Thoughts on African Content and Implementation Strategies involved in ICT Access in (rural) Africa

Title: Thoughts on African Content and Implementation Strategies involved in ICT Access in (rural) Africa
Author: Gertjan van Stam
Source: HSRC - Human Sciences Research Council
Date (accessed): 06/05/2014
Type of information: presentation text
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This is the text of the presentation of the author at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Seminar Series in Pretoria, South Africa, 25 March 2014. The author proposes the African components "ubuntu, orality, relatio, dominatio and animatio" as drivers of content, and ‘community engagement, skill development and thought leadership’ as an implementation strategy involved with the practice of ICT access in (rural) Africa.

How a Modern Library Keeps Mothers Healthy in Rural Ghana

Title: How a Modern Library Keeps Mothers Healthy in Rural Ghana
Author: Nicole Baute
Source: Impatient Optimists
Date (published): 26/11/2013
Date (accessed): 06/05/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A woman in Ghana receives messages on her mobile phone to help her have a healthy pregnancy.

A People-Centred Theory of Change for ICT4D?

Title: A People-Centred Theory of Change for ICT4D?
Author: Tony Roberts
Source: Appropriating Technology
Date (published): 12/11/2013
Date (accessed): 06/05/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: 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 = (open) development', or at its most basic: people + knowledge + technology = development

Rwanda to access affordable devices for connectivity

Title: Rwanda to access affordable devices for connectivity
Author: Susan Mwenesi
Source: HumanIPO
Date (published): 04/04/2014
Date (accessed): 06/05/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Rwandans will soon have affordable devices for internet onnectivity that they can pay for on a long-term basis, according to the country’s director general in charge of ICT in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Didier Nkurikiyimfura, at the 11th edition of the ICT Literacy and Awareness campaign in Karongi District.

The ‘Digital Gender Divide’

Title: The ‘Digital Gender Divide’
Author: Clodagh McLoughlin
Source: iheedCrowd
Date (published): 02/04/2014
Date (accessed): 06/05/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The ‘digital gender divide’ sees women lagging behind men in both access to and use of ICT globally, which has negative implications everywhere, but is a major threat to women in developing countries as it widens already significant gender gaps in education attainment, economic opportunity, health status and even survival. Seeing the potential of ICT to empower these women through gainful employment, improving access to affordable health services and their education, the global community has increased efforts to improve ICT access for women in developing countries. But access is only one type of digital divide, and is perhaps the most unassuming to address.

New report outlines cybersecurity challenges in developing countries

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New report outlines cybersecurity challenges in developing countries

Author: Paul Nicholas
Source: TechNet
Date (published): 16/01/2014
Date (accessed): 06/05/2014
Type of information: reserach report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Microsoft released a new study entitled The Cybersecurity Risk Paradox. The new report focuses on specific ways that social and economic factors affect cybersecurity outcomes worldwide. It is a follow-up study that builds on the earlier learnings of a study released last year entitled Linking Cybersecurity Outcomes and Policies.

Don’t Blame the Internet for Rising Inequality

Title: Don’t Blame the Internet for Rising Inequality
Author: John Quiggin
Source: New Left Project
Date (published): 31/03/2014
Date (accessed): 01/04/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The last fifteen years haven't been kind to market liberalism, at least as a factual hypothesis about the world. In 1999, it seemed that the future promised ever-rising stock markets, the end of the business cycle and prosperity for all. Beginning with the bursting of the dotcom bubble in 2001, these hopes have been dashed. It's now clear that for the vast majority of people in the US, and the majority of people in the developed world, the era of market liberalism has been one of slow income growth, more precarious employment, and more limited opportunity for those born outside the charmed circle with parents wealthy enough to give them a head start.

Google’s brilliant plan to get millions to adopt its e-money system: Gmail

Title: Google’s brilliant plan to get millions to adopt its e-money system: Gmail
Author: Christopher Mims
Source: Quartz
Date (published): 27/03/2014
Date (accessed): 28/03/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In May 2013, Google soft-launched a straightforward scheme for sending money to other people. It lets you connect Gmail with a Google Wallet account and send money to a friend for free (from a linked bank account) or for a small fee (from a credit card).

Death of ICT4D 'Greatly Exaggerated'

Title: Death of ICT4D 'Greatly Exaggerated'
Source: Appropriating Tehnology
Date (published): 21/03/2014
Date (accessed): 26/03/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: There seems to be plenty of evidence that ICT4D is not merely alive but actively flourishing (and I mean both ICT4D 'the discipline' as well as use of the term). Since Ken began foretelling the imminent demise of ICT4D the number of undergrad and postgrad university courses has blossomed alongside a continued multiplication of ICT4D conferences, workshops and meet-up groups. The number of ICT4D programmes, apps, projects and initiatives is increasing and has expanded employment opportunities in ICT4D spawning at least one dedicated recruitment service and a significant increase in ICT4D post-holder at international organisations. There is also an ever-expanding list of ICT4D websites, blogs and publications.

National Digital Strategy launched

Title: National Digital Strategy launched
Source: Times Of Malta
Date (published): 24/03/2014
Date (accessed): 26/03/2014
Type of information: announcement
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The strategy covers till 2020 is based on three main pillars - citizens, business and the government. The aim is to promote more the use of social networking, mobile applications, bridge the digital divide and promote research and innovation. Other objectives are to promote Malta as a digital hub, seek strategic alliances with multi national companies and improve the government's online platform. The strategy also includes plans for e-democracy through which citizens have their say in certain decisions as part of a commitment to promote open government.

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