far over 12 million meals have been shared.<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-361 asset-video"> <strong > How can you change the world with just US $ 0.50? </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/I2ilsK-GUFE"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/I2ilsK-GUFE" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div> <p> Source: ShareTheMeal.org</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:46:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7688 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Media (R)evolutions: the changing face of radio https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/media-revolutions-changing-face-radio <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><strong>New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: </strong><a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation</strong></a><strong> brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.</strong><br /><br /> The significance of radio cannot be underestimated. Radio is an important, or sometimes the only, source of information to many around the world who are still unconnected to the Internet. According to the <a href="https://www.itu.int/en/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">International Telecommunication Union</a> (ITU) that number is about 3.9 billion. “<a href="https://itu4u.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/world-radio-day-the-changing-face-of-radio/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">While 40% of the population in developing world is online, at least 75% of households in developing countries have access to a radio.” </a> In that sense, radio is fundamentally more inclusive communication tool.<br /><br /> But as the world moves forward with new technologies and modern communication platforms, the face of radio remains mostly unchanged. Can radio afford to stay this way? How can radio adapt to the 21<sup>st</sup> century changes? How can it reach and interact with its listeners in the time of snapchat, twitter and other social media channels? Can it leverage these technological changes and turn them into opportunities? If the radio stations want to remain relevant and continue to reach populations worldwide, they need to pay attention to the changing media consumer behaviors, produce the right content, and get it to the consumers in an easy, simple way across all the devices.<br /><br /> Tune in to an ITU special report for the <a href="https://www.diamundialradio.org/home" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Radio Day</a> to learn more about the future of radio.<br />  <div class="asset-wrapper asset aid-332 asset-video"> <strong > Tune in to the Future of Radio - An ITU Special Report </strong> <div class="content"> <div class="field field-name-field-asset-video-file field-type-emvideo field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" data="//www.youtube.com/v/udlAdD2TTrw"> <param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/udlAdD2TTrw" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div></div></div></div> </div></div></div></div> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7641 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Media (R)evolutions: The world of messaging apps https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/media-revolutions-world-messaging-apps <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> <span>New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: </span><a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span>People, Spaces, Deliberation</span></a><span> brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.</span></h4> The number of people using messaging apps continues to rise. In fact, traditional global telecoms are scrambling to compete and maintain relevance. In some parts of the world messaging apps have become the most used apps overall.<br /><br /> According to data (using Android App Data: April 2016) from <a href="https://www.similarweb.com/blog/worldwide-messaging-apps" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Similar Web </a>out of 187 countries examined, <a href="https://www.whatsapp.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WhatsApp</a> was the most popular messaging app, becoming the global leader by claiming the top spot in 109 countries. <a href="https://www.globalwebindex.net/blog/3-in-4-whatsappers-use-the-service-daily" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Findings</a> from <a href="https://www.globalwebindex.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Web Index</a> (GWI) suggest that 3 in 4 WhatsApp users use the service daily, helping this messaging app claim the title for the highest usage frequency of all the messaging apps tracked by GWI. Although Facebook <a href="https://www.messenger.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Messenger</a> came in second place, <a href="https://www.similarweb.com/blog/worldwide-messaging-apps" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">claiming 49 countries</a>, it remains to be one of the most powerful <a href="https://www.naspers.com/ventures/news/messaging-apps-king-makers-in-the-emerging-world" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">platforms</a> for companies to reach their customers. Third in line was <a href="https://www.viber.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Viber</a>, with 10 countries. <a href="https://line.me/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">LINE</a> messaging app took fourth place.<br />   <div> <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/by_similarweb.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="614" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/by_similarweb.jpg" title="Data by SimilarWeb" width="483" /></a></div> <p> <span>Source: </span><a href="https://www.similarweb.com/blog/worldwide-messaging-apps" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span>SimilarWeb</span></a><span> </span><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7574 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Media (R)evolutions: Digital companies don't need to 'own' anything when they can share https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/media-revolutions-digital-companies-dont-need-own-anything-when-they-can-share <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: People, Spaces, Deliberation brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.