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The past 30 days in technology for development

What Traversing Africa by Road Can Teach us about Technology, Community, and Impact

TLDR: The scope of impact in Africa for work is great and an inspiration for the work ahead in 2015. Similar problems exist in various African countries and similar opportunities and the incredible chance to participate in a bolder stake on the future of the continent. Local communities have a key role in shaping strategy and can teach us a lot about what works where.

Globalising the Net Neutrality Debate

There are many factors that have the enabled the successful scaling of the Internet into a global phenomenon: a consensus-based, voluntary approach to standards;  decentralised design; and, a vast body of openly-licensed software have all contributed.

A World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

This report from the UN's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) proposes ways to improve data for achieving and monitoring sustainable development.

AIMS Newsletter no. 34

Pronoia, beautiful inefficiency, and an artwork built for one

In the fall and winter of 2013, the writer Rick Moody experienced a set of events designed to change his life. His priest gave him a book, apparently written decades ago (though actually specially crafted just for him), to read with his daughter.

7 lessons learnt in five years of citizen participation & civic innovation

For the past 5 years I have been involved in a number of web civic engagement projects. I have seen as many successes as failures, which in one way or another have always been a lesson.

Bittersweet Farewell to SwiftRiver

We started SwiftRiver with the lofty vision for a simple tool that quickly reveals insights hidden within the massive streaming real-time information flowing in from all web, mobile, and social sources.

The rise of Open Data in Kazakhstan

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Homes near an urban center in Kazakhstan.

The Road to Harare, and the Zimbabwe Tech Hubs

We made it into Harare, Zimbabwe last night after a long 17-hours traveling. Due to the rainstorm in South Africa we were forced to sleep 230km from the Beit Bridge border crossing, well shy of the 30km we had planned. The wind was blowing and gusting so hard we were forced to ride at odd angles. Eventually we were forced to call it and went to find a place to sleep by 11:30pm.

A Return to Monrovia in the Time of Ebola

Monrovia, Liberia  Every time I walk into a building, I wash my hands at a station with chlorine and water before someone takes my temperature.Sometimes I have to wear a sticker with my temperature written
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