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.

Female illiteracy doomed thanks to mobile phones

Title: Female illiteracy doomed thanks to mobile phones
Author: Liat Clark
Source: Wired.co.uk
Date (published): 03/03/2014
Date (accessed): 26/03/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Vodafone has partnered with education activist Malala Yousafzai in an effort to bring mobile-based literacy learning to the 493 million women and 76 million girls globally that cannot read or write. Connecting more women globally on mobile phones could help pull 5.3 million out of illiteracy by 2020.

ICT4D Research Priorities from the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Title: ICT4D Research Priorities from the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Author: Richard Heeks
Source: ICT's for Development
Date (published): 25/03/2014
Date (accessed): 26/03/20134
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The post-2015 development agenda will be the single most-important force shaping the future of international development. In planning our priorities for development informatics (DI) research – the academic study of ICT4D policy and practice – we should therefore pay close attention to the post-2015 agenda.

One Laptop Per Child vs. Intel Classmate

Title: One Laptop Per Child vs. Intel Classmate
Author: symbolmanipulator
Source: Wordpress
Date (published): 23/03/2014
Date (accessed): 24/03/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The big news in my feed recently was around One Laptop Per Child and whether it was dead or not. Why the sudden debate?

6 tips for better ICT4D use

Title: 6 tips for better ICT4D use
Author: Lean Alfred Santos
Source: Devex
Date (published): 20/03/2014
Date (accessed): 24/03/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Despite globalization and the rise of information technology, comprehensive discussions about using information and communication technologies for development remain few and far between — something a faith-based aid group thinks should be addressed for ICT4D to play a much more important role in development programs. Six best practices compiled by the UMCom report.
1. Put people first
2. Understand the local landscape
3. Design using appropriate tools for sustainability and scale
4. Prototype, fail, try again and succeed
5. Build in monitoring and evaluation through feedback and community engagement
6. Be sensitive and don’t lose sight of the bigger picture

Why Kenya’s school laptops program is not the answer

Title: Why Kenya’s school laptops program is not the answer
Source: One.org
Date (published): 17/03/2014
Date (accessed): 24/03/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Kenyan government is delivering on an election promise and has awarded a supply contract for 1.2 million laptops to be given to first year primary school students. In a country where 75 percent of the population lack reliable access to electricity, the laptop roll out, although media sexy, is completely out of touch with reality.

One Laptop Per Child CEO Responds to Flap: “We Have Achieved Our Goals”

Title: One Laptop Per Child CEO Responds to Flap: “We Have Achieved Our Goals”
Author: Wade Roush
Source: Xconomy
Date (published): 20/03/2014
Date (accessed): 21/03/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: When MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte announced to the world in 2005 that his new One Laptop Per Child initiative would produce $100 laptops for students in poor nations, the resulting hullabaloo—a mixture of shock, skepticism, and enthusiasm—went on for several years. It was impossible to build a useful computer for that price, cynics said. But it could revolutionize the way millions of children learn, supporters said.

15 key trends shaping Kenya’s social and digital media landscape

Title: 15 key trends shaping Kenya’s social and digital media landscape
Author: Michelle Atagana
Source: Memeburn
Date (published): 20/03/2014
Date (accessed): 21/03/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Kenya has long been at the forefront of digital innovation in Africa, with products such as M-pesa, Ushahidi and BRCK. It seems the digital revolution is set to continue growing according to a new report on the country’s digital and social media landscape. According to the report’s creators — Nairobi-based strategy and storytelling consultancy Nendo Ventures – there are 15 trends that are shaping the country’s digital landscape.

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