Results of the Open Aid Data Hackday

17-10-2011 – Filed under activismICT4Dhackdayopen-datavizualization

Around 150 participants joined the Open Aid Data Conference in Berlin. The event was full with discussions and exchange on how open data can be used to achieve more transparency in the developing aid sector. The first day was split into two workshops – an ‘Aidinfo Data Training’ and ‘Hackday,’…

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Open Aid Data conference and Hackday Berlin

23-08-2011 – Filed under ICT4Dopen-data

The past year I have written on many occasions about the potential of open data and why it is much needed particular for the development aid sector. So I am happy to announce a Hackday I am organizing as part of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. The Hackday is linked with…

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Who to feed? The open vs. the commercial race for data

12-05-2011 – Filed under ICT4Dgeodatamappingopen-data

Google Maps has been an incredible service in the past years. Not only it was Google’s engineers, who invented the slippy map, which revolutionized digital maps, but its approach to offer such a service for free and shock competitors with a free routing service. Google has a tremendous overview on…

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What can we learn from Africa on the use of mobiles for social/digital inclusion?

01-02-2011 – Filed under ICT4Dinclusioninnovationmobile

David Wilcox asked me on Quora this question, which I also want to publish as a response here to discuss the topic further. Would be great to get some more thoughts on that topic from you. I imagine we can learn a lot from digital inclusion in Africa. Here are some points:…

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Bandwidth divide: What's fast to you, isn’t fast to others

10-12-2010 – Filed under ICT4Dperformanceweb2fordev

On my last post, I talked about how slow websites can trigger higher search costs. In this post I want to further elaborate on the bandwidth divide that exists within and between countries, and which is largely ignored by website developers. There is also the notion that we have unlimited…

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Slow website speed and consequences for search costs

06-12-2010 – Filed under ICT4D

There are a number of reason why websites are slow; and the results of this lead to raising searching costs and leaving users. A faster website requires skills and resources often not available to great information-rich pages. With a low-bandwidth connection you have two amin major challenges: A slow connection…

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Data explosion: The many ways to get content online (or how we digitize the world)

13-09-2010 – Filed under ICT4Dknowledge-managementtechnologycrowdsourcingdataopen-data

The same way the fishing industry has found more efficient methods to get most fishes out of the oceans, is exactly how we find more ways to digitze information that was previously only available offline. Imagine a massive fishing-net bringing us the greatest fishes, but emptying the oceans. What would…

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What we can learn from farmers about ICT4D and trust

25-06-2010 – Filed under ICT4Dlearningmobilerural-developmentsmstrust

There is often that notion that once you have access to the Internet or to other information and communication technologies (ICT), the whole world of information lies rights at your feet, so you only need to pick the best of it. But in contrary, it can become incredibly time consuming…

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Talking with the audience: Development organisations and social media

28-05-2010 – Filed under communicationICT4Dconversationlisteningvideoweb2fordev

In addition to my recent Twitter analysis, I wrote another article on development organizations and social media on the web2fordev blog, which I crosspost also here. Many organizations have approached the social web and new technologies from different angles during the last years. Large organisations have engaged in one or…

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Feasibility vs. constraints - learning with mobile phones

25-03-2010 – Filed under ICT4Deducationlearningmobile

Mobile phones have tiny screens and keyboards, and need an agile finger to handle them. Yet some pioners believe mobile phones might be a key learning device for the future, and have even come up with smart ideas to make learning on the go a motivating and interactive approach. No…

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Cairo, Johannesburg, Mumbai - 24 hrs Google Buzz and location-based information pops up everywhere

10-02-2010 – Filed under activismICT4Dinformation-flowlocation-based-servicemappingsocial-network

In this blog post, I will dive into the latest buzz: Google Buzz. Google Buzz is a huge jump in location-based services as it happens all around the world at once. I have browsed through the map of Google Buzz’ mobile phone version, where statuses can be combined with your…

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Culture of social networks in Africa on the example of trade

01-12-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dafricabusinessmarket-informationmobilesocial-networkvalue-chainweb2fordev

