Don’t Be Strava: Six Ways to Break Your Data Stockholm Syndrome

Don’t Be Strava: Six Ways to Break Your Data Stockholm Syndrome

Published on: Feb 02 2018 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
In the last few days, there has been a lot of hand-wringing after Strava, a run tracking app, published a global heat map of its users’ exercise paths. As it turns out, in many of the world’s most dangerous locations,...
What Data Superpower Do You Wish For?

What Data Superpower Do You Wish For?

Published on: Feb 01 2018 by Tech Change - Leave a Comment
We all are awash in data. Waves of it, breaking over our heads, that can feel like it’s drowning us some days. But what if we take a step back, climb out of the data sea, look out at the oceans of data before us, and...
Two Blockchain Use Cases for Self-Sovereign Digital Identities

Two Blockchain Use Cases for Self-Sovereign Digital Identities

Published on: Jan 31 2018 by Wayan Vota - Leave a Comment
Of all the emerging technologies that are likely to shape the future of international development, blockchain is certainly at the peak of inflated expectations. International development organizations and mobile network...
Introducing the Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development

Introducing the Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development

Published on: Jan 29 2018 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
The estimated 1.5 billion people in developing countries who lack proof of identity may be denied access to rights and services – they may be unable to open a bank account, attend school, collect benefits such as social...
Alexa, When Will Natural Language Processing Revolutionize ICT4D? Your Weekend Long Reads

Alexa, When Will Natural Language Processing Revolutionize ICT4D? Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Jan 27 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 1 Comment
While ICT4D innovates from the ground up, most tech we use comes from the top. Yes, it takes a little time for the prices of commercial services in Silicon Valley to drop sufficiently, and the tech to diffuse to the audiences...
The Simple Way to Solve Your Technology Gender Gap Problem in International Development Projects

The Simple Way to Solve Your Technology Gender Gap Problem in International Development Projects

Published on: Jan 25 2018 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
At FarmInk, we recently launched a new Messenger chatbot called the Africa Farmers Club. It provides farmers with local trending news about their crops and a way to connect with other farmers in their local area. While we’ve...
The Best Mobile Data Collection Systems Support the Oldest Data Collection Process

The Best Mobile Data Collection Systems Support the Oldest Data Collection Process

Published on: Jan 24 2018 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
 Tara is a frontline health worker who sits in a small, but meticulously clean clinic at the southernmost point of one of Vanuatu’s more remote islands. The levers of every window are open, blowing a lazy tropical...
The WhatsApp Gender Gap Will Surprise You!

The WhatsApp Gender Gap Will Surprise You!

Published on: Jan 22 2018 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
We all know there is a gender gap in the usage of mobile phones and technology in general. GSMA reports that women on average are 14% less likely to own a mobile phone than men, which translates into 200 million fewer women...
Five Traits of Low-literacy Technology Users – Your Weekend Long Reads

Five Traits of Low-literacy Technology Users – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Jan 20 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 5 Comments
We know that the first step to good human-centered design is understanding your user. IDEO calls this having an empathy mindset, the “capacity to step into other people’s shoes, to understand their lives, and...