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4th Netexplorateur Forum took place this week at UNESCO

04-02-2011 (Paris)
4th Netexplorateur Forum took place this week at UNESCO
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The most promising global innovators in digital technologies were awarded at the 4th Netexplorateur Forum on 3 and 4 February 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters. Their innovations are creating new forms of education, communication, information, solidarity and management around the globe. They impact on the way the public and private sectors reflect on development, dialogue and diversity and influence the elaboration of new strategies and programmes.
The Netexplorateur Forum is an opportunity to discover new and emerging trends in the use of digital technology, as well as to meet the creators of these innovations. Focusing on their adoption by citizens, businesses and institutions, the Forum is centred on the uses as well as on the cultural and social phenomenon of the Web.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Eric Besson, Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy of the French Republic, opened the Forum.

For the 4th year, a network of international experts selected 100 innovations worldwide: the Forum brings together and gives a prize to the 10 best innovations. The 2011 Netexplorateur award winners include:

  • CENSO 2010 (Brazil),
  • Datasift (United Kingdom),
  • E-Skin (USA),
  • FLATTR (Sweden),
  • HAL (Japan),
  • LewatMana (Indonesia),
  • mPedigree (Ghana),
  • MyTown (USA),
  • Natural Security (France),
  • Obami (South Africa).

  • Among previous laureates of the Netexplorateur Forum are: Twitter (USA), Wizzit (South Africa), Ushahidi (Kenya), Sekai Camera (Japan), Give Work (Somalia and Pakistan), Psiphon (Canada) and Layar (The Netherlands).

    For the 2011 Forum, a theme-based approach addressed a broad range of issues and audiences through three half-day sessions on:

  • Marketing / Communication / Medias;
  • Innovation / Technology;
  • Management / HR / Digital Society.

  • As a clearing house and repository of innovative best practices, UNESCO recognizes the increasingly important role digital technologies play in the fields of education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

    The new possibilities for dialogue and participation, but also access to knowledge, education and culture, stemming from the growth of the Internet are naturally at the core of UNESCO’s work and its mandate to serve peace and development by promoting:

  • free flow of ideas and universal access to information and knowledge;
  • expression of pluralism and cultural diversity in the media and world information networks; and
  • access for all to ICT.

  • The Netexplorateur Forum meets those goals by recognizing promising digital initiatives worldwide and fostering the emergence of knowledge societies. It is an innovative project that aims to create the conditions for dialogue and sharing knowledge between cultures and peoples, based upon respect for universal values.

    The programme of the Forum is available in PDF format below.
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