There are over one billion Internet users worldwide according to a list from Wikipedia. Every day thousand of people joining social networks such as Facebook. How can these social networks be used to boost business? Are there differences between countries or regions how such social networks work? Mark Davies from Esoko, explains…

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From global to local: Mobile, mapping and action

23-11-2009 – Filed under activismICT4Dmappingmobilemonitoringvisualization

Location, mobile phones and the Internet, combined together, are becoming an attractive amalgam for new opportunities. There is a fascinating trend to see the convergence of mobile technologies connected to the Internet and the rising importance of location. This is not just another hype, but could really be interesting for…

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The many potential channels for mobile services

01-11-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dmobilemobilewebrural-developmentwireless

There is a wide variety of information and communication technologies, but even more ways to use them to deliver content. Particularly in constraint environments such as rural areas, a whole range of channels are offered to get information to a person needed. In preparation for next week’s ICT observatory 2009…

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Combining open innovation and crowdsourcing?

07-10-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dcrowdsourcinginnovationpeer-to-peeropen-innovation

At the Socialcamp in Berlin last weekend, a session dealt with “social business 2.0,” which turned out to be an intense and inspiring discussion on open innovation for appropriate technology through crowdsourcing – a sentence with many buzzwords. Essentially, many questions were raised, but among those were: How can innovative…

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The Internet of Things: Open intelligence through citizen action

02-10-2009 – Filed under activismICT4DcrowdsourcingenvironmentInternet-of-ThingsRFIDSupply-chaintransparency

The Internet of Things is a rather old story within the web. But through simple, low-cost technology such as RFID chips (Radio Frequency Identification Tags) volunteers worldwide gain another potentially powerful monitoring instrument. Such crowdsourcing efforts can unseal environmental damage, give valuable data to advocacy organizations and development projects. Internet…

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Mapping the 400+ ICT4D Twitter members

25-08-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dmaptwitter

Inspired by a post on ICTWorks, I have compiled a comprehensive list of 400 ICT4D twitter members. Almost a year ago, I started a second Twitter account for news around ICT4D. I had previously offered the ICT4D feed (subscribe) for a while and publish the best pieces of that feed on…

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Exploring the potentials of blogging for development

14-07-2009 – Filed under ICT4Daccountabilitybloggingconversationsocial-changeweb2fordev

In the recent edition of the “Participatory Learning and Action” magazine titled “Change at hand: Web 2.0 for development”, I wrote an article about blogging and whether writing blog posts could make a difference in the development work. In this times of breathtaking web changes, blogging seems already outdated, therefore,…

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The race to map Africa and ethical issues around online mapping

03-06-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dlinksafricageospatialmappingopen-sourceopen-dataparticipationprojectsvisualizationweb2fordev

I started blogging at the Web2fordev gateway, from which I will crosspost some articles here from time to time to get some further discussions on web2fordev. I wrote the following piece together with Giacomo Rambaldi, the initiator of PPgis (Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies). Online Mapping…

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Mobile Activism in Africa

11-05-2009 – Filed under activismICT4Dafricacitizen-mediaelectionsmediamobilenetworkzimbabwe

Why and how does the mobile phone play a role in activism in Africa? What makes it be different from other forms of activism? And what are the potentials and challenges behind it? I tried answering these questions two weeks ago at the Medien Jour Fix,  an interesting German network…

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Perspectives on constraints of ICT in Africa

08-05-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dconnectivitymobilerural-development

Despite the exciting potentials about new technologies for development and, particularly, the latest hype on mobile phones, it is necessary not to loose out sight of the incredible challenges towards Internet access or extended mobile usage. I have collected over the past months some interesting facts and figures from a…

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What does local content have to do with low-bandwidth applications?

