Open or not open? That is the question.

For many of the open source “purists” in the ICT4D field, there is only one (relatively rigid) way to run an open source project.

Africa: Opportunity Awaits

(by Muchiri Nyaggah & Niti Bhan from Semacraft. Semacraft is a research and consulting company that focuses on Africa and things digital in Africa)

How to process information inside the Ushahidi platform – Part I: SMS and Twitter

[This post was originally posted on Anahi Ayala Iacucci's  blog Diary of a Crisis Mapper. Anahi is a consultant and Crisis Mapper and has worked or helped in more than 13 Ushahidi deployments, starting with Ushahidi Chile when she was a student at Columbia University, to her lately involvement with PakReport in Pakistan and U-Shahid in Egypt].

#m4D - The Official Twitter Hashtag for Using Mobile Phones for Development

On the Twitter social network, people use hashtags, the "#" symbol followed by letters and numbers or a word to signify a Tweet in relation to a specific subject. For example, the #ICT4D hashtag is employed to represent the use of information and communications technologies for development.
After an exhaustive analysis and multiple interviews with thought leaders, I've come to the conclusion that #m4D is the best hashtag to signify Tweets related to the use of mobile phones in the international development of social and economic advancement in the developing world.


Why #m4D?

Twitter’s OAuthcalypse and Ushahidi

Twitter LogoOn August 16, Twitter will be limiting requests using basic authentication for requests to their API and shutting them off entirely on August 31. What does this mean for Ushahidi? Ushahidi uses this method to connect to your Twitter account and download direct messages. If you have your own deployment of Ushahidi and you have added your Twitter username and password in the admin settings, you will no longer be receiving these messages. However, keep in mind that you will continue to receive messages based on your hashtag settings!

Ten Ways to Use SwiftRiver

On August 30th we’ll release the first public beta of the SwiftRiver platform, an open source toolkit of semantic web technologies. It’s been a busy few months as we’ve been working round the clock to bring you a solid product.
One of the questions I’m asked frequently is “What can I use SwiftRiver for?” Here are a few examples:
1. Monitoring Real-Time Conversations

Social Networking for the Global South: February #ICT4D Twitter Chat Wrap-Up

Without a doubt, social networking has changed the technology landscape in places like Europe and the United States. But what is the role of this technology in the Global South? The February #ICT4D Twitter Chat focused on this during a lively 90-minute dialogue between technologists, implementers, and others in the ICT4D world. (Take the Chat Survey)

Today! #ICT4D Twitter Chat: How Can Social Networking Increase ICT4D?

Don't forget that we're having a Twitter Chat today. We want to explore the impact of social networking technologies on businesses and communities in the developing world with our guides: ICTworks, Michael Downey, and Chloe Feinberg.

How Can Social Networking Increase ICT Usage? February #ICT4D Twitter Chat

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn - these social networking technologies are driving ICT adoption worldwide. They're also increasing revenues and efficiencies in leading American and European companies.

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But what's the impact, if any, of social networking technologies on businesses and communities in the developing world? Are they really driving ICT adoption and business revenues in rural areas? Or does Facebook, Twitter, and the like just reinforce the techno-elite echo chamber - bypassing the Global South completely?

Follow Up on Mobile Technology Twitter Conversation

Messages to the #SocEntChat hash tag trickled in all day.  the drizzle turned into a downpour Five minutes before the event was to sta, as users deluged their networks with tweets and re-tweets that the discussion was about to sta.  Like a flash flood, the group materialized, changed the world, and was gone.
 click the word cloud to see what was most talked about.

FS Misik Folge 82

Ich bin vor einigen Monaten über den Blog bzw. Twitter-Feed von Robert Misik gestolpert und seither von seinen Artikeln und Videos immer wieder begeistert gewesen. Eines der Highlights dabei ist sicherlich der FS Misik Videocast für den STANDARD (der übrigens vor kurzem sein Portal gelauncht hat).

Lichterkette – Wien – 18/06/2009

Apologies for this post being in German… Um gegen die vor allem in den letzten Wochen und Monaten wiedermal besonders furchtbaren politischen Zustände zu protestieren haben zwei Studentinnen die (v.A. über Facebook organisierte) Aktion Lichterkette gestartet. Der Aufruftext zur Aktion lautete:

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