Friday, February 10th, 2012

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.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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 if someone asks you why you need...

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

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 iLab in Liberia and got what I...

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

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 Google executive who created the Arabic-language Facebook...

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

‘The Solar Oven Fallacy’

“There are three myths about technology,” Harish Hande, founder of SELCO-India, a “social enterprise” that has sold solar lighting systems to 112,000 households in India. “One is that poor people cannot afford sustainable technologies. Another...

Monday, December 6th, 2010

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 can digest my basic thoughts into blog...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

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 the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gaza....

Thursday, October 8th, 2009


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 for his neighbors. Then he got invited...