14-04-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dlinksafricabandwidthbloggingconnectivitymobilerural-developmentweb2fordev

High bandwidth access expands worldwide, finally in Africa too, but in many places the connectivity does not allow for an easy Internet usability, let alone the use of many tools for publishing own content and interacting easily with other users. Aside from many other challenges, one important to remark is…

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9 Examples of innovative tools for the mobile phone

05-03-2009 – Filed under activismICT4Dapplicationconsumer-rightsenvironnmentmobilemobilewebsocial-change

One of the major shift is not the growth of mobile phones, but its transformations to a multi-purpose tool and its ubiquitous nature. Being it a calculator, a translator or a broadcasting, sensing or analyzing medium – the mobile phone will affect much more daily life than personal computers did….

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My take on the state of mobile phones for developments

25-01-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dafricaagriculturedevelopmentmobileopen-sourcerural-development

As an outcome from the virtual forum on mobile phones by FAO – where I experienced a great exchange with mobile phone practitioners worldwide – I was interviewed by the e-agriculture.org forum. During the interview, I tried to summarize my observations and discussions around mobile  phones for development from the…

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The participatory web – new potentials for ICT in rural areas

11-01-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dagriculturelocal-knowledgemobilerural-developmentweb2fordev

I had the honour to be the editor of a new cover publication by the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Technical Cooperation). This is one of many pieces the sector project “Knowledge System in Rural Areas” has published in recent years, which I can highly recommend. One is a…

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Flu alerts and what it says about the future power of information

26-12-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dapidevelopmentenvironmentfeedmappingmashupmobileopen-sourcerss

The other day I stumbled over this news piece: “The phone that feels the flu before you do” – a company offers a service, where one can find out how intensive the level of flu is in their area. So, basically, you can get “Open Source Intelligence” via mobile phone….

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Future trends of mobile activism

15-12-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Dafricakenyamobileparticipationsmssocial-networksoftware

The simplest and most powerful form of mobile activism in the future will probably still be ordinary communication. However, in all fields of activism such as advocacy, awareness, research and protest, the mobile phone can be a strategic tool for communication, collaboration, coordination and collective action. In this regard we…

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Mobile phone innovation may not happen where you think it does

22-11-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dafricagpsinnovationiphonemobilesmssoftwaretechnology

The first days have passed by at the the Virtual Forum “Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas” and it has triggered some interesting discussions. One thread is around innovations and mobile phones. Being it software or ideas to extend the usage of the all purpose tools, cutting edge innovations are not…

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Virtual Forum: Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas

14-11-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dagriculturemobilerural-development

Next week starts a two-week-long virtual forum on mobile telephony in rural areas, put together by the FAO through the e-agriculture initiative. The forum brings together people from all around the world to dicuss the potential of mobile phones particularly for rural development, but probably also various other topics around…

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The limits to filter feeds and gain more relevance

23-10-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dknowledge-managementfeedict4dfeedrsssocial-mediatechnology

For the past months I have been trying to make the most out of information, therefore I have been experimenting with feeds. No doubt the information power one gains through feeds is great, but the time needed to digest all that information is too long. Unfortunately, there are only a…

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Africa, Asia, Europe: Web enthusiasts for social innovation

08-10-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Dbarcampsocial-change

The other day I watched some videos from the Web2.0 Expo in New York. I have to say I liked most presentations, but at the same time I was bored that it is all too often about business and just another start up. Therefore, I was surprised to hear Tim…

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Web2fordev one year after – a critical review

09-09-2008 – Filed under ICT4Ddevelopmentinnovationlocal-knowledgemashupnetworkorganizationweb2fordevwisdom-of-crowd

Most of my readers know how enthusiastic I am about the potential that Internet has; being this either social web, social media, web2.0 or however you want to name it. But if I look back at what has happened in the development field during the last year, I have to…

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Mobile phones for development = grassroots innovations

20-07-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationconnectivitygrassrootskm4devmobileopen-sourcetwitter

Recently, there seems to be a hype around mobile phones in developing countries. It is great to see the investments being made in mobile technology and communication. At the KM4DEV unconference Pete Cranston, Luca Servo  and I organized a little session around the potential of mobile phones for knowledge sharing….

