Drones for Good: Tracking Climate Change with UAVs

Drones for Good: Tracking Climate Change with UAVs

Published on: Sep 26 2014 by Maria Andersen - Leave a Comment
Sadly, developing countries are some of the largest emitters of global pollution. Yet for the poor, the emission of pollutants, and their detrimental effects on the environment, is not usually an overriding concern. The...
Can ICTs Improve Democracy and Governance in Myanmar?

Can ICTs Improve Democracy and Governance in Myanmar?

Published on: Sep 24 2014 by Maria Andersen - Leave a Comment
Internet access, in particular via mobile technology, gives citizens a medium through which to exercise their political voice. It can be used to challenge preexisting power systems and is a potential game-changer in countries...
Drones: Political Activist’s New Best Friend?

Drones: Political Activist’s New Best Friend?

Published on: Sep 22 2014 by Maria Andersen - 1 Comment
In many countries, political protests remain a risky business. If a protest goes right, it can result in reformed policies or political change. When it goes wrong, citizens can be arrested or killed, and reforms delayed...
Please RSVP: Are Mesh Networks in Development Practical or Preposterous?

Please RSVP: Are Mesh Networks in Development Practical or Preposterous?

Published on: Sep 19 2014 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
IREX Tech Deep Dive – RSVP Now We all love the Internet, but we often think of it as a virtual cloud, untouchable by the common person. However, with new advances in computer networking any one of us can set up a mesh...
The Future of Myanmar is Mobile

The Future of Myanmar is Mobile

Published on: Sep 17 2014 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Today, Myanmar has the same mobile phone usage as North Korea, Eritrea, and Cuba – less than 10% – yet technology restrictions are ending, three mobile operators are racing to roll out services, and the 60 million people...
Respect Myanmar’s Ethnic Diversity: Use Unicode Fonts Online

Respect Myanmar’s Ethnic Diversity: Use Unicode Fonts Online

Published on: Sep 15 2014 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Burmese is the dominant language of Myanmar, but its had a long and winding journey in the digital realm, and now there is a tension between two competing systems to represent it online. Unlike Latin script or pictograph...
Wow! Viber Beats Facebook in Myanmar

Wow! Viber Beats Facebook in Myanmar

Published on: Sep 12 2014 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Often, we have the perception that a developing country’s use of technology is limited to voice and SMS text messages on basic or feature phones. When you are thinking of Myanmar, you will need to adjust that perception. First,...
Do Development Constituents Have a Right to Be Forgotten Too?

Do Development Constituents Have a Right to Be Forgotten Too?

Published on: Sep 11 2014 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Since Google started to comply with a European Union court ruling on individuals’ “right to be forgotten” by the search giant, its received 70,000 request for search result links to be removed. Along with...
A GIS First Step Towards Open Data in USAID Grant Requirements

A GIS First Step Towards Open Data in USAID Grant Requirements

Published on: Sep 08 2014 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Have you read the recent USAID/Malawi RFA for The Girls’ Empowerment through Education and Health Activity (ASPIRE)? There on page 13, wedged between the communications strategy and place of performance, were two whole...
mEducation First Step in Myanmar: Paving Cow Paths

mEducation First Step in Myanmar: Paving Cow Paths

Published on: Sep 05 2014 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
In the technology world, “paving cow paths” means automating a business process as it exists in the analog world, without analyzing whether or not that process is effective or efficient. Usually, the term is...