ICT for whose development?

ICTs are used by developing countries to facilitate development. In her paper explaining the link between ICT4D and Modernization theory, Kunst (2015), argue that ICT4D brought about the revival of Modernization Theory in the 1990s. Is there a link between ICT4D and Modernization Theory? Some authors argue that there is. Nederveen Pieterse (2010) noted that, western development efforts after 1945 were aimed to bring economic development. Similarly, development efforts in Ethiopia since 1991 are …

How I run my Ushahidi project while staying in a refugee camp

You may be wondering what Ushahidi is. Ushahidi (meaning ‘testimony’ in Swahili), is an open source tool which allows users to crowdsource crisis information via a web form, mobile phone, or Twitter. It also uses news sources to document and verify incidents. It was created by an African tech company specializing in data collection and visualization. It was originally developed to map incidents of violence during the Kenyan elections in 2008. Now …

The role of new media in fostering social change

The flowers decorating the front entrances of homes in Europe, the coffee sipped daily by millions, H&M’s cotton clothes all come from Ethiopia which is a thoroughly agrarian society. While “sustainable development” may be more of a slogan in other parts of the world, the phrase can inspire a real sense of hope or great disappointment. Ethiopia is one such part of the world where there is ongoing disappointment, and hope is shattered. For the …

Crowdvoice: Reporting violence on the #OromoProtests in Ethiopia

The failure of many governments to enforce basic rights and make good on the promises of power holders has impelled people to seek another means by which they may not only demand but also instigate the changes they desire (Jack DuVall, 22 September 2013). There are hundreds of social movements and campaigns for rights and reform, and against abuses and oppression. Governments are trying to quell dissent by silencing the protesters and …