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Digital divide: Connectivity and the different dimensions of literacy

02-06-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dknowledge-managementconnectivitylearningmediasocial-mediatechnology

During last days I have been going trough different ICT4D papers, and then again I have been astonished to see that their focus was mainly limited to the issue of access although access to a computer or Internet is just a first step and does not mean you can fully…

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Wisdom of crowd: Bottom up measuring of development results

19-05-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Ddevelopmentkenyamobileopennessorganizationweb2fordevwisdom-of-crowd

Some days ago, I had a talk with a colleague from another development organization about web2fordev. We were asking whether web2.0 can really make a difference in development work? We both agreed it can, but we were unsure whether the organizational culture has to change first or the external pressure…

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Complexity trap: Local vs. global knowledge in development work

12-05-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dknowledge-managementbiodiversitydevelopmentlocal-knowledge

The world wide web offers a growing variety of expertise on all kinds of topics. This global knowledge, such as the scientific domain, has generic character. The expertise is important, especially to tackle all sorts of challenges, but without including the local context could be quickly useless. Often, the applied…

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6 innovative grassroot mashups for transparency

05-05-2008 – Filed under activismICT4De-democracygrassrootsmashupunited-nations

Some weeks ago I wrote a post about a new initiative by UNHCR, which promotes the use geodata mashups to provide information about refugee camps all around the world. Today, I saw another initiative by the World Bank called geo.worldbank.org: “Our work around the world.” Again, it is a nice…

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Mobile everything: 3 new dimensions of citizen engagement

28-04-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Dcitizen-journalismmobilesocial-networktwitter

Blogs have started a little revolution – nowadays everyone with Internet access can publish content on the web. Citizens can articulate their perspective and exchange it within a network of blogs. The mobile phone, with its improved access to the web, gives new means for citizen engagement because one can…

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Collaboration for change: Reflections on the Social Innovation Camp

16-04-2008 – Filed under activismcommunicationICT4Dcollaborationcreativitynonprofitsicamp08social-entrepreneursocial-networksocial-innovation

A bit late I write my feedback from the Social Innovation Camp (sicamp08), which luckily had the chance to join. I first heard about it from Dan McQuillan, who is one of the initiators and also has a great blog. It was a fascinating weekend with a real kind of…

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United Nations mashups: Visualizing world challenges

08-04-2008 – Filed under ICT4Ddevelopmentenvironmentmashupstatisticsunited-nationsweb2fordev

It is quite exciting to see that the United Nations and their different branch-organizations are slowly harnessing the potential of the web in innovative ways. I have previously blogged about the idea of a huge interesting UN aggregator project and the UNDP water wiki during the last web4dv conference. To…

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Web2.0 - potentials or obstacles for connectivity?

25-03-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dbandwidthconnectivityweb2fordev

The discussion about web2.0 and development is divided roughly into two groups. One argues for the potential of the social web and that finally the users shape the web and applications to their benefit. And the other side wonders what does web2.0 make for a difference in the field of…

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Is mobile development repeating ICT4D errors?

16-03-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dconferencemobilemobilewebweb2fordev

In the mobile and development list of Dgroups, Prof. Richard Heeks wrote this message recently: There’s a notion that “m-Development” will be more attuned to the needs and context of users than was the initial round of ICT4D projects (what we might call “ICT4D 1.0”). But I wonder if, in…

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Contribute to the combined ICT4D news feed

05-03-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dfeedict4dfeedrsstechnology

One great way for information hunting feeds, is to grasp whatever is out there on the web concerning one topic. This way, you can get news, discussions and great links right on your desktop. But what about filtering them in order to get the best out of the mass? Especially,…

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When is the collaborative mobile web coming?

