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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 17:31
Ordem e Progresso

 

Rui Roberto Ramos provided a fascinating case study at IFIP9.4 of ICT use by Recife City Council to impose control over informal street traders. The council's 'CSURB' program collects data from street traders in order to formalise and licence them to trade from new authorised sites. The process was driven by a top-down desire to impose a 'formalising regime' via technical control over informal entrepreneurs. The City's stated intention is that traders without licences will be removed from the street, their stock confiscated and fines imposed. Rui Roberto Ramos presents this as an example of a technology designed to discipline & punish a la Foucault. We might also see it as an example of the modernist ideal of 'Ordem e Progresso' emblazoned across the flag of Brazil?

 

Conformist-Technocratic ICT4D

 

In a previous blog-post I proposed a Typology of ICT4D practices. In terms of that typology, the technology being used by Recife City Council is a perfect example of conformist-technocratic ICT4D practices. Looking at...

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