</h4> <p> Traditionally, those with the largest empire or who controlled the most resources were considered to be the most powerful and successful. However, recent developments in digital technology have spawned a new breed of enterprise that dominates their respective industries without actually “owning” tangible assets.<br /><br /> The world's largest accommodation provider, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbnb" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Airbnb</a>, doesn't own real estate. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alibaba_Group" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Alibaba</a>, the world's leading e-commerce company, doesn't have any inventory. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a>, the most popular media owner worldwide, doesn't create its own content. And <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uber_(company)" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Uber</a>, the largest taxi company in the world, does not own any vehicles.<br /><br /> Nowhere is the sharing economy more disruptive than in rental/leasing services. This graphic, <a href="https://www.pwc.co.uk/issues/megatrends/collisions/sharingeconomy/the-sharing-economy-sizing-the-revenue-opportunity.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">from </a><a href="https://www.pwc.co.uk/issues/megatrends/collisions/sharingeconomy/the-sharing-economy-sizing-the-revenue-opportunity.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK</a>, illustrates the expected growth of various rental sectors within the sharing economy.  These sectors are likely to grow much quicker than traditional rental sectors, and "the least developed sectors today, such as P2P finance and online staffing, could grow the quickest of all."<br /><br /><a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/sharing-economy-and-traditional-rental-sector-growth-infographic.gif" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="PWC Sharing Economy graphic" height="600" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/sharing-economy-and-traditional-rental-sector-growth-infographic.gif" title="" width="417" /></a></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:59:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7288 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Media (R)evolutions: Messaging apps are the future of social media https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/media-revolutions-messaging-apps-are-future-social-media <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">People, Spaces, Deliberation</a> brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.<br /><br /> Social mobile messaging apps are one of the most popular and fastest growing applications for mobile devices. Around <a href="https://www.telecompaper.com/news/over-60-of-brazilians-reduce-sms-use-due-to-apps--1015474" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">90 percent of Brazilians</a> who own smartphones or feature phones use messaging apps, <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10568395/Instant-messaging-overtakes-texting-in-the-UK.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">160 billion</a> instant messages were sent in 2013 in the U.K., and an estimated <a href="https://businessetc.thejournal.ie/sms-messaging-falls-1262017-Jan2014/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">50 billion</a> instant messages were sent each day in 2014.  <br /><br /><a href="https://www.forrester.com/Messaging+Apps+Mobile+Becomes+The+New+Face+Of+Social/fulltext/-/E-RES116204" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Forrester</a> has even predicted messaging apps to be the “new social media”.  Many messaging apps are bypassing social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter as top-performing social platforms, and this is especially true in Asia where <a href="https://www.wechat.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WeChat</a> is popular in China, <a href="https://line.me/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Line</a> in Japan and <a href="https://www.kakao.com/talk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kakao Talk</a> in South Korea. These messaging apps are more socially-centric and offer services beyond traditional communication including media sharing, timelines, public accounts, news and information services, gaming, payment, location services, and other functions. Outside of Asia, <a href="https://www.whatsapp.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WhatsApp</a> remains the most widely known in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Germany, India, and Indonesia; and <a href="https://www.viber.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Viber</a> is a strong competitor worldwide. Collectively, these apps possess a massive global audience-base, although no single platform has achieved true global scale.<br /><br /><img alt="Global reach of social mobile messaging apps" height="796" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/nz4q1jo.jpg" title="" width="620" /><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:20:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7023 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Teasing Out Trends: The Smartphone Revolution https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/teasing-out-trends-smartphone-revolution <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><img alt="" height="158" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/8521338394_56390a16ed_o.