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Digital development in a remote paradise

International exposure impacts your views on technology, design, consumption, and adoption, and sometimes technology is not even the direct solution. Building a digital ecosystem entails the right policy mix to support the expansion of mobile broadband coupled with complementary policies to boost affordability and digital skills for underserved groups.

By Jimena Luna, March 2021

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Havana's StreetNet: Innovation from necessity

Havana's StreetNet: Innovation from necessity

In Havana, technology enthusiasts have designed StreetNet, a community network that serves as an alternative to the worldwide web. This article describes the deeply relational practices that go toward the maintenance of StreetNet, highlighting elements of struggle that accompany innovative strategies that result from necessity.

By Michaelanne Dye, November 2019

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The past and present: A push toward the good life

The past and present: A push toward the good life

In this article, we contemplate how African communities, based on their unique experiences and backgrounds, can increasingly become producers and participants in the technology development process; a step beyond just being end-users.

By Cynthia Habonimana, Moses Namara, November 2019

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Finding the local in locations: Working with GPS non-use in Nairobi

Finding the local in locations: Working with GPS non-use in Nairobi

The Nairobi Accident Map crowdsourced traffic accident reports on social media and geocoded them using the landmarks and road names mentioned in social media posts. In doing so, the project centered the agency and local practices of Kenyan social media users.

By Elizabeth Resor, November 2019

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Africa's social contract with AI

Africa's social contract with AI

The ethics of artificial intelligence in Africa should come from the social contract theories and ethical frameworks developed by African philosophers. But if AI researchers fail to incorporate cultural differences, they risk perpetuating the same injustices witnessed during colonial times.

By Ezinne Nwankwo, Belona Sonna, November 2019

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Artificial intelligence policies in Africa over the next five years

Artificial intelligence policies in Africa over the next five years

As Africa embraces and interacts with AI, what policies are relevant to foster its development? This article highlights some domains where AI is being applied and will be beneficial given Africa's unique context and culture.

By Micheal Nayebare, November 2019

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The one about resilience, energy, culture, and crafting

The one about resilience, energy, culture, and crafting

Joreen Arigye, a data analyst at Fenix International, shares her perspective on the importance of culture in the workplace. Having grown up directly connected to the typical Fenix customer, she has the ability to contribute knowledgeably to validating results from models, analysis, recommendations, and intervention strategies.

By Lynn Kirabo, November 2019

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Alex Pehler and Microsoft TEALS<br />Teachers of high school computer programming

Computing all over the world

DEPARTMENT: Pointers

Computing all over the world

By Amari Lewis, November 2019

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Mikel Maron<br /> A life spent digitizing the sense of direction

Breaking the cycle of Macondo: design and decolonial futures

SECTION: Features

Breaking the cycle of Macondo: design and decolonial futures

How can the ideas of timelessness and anachronism contribute to the decolonization of design practices in Latin America?

By Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Pedro J. S. Vieira de Oliveira, June 2016

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Jian Guan on design and innovation in China

Jian Guan on design and innovation in China

Having attended universities in the U.S. and China, this educator shares his insight of the design industry and education in China.

By Ahmed Ansari, Raghavendra Kandala, June 2016

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Design Livre: designing locally, cannibalizing globally

Design Livre: designing locally, cannibalizing globally

Design Livre is a conversation about creative ways of resisting the bad effects of globalization, such as technological dependence. This article tells the story of how this conversation started, where is it going now, and what is the relevance of its underlying topics.

By Frederick M. C. van Amstel, Rodrigo Freese Gonzatto, June 2016

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