By Marc Greber
Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute talks about the Digital Gap and the content created IN and ABOUT the developing world.
By Marc Greber
“As a great social leveller, information technology ranks second only to death. It can raze cultural barriers, overwhelm economic inequalities, even compensate for intellectual disparities.“ – Sam Pitroda 
Big words from an interesting person, you should really read about.
Another social leveller of immense power is education and I want to introduce a great women who I had the pleasure to meet: Margarete Grimus, who became a teacher in 1965 and returned to university to obtain a degree in IT in 1994, worked in teacher education all her life 
By Charlotte Gunnarsson
Participation of people in development programs as well as the use and design of information systems (IS) have been stressed both by development theorists and IS researchers to boost efficiency of development programs and IS projects, separately. The theme of partaking becomes gradually important in the modern situation where development projects in third world countries are being included with ICTs, information and communication technologies, for example in the domain of e-governance (Krishna & Walsham, 2005; Bhatnagar & Schware, 2000; Warschauer, 2003a). The growing use of ICTs in developmental contexts is motivated by the intentions of refining and simplifying governance, indoctrinating transparency, and eliminating the historically present legacy of ineffective and immoral systems and governmental controls (Goswami, 2002; Singh, 1999). However, there are numerous contextual alterations in implicating ICTs in development-related applications as compared to in organizational situations within Western countries. Some important points of leavings include the focus on marginalized rural communities as end-beneficiaries, the repeated involvement of public sector governments, insufficient human resources capability, and the being of infrastructural restrictions including finances and technology. Continue reading →
By Seija Anttonen
Sharing their experiences in using participatory media for development, CARE International in Vietnam has recently published an excellent report on Community Digital Storytelling (CDST) – a method they use to engage with especially the most vulnerable communities to get their voices heard.
A variation of ‘digital storytelling’, Community Digital Storytelling is a participatory development approach that focuses on collaboratively created group stories, which can be used specifically to improve programming and policy in a development context.
“Such stories not only help us understand the diversity of this dynamic country, but can also inform important development decisions that impact the people whose stories most need to be heard.”
CARE in Vietnam has used the method as part of their community-based project to support vulnerable communities in the Mekong Delta Region, to adapt to emerging climate change effects and to improve their climate resilience. CARE International has also published ‘CDST Guidelines’ for the basis of training and support on the approach. Continue reading →
By Seija Anttonen
Different ways to get active
Over time, media and communication technologies have traditionally been defined by categorizing them through their technical features and capabilities, the contents they produce and the different media systems and/or institutions that govern them. In addition, the communication process itself has usually been viewed as separate from the methods and technology. New media blurs these traditional definitions both in the sense of remixing the traditional categories and how it blurs the line between media producers and consumers, often combining the roles of media designers and users.
In terms of participatory approaches, the emergence of new media has created new possibilities for citizens to use their voices and be in charge of producing own contents within and outside of the traditional media systems. Looking into the ways of using new media, Leah Lievrouw defines five different genres of alternative and activist new media through their chosen social domain, the forms of media they use and their purpose.