• Code Of Ethics Concept

    A Call for Ethical Frameworks in ICTD Education and Community-building Projects

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

    Cohesive ethical models in use within ICTD are rare, though ethical issues abound. Researchers and practitioners have either relied on other frameworks, for example, those promulgated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE - pronounced “Eye-triple-E”) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), or have largely gone without, despite a deep stated sense of responsibility more »

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  • Nepal Mountains

    The things I learned about the way we lived

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

    I was born in Nepal, one of the least developed countries of the world, where there have been numerous attempts at ‘development’ with very few successes. Before joining the MS-ICTD program at the ATLAS Institute, CU Boulder, I was much more familiar with the problems than the solutions side of any development story. As a Nepalese, more »

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    The Need for Radio Spectrum Regulation

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

    Radio Spectrum and its regulation are unseen factors in how ICT is used in development. I recently attended the Silicon Flatiron’s sponsored conference on Spectrum White Space – unused radio spectrum areas between TV channels. Spectrum is a limited resource, meaning we cannot broadcast wherever and whenever we want because we could cause interference with more »

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  • Understanding The Game Theory

    First Semester Refelections: Game Theory and ICTD

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

    I am a first semester MS-ICTD student at CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute. I come from a technical background with a tiny bit of social science. Since earning a B.S. in Computer Science some ten years ago, I have worked as both a software developer, and less often, as a community/social media manager. Everything related to more »

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  • florence

    Tech for Development Communication: A Cultural Perspective

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    When I applied to the Journalism and Mass Communications program in Media Studies at CU Boulder, I wrote a story about a woman named Florence. I met her in the slums in Uganda, and she inspired me; more accurately, implored me, to advocate for women, understand their circumstances, give them their rightful voice and facilitate more »

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  • Crazy Keys

    It’s All Your Fault, Stupid Human

    Monday, December 9, 2013

    “The computer only does what you tell it to”, says the IT person in a desperate attempt to calm you down as you slowly lift your keyboard back into the air ready to take a swing. On behalf of IT people all over the world, I apologize for this useless explanation. Yes, sometimes you’re truly more »

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  • If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Follow Your Inner Compass

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    People talk about moments that change their life. I had that moment three nights ago tonight. This was not deja vu nor a memory lane recollection, but a singular act that brought my life mission into perspective. In an instant, I traded dreams for goals and accepted the sacrifices I would have to make to more »

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Understanding The Game Theory
Dec
22

First Semester Refelections: Game Theory and ICTD

I am a first semester MS-ICTD student at CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute. I come from a technical background with a tiny bit of social science. Since earning a B.S. in Computer Science some ten years ago, I have worked as both a software developer, and less often, as a community/social media manager. Everything related to more »

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If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oct
1

Follow Your Inner Compass

People talk about moments that change their life. I had that moment three nights ago tonight. This was not deja vu nor a memory lane recollection, but a singular act that brought my life mission into perspective. In an instant, I traded dreams for goals and accepted the sacrifices I would have to make to more »

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Skyline High School's project team for Workforce Boulder Country during Project Phase I.
Oct
1

ICTD Initiatives Within Your Local Community While You’re In School

Studying in my masters, I am constantly reading, writing, and prototyping for ICTD initiatives in international settings. Fortunately within the past year, I was hired by my local government to work at their Workforce center, which provides job assistance, training, and mentorship for those seeking a job or long-term career. Specifically, I was hired to more »

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Women in Technology | ICTD Student Blog
Nov
16

Women in Technology

  Although women today comprise half the world’s population and more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow. The lack of girls and women in computing and technology represents a failure to capitalize on the benefits of diverse perspectives: in a world dependent more »

The power of SMS
Sep
10

The Power of SMS

  Every second 200.000 text messages are sent globally. Today the use of SMS has proven itself a powerful medium to give rise to spontaneous social movements. Throughout the year 2011 and much of 2012 the world has witnessed major events, such as the protests across the Arab world, which were not only organized, but more »

Photo of the week: Citizen Journalism
May
21

Citizen Journalism

The rise of  portable electronic devices such as cell-phones and cameras coupled with near ubiquitous internet access has created an environment where the private citizen can do what was once only the domain of the professional journalist – report on newsworthy events.  Perhaps the most seminal case of citizen journalism is that of Ushahidi‘s usage more »

Photo of the week: Nintendo DS for Education?
May
10

Nintendo DS for Education?

Seeing this young girl use a Nintendo DS to watch and interact with the events at last January’s National Western Stock Show in Denver got me thinking about the merits of using the DS, or a similar device, for mobile education.   Its linking technology easily allows for chatrooms to be created and in these virtual more »