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Tuesday, 1 May, 2018 - 21:47

I recently ran a session on Digital Development here at IDS for staff from two bilateral donors. Preparing for that session amid news revelations about the abuse of social media by governments and corporations in countries across Africa & Asia turned my thinking on Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) on its head.

 

ICT4D can be quite narrow in its technical focus on ICT use in development projects. Assessing the impacts of drones and mobile apps suddenly felt insignificant when compared to the revelations that shady corporations like Cambridge Analytica were distorting elections in Kenya, India and the Philippines, and PR companies like Bell Pottinger were profiting from fanning the flames of ethnic tensions in...

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All ICT4D is Political

Emily Shaw wrote a great blog this week about 'Civic Tech', which, in case you have been living in a cave for the last year, is the new lingo for the field of 'citizen technology for social change'.

Lyon Declaration on ICT4D

The post-MDG Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development [pdf] is very welcome in that it represents a clear advance over the original Millennium Development Goal on ICT4D, but in my opinion the declaration does not go far enough in giving the most disadvantag

Keepod: a positive critique

Last week I got a call from mobile technology expert, and BBC Technology journalist Dan Simmons asking me to comment on the new keepod, an initiative that recently raised $40,000 on the Indigogo crowd-funding platform for their programme in Mathere, Nairobi.

Better Participatory Video Practice

I thought I had died and gone to PV heaven ...

 

ICT4D is Dead! Long Live ICT4D!

In a previous post I pushed back against James BonTempo's claim to have charted “The Slow Death of ICT4D”

ICT4D Masters Degrees Worldwide

Last week I had to do some 'quick & dirty' research online to work out whether the field of ICT4D was in its death throws as claimed by James BonTempo and Ken Banks or whether,

Death of ICT4D 'Greatly Exaggerated'

Upon reading his own obituary in the New York Times, Mark Twain famously declared that, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!".

 

Top ICT4D Conferences of 2014

As everyone is making preparations for the final ICT4D conference of the year ICTD2013 in Cape Town I though I would have a first hack at putting together an calendar of ICT4D conferences scheduled for 2014. 
 

A People-Centred Theory of Change for ICT4D?

In a previous post I suggested that a starting-point for a theory of change for (open) ICT4D might be, 'the application of human agency + human knowledge + (open) technology to solve human problems

A Theory of Change for ICT4D

Duncan Edwards posted a great piece last week entitled "The revolution will NOT be Open Data" in which he riffs on Gil Scott-Heron's critically-conscious lyrics.

ICT for Social Justice: hype debunked!

This week's 'ICT for Social Justice' event at Google Campus London was fascinating for a number of reasons: cool tech, debunked hype & geek critique.

Appropriating Technology to Fight Corruption

Transparency International defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. The range of corruption is vast, from government officials demanding relatively petty payments and police taking bribes, right up to politicians taking huge kickbacks on oil and arms deals.

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