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Tech Apartheid

Our tech posts never stray from tweeting new data on Twitter and Facebook usage on the continent–but now and then–as occasional readers of Gizmodo and Kotaku–we pause.

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Today I'll eat for Belgium

Yes, some Europeans, specifically Belgians — who else but “a fine group of web designers, web developers, communication specialists, tech, boys and girls” — came up with this idea. So…..

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Assumptions about Technology

Patrick Meier, Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi (amongst other titles), has some refreshing thoughts about the limits of technology adaptation across different contexts: I’ve spent the past week at the…..

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Vanity Fair does Egypt

Vanity Fair’s May issue features a photographic series of young Egyptians dubbed, at various points in the accompanying article, ‘tech-savvy internet activists.’ The first photograph is of Wael Ghonim, the…..

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'The Solar Oven Fallacy'

“There are three myths about technology,” [according to] Harish Hande, founder of SELCO-India, a “social enterprise” that has sold solar lighting systems to 112,000 households in India. “One is that…..

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On Technology

There’s a new series of articles up over at “The Boston Review” on technophilia and poverty alleviation.  I’m in the midst of a paper on the subject and if I…..

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What is Ushahidi?

Ushahidi is a mobile phone-based system, first used in 2008 to allow Kenyans to report and track post-election violence via mobile phone text messages and that was later used in…..

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THE MALAWIAN AND HIS WINDMILL

William Kamkwamba was 14 when he built a windmill from scratch that supplies his family’s home in rural Malawi with a reliable electricity supply. Then he started thinking about electricity…..