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Please RSVP for Digital Development Principle 6: Open ICT4D

By Wayan Vota on February 2, 2015


Futures Group and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs are pleased to invite you to RSVP now for Principle 6 for Digital Development: Using Open Standards, Open Data, Open Source, and Open Innovation.

The Principles Working Group is translating the Greentree Consensus on Digital Development into practical action to amplify the good work of USAID and other donors in advancing the reach of ICTs in international development. USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, emphasized the importance of this work in the USAID Impact blog on Oct 20, 2014:

“We call these principles the Greentree Consensus, and they are built on earlier sets of principles that draw on the insight of more than 300 NGOs with expertise in the field. …We must do more to take these insights into action. Over the next year, we want to hear from the development community about your experiences in bringing technology to tackle development challenges—from promoting media freedom to solving water shortages.”

Please RSVP now to join your peers in-person and virtually to better understand what Open Standards, Open Data, Open Source, and Open Innovation are and how to incorporate them into projects. We will debate the challenges, barriers, limitations, and opportunities of “open” in context of Principle 6, and how we can work together to have greater adoption of best practices.

This will be an interactive session with short presentations and breakout discussions. This event will take place at Futures Group’s new open office and online with remote participation via Go2Meeting. Come prepared to learn and share your experience:

Digital Development Principle 6
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Futures Group
1331 Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20004


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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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2 Comments to “Please RSVP for Digital Development Principle 6: Open ICT4D”

  1. Tony Roberts says:

    Wayan, when you say that you aim to “amplify the good work of USAID and other donors in advancing the reach of ICTs in international development”, does this extend to amplifying the work of USAID’s Office of “Transition Initiatives” which, as the Foregin Policy report below, outlines has been implicated in abuse of aid and use of ICTs with the aim of regime change in Venezuela, Kenya, Bolivia, Russia and Cuba?


    • Wayan Vota says:

      A little below the belt there, Tony. You should know that efforts like Digital Development Principles are to reduce wrongs, not perpetuate them.