12-02-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationlearningmobilersssocial-network

In Phnom Penh, as everywhere else, the mobile phone is a must have accessory for the youth, and when they get together, they enjoy bluetoothing; or so Thomas Wanhoff told me during my stay in Cambodia. This basically means that they share ringtones, images, videos and games through their mobile phones. The other…

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Web2.0 and development studies

04-02-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationopennessweb2fordev

In my last post I argued that the collaborative web has its implications for development aid. And yesterday I read an interesting article by Mark Thompson from the University of Cambridge titled “ICT and development studies: towards development2.0.” The article is an attempt to highlight the potentials of the web…

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A network of ideas - development 2.0

01-02-2008 – Filed under communicationICT4Dcitizen-journalismculturedevelopmentnetworkopen-sourceopennesspoverty

[Published in the Internationale Politik magazine in December 2007.] How the participative Web 2.0 challenges development cooperation - and why this is a chance for development organizations  Adyaka, a village in the heart of Uganda, needs a new trade school. None of the 4,000 inhabitants have the necessary skills to…

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7 concerns about the web in 2008

21-01-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dknowledge-managementculturelanguagenetworkopennessparticipation

Frequent readers know I am quite enthusiastic about the social web, its potentials and cultural impact. Especially when it comes to knowledge sharing and information and communication technologies for development. However, I also have concerns and see obstacles about the participative web – its development and its divide. So as…

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Notes from the web4dev conference

03-12-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricaconferenceconnectivitydevelopmentweb2fordev

Continuing with the web4dev conference in Nairobi, I wanted to add some more personal perspectives. During the conference, on the second day, twenty different workshops were offered. We, Nynke and I, gave a presentation that same day, and as with most other sessions, not many people showed up. We highlighted…

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Start of the web4dev conference: Major issue connectivity

28-11-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricaconnectivitymobiletechnology

I am at the Web4Dev conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference brings together people from all over the world to discuss how the web can contribute to development. One overarching topic are the Millennium Development Goals and how information and communication technologies (ICT) can help to achieve them. I will…

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Open Source Life?

12-11-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricacollaborationopen-sourceparticipation

As Japan is losing interest in the personal computer, Google announces recently the Android alliance to bring free and open source software to mobile phones. The revolutionary part of this is that proprietary software might be mostly for the personal computer; it will not longer be anymore for the mobile….

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Development aid 2.0

02-10-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcivil-societydevelopmentparticipationweb2fordev

I was interviewed by the Deutsche Welle (German version) last week during the web2fordev conference. As a result from the interview, an interesting article was published (Entwicklungshilfe 2.0) in which not only the potential of web2.o in the context of development is discussed, but it is also questioned whether web2.o…

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web2fordev conference impressions (2)

30-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationconferenceculturefeednetworkopennessrssweb2fordevwiki

Complexity Another key lesson was the big question of ‘how to best combine all these web2.0 tools to obtain better results.’ Everybody is still experimenting –this might be what web2.0 is all about. Nevertheless, I understood the importance of taking a holistic approach and use a combination of blogs according…

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web2fordev conference impressions (1)

29-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dconferenceopen-sourceopennessrural-developmentsharingweb2fordev

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to blog during the web2fordev conference. Organization work was more than what I expected, and of course there were so many interesting people to talk to around, I just couldn’t let go. Favourably, we got about 50 blog posts mainly from our journalists,…

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web2fordev conference has started

25-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dbloggingdevelopmenttaggingweb2fordev

A great first day on the web2fordev conference lies behind me. I arrived on Sunday and already had the pleasure to sit around with my fellow bloggers - journalists from Africa. Lately they already made some very interesting podcasts and during the conference we will have video interviews, but also…

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An overview of blogging for development

19-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dbloggingdevelopmentmobilescience

Background As some of you might already know I work for GTZ (German Technical Cooperation), and I am of course very interested in the potential of the web towards development aid and international cooperation. Surprisingly–and correct me if I am wrong!–but to me, it seems there are not many blogs…

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Few steps to a powerful social software application

08-09-2007 – Filed under communicationICT4Dfeedopen-sourcesharingsocial-networkweb2fordev

I have been dealing with different kinds of content management systems for some years now. What I find fascinating lately it is how applications became powerful and how easy they are to handle by non-experts. **Through these applications, creating social media and networking is possible for everybody. **Wikis and blogs…

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4 examples for innovative mobile phone use in Africa

29-08-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricabusinessmobile

According to the latest statistics from the New York Times and the World Bank, the African continent is lagging behind in mobile phone subscribers and Internet users. However, African countries have one of the highest quota of mobile phone subscribers. The rate of subscribers varies a lot –between 724 in…

