Practical Insights on Government for ICT4D Projects

How to Spend $800,000 on Facebook to Influence African Elections

How to Spend $800,000 on Facebook to Influence African Elections

Published on: May 30 2019 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Recently, Facebook announced it removed 265 fake Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events involved in a coordinated attempt to influence...
Heads Up! USAID CIO Wants to Review All Your Technology Contracts

Heads Up! USAID CIO Wants to Review All Your Technology Contracts

Published on: Apr 18 2019 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
On March 21, 2019, USAID posted to the Federal Registry a proposed rule that would amend the USAID Acquisition Regulation (AIDAR), which is derived from the Federal...
Do You Trust Apple and Google More Than Your Government?

Do You Trust Apple and Google More Than Your Government?

Published on: Mar 14 2019 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Lesson I: Never take candy from strangers, unless they are a multinational tech corporation When I was younger, I was taught that the ridges and patterns found...
Who Do You Trust More With Your DNA Data: Kenya or 23andMe?

Who Do You Trust More With Your DNA Data: Kenya or 23andMe?

Published on: Feb 28 2019 by Wayan Vota - 4 Comments
Who do you trust with your biometric data: fingerprints, retinal scans, and most of all, your DNA? Do you trust your own government? What about the government of...
DER Senegal: Innovative Government Funding for African Entrepreneurship

DER Senegal: Innovative Government Funding for African Entrepreneurship

Published on: Dec 19 2018 by Guest Writer - 3 Comments
Most of the coverage of La Délégation Générale à l’Entreprenariat Rapide – “la DER” in Senegal fund has been in French, yet the Rapid Entrepreneurship...
Are Government Water ATM Stations Really Pro-Poor?

Are Government Water ATM Stations Really Pro-Poor?

Published on: Dec 13 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
There is no question that water ATMs – automated water dispensing units that can provide communities with 24/7 safe water access – are an intriguing...
Which African Governments Spy on Technology Users the Most?

Which African Governments Spy on Technology Users the Most?

Published on: Sep 21 2017 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Governments can legally spy on their residents in many ways, most of them hidden from our purview. However, telecommunications companies, now often a target of...
Printed Receipts are an Underappreciated ICT4Gov Innovation

Printed Receipts are an Underappreciated ICT4Gov Innovation

Published on: Jun 29 2017 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
I often find that the overall transparency of a country can be seen in its retail transactions. The more that transactions are done using clearly marked fixed prices,...
Community Organising Technology Lessons Learned From South Africa

Community Organising Technology Lessons Learned From South Africa

Published on: Jan 05 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Community Organising Technology Lessons Learned From South Africa
South Africa has a strong history of community organising and activism. Dense, ground-up organizing helped defeat Apartheid, then atrophied after the transition...
President-Elect Trump’s USAID Briefing Book on the US Global Development Lab

President-Elect Trump’s USAID Briefing Book on the US Global Development Lab

Published on: Dec 18 2016 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on President-Elect Trump’s USAID Briefing Book on the US Global Development Lab
Whenever a new political administration ascends into power in the USA, each government agency writes a briefing book describing their efforts and aspirations. USAID...