Family Communication Technology Design in Rural and Low Income Parts of Kenya

This dissertation focuses on understanding how families communicate over distance when using technology in Kenya, and how we should think about designing technology to support family communication over distance between rural and urban settings of the country. It is divided in two parts with first part exploring family communication practices […]

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Language documentation and division: Bridging the digital divide

Contemporary language documentation workflow is a largely digital process. While this has had many benefits for how linguists undertake language documentation projects, it has also lead to a disparity between how the process is conceptualised by academic researchers, and how it is conceptualised by the speakers of endangered languages. In […]

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Making the Connection: Essays on Indigenous Digital Excellence

We all understand the power of being connected in the digital world, being on-line, with everything at our finger-tips. But what will it take to make the most of this opportunity when it comes to Indigenous Australia? This unique set of essays commissioned by the Telstra Foundation, shows how Aboriginal […]

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Human Rights and Access to Information and Communication Technologies

The world is going through a profound change where advances in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have tied nation states into an increasingly complex web of development, thus prompting the extreme importance of access to ICTs. Article 27 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) provides that ‘everyone has […]

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Challenges Faced in Overcoming Indigenous Digital Divide in Brazil

This paper’s objective is to identify the level of digital inclusion made possible by Brazilian digital divide program Electronic Government – Citizen Attention Service (Governo Eletrônico – Serviço de Atendimento ao Cidadão – Gesac) on indigenous lands. We are guided by Brazilian sociologist Bernardo Sorj’s five level digital inclusion system: […]

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ICT World Today

ICT World Today is a journal on Information and Communication Technology for Development developed by the Korea Information Society Development Institute with support from APCICT. Note: seems to have been in production for only two years (2009-2010). Aims & Scope To contribute to developing the overall economies, enhancing the quality […]

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ICTs and Sustainable Solutions for the Digital Divide: Theory and Perspectives

Chapter Abstracts Delineating the meaning and value of Development Informatics Graeme Johanson This chapter describes the field of Development Informatics as it has emerged in the past two decades, and highlights some of the strengths of its research and practices. It draws on the current literature and the expertise of […]

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The Digital Divide Dilemma: Preserving Native American Culture While Increasing Access

Introduction “[I]nformation is power. The development of a Navajo Nation information infrastructure is a historic event that holds many possibilities.” A comparison of the access to technology on Native American reservations with urban American settings reveals a great divide. For example, only 39% of Native Americans living in rural areas […]

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Community memory and ICT in a developing economy

Abstract The implementation of ICT in Africa pales in comparison with developed economies. Data of the use of landline phones, cellular phones and internet connectivity indicates that the most equipped African countries, of which there are only a handful, are worse off than the poorly connected countries in developed regions […]

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Mobile Web for Social Development (MW4D)

The MW4D Interest Group explores how to use the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Mobile phones as a solution to bridge the Digital Divide and provide minimal services (health, education, governance, business, …) to rural communities and under-privileged populations of Developing Countries.

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Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) is an emerging field in the development agendas especially within the developing countries. It refers to the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as the key for social and economic development. As a result, literacy levels and skills in learning can be […]

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The Journal of Community Informatics

Focus and Scope Community Informatics (CI) is the study and the practice of enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). CI seeks to work with communities towards the effective use of ICTs to improve their processes, achieve their objectives, overcome the “digital divides” that exist both within and between […]

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Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)

Digital Empowerment Foundation, a Delhi based not-for-profit organization was registered on December 2002, under the “Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860″ to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. With no political affiliations, it was founded by Osama Manzar to uplift the downtrodden and to create economic and commercial viability […]

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Vision: In 2028 the digital divide is minimized. Lesser developed countries (LDCs) will be interconnected with the developed world using state of the art information- and communication-technologies (ICTs). People living in LDCs will have the ability to access world wide available information and knowledge at reconcilable costs. Subsequently the social […]

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Rethinking the Indigenous Communications Program: developed by Broadband for the Bush Alliance

From the Executive Summary… Indigenous Communications Over the years, governments have put in place a range of initiatives aimed at improving communications in remote Indigenous communities. However, high levels of digital inequality still exist in many communities around Australia. Indigenous Remote Media Association (IRCA) highlights this point, saying ‘most remote […]

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THINK! The Innovation Knowledge Foundation

THINK! (The Innovation Knowledge Foundation) is an international no-profit research institute – a think tank – whose aim is to collect, process, share and circulate information concerning the ways in which ICT and digital technologies can enable innovation processes, economic growth and human development in mature, emerging and less developed […]

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Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas (ICCTA)

ICCTA’S Mission To promote the appropriate use and development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to strengthen the recovery of the roots of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and their legal, political, social, educational, cultural, spiritual and economic well-being. Slideshow about the ICCTA ICCTA Strategic Plan The objective of […]

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ICT4D Bibliography at

This is a gathering of literature on subjects related to the impact of Information and Communication Technologies in the society, especially in development curated by Ismael Peña-López. Thus, you’ll find readings about the Information Society, the Digital Divide, e-Readiness or Digital Literacy, as core themes, and the Digital Economy, e-Learning, […]

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Bridging the Digital Divide in Uganda

For more information visit the IDRC website.

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Our Side of the Divide: African Perspectives on Information and Communication Technologies

Introduction This booklet is part of a broad strategy called ‘Speaking for Ourselves’. It recognises, that while the African perspective on the digital divide is underrepresented in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society, the people most directly affected by the digital divide have the best ideas, […]

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African Fractals, Virtual Bead Looms, and other Culturally Situated Design Tools

Culturally Situated Design Tools While solutions to the “digital divide” are often imagined as a one-way bridge, there are a variety of ways in which we can create a two-way bridge alternative. Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs) use information technology to “translate” from local knowledge and low-tech practice, to high-tech […]

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Culturally Situated Design Tools

While solutions to the “digital divide” are often imagined as a one-way bridge, there are a variety of ways in which we can create a two-way bridge alternative. Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs) use information technology to “translate” from local knowledge and low-tech practice, to high-tech domains such as math, […]

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ICTs and New Indigenous Mobilities? Insights from Remote Northern Territory Communities

Published in the Journal of Rural and Community Development, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2012) Abstract Like most of the jurisdictions highlighted in this edition, the Northern Territory of Australia has a large Indigenous population who live in small communities isolated from major service centres and urban areas. A digital divide […]

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Other side of the divide: Latin-American and Caribbean Perspectives on the WSIS

Introduction The process generated around the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is an opportunity to present to the world the contributions that from Latin America and the Caribbean have been made in this respect. Diverse actors of this region of the planet have worked and work today in […]

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The Potential of the Internet for Development: Digital Divides and Uneven Geographies of Knowledge

A talk to DFID by Dr. Mark Graham of the Oxford Internet Institute The Internet and other new technologies have put information at the centre of the global economy. It is therefore important to understand who produces and reproduces this information, who has access, and who and where are represented […]

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