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Weekly links: ICT4D, TED in Africa and enterprise2.0

06-08-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dlinksafrica

Online platform for South Asian community development Still in beta, this group blog offers insights into ICT4D projects in all over South Asia. Stories are for example: wireless computer technology in Nepal or a rural ICT center along with Digital Photography Lab in Bangladesh. Best way to understand information and…

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10 lessons learnt from ICT4D

05-08-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dconnectivityculturelearningopen-sourcesharing

Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) is still a fairly new theme in the development arena. Throughout the years ICT4D has diversified in many different sub-themes such as e-governance, e-agriculture, e-health, education, etc. Although there have been successful stories, the high hopes had often not been realized in many…

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Can free and open source software make a difference in developing countries?

23-07-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dbusinessculturedevelopmentlearningnetworkopen-sourcesharing

I have already written before about the concept of open source, but this time I want to highlight the potential of free and open source software (FOSS). I attended a while ago an interesting presentation on free and open source software by Andrea Götzke and Balthas Seibold. What I found…

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Social webs in Africa

14-07-2007 – Filed under activismcommunicationICT4Dafricabloggingconnectivitymobilesocial-network

Today I was interviewed by the German radio station “Deutschland Radio Kultur.” The interview is now available as a podcast at blogspiel.de. The interview’s main topic was Social Webs in Africa, stressing general issues about connectivity in Africa and social web such as the blogosphere. Thanks to Sokari Ekine I…

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What effects does web2.0 have on development aid?

01-07-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcivil-societydevelopmentnetworkweb2fordev

The new web does not only offer a great potential for development in different domains, it also has its implications for traditional development aid, said Giulio Quaggiotto and Pierre Wielezynski in their recent article, “Development 2.0: A New Paradigm for the Non-Profit Sector?” The authors highlight different facets of web2.0…

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Challenges of web2.0 in Africa

18-06-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricabloggingcivil-societyconnectivitymobilewebnpk4devweb2fordev

Recently I met Toni Eliasz from Ungana-Afrika in Pretoria. We discussed over web2.0 in the context of development. His thoughts were interesting on that of the potential and challenges of the collaborative web, given his experiences in South Africa and the region. Ungana is a NGO which devotes its work…

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An overview on Egyptian bloggers and activism

17-06-2007 – Filed under activismICT4Dbloggingcivil-societynetworkpolitics

In the arab region activists use sophisticated and creative blogs and tools to network nationally and internationally and to tackle issues such as human rights, freedom of speech and democracy. Especially in Egypt, where the blogosphere is very vibrant, in contrary to European political bloggers. On Egybloggers more than 320…

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How can Web2.0 contribute to development?

08-06-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationsharingsocial-networkweb2fordev

I am part of the organization team for the web2fordev conference in Rome, this coming September, and therefore I am excited to anounce our new blog here too. Dear friends, colleagues, bloggers and readers, Here are a few questions for you. How can Web2.0 contribute to development? What are your…

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Do new web applications benefit the poor?

04-06-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricabloggingcomputerconnectivityopen-sourcesharingsocial-networkweb2fordevwiki

I was curious when an article titled Web 2.0 can benefit the world’s poor appeared on Scidev.net. The authors Waleed al-Shobakky and Jack Imsdahl see in new web applications, such as Google docs, a great potential for developing countries. They write, “Web 2.0 can help these students create documents, track…

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Fair trade laptop - an extra 30 euro would be enough

12-05-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dbusinesscivil-societycomputerenvironment

Fair trade coffee is widely known and successful, but what about fair trade computers? This was the question of a session at the re-publica conference back in April with Frithjof Schmidt (member of the European parliament) and Andrea Manhart from the Ökoinstitut in Freiburg (ecological institute). The labour conditions of…

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Mobile phones for development

07-05-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricamobilemobilewebnetworksocial-network

A lot has been debated about the one laptop per child initiative, but less has been said about the use of mobile phones for development. Even though according to a DFID and vodafone study “the number of mobile users is growing twice as fast in developing countries as in developed…

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