In this a blog we discuss about Data, Development and Social Media. We have reviewed some literature but also we have searched in some interesting web-sites and Blogs to find out how the new media technologies meet the old development practices.

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Academic Articles and Books:

Aday, S., Farrell, H., Lynch, M. et al. 2010: Blogs and Bullets: New Media in Contentious Politics, Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace

Bertram, S.M., Katti, M. 2013: The social biology professor: Effective strategies for social media engagement, Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 6: 22–31.

Burell, Jenna. Problematic Empowerment: West African Internet Scams as rasssrot Media Production.

Cammaerts, B. and Carpentier, N. (eds) (2007) Reclaiming the media: communication rights and democratic media roles . Intellect: Bristol, UK. (An up-to-date coverage on media, democracy and civil rights. Chapter 9: Activism and the Media, pg. 217-224, Chapter 11: Civil Society Media at the WSIS, pg. 243-264.

Denskus, T., Papan, A. 2013: Reflexive engagements: the international development blogging evolution and its challengesDevelopment in Practice 23: 435-447.

Denskus, T., Esser, D. 2013: Social Media and Global Development Rituals: a content analysis of blogs and tweets on the 2010 MDG SummitThird World Quarterly 34: 409-424

Granqvist, M (2005) Assessing ICT in Development: A critical Perspective. Hemer, Oscar & Tufte, ThomasMedia and Glocal Change. Rethinking Communication for Development. Buenos Aires: CLACSO

Halloran, Brendan. 2014. Thinking and working politically in the transparency and accountability field. Transparency and Accountability Initiative. Think piece.

Kleine, D. 2010: ICT4WHAT?—Using the choice framework to operationalise the capability approach to development, Journal of International Development 22:  674–692.

Lievrouw, Leah (2011) Alternative and Activist New Media Oxford: Polity Press.

Pieterse, J.N (2005) Digital Capitalism and Development: the Unbearable Lightness. In Lovink, G. &Zehle, S. Incommunicado Reader. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures

Mandiberg, M. 2012: The Social Media Reader, New York, NY: NYU Press.

Mayer-Schönberger, V., Cukier, K. 2013: Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. London: John Murray Publishers.

Morozov, E. 2013: To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism, New York, NY: Public Affairs

Rao, Madanmohan. (2005) The infromation society: visions and realities in developing countries. In: Hemer, Oscar. and Tufte, Thomas. (2005) Media and Glocal Change. Rethinking Communication for Development. Buenos Aires: CLASCO

Shirky, C. 2010: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, New York, NY: Allen Lane.

Shirky, C. 2010: The political power of social media technology, the public sphere, and political changeForeign Affairs 90: 28-I.The Political power of social media: Technology, the public sphere and political change.

Schuurman, N. 2013: Tweet Me Your Talk: Geographical Learning and Knowledge Production 2.0The Professional Geographer 65: 369-377.

TacchiJ., Kitner, K.R. &Mulenahalli, K. 2014: Drive-By Wi-Fi and Digital Storytelling: Development and Co-creation, The Journal of Community Informatics 10, available online at:

The Guardian 2014. Live Q&A: what is the future of global development communications? Moving away from sensationalism, how can NGOs effectively promote their causes? Entry made by Tobias Denskus on the 3rd of October.


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