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The past 30 days in technology for development

Synthesis report: Big data for climate change and disaster resilience: realising the benefits for developing countries

Despite some promising results, there are barriers, gaps and risks associated with the application and use of Big Data in supporting resilience in developing countries. Many of these challenges are similar to those that have emerged in related areas– notably in the ICT for Development (ICT4D) and Participatory GIS (PGIS) field.

R/T ≠ Endorsement

For pretty-much eight years now I’ve been tweeting about international development, technology, social change, innovation, technology, my work, and how we can all help make the world a better place. Some of it is pretty serious stuff. And sometimes it gets the odd retweet, too.
So it’s funny that my most popular tweet so far – posted exactly a year ago today – covered none of those.

Big Data and International Development: Impacts, Scenarios and Policy Options

Many people are excited about data, particularly when those data are big. Big data, we are told, will be the fuel that drives the next industrial revolution, radically reshaping economic structures, employment patterns and reaching into every aspect of economic and social life.

Ensuring Developing Countries Benefit from Big Data

Big data is already creating a big impact. Some herald it as the new data revolution, others worry it is a tool for manipulation, while many in development cite it as key to successfully implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Building the Voter Registration for the Myanmar Elections

Myanmar's first free and fair elections in 25 years were held Sunday, November 8th. From 1962 to 2011 Myanmar was under military control, but elections were held in 2010 and 2012 (a by-election for small number of seats). These elections lead to the transition of a full military rule to a military backed peoples government in 2011.

Learning from the use of technology in showcase schools

just 'act natural' and pretend we're not here

just 'act natural' and pretend we're not here

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Le pouvoir de la cartographie participative en 3D chez les Saramacas du Suriname (video)

Il y a cinquante ans, quelque 5000 individus du peuple Saramaccan du Suriname ont d quitter leurs terres traditionnelles, le long de la Rivire Suriname en raison de la construction d'un grand barrage. Les blessures de cette transmigration se font encore sentir aujourd'hui.

The enabling power of participatory 3D mapping among the Saramaccan Peoples of Suriname (Video)

Fifty years ago, some 5000 Saramaccan Peoples of Suriname had to leave their traditional lands along the Suriname River due to the construction of a major dam. The wounds of this transmigration are still felt today.

New idea? Or old idea done better?

Last week I received my yearly mailing of Ashoka’s inspiring ‘Leading Social Entrepreneurs’ publication. It’s always fascinating flicking through the work and lives of some quite extraordinary individuals helping make their part of the world a better place.

Global Information Technology Report 2015

The Global Information Technology Report 2015 features the latest iteration of the Networked Readiness Index, which assesses the factors, policies and institutions that enable a country to fully leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) for increased competitiveness and well-being.

Creating Value through Open Data

The European Union has adopted legislation to foster the re-use of Open (Government) Data. The expected impact of this legislation combined with the development of data portals, is to drive economic benefits and further transparency. Economic benefits are primarily derived from the re-use of Open Data. Value is there. The question is how big?

We Are Coming Full Circle From AOL to Facebook: What Can We Learn?

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What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in International Development?

December’s San Francisco Technology Salon focused on “How to connect stakeholders HERE with innovators and emerging leaders THERE?” We had an energizing conversation that covered questions like: What role should Silicon Valley be playing in international development? What can Silicon Valley learn from those on the ground? What works and when doesn’t it work? The...

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