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censorship

Centering Decentralization

10 minute read

“Oh great, another white dude from a western democracy going off about decentralization.” I promise that I will not be hawking a crypto-currency or even talk...

Censorship and Centralization

2 minute read

We also cannot cede the digital public square to private corporations which do not, at their core, serve the public interest.

De-platforming is censure not censorship.

14 minute read

Not being able to find a company to make your presence on the Internet easy is fundamentally different from having a government actively blocking access to y...

SOPA

1 minute read

Look. I’m going on vacation tomorrow. I have promised myself to keep my stress levels down, so this is as much as you’ll hear from me about SOPA

The Dutch Boy vs. the Great Firewall

less than 1 minute read

a fascinating analysis reveals that for the keyword-blocking aspects of the Chinese firewall, there is a simple workaround where you can just ignore its effe...

Censored Net Access?

2 minute read

With all this ire suddenly released against Google (have we been waiting for them to prove that they weren't perfect?) Yahoo (it's been a while since we got ...

Glocal Internet Freedom

less than 1 minute read

I think it's abhorrent that China is even sending uniformed patrols to local libraries to enforce what citizens can and cannot read on the often-already-filt...

Pringles Cans on the Saudi Border

4 minute read

In "Weaving the Authoritarian Web: Liberalization, Bureaucratization, and the Internet in Non-Democratic Regimes," Boas, details primarily Saudi and Chinese ...

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twitter

Social Change - to go, please

4 minute read

Cross-posted at the FrontlineSMS Blog The recent Technology Salons have been on local and sectoral implementations of mobile technology in development. Mob...

SXSW 2010

2 minute read

I made it to South By Southwest this year, where I immersed myself in innovative ideas for open-sourced businesses, technology design for good, social media ...

ICT4D Meetup in Austin during SXSW

less than 1 minute read

In Austin for South By SouthWest? Join folks interested in ICT for development at the Gingerman (3rd and Lavaca) from 4-7pm on Sunday! I’ll bring my OLPC f...

Mobile Social Networks

5 minute read

Something is still missing in the world of mobiles and social networks. I strongly believe in the power of social networks in development, be they online or...

The answer for “I don’t get Twitter”

6 minute read

The next time somebody cracks wise about Twitter, points to the vast numbers of Twitter Orphan Accounts, or otherwise belittles it, I will point them to this...

Guatemala and Citizen Media

1 minute read

You might have heard about the posthumously released video by a Guatemalan lawyer accusing his president of assassination in the event of his death, for not ...

In Defense of Twitter and #swineflu

4 minute read

Everyone from XKCD to NPR has been blaming Twitter for spreading panic about the Swine Flu: Who knew that swine flu could also infect Twitter? Yet this i...

Twittering about a Revolution

6 minute read

There’s been a lot of noise about the role of Twitter in the recent Moldova protests. Ethan Zuckerman took it on himself to quantify the data. It’s not as ...

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sms

Choice is the Challenge - Mobiles for Data

1 minute read

You might think that the topic of collecting data via mobile devices would be a rather dry discussion of data management and statistical methodology. You wou...

Social Change - to go, please

4 minute read

Cross-posted at the FrontlineSMS Blog The recent Technology Salons have been on local and sectoral implementations of mobile technology in development. Mob...

Mobile Social Networks

5 minute read

Something is still missing in the world of mobiles and social networks. I strongly believe in the power of social networks in development, be they online or...

Blue-skying Mobile Apps: Common Forms

3 minute read

I missed the recent Technology Salon on Mobiles for Development (I was kind of busy with Global Youth Service Day), and was already scheduled to make it to t...

After the SMS honeymoon? (Updated)

11 minute read

Check out some updates – props to @MobileActive! During the last breakout at the Mobile for Change (#m4change in twitter, a good writeup by Development Seed...

Twittering about a Revolution

6 minute read

There’s been a lot of noise about the role of Twitter in the recent Moldova protests. Ethan Zuckerman took it on himself to quantify the data. It’s not as ...

What’s Next

3 minute read

Tonight’s <a href=”https://intlrel.meetup.com/76/calendar/9824817”“>ICT4D meetup</a> asks the question, “What’s Next?” While it’s always risky t...

Mobiles Vs Computers

5 minute read

Are Mobile Phones the Winner? February’s Technology Salon was on the (false) dichotomy of mobiles versus computers in development

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mobile

Social Change - to go, please

4 minute read

Cross-posted at the FrontlineSMS Blog The recent Technology Salons have been on local and sectoral implementations of mobile technology in development. Mob...

Mobile Social Networks

5 minute read

Something is still missing in the world of mobiles and social networks. I strongly believe in the power of social networks in development, be they online or...

