IT Weighs in for Human Rights

More than half of NGOs in South Africa say that information and communications technology has had a major impact on their ability to advance human rights in this country - Report

More than half of non governmental organisations (NGOs) in South Africa say that information and communications technology has had a major impact on their ability to advance human rights in this country. This is one of the key findings of a report entitled, State of ICT in South African NGOs 2009.

The report, which was sponsored by Microsoft and the National Development Agency (NDA), states that while this figure has barely shifted in the past two years, NGOs are now poised to explore the cutting edge of mobile technology and social networking in pursuit of their causes.

The report was released during day one of the Johannesburg leg of the ‘ICT for Civil Society’ Conference on 14 October 209.

“It means NGOs are leveraging technology, but not nearly achieving its potential,” says David Barnard, Executive Director of SANGONeT.

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