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Far too many ICT4D initiative are thought up by the rich and privileged, often, but not always, with the intention of using technology to improve the lives of poor and marginalised peoples.
Invariably, they have little understanding of the real needs of poor people or marginalised communities, and all too often such initiatives prove to be unsustainable once the initial funding for them has dissipated.
Some initiatives do, though, run counter to this all too familiar tale of woe. This action research started almost 20 years ago with the creation of the e-Bario telecentre initiative in The first e-Bario Knowledge Fair was held inand a decade on the change of name indicates a broadening of its focus beyond the village of Bario to be more inclusive of other initiatives across Borneo.
The central belief underlying these knowledge fairs has been the importance of sharing understandings between communities and researchers in co-creating new knowledge. In a fundamental reversal of the normal conference format, where participants usually meet in major cities of the world, the e-Bario and now e-Borneo Knowledge Fairs have been held in isolated rural communities, with participating academics being encouraged to learn as much from those living there knwin the latter do from the conference and workshop speakers.
The pictures below hopefully capture something of the refreshing energy and excitement of these workshops link here to the official video.
Ict4d: Information and Communication Technology for Development
It was also very impressive to see three community healthworkers present, who were offering a free service of health checks tmi pressure and blood sugar levels for those participating. The most important feature of the Sixth e-Borneo Knowledge Fair for me was that it was all about working with isolated communities rather than for them. For those interested in what I had to say, though, the slides from my keynote are available here: Safeguarding the interests of the marginalised: One of my reasons for so strongly supporting the ITU and UN Women led EQUALS gender equality in the digital age initiative was my realisation that there continues to be a surprising amount of sexual harassment at international ICT events, as noted in my blog post on the subject in May I still firmly believe that all organisations convening such conferences and events should have a set of guidelines advising participants on appropriate behaviours, not least since such behaviours are heavily culturally influenced, and people may not always realise what is expected behaviour in another culture.
However, my management and leadership experience has sadly taught me that sexual harassment in the workplace, especially in the ICT sector, remains far too prevalent. I have always tried to put appropriate policies in place if they did not previously exist in the organisations where I have worked, and personally to support those who ich4d that they were being harassed.
I have also encouraged organisations to provide training where relevant, and always to include sexual harassment within wider staff training programmes on bullying. However, I realise that I have never provided specific guidance on my blog to advise people on how oct4d respond to being harassed. When people are icr4d harassed, they often feel helpless and do not know where to turn. Recommended responses to harassment also vary in different legal systems and cultures.
So, to make amendsI thought it might be helpful to provide the following set of links that provide a wealth of helpful material:. Tagged as ICTsSexual harassmentworkplace.
It was also very good to see such a diverse group of participants, including academics, entrepreneurs, civil society activities, government officials, and representatives of bilateral donors engaging in lively discussions throughout both days about how best we can turn rhetoric into reality. Full details of the event can be found on the INIT sitewhere copies of the slide decks from each main presentation will also be available. The key premise of the workshop is that the global spread of ICTs has increased inequality, and that the poorest and most marginalised have therefore failed sufficiently to benefit.
The workshop will explore whether the continued focus on the ways through which ICTs can contribute to economic growth will inevitably lead to ever increasing, and dangerous, inequality, and will make recommendations as to how different stakeholders can best ensure that the poorest and most marginalised can indeed benefit from their use.
It will begin with short 5 minute perspectives from some amazing people listed in alphabetical order of first names:. The abuse of children online is without question one of the darkest aspects of the use of ICTs, and it is great to see the work that so many child helplines are doing globally to counter and respond to this.
The main objective of the session is to highlight the work done unwkn a range of ICT stakeholders to initiate and support child helplines in various parts of the world.
She will also outline the process whereby case studies submitted to an online consultation organised by the ITU were selected tlm a specialist Jury. I will then moderate what I hope will be a lively and useful panel discussion that brings together the following people and initiatives that were selected through the above process:.
As moderator, I hope to be drawing out general conclusions about what works, as well as the pitfalls to avoid, from the experiences of these examples of good practice from many different parts of the world. I very much hope that this will help those in other countries who are thinking about setting up child helplines, and that these experiences will also help those already running such helplines to improve the services that they offer children and young people.
Working together in partnership, we must do much more to counter the abuse of children online, and child helplines are an important element of the overall package of initiatives that must be implemented to achieve this.
Tagged as abusechild helplineschildrenInternetYouth. This accolade is all the more special because the ranking is based very largely on peer review, and therefore reflects the opinions of many people in the field who I respect enormously.
More than experts and peer institutions participated in the ranking process for the report which was produced by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Collective was established above all else to bring together colleagues who are committed to undertaking the highest possible quality of research in the interests primarily of poor people and marginalised communities. Its work is premised on the assumption that ICTs can indeed be used to support poor people, but that we need to work tirelessly to overcome the obstacles that prevent this happening. It is great to be able to draw on my past research and teaching experience in this new role, to help governments across the Commonwealth use ICTs effectively and appropriately for their development agendas.
This provides really excellent opportunities to develop new research at the exciting boundaries between disciplines. Over the eight years of the existence of the ICT4D Collective, we have focused on a wide range of activities, but have particularly sought to serve the wider interests of all researchers and practitioners working in the field of ICT4D. We were thus delighted to host the ICTD conference, which brought more than colleagues to our campus, and we were immensely grateful to the generous sponsorship from global institutions that enabled us to provide scholarships for people to attend from across the world pictured above.
We have also focused much attention on supporting doctoral researchers, and it is excellent to see them now flourishing in their subsequent careers. Ina Branch of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D was also established at Lanzhou University in China, reflecting the growing collaboration between our two institutions, and recognising the huge importance that China is increasingly playing not only in terms of the practical implementation of ICT initiatives, but also into research in this area.
Professor Tim Unwin – Research – Royal Holloway, University of London
It is a massive spur to us all to keep up the work that tin have been doing, and to share it more effectively with all those interested in, and committed to, using ICTs to support poor people and marginalised communities. Max Planck Institute Germany 3. Battelle Memorial Institute United States 7. Bertelsmann Foundation Germany Energy and Resources Institute India Sadly, my fingers and brain were insufficiently co-ordinated to record everything that was said, but I hope that the following notes may be useful for those interested in ways through which ICTs are being developed in the region:.
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