Blue-skying Mobile Apps: Common Forms

3 minute read

I missed the recent Technology Salon on Mobiles for Development (I was kind of busy with Global Youth Service Day), and was already scheduled to make it to t...

After the SMS honeymoon? (Updated)

11 minute read

Check out some updates – props to @MobileActive! During the last breakout at the Mobile for Change (#m4change in twitter, a good writeup by Development Seed...

What’s Next

3 minute read

Tonight’s <a href=”https://intlrel.meetup.com/76/calendar/9824817”“>ICT4D meetup</a> asks the question, “What’s Next?” While it’s always risky t...

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bop

Nevermind: OLPC shouldn’t sell the XO laptop

5 minute read

OLPC News recently ran a (somewhat tongue-in-cheek article on How to buy an XO Laptop, which mainly pointed people to eBay. Which is sad, but eBay has long ...

I’m Still Not Convinced

11 minute read

At the IADB seminar on ICT in the classroom, I asked Nicholas Negroponte why not sell the XO laptop – at or near cost – to anyone who wanted one? This gets ...

Small is bigger than big for OLPC deployment

5 minute read

Via Morgan Collett we learn that OLPC is discontinuing it’s “small” deployment support of 100-1000 XO laptop purchases:<div style="float: right; margin-l...

Microsoft, the “third world” and anti-virus

5 minute read

For the past year or so, I've repeatedly been trying to bring up what I see as a huge, gaping hole in any project which uses Microsoft products for an ICT4De...

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tco

Another OLPC TCO study

3 minute read

1:1 Computing costs are a difficult thing to nail down, because there are so many factors that go into it. I worked with GeSCI’s Roxanna Bassi to create a w...

OLPC TCO Deathmatch (2 of 4)

9 minute read

Let’s talk Total Costs of Ownership of One Laptop Per Child. Taking our set of different OLPC implementation cost calculators, as well as actual numbers tha...

It’s Raining OLPC TCOs (1 of 4)

5 minute read

Update: Hello readers from Alanna’s post on the OLPC at UNDispatch - You should check my original article on the OLPC TCO - written back in 2006 - over at O...

Microsoft, the “third world” and anti-virus

5 minute read

For the past year or so, I've repeatedly been trying to bring up what I see as a huge, gaping hole in any project which uses Microsoft products for an ICT4De...

TCO for low-cost computing in Education

less than 1 minute read

The video archive of last Thursday's discussion at the World Bank on the total cost of ICT4E projects is now online at the Bank's eDevelopment thematic group...

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drupal

Goodbye, Drupal.md

5 minute read

This is (hopefully!) the last post on my joncamfield.com drupal instance and will be the first on my new jekyll-bases static site.

Site Updates

less than 1 minute read

JonCamfield.com now has a mobile-friendly site at https://m.joncamfield.com -check it out on your computer or phone (it’s not WAP, just lighter and linear). ...

Drupal Mapping III.5 - moving up in the world

1 minute read

It's been a while since I posted on my Drupal Mapping project, and that's partially because I've been spending some time getting a great site that aggregates...

Drupal and Maps III: Getting Dirty.

9 minute read

This is the continuation of my journal on getting mapping to work for Global Youth Service Day in Drupal, which starts with an overview of maps and drupal, a...

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xo

The OLPC Vaporware Product Line Vs. the iPad

10 minute read

iPad or OLPC? Update: the EE Times has a great, similar article on the OLPC fantasy vs Apple reality. So, the XO-2 has moved from promise to hope to scrap,...

Use the XO Chat Mesh, Luke.

6 minute read

I’ve updated my mesh post with new Jabber server info - click read more for the full scoop!

Collaboration and the XO Mesh

6 minute read

Time to mesh XOs Unless you're lucky enough to live within mesh range of many other XO users (or are part of an XO deployment or an innovative classroom pro...

Small is bigger than big for OLPC deployment

5 minute read

Via Morgan Collett we learn that OLPC is discontinuing it’s “small” deployment support of 100-1000 XO laptop purchases:<div style="float: right; margin-l...

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health

mHealth: Tending the garden of 1000 flowers

4 minute read

At #mHS10, we heard funders talking time and time again for letting “1000 flowers bloom” in mHealth pilots, and programs talking about pilots leading to more...

Blue-skying Mobile Apps: Common Forms

3 minute read

I missed the recent Technology Salon on Mobiles for Development (I was kind of busy with Global Youth Service Day), and was already scheduled to make it to t...

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privacy

ICT and the Iran Election

2 minute read

The Daily Dish reposts a call to action from Twitter: ALL internet & mobile networks are cut. We ask everyone in Tehran to go onto their rooftops and sho...

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oss

Open Source Society

7 minute read

This is a rough summary of my talk Tuesday night at DCWeek’s Hot Tech Trends.

Tech4Dev: What’s in your backpack?

