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Information Technology in Brazil: Startup joins group run by the UN and Bill Clinton

The startup PagPop –creator of a system that allows Hairdressers, hot dog vendors and other small entrepreneurs to receive payments by credit card on smartphones — has joined the Business Call to Action, a group of companies that develop business models focused on solving Millennium goals […]

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Education in China: spending on education to increase

The Chinese government has vowed again to increase its spending on education to four percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012, a target previously set in 1993 […]

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Design in China: Shanghai Gets ‘Design City’ Title

Shanghai was awarded the title of “design city” by UNESCO, and city officials said the award will help the city develop an innovation industry encompassing technology research, architecture design, culture and fashion […]

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Health in China: HIV/AIDS hits 740,000

The number of HIV positive people in China probably stands at around 740,000, up from the estimated 700,000 who had the virus in 2007, the Chinese health minister said recently […]

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Autodesk open-sources carbon accounting method

Autodesk is making a revised method for tracking greenhouse gas emissions available for free to other companies […]

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Watch Hans Rosling’s “Let my dataset change your mindset” talk at TED

Talking at the US State Department this summer, Hans Rosling uses his fascinating data-bubble software to burst myths about the developing world. Look for new analysis on China and the post-bailout world, mixed with classic data shows […]

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Hans Rosling’s “New insights on poverty and life around the world” talk at TED

Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing […]

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Hans Rosling’s “Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen” talk at TED

You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world” […]

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Information Visualization:

Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels. The initial activity was to continue development of the Trendalyzer software. This software unveils the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics…

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Shanghai to speed infrastructure investment, boost job rolls

Shanghai needs to push investment in infrastructure, expand domestic consumption and aid threatened enterprises as it strives to help its citizens and businesses survive the global economic downturn, Mayor Han Zheng said recently […]