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Women's Use of Participatory Video Technology to Tackle Gender Inequality in Zambia’s ICT Sector

Roberts, Tony (2016), Women's Use of Participatory Video Technology to Tackle Gender Inequality in Zambia’s ICT Sector, in: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Development, 4-6 June 2016, Ann Arbor, USA.
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Open Source ICT4D can be Sustainable and Free

Wayan Vota wrote a great blogpost this week on whether the goals of sustainability and using open source ICT4D are compatible within the context of international development. It is a stimulating and thoughtful piece. I think that Wayan and I have the same overall aims. However I dispute a couple of the assertions that he makes and therefore come to a different conclusion.
 
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25 ICT4D Conferences in 2016

This is my latest attempt at sketching out a calendar of ICT4D conferences scheduled for 2016. Thanks especially to Laurent Straskraba, Edgar Nsheega and to Richard Heeks and Larry Stillman for suggesting additions. Read more about 25 ICT4D Conferences in 2016

Join the Founding Team at UNU-CS

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you will know that as soon as I finish the final (?) revisions on my PhD this September I am moving to Macau. I am joining a new ICT4D research start-up called the Institute on Computer and Society at the United Nations University (UNU-CS). It's a big change and it's a lot to get my head around.  Read more about Join the Founding Team at UNU-CS

Another Technology is Always Possible

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. Read more about Another Technology is Always Possible

Critical ICT4D Practices & Intent IFIP9.4 Presentation May 2015

Powerpoint plus Two Tables =
1. Ineke Buskens' matrix of Gender & Development Research choices
2. Tony Roberts' Typology of ICT4D Practices Read more about Critical ICT4D Practices & Intent IFIP9.4 Presentation May 2015

Is a Transformist ICT4D Possible?

Comment about ICT4D tends to be either celebratory hype or entirely negative criticism. Both extremes tend to be based on assumptions that are uncritical about exactly what we mean by development, as well as about the relationship between ICTs on the one hand and development on the other. Read more about Is a Transformist ICT4D Possible?

Is a Transformist ICT4D Possible: the powerpoint

This is powerpoint given at the Open Session "Is a Transformist ICT4D Possible?"
given by Tony Roberts (virtually from Sri Lanka)
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Participatory Video new publication

As you know participatory video (also known as PV) is the process of enabling non-experts to make films about (development) issues that they prioritise. Participatory video can be a way for disadvantaged communities to appropriate technology in order to take control of the way in which they are represented and to amplify local voices on key issues of concern to them. Read more about Participatory Video new publication

Top ICT4D Conferences of 2015

As usual I have had a go at putting together a calendar of ICT4D conferences scheduled for the year ahead.

With many conferences still to announce details it already looks like a bumper harvest with May, as ever, looking to be the busiest month.

I plan to go to the Openness in ICT4D conference in Sri Lanka. There is a particularly interesting stream on critical approaches to ICT4D. I'm hoping to meet other geeks with critiques there. Read more about Top ICT4D Conferences of 2015

ITU Measuring Information Society 2014

Statistics by country on ICT uses, access, uptake, readiness, IDI = Information Development Index Read more about ITU Measuring Information Society 2014

Life of Electronics Event

Poster for 21Nov14 event at University of London Union Read more about Life of Electronics Event

Mobile Activism or Mobile Hype?

2008 article by Firoze Manji cuts through the hype to claim that what is important (and what needs critique) is not the technology itself, but who controls the technology and what use they put it to i.e. power interests and intent Read more about Mobile Activism or Mobile Hype?

Mobiles for Development

Writen by Hannah Beardon for Plan Finland in 2009
Good overview, political analysis and database of M4D projects.
See section 'the social and political void' Read more about Mobiles for Development

Talking about ICT4D: a typology

There's an interesting discussion going on within the civic-tech community about the lack of a common language for discussing the hugely diverse ways in which citizens are using technology to foster social change. In the ICT4D sector a similar problem exists; given the great proliferation of ICT4D initiatives, we lack a shared language to discuss why we value some ICT4D more than others.

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ICT4D 2.0 updated by Richard Heeks

Richard Heeks' overview of the changing landscape of ICT4D

This PDF is an update of his original IEEE paper and was published as IDPM Working Paper 45 by the University of Machester Read more about ICT4D 2.0 updated by Richard Heeks

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'. Handily those nice people at the Knight Foundation have produced a jazzy animated visualisation of the whole 'civic tech' field here. Read more about All ICT4D is Political

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