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The past 30 days in technology for development

Building Bridges Between Citizens and Governments

It is often stated that technology is not a panacea solution to any problem, especially problems in governance and citizen engagement. Here at Ushahidi we often say that technology is only 10% of the solution. The other 90% is about people and the partnerships they form.

The Number 1 Reason Why You Do Not Encrypt Email

Two new Pew Research Center studies are very enlightening around the American public’s perception of privacy, security, and surveillance. While both reports are worth a read, there are two contradictory statements that really stand out: The surveys find that Americans feel privacy is important in their daily lives in a number of essential ways. Yet,...

Open Data and Smallholder Food and Nutritional Security

This report aims to provide a better understanding of the actual impact of the open data movement on the food and nutrition security of smallholders and highlight the areas of potential unfilled opportunity.

Navigating the a[i]d industrial complex

It’s disturbing how many creative, smart, capable, ethical people I talk with lately are feeling really de-motivated and sometimes plain disgusted with our field and our profession. At least a few times a month, people contact me wanting to chat through a crisis of purpose, worried that they are losing their souls if they keep working in the belly of the aid/ development/ humanitarian beast.

Time to Ideate!

Pivot-Twist-Dev takes the classic "pivot-twist" approach for idea pitches of taking a familiar concept and twisting it in a new way to the international development space. You might get ideas like "IT'S LIKE TINDER, BUT FOR NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT" or "IT'S LIKE FITNESS TRACKERS, BUT FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP." Are they good?

SwitchPoint 2015: Innovation, Ingenuity, and Global Development

Last month hundreds of participants from around the world met in the artsy community of Saxapahaw, North Carolina, for the fourth annual SwitchPoint conference, produced by

In global development, is the pen mightier than the sword?

I’m reading two books in parallel right now – Ben Ramalingam‘s ‘Aid on the Edge of Chaos‘ and Kentaro Toyama‘s ‘Geek Heresy‘. With both books I’m finding myself regularly pausing for a nod of approval or a wry smile.

Creativity: The Key to Developing Tanzania’s Electronic Immunization System

Creativity doesn’t always come to mind when one thinks about software design and development. Creativity is typically reserved for the arts. Innovation on the other hand is often used to describe new software.

Improving agriculture and nutrition with open data

How can we improve agriculture, food and nutrition with open data?
 In this discussion paper, the Open Data Institute highlight examples of how open data is being used in different agriculture and nutrition contexts to:

Internet rights trainers meet in Jakarta for week-long exchange

JAKARTA
29 May 2015
(Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

Human rights defenders, including activists working on gender and sexual rights, are increasingly experiencing technology-related human rights violations.

Flexibility, opportunity and inclusion through online outsourcing jobs

What is online outsourcing, and how could countries leverage it to create new jobs for youth and women? Those are questions we will help answer as part of an upcoming report and toolkit.

The death of Tidbit and why it matters

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced today that they had settled their complaint with the developers of “Tidbit”, a prototype piece of software developed by four MIT undergraduates as part of a hackathon. It’s about time.

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