web 2.0 for development

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Talking about ICT4D

We met Tim Unwin, yesterday morning at FAO. Many interesting points on the table while talking about ICT4D and several interesting answers to the questions of the large number of people listening to his intervention.

Just few thoughts I collected:

“the web was considered at the beginning like a SOCIAL movement rather than a technological event”
“the power of LISTENING TO people”
“we consider fundamental to help people find THEIR solutions to their problems”

I keep collecting these kind of thoughts because I find extremely important to dig into the huge amount of discussion on the Web, the technology, the usability of tools, the management of knowledge, and other related topics. It is my attempt to let emerge the basics of these disciplines, that I believe to be simpler than we can think.

Comparing these notes with others collected during similar events, I think I’ll be able to create a sort of collection of principles to get inspiration from.

In the meanwhile, thinking about the ICT4D conference in December 2010 in London, I hope we can set up a proposal to present the activity on Rural radio, that is the kind of “ICT for development” we are specifically promoting around the world.

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Emergency in Madagascar – full coverage on twitter

Madagascar is living a very delicate period but unfortunately the press is not covering the events almost at all. Italian newspapers do not even write about it, spanish neither and while the french Le Monde has few lines. BBC is reporting with few articles but a continuous reporting can be done via twitter. Here some of the main twits that are updating on what’s going on in this wonderful island:


You can also follow the events on Global Voices on Madagascar even if these days there are not so many postings on malagasy blogs or on the FOKO platform setup by Ushahidi to monitor the situation on the island.foko1