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Ilan Manor responds to a recent article which examined the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy's report on data-driven public diplomacy.

Black, Blue, & Red Graph

Authors Hamilton Bean and Edward Comor try to identify what motivates the search for methods to evaluate public diplomacy.

About 600 experts, representatives of the international development agencies and other stakeholders are to converge on Accra next month to discuss how to fast-track the implementation of an open data system in Africa. The regional conference with support from the global level and the World Bank will among other things discuss the progress and achievements of the open data industry. It has been a platform to raise awareness of and determine the next line of action in the effective implementation of the phenomenon in Africa.

Refugees at the Zaatari Camp in Jordan

Hend Alhannawi on the power of crowdsourced data.

For example, what countries are most active on Twitter?  We’ll start with percapita use.  No, it’s not the U.S.   In fact, the U.S. is in fifth place, trailing among others, Brunei.  (Who knew?)  But for the highest per capita (aka “tweetiest”) country in the world, according to the Northeastern Universityresearchers who compiled the data, that distinction belongs to Kuwait.  Following is the list: Top 10 Twitter countries, per capita use - Kuwait, Netherlands, Brunei, UK, USA, Chile, Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Puerto Rico

For the past decade the Molotov song “Gimme the Power” has served as an anthem of youth rebellion decrying corrupt police and politicians in Mexico. This week, its lyrics became the banner under which thousands of young people protested online and in the streets against Mexico’s new telecommunications law, which they believe infringes on their civil rights.

Americans like to associate their spam with other countries. They joke about Chinese spammers or Nigerians or Russians. It's a time-honored nativist tradition. But, according to the new quarterly report from the security and spam monitoring company, Sophos, computers inside these United States relay—by far—the most spam. And we have in every quarter of the past year.

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