New media

Inappropriate interference with MDC audio service

The Econet lines of the MDC audio news and information service were recently suspended a few days after its launch.


ICT liberalisation lies at the heart of development

ICT Development and Initiative Dossier from June 2002, states that "since the beginning of the 1980s almost all national telecom and information technology markets worldwide have been transformed by technological innovation, product diversification (especially the introduction of mobile/cellular telephony and internet) and market restructuring (particularly privatisation, liberalisation and the introduction of independent regulators)."  This holds true in some countries, more


Freedom Fone promotes information-for-all

Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) strategies are viewed in many contemporary business circles as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  BoP refers to the 2,6 billion people who live below the $2 a day breadline and many business strategists argue that if targeted correctly, these consumers can offer businesses a main line into one of the fastest growing markets.  Even if the price of products and services has to be reduced, profits can be made up and surpassed in volumes sold.


Mobile vs. Radio vs. TV vs. the Web

I recently found a very interesting article by Kevin Randall from Fast Company "The Boob-Tube, Not YouTube, Is Transforming the World". This is a good opportunity to clarify a bit where the Web Foundation stands in that discussion. In few words, the article is about the power and impact of the Web on Social and Economic development, and how it relates to other medias, TV, mobile, radio..


Why it Matters that Pierre Omidyar is Launching a News Startup

Peer News -- a project aimed at creating the kind of local journalism that brings accountability and value to a community. Read the article


CellStories - Short Stories on Your Mobile

Instead of cracking open a book, try sitting back with a short story on your phone. CellStories, which launched in September, offers a new short (1500-2500 words) story every weekday to readers on mobile phones. Read the article


ICTs as agents of change

Audio interview with leading UN voices on the value of technology in development and demo - It is technologies like mobile phones, which are being used by the United Nations to achieve its goals of development, says the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. Read the article


Gender, ICTs, Human Development and Prosperity

It is posited that, despite the mainstream opinion that technology is gender neutral, cultural values and practices have more tended to exclude women from access to and power over different technologies. Read the article


Talking back to radio

Radio is often considered to be a one-way medium, but the African Farm Radio Research Initiative is investigating ways of combining radio and ICTs to gather content and to share information among farming communities throughout rural Africa. Read the article


Impact of ICTs on Repressive Regimes: Findings

My dissertation focuses on the impact of digital resistance on nonviolent political transitions. Digital resistance is a term I use to describe the convergence between civilian resistance and digital activism in countries with repressive regimes.