2 minute read

Inveno’s ICT_Works blog recently advertised their awesome addition to the ICT4D world - a solid toolkit to carry to the field. I made a much lower-tech pers...

Waiting for Ubuntu 10

2 minute read

I finally broke down and bought a laptop, as my existing bevy of half-working laptops is now seriously impacting my ability to actually get things done, as o...

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map

Maptivism is my new favorite portmanteau

1 minute read

Through the magic of technology, this post at CrissCrossed.net from January just popped up on my radar, covering examples of using the one-two visual and dat...

Drupal Mapping III.5 - moving up in the world

1 minute read

It's been a while since I posted on my Drupal Mapping project, and that's partially because I've been spending some time getting a great site that aggregates...

Drupal and Maps III: Getting Dirty.

9 minute read

This is the continuation of my journal on getting mapping to work for Global Youth Service Day in Drupal, which starts with an overview of maps and drupal, a...

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techsalon

Development using SMS, not SMS4Dev

8 minute read

Cross-posted at TechnologySalon.org Where the last SMS4D Technology Salon reminded us of the unique gift of mobile technologies to be based where there impa...

Mobiles Vs Computers

5 minute read

Are Mobile Phones the Winner? February’s Technology Salon was on the (false) dichotomy of mobiles versus computers in development

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sxsw

Panels to support for an amazing SXSW 2012

1 minute read

It’s not to early to start making sure that your SXSW 2012 experience is fully awesome. How you ask? Why, by voting for awesome panels to attend.

ICT4D Happy Hour during SXSW

1 minute read

Register now at https://ict4dev.eventbrite.com/ - only 20 RSVPs available until we nail down a venue!

SXSW 2010

2 minute read

I made it to South By Southwest this year, where I immersed myself in innovative ideas for open-sourced businesses, technology design for good, social media ...

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mhealth

mHealth: Tending the garden of 1000 flowers

4 minute read

At #mHS10, we heard funders talking time and time again for letting “1000 flowers bloom” in mHealth pilots, and programs talking about pilots leading to more...

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internews

As they say, some personal news.

3 minute read

After a decade advancing digital rights and resilience work at Internews, I’m excited to start a journey in the private sector.

Power to the Users

5 minute read

Cross-posted from the USABLE blog <p>Three years ago, I led a digital security training for independent media in Kyiv during the peak of the EuroMa...

Let’s talk about Organizational Security.

1 minute read

SAFETAG is a project that myself and another colleague have spent countless hours building out to really focus on working with small non-profits on assessing...

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gysd

Drupal Mapping III.5 - moving up in the world

1 minute read

It's been a while since I posted on my Drupal Mapping project, and that's partially because I've been spending some time getting a great site that aggregates...

Drupal and Maps III: Getting Dirty.

9 minute read

This is the continuation of my journal on getting mapping to work for Global Youth Service Day in Drupal, which starts with an overview of maps and drupal, a...

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uruguay

OLPCs, Uruguay and Educational Value

less than 1 minute read

My recent blog post on Uruguay’s Plan Ceibal generated a buzz of discussion over at OLPCNews on the value of measurement, test scores, and updates from the f...

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

5 minute read

Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

ICTs in the Classroom: Next Thursday at the IADB

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Next Thursday at the IADB is a huge event delving into the role of ICTs in the classroom, with heavy-hitters including Nicholas Negroponte of OLPC, Tabaré Vá...

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haiti

The OLPC Haiti Project Reports Back

12 minute read

When the IDB plans to “evaluate its performance from a quantitative standpoint,” it’s a good sign that they mean to do just that. The XO project in Haiti, d...

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

5 minute read

Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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ict4drinks

ICT4D Happy Hour during SXSW

1 minute read

Register now at https://ict4dev.eventbrite.com/ - only 20 RSVPs available until we nail down a venue!

SXSW 2010

2 minute read

I made it to South By Southwest this year, where I immersed myself in innovative ideas for open-sourced businesses, technology design for good, social media ...

ICT4D Meetup in Austin during SXSW

less than 1 minute read

In Austin for South By SouthWest? Join folks interested in ICT for development at the Gingerman (3rd and Lavaca) from 4-7pm on Sunday! I’ll bring my OLPC f...

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linux

Tech4Dev: What’s in your backpack?

2 minute read

Inveno’s ICT_Works blog recently advertised their awesome addition to the ICT4D world - a solid toolkit to carry to the field. I made a much lower-tech pers...

Ubuntu 10: Worth the wait

less than 1 minute read

Just a quick note: Ubuntu 10 totally rocks. Better digital video and audio support (via HDMI and toslink) than Windows 7, slicker than Mac OSX with a great ...

Waiting for Ubuntu 10

2 minute read

I finally broke down and bought a laptop, as my existing bevy of half-working laptops is now seriously impacting my ability to actually get things done, as o...

