Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

Introduction in English
1. Purpose
Support doctoral students (candidates)registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research andwriting of their doctoral dissertations.
2. Duration
From six months to two years.
3. Eligibility
• Non-Chinese citizen;
• HSK test score level 3 is required, andpriority is given to applicants with higher level of proficiency in Chineseunder same conditions;
• Applicants who are currentlyparticipating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply forthis Program.
4. Application materials
• Ph.D. Study Certificate;
• Two letters of recommendation fromscholars in related field;
• HSK transcript;
• Abstract of master’s thesis or otheracademic publications;
• Abstract of doctoral dissertation;
• A research plan for the study in China;
• Priority is given to applicants whoobtain a letter of recommendation from local Confucius Institutes.
5. How to apply
The applicant shall submit the online application HERE, and then post the application form and other supporting documentsto the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
6. Assessment Process
The Confucius China Studies Program Expert Committee will review the application materials and conduct video interview.
7. Funding
• Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year
• Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
• Round-trip international airfare
• Tuition;
• Other support provided by the hostChinese university
• Expenses for the foreign supervisor’svisit or research in China
• Expenses for life and medical insurancesin Chi
• Expenses for the foreign supervisor’svisit or research in China
• Expenses for life and medical insurancesin China
• Group activities and cultural experience
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EPPI Centre – call for proposals

The South Asia Research Hub (SARH) of DFID has launched a systematic review programme and called for competitive systematic reviews and evidence summaries under the SARH Systematic Review Programme for South Asia.

This programme is being co-ordinated by PwC India, the EPPI-Centre and LIRNEasia. Its objectives are to:

  • provide a robust assessment of the available evidence for development programming and policymaking in South Asia and
  • strengthen capacity of South Asian organisations to conduct systematic reviews.

Please click here for more information including details on the relevant organisation criteria as well as submission dates.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2016 Young Scholar Awards

INCLUSIVE INNOVATION

Co-hosted by COSTECH and TCRA

Zanzibar

Conference dates: 8 – 10 September 2016

Young Scholars’ Seminar dates: 6 – 7 September 2016

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2016 Young Scholar Awards

Deadline for applications: 22 April 2016

Following highly successful joint Afro-Asian CPR conferences in Mauritius in 2012, and India in 2013, CPRafrica and CPRsouth formally merged under the banner of CPRsouth in 2014. Since then, CPRsouth has hosted conferences in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa (2014), and at the Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence at Yuan Ze University, Taiwan (2015).

This year’s conference is co-hosted by COSTECH and TCRA in Zanzibar, and will include sessions on cutting-edge developments on ICT policy and regulation in the South and discussion of the research-policy interface.

30 Young Scholars from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region will be selected to participate in a tutorial programme taught by recognised scholars and practitioners from Africa and Asia, and they will attend the main conference thereafter.

Tutorials are scheduled to be held on the 6th and 7th of September 2016, prior to the main CPRsouth conference.

 Who will qualify?

  • Masters/PhD students in Economics, Public policy, Communications and Journalism
  • Officers of government/regulatory agencies undertaking ICT policy research, developing/gathering indicators (monitoring and evaluation)
  • Staff of private companies in the communication industries working in regulatory affairs
  • Officers in NGOs/INGOs working in policy and regulation
  • Researchers from think tanks, university research centres
  • Journalists covering communication public policy and regulation

Seminar

The seminar will cover a number of topics of the two days, such as:

  • policy analysis using supply-side or demand-side data;
  • ICT impact analysis;
  • convergence, net neutrality;
  • funding broadband network extension, open access networks, spectrum;
  • sector and competition regulation;
  • research to policy interventions;
  • Internet governance – privacy, surveillance, human rights online; and
  • introduction to big data, open data.

(2016 tutorial programme still to be confirmed)

Previous tutorial presentations can be accessed at http://www.cprsouth.org/

Application deadline: 22 April 2016

Application guidelines

Applications should be submitted via this link by 22 April 2016, and must contain the following:

  1. one-page curriculum vitae; and
  2. one-page write-up outlining why you wish to become an African or Asia-Pacific based expert capable of contributing to ICT related policy and regulatory reform in the region

Applicants’ write-ups and biographies should be in a single word document, and named: CPRsouth2016_YoungScholar_ApplicantLastName.

Kindly note: Late applications and applications that do not conform to the prescribed format above will automatically be disqualified.

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  1. content of application;
  2. evidence of interest in, and commitment to, policy-relevant research for Africa or the Asia-Pacific region;
  3. quality of writing; and
  4. gender and country representation

The selection committee may contact your supervisor or mentor before making the final selections.

