Waterloo, ON - Technology wizards in this southwestern Ontario city and international thinkers are joining forces to launch a unique on-line research portal they say will hasten global change.

Starting Oct. 21, the portal will allow politicians, non-governmental organizations, academics, aid workers — anyone in the world with a computer and Internet access — to find detailed information about countries, their governments and issues that challenge them.

It has been given a distinctly Canadian acronym, IGLOO, which stands for International Governance Leaders and Organizations On-line.

With a $14-million budget over five years, the website — www.igloo.org — will air ideas, policies, best practices,...

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