ICTs for Development

February 5, 2008

Diversifying Participation in Network Development

Filed under: Uncategorized — François @ 12:26 pm
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Those of you coordinating the class sessions on Low-Cost Technologies and Mobile Phones ought to look at the recently published “Diversifying Participation in Network Development“. Some of the chapters would make excellent readings for those weeks. Sections 1 and 2 are particularly relevant:

“The book is divided into three sections. The first, entitled Affordability and Use, opens with a study on affordability – definitions, analysis and issues. This is followed by two demand side studies, the first focusing on mobile use by the poor; and the second assessing communication expenditures across four developing countries. The final chapter in this section reports on a survey of ICT use by SMEs in eight African countries.

Section 2, Models to Extend Participation in Network Development considers microfinance, smart subsidies, community owned microtelcos and the extension of research networks. The countries used to highlight these alternative approaches include Bangladesh, Nepal, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Ghana.”

See the book’s table of contents


Municipal Wireless

Filed under: Uncategorized — François @ 12:10 pm
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Wifi is often put forth as a cheap technology that can help connect developing countries. Yet, the technology’s success in the North has been mixed. Tomorrow morning, the New America Foundation hosts a debate that looks at WiFi experiences in US cities, in particular in Philadelphia, one of the pioneers.

“On Wednesday, the New America Foundation’s Wireless Future Program will host an event on the future of municipal wireless with experts from the government, industry and academia. This event will be webcast LIVE starting at 12:00 p.m. EST. Additionally, we have set up an IRC chatroom to allow you to ask questions during the event.”

If you are able to watch the webcast (Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 a.m. PST), please let us know what where the highlights.

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