Candidates selected to participate in the tutorial programme must:

  • provide a one-page research proposal upon acceptance onto the tutorial programme
  • participate in all tutorial sessions
  • participate in the entire CPRsouth 2016 conference

Funding

Selected young scholars who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low and middle income countries within the Asia Pacific and Africa (as classified by the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:

  • lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination (less USD 150 registration fee);
  • ground transfers between the conference venue and airport; and
  • twin sharing accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 5 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the conference and tutorials (6 – 10 September 2016). Not all meals are covered.

The registration fee for young scholars to attend the conference and tutorials is USD150, and airfares will be reimbursed less this registration fee.  Participants will be required to cover:

  • transport to and from airports in their home countries;
  • visa fees (if any);
  • meals not provided; and
  • any other incidental costs

As the registration fee is so low and should be met personally even if there is no institutional support for attendance of the course and conference, please note that only under exceptional circumstances of extreme financial hardship may the organisers consider a waiver of the conference registration fee. Such waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only where a scholar would otherwise be prevented from attending the YS programme and conference.

Visas

Letters of invitation will be provided for purposes of visa applications after participant selections have been made. Participants are responsible for securing their own visas to enter Tanzania, and are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately on receipt of confirmation of their participation.

Kindly direct all enquiries to Ondine Bello: admin@researchictafrica.net  or info@CPRsouth.org

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2016 ITS Biennial Conference in Taipei, Taiwan — June 26-29, 2016

Dear Friends:

We wish to share some very good news with you about the 2016 ITS Biennial Conference to be held in Taipei, Taiwan, June 26-29, 2016.

The local organizers of this Conference are delighted to announce that with the recent addition of Taiwan’s major telephone companies as sponsors of this event, it has become possible to significantly reduce the registration fees for all attendees The previous fee for early bird registration was USD $500 per person. The new registration fee will now be USD $350 for regular participants. This registration fee includes all Conference sessions, free lunches, dinners, and local tours.

Please note that the USD $350 registration fee also includes a two year individual membership in ITS, the normal cost of which is USD $250. Membership in ITS, in turn, comes with many other benefits including a subscription to the scientific journal, Telecommunications Policy (which is published 11 times a year), and reduced registration fees at all ITS Regional Conferences.

In a word, Conference attendees will enjoy a very generous benefits package.

The new registration fee schedule is as follows:

Standard – Early bird:USD350/ After 1o May 2016: USD450

Students – Early bird: USD250/ After 1o May 2016: USD350

Accompanying Persons – Early bird: USD100/ After 1o May 2016: USD450

The theme of the 2016 ITS Biennial Conference is Interconnecting Everything: Harnessing Business, Policy and Smart Societies. The Conference will be hosted by four leading universities and institutes: Yuan Ze University, National Chengchi University, Shih Hsin University and the Taiwan Communications Society.

Full details on the Call for Papers and guidelines for abstract submission are available on the main Conference web site at http://www.its2016taiwan.com.

Outstanding papers will be considered for publication in an edited book or special issue of Telecommunications Policy.

Please be advised that the deadline for abstract submissions for the Conference has been extended to February 1. If you have not yet submitted your abstract, we very much encourage you to do so before the revised deadline. We believe you will be very impressed by the local organizer’s hospitality and the quality of the Conference.

The Conference will be held at the Regent Taipei Hotel, located in the heart of the city’s most vital financial, shopping, entertainment and cultural districts. The Hotel is 45 minutes from Taoyuan International Airport, 15 minutes from Taipei Song Shan Airport, and just a five-minute walk from Chung Shan MRT station. The Hotel is also well served by buses and taxis which provide easy (and inexpensive) access to all of Taipei’s hot spots and tourist attractions including world-class museums and art galleries; bustling night markets; other must-see cultural and historical sites; a dizzying array of shopping destinations; and a range of dining establishments from the most traditional to the ultra-modern serving outstanding dishes to meet every taste and budget.

The local organizer will provide pre- and post-conference tours to a number of special tourist attractions. Lunches and dinners will also be provided at attractive hotels.

Please visit the Conference web site at http://www.its2016taiwan.com for further details about this Conference.

Finally, please note that the 11th ITS Ph.D. Seminar will be held on June 29, 2016 immediately following the close of the 21st ITS Biennial Conference in Taipei. Access to the Biennial Conference will be free of charge for Ph.D. Seminar participants. A number of distinguished international scholars from within the ITS community will participate as discussants.

Successful student participants will receive a certificate from the International Telecommunications Society. Ph.D. students whose paper has been selected for presentation will receive a subsidy of 500€ to cover accommodation and travel expenses.

Further details about the Ph.D. Seminar, including full particulars on the Call for Papers, are available on the main Taiwan Conference web site at http://www.its2016taiwan.com.

Best regards,

Professor Erik Bohlin, Chairman of ITS
Professor Yu-li Liu, local organizer, National Chengchi University
Dr. David Yeh, local organizer, Yuan Ze University

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CPRsouth 2016: Extension of deadline to 22 Jan 2016

Due to technical problems experienced with the CPRsouth website, the deadline for submission of abstracts/paper proposals has been extended to 22 January 2016.

Kindly note that no further extensions can be granted so please ensure your submission reaches us by 22 January 2016.

CPRsouth 2016: Inclusive Innovation

Co-hosted by COSTECH and TCRA 

Zanzibar

8 – 10 September 2016

Revised deadline for submission of abstracts/paper proposals: 22 Jan 2016

Submit abstract/paper proposal here

Follow this link for more information on the CPRsouth 2016 call for papers.

Kindly direct all enquiries to Ondine Bello: admin@researchictafrica.net or info@CPRsouth.org

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CPRsouth submission deadline: 22 Jan 2016

CPRsouth 2016: Inclusive Innovation

Co-hosted by COSTECH and TCRA 

Zanzibar

8 – 10 September 2016

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPER PROPOSALS

Revised deadline for submission of abstracts: 22 January 2016

Abstracts/paper proposals on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in the Asia Pacific and Africa, or relevant to the Asia-Pacific and Africa, may be submitted for review and acceptance.

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically on or before 22 January 2016 

Submit abstract/paper proposal here

Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) builds policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts.

Content

The conference will accommodate approximately 30 paper presenters from Africa and the Asia-Pacific over the two-and-a-half-day conference in Zanzibar from 8 – 10 September 2016. The conference includes sessions on cutting-edge developments on ICT policy and regulation in the South and discussion of the research-policy interface. Each of the paper sessions will be chaired by a senior scholar and include a discussant, who will provide substantive comments on the papers.

Submission Guidelines

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically at: http://www.cprsouth.org on or before 22 January 2016

Submissions consist of a 500-word paper proposal with references, and a one-page curriculum vitae should be submitted together with the proposal

The document should be in MS office word format and named according to the following format: CPRsouth2016_abstract&Bio_YourLastName.doc

The template for paper proposals can be downloaded from

http://www.cprsouth.org/review-criteria-and-template/

Abstracts/ paper proposals should be classifiable with at least three keywords from the list below those that capture the essence of the conference theme will be given preference over those that do not:

Accessibility | Applications | Authorization and licensing | Big data | Broadband | Business models | Citizen | Civil society | Cloud computing Competition | Conflict | Connectivity | Consumer | Content | Convergence | Cooperation | Demand | Digital | Disaster | Disability | Domestic | Economy | Ecosystem | Education | Efficiency | Emerging markets | Environment | Governance | Growth | Financial Inclusion | Indicators | Information | Infrastructure | Innovation | International | Institutions | Internet | Judiciary | Knowledge | Legislation | Markets | Media | Micro, small and medium enterprises | Mobile money | Monopoly | Networks | Performance | Policy | Political economy | Poverty | Productivity | Property| Public goods | Privacy | Oligopoly | Reforms | Regional | Regulation | Rights | Services | Spectrum | Strategy | Surveillance | Telecom reforms | Transparency | Universal access | Universal service.

Authors of shortlisted abstracts will be notified on or before the 9th of February 2016 and will be invited to submit full papers for final review by the 15th of April 2016.

Final papers selected for presentation at CPRsouth will be uploaded onto the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database. Please note that the submission of the final paper implies consent to upload them onto the SSRN database. The slides of the presentations and the policy brief will also be uploaded onto http://www.cprsouth.org

Funding

Selected paper presenters who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low, lower-middle and upper middle income countries within the Asia Pacific and Africa (as classified by the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:

  • lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination (less USD 200 registration fee);
  • ground transfers between the conference venue and airport; and
  • twin, shared accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 3 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the conference (8 – 10 September 2016). Not all meals are covered.

The registration fee for the conference is USD 200, and airfares will be reimbursed less this registration fee. Participants will be required to cover:

  • transport to and from airports in their home countries;
  • visa fees (if any);
  • meals not provided; and
  • any other incidental costs

(Kindly note that under exceptional circumstances conference organisers may consider a waiver of the conference registration fee. Such waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only where an author would otherwise be prevented from presenting his or her paper at the conference.)

Visas

Letters of invitation will be provided for purposes of visa applications after participant selections have been made. Participants are responsible for applying and paying to secure their own visas to enter Zanzibar, and are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately on receipt of confirmation of their participation.

Kindly direct all enquiries to Ondine Bello: admin@researchictafrica.net or info@CPRsouth.org

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2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index – Voting Round II

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. The TTCSP works with leading scholars and practitioners from think tanks and universities in a variety of collaborative efforts and programs, and produces the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index that ranks the world’s leading think tanks in a variety of categories.

The nominations round of the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index has concluded and the voting round has commenced. The deadline for the submission of your ranking of the leading think tanks in the world is December 15, 2015. 

Research ICT Africa (RIA) and LIRNEasia have been nominated in the following categories:

Research ICT Africa:
Top Science and Technology Think Tanks

LIRNEASIA:
Top Think Tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific (Excluding China, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea)

Top Think Tanks – Worldwide (Non-US).

Best Policy Study/Report Produced by a Think Tank 2013-2014 

Best Transdisciplinary Research Program at a Think Tank 

Please use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rankthinktanks to rank the nominated think tanks.


A few important ground rules: 

1) Use the selection criteria provided on pages 49-52 of the 2014 Global Go To Index Report as a tool to evaluate and rank each think tank; 

2) You are not permitted to rank your own institution; 

3) Adhere to professional conduct by revealing and avoiding any potential conflicts of interest; 

4) Avoid political, ideological and discipline bias when ranking institutions. 

The results of the 2015 Global Go To Index Survey will be released in Washington, New York and 80 cities around the world on January 27th and 28th 2016. This year’s theme is “Why Think Tanks Matter to Policy Makers and the Public”

Should you have any questions, comments or suggestions don’t hesitate to share them with at jmcgann@wharton.upenn.edu 

Participation in the process helps Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies recognize think tank centers of excellence in every region of the world and in all the major areas of public policy research. 

Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies: University of Pennsylvania)

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CPRsouth 2016 – Call for Papers

CPRsouth 2016: Inclusive Innovation

Co-hosted by COSTECH and TCRA

Zanzibar

8 – 10 September 2016

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPER PROPOSALS

Revised deadline for submission of abstracts/paper proposals: 22 January 2016

Abstracts/paper proposals on ICT policy and regulation research carried out in the Asia Pacific and Africa, or relevant to the Asia-Pacific and Africa, may be submitted for review and acceptance.

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically on or before 22 January 2016 Submit abstract/paper proposal here

Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) builds policy intellectuals capable of informed and effective intervention in ICT policy and regulatory processes in specific country contexts.

Content

The conference will accommodate approximately 30 paper presenters from Africa and the Asia-Pacific over the two-and-a-half-day conference in Zanzibar from 8 – 10 September 2016. The conference includes sessions on cutting-edge developments on ICT policy and regulation in the South and discussion of the research-policy interface. Each of the paper sessions will be chaired by a senior scholar and include a discussant, who will provide substantive comments on the papers.

Submission Guidelines

Paper proposals should be submitted electronically at: http://www.cprsouth.org on or before 22 January 2016

Submissions consist of a 500-word paper proposal with references, and a one-page curriculum vitae should be submitted together with the proposal

The document should be in MS office word format and named according to the following format: CPRsouth2016_abstract&Bio_YourLastName.doc

The template for paper proposals can be downloaded from

http://www.cprsouth.org/review-criteria-and-template/

Abstracts/ paper proposals should be classifiable with at least three keywords from the list below those that capture the essence of the conference theme will be given preference over those that do not:

Accessibility | Applications | Authorization and licensing | Big data | Broadband | Business models | Citizen | Civil society | Cloud computing Competition | Conflict | Connectivity | Consumer | Content | Convergence | Cooperation | Demand | Digital | Disaster | Disability | Domestic | Economy | Ecosystem | Education | Efficiency | Emerging markets | Environment | Governance | Growth | Financial Inclusion | Indicators | Information | Infrastructure | Innovation | International | Institutions | Internet | Judiciary | Knowledge | Legislation | Markets | Media | Micro, small and medium enterprises | Mobile money | Monopoly | Networks | Performance | Policy | Political economy | Poverty | Productivity | Property| Public goods | Privacy | Oligopoly | Reforms | Regional | Regulation | Rights | Services | Spectrum | Strategy | Surveillance | Telecom reforms | Transparency | Universal access | Universal service.

