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Monday, 8 May, 2017 - 21:52

 

This month I have been in the Philippines researching participatory technology initiatives designed to include Filipino citizens in participatory governance programmes.

 

Perversely I came back more concerned about the ways that digital technologies exclude the most marginalised. In this post I explain the reasons why.

 

The research that I am working on examines the use of digital technologies by Filipinos to improve transparency and accountability - including the use of ‘citizen engagement technologies’. Formerly the text messaging capital of the world the Philippines has now become the social media capital of the world. It's a particularly interesting place to study citizen engagement technologies not least because of the role played by ‘Generation Txt’ in mobilising political opposition to the corrupt rule of President Estrada during the People’s Power II uprisings. When Estrada was peacefully overthrown he blamed "the text messaging generation" for his demise.

 

This research will consume most of my time over the next three months and is funded by a grant from Making...

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