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FuturICT: Building a “Socio-Economic Knowledge Collider” and Some Questions

January 7, 2011

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I'm not sure what anyone else thinks, but this proposal which is an attempt to get major funding to do very very large scale social simulations based on real time data of social phenomena is currently up for EU research funding. This seems to me to be extremely questionable from a variety of perspectives.

Some thoughts on Community Informatics in China

December 13, 2010

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An even more intriguing possibility would be the fusing of existing rural (political) organizational structures with ICTs and envigorated with new blood from the “ant tribe” and other young people with Internet and ICT skills leading to a rural renewal, extended service delivery and both more efficient and sustainable agricultural and SMME and SME developments. Perhaps once the attention of the Chinese leadership shifts back from the explosive developments in urban areas similar structural developments might begin to be seen in rural areas and among lower income populations as well.

Gender in Community Informatics: New Special Double Issue of Journal of Community Informatics

July 15, 2010

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Issues of gender are at the very heart of community informatics just as they are at the very heart of community and communities. Gender-based differences in opportunities for access, differences in required uses, differences in strategies for appropriation are all central to an understanding of how ICT can enable communities.

Some thoughts on Research as an Element in Telecentre/Community Informatics Practice

March 20, 2010

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Research funding which only focuses on and provides support to the academic element of the research in such a fragile and volatile area such as telecentres/community informatics runs the very real risk of ensuring the survival of the research while allowing what is being researched to decline and even expire. Community Informatics research if properly conducted and appropriately linked as a constitutive element of the community informatics practice can be a very considerable on-going support to the practice itself. Research (and researchers) which are not so embedded run the very real risk either of irrelevancy, of inappropriate distancing and detachment, or even of competing for those scarce resources required for network survival.

So What Do We Lose If We Don’t Have The Internet?

February 20, 2010

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So what do we miss if we don’t have the internet? This isn’t a trick question. I’m currently in Sri Lanka, a country which has had a long and interesting history of telecentres/community technology initiatives (they call them Nenasalas).

CoERI, the Centre that Community Informatics Built (and now they are busy returning the favour).

February 4, 2010

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I recently had an opportunity to visit with the staff and students of the Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics (CoERI) at the University of Malaysia, Kuching (they also hosted my travels to Long Lemai and Bario both of which I have discussed in earlier blog entries) According to their self-description: http://www.rimc.unimas.my/centres-of-excellence/rural-informatics-coeri/rural-informatics.html “The Centre of […]

E-Bario, the Impact of a Telecentre and the Creation of a Technology Hub in the Highlands of Borneo

January 31, 2010

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After leaving Long Lamai we traveled back to Miri and then caught another and different Twin Otter flight to Bario. I’d been in Bario a couple of years ago and knew more or less what to expect. The trip up was as spectacular as before and the airport was more or less the same. But […]