Authors of shortlisted abstracts will be notified on or before the 9th of February 2016 and will be invited to submit full papers for final review by the 15th of April 2016.

Final papers selected for presentation at CPRsouth will be uploaded onto the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database. Please note that the submission of the final paper implies consent to upload them onto the SSRN database. The slides of the presentations and the policy brief will also be uploaded onto http://www.cprsouth.org

Funding

Selected paper presenters who are passport holders of, and travelling from, low, lower-middle and upper middle income countries within the Asia Pacific and Africa (as classified by the World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#Low_income) will be provided with:

  • lowest-cost economy airfare to conference destination (less USD 200 registration fee);
  • ground transfers between the conference venue and airport; and
  • twin, shared accommodation on bed and breakfast basis, 3 lunches and 1 dinner for the duration of the conference (8 – 10 September 2016). Not all meals are covered.

The registration fee for the conference is USD 200, and airfares will be reimbursed less this registration fee. Participants will be required to cover:

  • transport to and from airports in their home countries;
  • visa fees (if any);
  • meals not provided; and
  • any other incidental costs

(Kindly note that under exceptional circumstances conference organisers may consider a waiver of the conference registration fee. Such waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and only where an author would otherwise be prevented from presenting his or her paper at the conference.)

Visas

Letters of invitation will be provided for purposes of visa applications after participant selections have been made. Participants are responsible for applying and paying to secure their own visas to enter Zanzibar, and are strongly advised to initiate visa approval procedures immediately on receipt of confirmation of their participation.

Kindly direct all enquiries to Ondine Bello: admin@researchictafrica.net or info@CPRsouth.org

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AMCIS 2016 Call for Papers

Managing ICT4D Field Research in the Developing World: Challenges, Opportunities, & Innovative Solutions

ICTs in Global Development (SIGGlobDev) Track

NOTE: Authors of best papers in the ICTs in Global Development track will be invited to submit revised versions for fast-track review and possible publication in the journal Information Technology for Development (ITD) – http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/titd20/current

Description
A large number of ICT for development (ICT4D) projects cannot meet their objectives. One cause of the failures of ICT4D projects is related to the shortcomings in field research, an integral part of ICT4D projects. Field research primarily involves data collection, and often attempts to understand someone else’s experience. The high failure rates of ICT4D projects call for fundamentally new ways to tackle the challenges experienced by researchers and practitioners when planning and conducting ICT4D field research.
This mini-track invites researchers and practitioners to share and analyze their success stories, failures, mistakes, and advice, which would gather momentum for a global discussion on better managing ICT4D field research, furthering the larger goal of socioeconomic and human development of marginalized communities across the developing world.

Suggested Topics

Topics include but are not limited to:

• Factors influencing the planning, implementation, and reporting of ICT4D field research
• Data collection challenges in the developing world: A multi-stakeholder perspective
• Innovative process-based and technology-driven solutions to capture, store, and process different types of textual, numeric, audiovisual, and tactile data
• Open data, big data, and real-time data for conducting ICT4D field research
• Issues related to data security, privacy, ethics, copyrights, and intellectual property
• What can ICT4D field research in the developing and developed world learn from each other?
• Applications of established theoretical frameworks and perspectives from multiple disciplines like anthropology, HCI, computer science, information science, MIS, etc. for managing ICT4D field research
• Managing the scope, time, cost, quality, HR, communication, and risks related to ICT4D field research
• Ways to develop the skills and knowledge needed to conduct ICT4D field research
• Dynamic inter-relationship between contextual factors (e.g., policy frameworks, environmental conditions, culture, etc.), research methods, and local assistants in ICT4D field research
• Applications of emerging technologies like NFC, M&E tools, SMAC, etc. to manage ICT4D field research

Important Date
March 2, 2016 (10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time): Deadline for paper submissions

Instructions for Authors
The entire paper should be no more than 5,000 words, including all materials and sections such as figures, tables, and references. All conference submissions will be double-blind, peer reviewed, and must be submitted using the online submission system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/amcis2016.
For complete instructions for authors and information about the conference, visit the AMCIS 2016 website at http://amcis2016.aisnet.org.

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Resources for Young Scholars

Young scholars can refer to two excellent resources in order to better familiarize themselves with this year’s conference topic:

1. The African Mobile Story 

2. Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age

More information on the book’s chapters can be found here: Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age.

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