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="280" />John Laprise, an Assistant Professor in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar, discusses the result of cellphone ubiquity on self-efficacy. For more information on the impact of mobile phones on society, check out the Center for Global Communication Studies' conference titled “Ubiquity, Mobility, Globality: Charting Directions in Mobile Phone Studies,” which took place November 6-7, 2014. <a href="https://www.global.asc.upenn.edu/event/global-implications-of-mobile-ubiquity-research-culture-and-policy/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here</a> for more information. </em></p> <div> <p> Many scholars are examining the effects of the Internet on individuals, but I would like to take a moment to talk about how the increasingly ubiquitous smartphone offers unique affordances to its user. When psychologists speak about an individual’s belief in his ability to succeed, they refer to self-efficacy. Experience (doing it), modelling (seeing someone else do it), and social persuasion (responding to external comments) all impact self-efficacy. Positive outcomes yield improved self-efficacy and negative outcomes result in reduced self-efficacy. By affording their users inexhaustible opportunities to make low cost, low risk, but gratifying choices, smartphones enable their users to develop the confidence to overcome societal barriers to individual choice. Smartphones’ steadily growing utility makes them increasingly ubiquitous. The result is the broad but subtle global growth of self-efficacy and, perhaps, individuality.<br /></div></div></div> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:37:00 +0000 CGCS 6895 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Weekly Wire: The Global Forum https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/weekly-wire-global-forum-187 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <img alt="" height="139" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/Weekly%20Wire%20Photo_1.jpeg" style="float:right" title="" width="140" />These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.<br /><br /><strong><a href="https://carnegieendowment.org/2014/10/20/accountability-transparency-participation-and-inclusion-new-development-consensus" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Accountability, Transparency, Participation, and Inclusion: A New Development Consensus?</a></strong><br /> Carnegie Endowment for International Peace<br /> Four key principles—accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion—have in recent years become nearly universal features of the policy statements and programs of international development organizations. Yet this apparently widespread new consensus is deceptive: behind the ringing declarations lie fundamental fissures over the value and application of these concepts. Understanding and addressing these divisions is crucial to ensuring that the four principles become fully embedded in international development work.<br />  <br /><strong><a href="https://www.devex.com/news/ebola-communication-what-we-ve-learned-so-far-84559" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ebola communication: What we've learned so far</a></strong><br /> Devex<br /> This week, a World Health Organization infectious diseases expert reported the death rate due to Ebola in West Africa has now climbed to 70 percent, higher than previous estimates. And by December, new cases could hit 10,000 a week. For front-line medical workers, the projections couldn’t be grimmer. They are overwhelmed and their numbers are dwindling — Médecins Sans Frontières has already <a href="https://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.doctorswithoutborders.org%2Fnews-stories%2Ffield-news%2Fmsf-french-staff-member-infected-ebola-has-recovered&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHDSsqVQBZiv2cRU0LqWZ22nnsmXA" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lost nine staff members</a> to the epidemic — but reinforcements remain sparse. For organizations involved in communication and awareness-raising campaigns, meanwhile, this situation means they need to be more aggressive and robust, and their messaging fool-proof.  We know many of them are on the ground, conducting door-to-door campaigns and spot radio announcements, putting up posters and distributing pamphlets to inform communities about the disease. Some have even resorted to using megaphones to reach people who choose to remain indoors, conduct skits in schools and communities via youth drama troupes. A few aid groups are even considering perceived viral forms of communication like music and video messaging led by former football player and now UNICEF ambassador David Beckham.  But are these campaigns actually working? Will the new plans be effective?<br />  </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 6861 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Development Results at Your Fingertips https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/development-results-your-fingertips <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><A href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/world-bank-results-at-a-glance/id430736330" target=_blank><IMG height=275 alt="" hspace=0 src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/keyword_cloud_screen.png" width=150 align=left border=0></A></P> <P>A little over a year ago, I wrote <A href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/tweet-tweet" target=_blank>on this blog </A>that communicative norms on the use of social media were shifting around, but would eventually settle down.&nbsp; This would happen, I argued rather naïvely, as patterns and preferences of user communities determined the contours and content of fast changing information and communication ecologies.&nbsp; I should also have said that vested interests –both good and bad--would attempt to exert influence on this process.&nbsp;</P> <P>We’ve all probably come across stories of the ways in which news and media organizations, businesses, schools, and international donors have been struggling to remain relevant within shifting information environments around the world.&nbsp; So have governments, parliaments, and bureaucracies.&nbsp; Much has been written about these struggles for relevance, and a&nbsp;dominant theme in much of&nbsp;this writing has been the need to provide users with tools to manage unrelenting information gluts.&nbsp; </div></div></div> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:58:30 +0000 Antonio Lambino 5706 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere