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Archive for February, 2009

Mobile Tech For Social Change - New York

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Ethan Zuckerman’s opening up the day with a talk via Skype.  His main ideas:

  • We’ve won: mobile phones are being taken seriously
  • Think about connecting mobiles to other media, such as how Ushahidi has done.  FM Radio is still the most powerful broadcast media in much of the world.
  • Think about the user: don’t assume people will use things like you use them.
  • Be willing to be critical of failed projects.
  • Effective projects have a local partner.

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February 21st, 2009 at 12:15 pm

web4dev Day 1

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It’s the second day of web4dev conference hosted at UNICEF.  Those attending the conference are both development professionals looking for technological solutions and super techy people already working in the area.  There’s been lots of exploration into how mobile and web can be combined to create social change. Dr. Christopher Dye, Director, Health Information, Office of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization:

We live in a world of hugely under exploited information.

There has also been talk both the lack of information coming out of places that need assistance and the overwhelming level of information needed to be distributed and analyzed.  Dr. Dye also emphasized the need for connectivity, which was later further developed as the need for access to participation by Steve Vosloo.
Enabling access to participation

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Steve talked about participatory culture in the context of Africa.  It is light and lo-tech.  It is mobile phone based.  It’s not new, it’s different: cheaper, easier, faster, and more visible.  Referring back to the wealth of unused information, Vosloo emphasized that information systems need to be created that allow people to send data up where it can be processed and analyzed and then sent back down.  Steve also referenced Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody:

The barriers to self-organization of have collapsed.

Shirky, appropriately, followed Vosloo’s talk, and talked about 5 patterns that can be applied to communications.  Quoting WhiteAfrican quoting Shirky (my favorite quote too):

Access to information is such an abstraction, but mainly what people use communications platforms for is for communication, which everyone seems so surprised about.

Shirky stated that the information communicators desire is personal.  The seemingly irrelevant everyday communication builds social capital that can be used in crisis situations.  Basic communication is from point A to point B.  Shirky stated that successful development projects he had seen involved at least a few of these types of communication:

  1. conversation (exchange between 2 people)
  2. broadcast (1 to many)
  3. aggregation
  4. multi-casting

I feel there are some real implications of how to speak about and continute to develop Pigeon. Pigeon is designed to allow participation in whatever way users decide is best for their communication needs.  They can share seemingly unimportant life updates to increase social capital. Conversation, broadcast, aggregation, and multi-casting are all parts of the system, and with this contextual framework, can be even further emphasized.

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February 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

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Both at sign in and sign up, some members have been having problems when not all of their dialed digits are accepted or perhaps they mis-dial. I’ve been working on catching these errors.

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February 10th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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Kate Beaton

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Kate Beaton’s comics are wonderful, especially the nonesense ones.  Her site is a little broken right now, but she has links to her things elsewhere. (via Joana).

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February 9th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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web4dev

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web4dev

Through a DT connection, I’m going to be able to attend the UN web4dev conference hosted by UNICEF this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  (Thanks Eric!)

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February 9th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

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Surveys for In Class Prototyping

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February 3rd, 2009 at 1:03 am

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Start of the semester presentation

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February 2nd, 2009 at 8:09 pm

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Project H Design: Industrial Design for Development

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project H design

Project H Design is a charitable organization that supports, inspires, and delivers life-improving humanitarian product design solutions.

They’ve worked on the Hippo Rollers and the Lifestraw.  The group just finished constructing their first Learning Landscapes math playground at the Kutamba School for AIDS Orphans in Southern Uganda.  The playground uses simple and available materials (tires, wood, concrete) to create a sort of game board for teaching math skills.

(Thanks Carrie Mae!)

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February 2nd, 2009 at 1:54 pm