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How To Learn Sign Language

Peter A. Bruck Chairman, World Summit Award & Hallatlan Foundation

the beginning of the it was the United Nations decision on interrogating how to create out of the technological revolution of the information and communication technologies a new model for a society which is just and equitable in terms of access to infrastructure and to resources regarding telecommunications but also regarding computational power and computers as such in various different kind of aspects of social life so the United Nations General Assembly decided in the year 2000 to start a process towards a world summit on information society which looked very very clearly on to the digital divide between people who have three phones in their pockets and people who have to walk three days to the next telephone booths and those who have permanent access to high-speed data networks on the one hand and those who will never hold a phone in their hand in the entire life so that was the starting point and in 2003 and 2005 there were huge international conferences basically dealing with this issue of the information society access divide the issues of how to deploy connectivity and how to actually make sure that there’s funding and policies in place for a worldwide rollout of the new technologies at that time the initiative of Austria was to say when people have access to the networks when the people have the devices and technology what are they gonna do with it and the issue is there is there’s a lot of stuff going on actually there’s an ocean of applications there is a high C of content and there’s a complete and clarity of what is actually and lighthouse within this kind of see what is actually something where you can look and have orientation to on that kind of ocean and so what we created actually is a mechanism in all United Nations member states for the selection of the best practice examples in eight categories from e-science to e culture from elearning to e-business from a government to e health but also obviously to e inclusion and so the eight categories of the world some of the word basically cover all those aspects of social life and try to bring up the best products in order that one can share the richness and diversity on the one hand but also see what is really good quality now the United Nations space for the world some of the word is very important because it gives a principle and that is one country one word so that means you have one country one candidate for a nomination for the world some of the word in one category and that kind of principle assures that from Hungary all the way to Argentina and from Canada all the way to Cameroon you have the same chance of winning then if you are from China from India or from the US and that makes a huge difference in terms of what you see you all of a sudden you see a entertainment from Guatemala or uce inclusion from angry and that makes a difference because you’re not seeing only those things which are happening in Canada and in the US or which happens you know in Germany or in France and that kind of focus is critical for the world some of the work do you remember what your brother what do you remember at the less decision of far as I know the very last one channel the best how it’s being selected the project with a certain learning they are it hard to make a decision the jurian process of the world some of the world is a very elaborate one this is not an online virtual in a voting scheme but jurors from 34 countries sat down in Hong Kong for five days and looked and at about 600 projects 650 projects in those eight categories in the category of inclusion of around 93 power projects so the project regarding the sign language is one out of five best ones selected from 95 projects so that gives you a clear indication that this is not 95 projects which were registered by somebody but there by 95 projects from 95 countries selected in those countries as the best from their country so if you multiply this with a factor of about 20 per country you can see that your project has been the best of about 1800 worldwide in terms of what you can consider as the base from which this election takes place when we count on how the selection is done we actually see that about 20,000 projects every year are considered for possible inclusion in the world some of the world and then they are will down and selected pure country and then decided on five criteria of technicality and one strategic the five criteria are depth of content ease and quality of navigation the value-add use of multimedia the technical execution and also the user experience and that gives you a very clear idea that jurors rank each and every project according to those five criteria on a scale from one to six so that there is actual from 0 to 60 there is no middle so you have to be either good or not good or you have been very good or not oh good and so on so that gives you a clear idea of what actually is a critical issue in terms of quality now there’s also strategic side to it because in the category of inclusion and participation the issue is also strategic does this project actually address a real need in society in such a manner that this need is met in the form that people are really having it benefit from it so that is actually an impact measure okay and so jurors separately also great projects on this impact matter and that is a very critical aspect of the evaluation process

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