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Libraries are powering economic development in the Philippines


The energy was palpable as 10 women crowded around the five computers recently installed in the Baguio Reading Center outside of Davao City, Philippines. For most of these women, it was their first time to use a computer. Librarians from the Davao City Library gathered around the computers with the women and taught them the … Continue reading Libraries are powering economic development in the Philippines

Will Wikipedia Zero Inspire Local Language Content?


The Wikimedia Foundation has launched Wikipedia Zero in Bangladesh, India Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand over the last two years. Wikipedia Zero is a “zero-rate” program that allows users to browse Wikipedia entries on their mobile phones for free thanks to a partnership between Wikimedia and the mobile carrier. Wikimedia’s goal is to enable … Continue reading Will Wikipedia Zero Inspire Local Language Content?

3 Tangible Outcomes from Digital Bangladesh: An Inspiration for South Asia


In 2008, the government of Bangladesh announced a ‘Vision 2021’ pledge is to improve the quality of life and quality of governance, and achieve mid-income country status by the year 2021, on the golden jubilee of the nation. The vision was widely appreciated because of its intention to ensure inclusive innovation. The government of Bangladesh … Continue reading 3 Tangible Outcomes from Digital Bangladesh: An Inspiration for South Asia

Will India Succeed Where Wikipedia Has Failed?


Wikipedia is arguably the world’s largest, and most complete encyclopedia, all the more impressive as its fully crowd-sourced by volunteers with a passion to detail the world’s knowledge. However, Wikipedia has a serious flaw. Because it is crowd-sourced, its really only complete where there is a crowd interested in adding information. Let’s look at the … Continue reading Will India Succeed Where Wikipedia Has Failed?

RSVP now: Tech for Good Fast Pitch by USAID Cambodia


Want to know how you can get involved in using technology to impact Cambodia? USAID’s Cambodia Development Innovations invites you to the first pitch presentation event. The concept is simple – presenters get 4 minutes to talk and “pitch” their idea. After pitching their idea, presenters and participants network with each other to find areas … Continue reading RSVP now: Tech for Good Fast Pitch by USAID Cambodia

Mixing WiMAX and UHF TV for Rural Internet Access in Vietnam


Recent statistics show that the majority of Vietnamese who frequently use the Internet are located almost exclusively in Vietnam’s big cities, such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong, Hue, and Da Nang. This is due to three barriers to rural Internet access faced by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) using conventional cable-based technology: Geographic accessibility: … Continue reading Mixing WiMAX and UHF TV for Rural Internet Access in Vietnam

Better ICT Interventions with Participatory Action Research in Software Development


Software methodologies invariably originate from the West (developed nations of North America and Europe) and are tailored towards the development of products and services for urban users in their urban settings. Given the origin and the target markets, the context and cultural elements of urban developers and users are “infused” in the methodology and design. … Continue reading Better ICT Interventions with Participatory Action Research in Software Development