Technology for Autonomy and Resistance: The Appropriate Technology Movement in South America

Between the 1970s and 1980s appropriate technology (AT) become a worldwide grassroots innovation movement that sought to redefine technology as a tool for development. In South America, AT emerged in a context of political upheaval between the challenge of political repression and the influence of new forms of activism and […]

Shiny Objects and Salvation: Navigating New Technologies for Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation

Mark Oppenneer, Ethnos Project Director, presented this keynote address at El Primer Congresso Internacional Patrimonio Cultural y las Nuevas Tecnologias. The conference was held at El Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico City, December 2014. See the video side-by-side with the presentation slides Learn more about the […]

Appropriate Technologies in the Globalized World: FAQs

Technological innovation over the past century has revolutionized our society’s ability to solve problems. A byproduct of this movement is the advent of appropriate technology, an approach to address challenges in the developing world through creative and people focused product development. Appropriate technology (AT) recognizes that social, environmental, cultural, political, […]

Calling all failures – curating a collection of cautionary tales

A few years ago, I stumbled across a discussion on Facebook that briefly mentioned the Ethnos Project. I wasn’t able to find it again for reference, but I recall that one of the participants had come away from this site with the feeling that the project (or rather, I as its creator) […]

Designing a More Equitable Internet

My research is concerned with the design of appropriate and accessible information systems serving the needs of poor, indigenous, remote and otherwise marginalized communities in the developing and developed world. I am also broadly interested in the impact that new kinds of data and communications tools can have for improving […]

Appropriate Computing Technologies for Development (ACT4D)

The ACT4D research group at IIT Delhi designs and builds information and communication technologies focused towards emerging, developing, bottom of the pyramid regions of the world. Why are we doing this? Many reasons. First, these regions are poor and typically remain untouched with technology unless companies discover ways to monetise […]


What do we do? We are an NGO and not-for-profit organisation that provides IT services for international development. We work on both grant funded projects and direct partnerships with NGOs. We collaborate with NGOs to strengthen the use of IT in their programmes. We offer impartial advice on strategy, policy, […]

Catapult Design

The majority of our world’s population lacks access to life’s basic needs. We develop and implement human-centered products to help them thrive. Technology can empower and liberate. A single, effective product has more potential for worldwide impact – by providing clean water, food, shelter, or income – than any other […]

Kopernik: Technology Marketplace

Kopernik is a registered public charity with tax exempt 501(c)(3) status in the United States which has set up an online marketplace to bridge the gap between innovators, developing communities and financial supporters in order to distribute life-changing technology effectively to the developing world. Kopernik (Copernicus’ Polish name) is known […]

Mobile Technologies for Preservation of Indigenous Knowledge in Rural Communities

In this paper we explore the opportunities of mobile technologies in three of our own development endeavors with rural communities, promoting the preservation of indigenous knowledge. We reflect upon and recognize the fact that the representation of indigenous knowledge will be transformed within the digitalization process under the limitations and […]