Practical Insights on Connectivity for ICT4D Projects

Are You Guilty of Helping Safaricom Prey on Rural Women?

Are You Guilty of Helping Safaricom Prey on Rural Women?

Published on: Nov 17 2016 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
There are multiple development initiatives to increase women’s ownership and usage of mobile phones – everyone from GSMA to USAID to Mobile Network...
The Global Archipelago of Internet Disconnection

The Global Archipelago of Internet Disconnection

Published on: May 06 2016 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
For many people around the world, Internet access is an essential part of everyday economic, social and political activities (cf. Graham & Dutton, 2014). Yet...
6 Ways to Reach Rural Woman via Mobile Phones Even If They Do Not Own One

6 Ways to Reach Rural Woman via Mobile Phones Even If They Do Not Own One

Published on: Mar 04 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 6 Ways to Reach Rural Woman via Mobile Phones Even If They Do Not Own One
In order to reach rural women through mobile technology, they need to be able to access phones that work at the precise moment you are trying to engage with them....
Institutions and Connectivity: Wasted Resources or Big Impact?

Institutions and Connectivity: Wasted Resources or Big Impact?

Published on: Feb 03 2016 by Alex Blum - 2 Comments
When I started my company, Rugged Communications, a few years ago, speaking with investors and institutions about the importance of connectivity felt like pulling...
We Are Coming Full Circle From AOL to Facebook: What Can We Learn?

We Are Coming Full Circle From AOL to Facebook: What Can We Learn?

Published on: Jan 08 2016 by Josh Woodard - 8 Comments
A Quartz study from last year, building off of previous findings from Helani Galpaya and Christoph Stork, reported that majorities of people in the world’s 2nd,...
What If Everyone Had Free 2G Mobile Internet Access?

What If Everyone Had Free 2G Mobile Internet Access?

Published on: Jan 06 2016 by Steve Song - 6 Comments
Imagine a world where all phones were automatically connected to the Internet, at no charge. Is this an idle fantasy? The current worldwide debate about Zero-Rating...
We Need to Create Business Models that Deliver Value to Overcome the Digital Divide

We Need to Create Business Models that Deliver Value to Overcome the Digital Divide

Published on: Nov 25 2015 by Guest Writer - 4 Comments
Huawei recognizes the urgent need to reduce the deepening digital divide between those who benefit from connectivity and the internet, and those who don’t. Our...
How Refugee Saharawis Use ICTs in Their Fight for Independence

How Refugee Saharawis Use ICTs in Their Fight for Independence

Published on: Sep 04 2015 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on How Refugee Saharawis Use ICTs in Their Fight for Independence
The Story of Western Sahara The formation of the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, started in 1975, when Spain sold off its former colony to Morocco and...
5 Step Process to Develop Mobile Phone Technical Skills Workshops

5 Step Process to Develop Mobile Phone Technical Skills Workshops

Published on: Jun 01 2015 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 5 Step Process to Develop Mobile Phone Technical Skills Workshops
Not being able to operate a phone is one of the most reported barriers to women adopting and using mobile technology and ultimately accessing life-enhancing mobile...
5 Principles for Better Universal Service Fund Investments

5 Principles for Better Universal Service Fund Investments

Published on: May 29 2015 by Steve Song - 8 Comments
Telecommunications is a lucrative business that generates a great deal of profit for network operators. Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, telecommunications...