Practical Insights on Technology for ICT4D Projects

RASP-IVR: Ultra Low-Cost Interactive Voice Response Solution

RASP-IVR: Ultra Low-Cost Interactive Voice Response Solution

Published on: Feb 20 2019 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems have demonstrated that they provide an opportunity for a low-literate audience to express themselves and interact with...
For Better or Worse: ICT4D is Open Source Software

For Better or Worse: ICT4D is Open Source Software

Published on: Feb 07 2019 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
Previously, I wrote about how the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) showed that we sell sexy ICT4D success stories to survive in their recent Baseline ICT4D Ecosystem...
How to Mitigate Negative Algorithmic Biases in Machine Learning – Your Weekend Long Reads

How to Mitigate Negative Algorithmic Biases in Machine Learning – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Feb 02 2019 by Guest Writer - Leave a Comment
Machine learning models or algorithms have shown over the past few years that they can exhibit human traits like racism and sexism by misidentifying black people...
When Do We Stop Promoting Facebook in Digital Development?

When Do We Stop Promoting Facebook in Digital Development?

Published on: Jan 31 2019 by Wayan Vota - 11 Comments
Another day, and yet another data privacy failure at Facebook, which had over 21 major privacy scandals in 2018 alone. It was a big year, with Russian trolls, Cambridge...
How You Can Responsibly Share Data in Digital Development

How You Can Responsibly Share Data in Digital Development

Published on: Jan 30 2019 by Catholic Relief Services - Leave a Comment
Whenever the issue of sharing data securely between partners or donors comes up, everyone always wants to talk about the don’ts. Don’t share via Dropbox; Don’t...
Finally! Accurate Mobile Network Coverage Maps Show Connectivity Reality

Finally! Accurate Mobile Network Coverage Maps Show Connectivity Reality

Published on: Jan 07 2019 by Guest Writer - 5 Comments
  Closing the global digital divide is such a daunting challenge, some companies have resorted to expensive, eyebrow-raising, flying moonshot solutions. Despite...
7 Ways You’re Contributing to the Humanitarian Metadata Problem

7 Ways You’re Contributing to the Humanitarian Metadata Problem

Published on: Dec 27 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 7 Ways You’re Contributing to the Humanitarian Metadata Problem
The past decade has seen a surge in the use of mobile telecommunications, messaging apps and social media. As they become more accessible around the world, these...
How to Combine Real-Time Data Flows Into Unified Data Views

How to Combine Real-Time Data Flows Into Unified Data Views

Published on: Dec 12 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How to Combine Real-Time Data Flows Into Unified Data Views
We’ve developed a strong partnership with VillageReach, a team that stewards a logistics management system, OpenLMIS, and works to solve health care delivery...
We Have A Moral Imperative to Use the Data We Collect

We Have A Moral Imperative to Use the Data We Collect

Published on: Dec 06 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
And not just to use it, but to use it well. Too often in development work, there is an expectation that people will supply you with their data but no feeling of...
The Definitive Guide to Mobile Data Collection in International Development

The Definitive Guide to Mobile Data Collection in International Development

Published on: Nov 21 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on The Definitive Guide to Mobile Data Collection in International Development
Are you mobile data collection curious? Do you have colleagues who always ask you how to collect qualitative and quantitative data using mobile devices? Or do you...