TalkAlter blog is a collection of information on collective memory, oral history, personal biography, genealogy, software and related video, audio and indexing technology. The blog is maintained by the TALKALTER team. TalkAlter : TalkAlter technology Inc. has developed a software and method for automatic creation of interactive video portrait. TalkAlter […]

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The Power of Play: An interview with Pinnguaq founder Ryan Oliver

This interview originally appeared on Rachael Petersen’s blog, Global Native Networks. Pinnguaq is a software localization initiative based in beautiful Pangnirtung, Nunavut in Canada’s high Eastern Arctic. In June 2013, they released an Inuktitut-language version of the best-selling iPad game, Osmos. To do this, they engaged Inuit across the territory to complete […]

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Traditional Knowledge Bulletin

The Traditional Knowledge (TK) Bulletin aims to provide information for indigenous communities and other relevant stakeholders on TK related discussions at international fora. The TK Bulletin is offered by the UNU-IAS as a pilot activity of the Traditional Knowledge Institute (TKI), which focuses on research and training in many aspects […]

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The Complexities of Community Participation in ICT for Development Projects: the Case of “Our Voices”

Community participation is often suggested as a means to a relevant, contextual rural information system (such as a telecentre). Yet, the ICT for development field has much to learn from development literature on the complexities of community participation. We first review the critical literature on participation in development and then […]

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The Value of Extended Networks: Information and Communication Technology Intervention in Rural Peru

This interpretive case study discusses the implications of the information and communication technology (ICT) intervention in a remote village located in the northern Peruvian Andes. An integrated perspective, bringing together the ICT and social capital theories, provides a sensitising framework for this exploratory research. Using grounded theory method for the […]

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ICT for development and commerce: A case study of internet cafés in India

The paper, drawn from on-going studies of internet cafés in India, reports interesting localization of information and communication technology (ICT) offerings in shared public spaces. These are in some disjuncture with the ideology of digital inclusion striving to integrate hitherto excluded and ‘information poor’ communities. We find context specific and […]

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Data Inclusion Projects in Developing Countries: Processes of Institutionalisation

This paper concerns digital inclusion projects in developing countries and, in particular, focuses on processes of institutionalisation of such projects. Three case studies are described and analysed. The first is the Akshaya telecentre project in the state of Kerala in India. The second is a community-based ICT project in a […]

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Information Communications Technologies and Regional Integration: Africa and South America

This paper examines the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and regional integration as a pathway to socio-economic development in Africa and South America. Both regions face a colonial legacy often characterized by stronger external economic and political ties to the developed world than between the countries in the […]

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Information and Communication Technologies in Development: Contextuality and Promise

Implementation of projects aimed at harnessing information and communication technologies (ICTs) for socio-economic development in Africa are inevitably affected by the state of basic infrastructure. This explains the mixed results of ICT adoption as emerging evaluative research indicates. However, through recurrent practices, users of ICTs in many places have devised […]

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Revisiting the role of ICT in Development

It is now widely accepted that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have an important role in national development. However, the nature of the link between the two remains unclear. Much of this state is due to lack of clarity on how ICT is conceptualized in this context. While some conceptual […]

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The Challenge of “sustainability” in ICT4D – is Bricolage the Answer?

Sustainability is a central concern in a wide variety of “ICT for development” projects – from telecentres to ICT education in schools and universities and health informatics. But what is sustainability and how can it be achieved? In contrast tothe ICT fordevelopment literature, much IS literature does not emphasize sustainability, […]

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