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Saturday, 10 April, 2021 - 11:12

Like so many aspects of our life, democratic debate is increasingly moving online. Yet it seems like every time citizens adopt a new digital tool or enter a new digital space to voice opposition, repressive governments respond with a whole arsenal of tactics to dampen dissent and deny their right to opinion and expression. For every new activist tactic there are three or four state countermeasures. New research has found that this digital game of whack-a-mole is playing out across Africa. An issue about which the activists, analysts and academics of the African Digital Rights Network are conducting research and raising awareness.

 

For all of us, the right to be heard and to influence decision-making on issues that affect our lives is a cornerstone of open democracy and a sustainable development goal. In an increasingly digital world being heard means making use of mobile phones and social media – especially during a pandemic when social distancing makes public protest both difficult and dangerous. Marginalised groups have repeatedly made creative use of digital technologies to create spaces online to give voice to neglected issues, influence debate, and hold to account those with power. #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter are powerful...

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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.

Top Twelve ICT4D Conferences of 2013

Top Twelve ICT4D Conferences of 2013:
 
Feb 20-23, Harare, Zimbabwe: ICT for Africa 2013
Mar 4-6, eTechnologies for Development, Kuala Lumpur

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