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ubuntu

#Ubuntu Tips: Amazon MP3 Downloads

1 minute read

So, Amazon now forces you to use their download tool. Which seems silly. But they offer a Linux version, which is nice. But it only is built for 32 bit ar...

Ubuntu 10: Worth the wait

less than 1 minute read

Just a quick note: Ubuntu 10 totally rocks. Better digital video and audio support (via HDMI and toslink) than Windows 7, slicker than Mac OSX with a great ...

Waiting for Ubuntu 10

2 minute read

I finally broke down and bought a laptop, as my existing bevy of half-working laptops is now seriously impacting my ability to actually get things done, as o...

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fastcoexist

The change economy

less than 1 minute read

Over at FastCoExist, my colleague and I are rolling out a series of big changes and ideas in economy

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fastcompany

The change economy

less than 1 minute read

Over at FastCoExist, my colleague and I are rolling out a series of big changes and ideas in economy

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bitcoin

The promises of a decentralized currency

14 minute read

I once rented a part of a house that had been, well, not fully cleaned out from the previous occupants… A bit of digging uncovered a fascinating tale of cros...

The change economy

less than 1 minute read

Over at FastCoExist, my colleague and I are rolling out a series of big changes and ideas in economy

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piracy

On Piracy

9 minute read

Software licensing limits are a bigger human rights problem than software piracy is a cost.

ARRRR: More on Piracy and HBO

3 minute read

Sorry, but you must play in the market - you must offer a price; merely saying it’s too expensive is not acceptable

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yarrr

On Piracy

9 minute read

Software licensing limits are a bigger human rights problem than software piracy is a cost.

ARRRR: More on Piracy and HBO

3 minute read

Sorry, but you must play in the market - you must offer a price; merely saying it’s too expensive is not acceptable

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pgp

New GPG Keys!

4 minute read

I am transitioning both my professional and personal GPG keys.

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agriculture

Social Media and ICT in Kenyan Agriculture

5 minute read

CropScience.org has a great paper on the potential use of social media and Internet access for rural farmers. What sets it apart from most Social Media for ...

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worldbank

TCO for low-cost computing in Education

less than 1 minute read

The video archive of last Thursday's discussion at the World Bank on the total cost of ICT4E projects is now online at the Bank's eDevelopment thematic group...

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vitalwave

TCO for low-cost computing in Education

less than 1 minute read

The video archive of last Thursday's discussion at the World Bank on the total cost of ICT4E projects is now online at the Bank's eDevelopment thematic group...

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servicewire

Drupal Mapping III.5 - moving up in the world

1 minute read

It's been a while since I posted on my Drupal Mapping project, and that's partially because I've been spending some time getting a great site that aggregates...

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rss

Drupal Mapping III.5 - moving up in the world

1 minute read

It's been a while since I posted on my Drupal Mapping project, and that's partially because I've been spending some time getting a great site that aggregates...

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education

Small is bigger than big for OLPC deployment

5 minute read

Via Morgan Collett we learn that OLPC is discontinuing it’s “small” deployment support of 100-1000 XO laptop purchases:<div style="float: right; margin-l...

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jamaica

Mobile Social Networks

5 minute read

Something is still missing in the world of mobiles and social networks. I strongly believe in the power of social networks in development, be they online or...

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frontlinesms

Social Change - to go, please

4 minute read

Cross-posted at the FrontlineSMS Blog The recent Technology Salons have been on local and sectoral implementations of mobile technology in development. Mob...

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africa

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m4d

Blue-skying Mobile Apps: Common Forms

3 minute read

I missed the recent Technology Salon on Mobiles for Development (I was kind of busy with Global Youth Service Day), and was already scheduled to make it to t...

After the SMS honeymoon? (Updated)

11 minute read

Check out some updates – props to @MobileActive! During the last breakout at the Mobile for Change (#m4change in twitter, a good writeup by Development Seed...

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m4change

Blue-skying Mobile Apps: Common Forms

3 minute read

I missed the recent Technology Salon on Mobiles for Development (I was kind of busy with Global Youth Service Day), and was already scheduled to make it to t...

After the SMS honeymoon? (Updated)

11 minute read

Check out some updates – props to @MobileActive! During the last breakout at the Mobile for Change (#m4change in twitter, a good writeup by Development Seed...

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guatemala

Guatemala and Citizen Media

1 minute read

You might have heard about the posthumously released video by a Guatemalan lawyer accusing his president of assassination in the event of his death, for not ...

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ict4edu

ICT4Dev Reading List

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Here's a hastily-constructed Amazon store of some of the books and essays I've read which provide great insight and contrarian positions to modern developmen...

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security

ICT and the Iran Election

2 minute read

The Daily Dish reposts a call to action from Twitter: ALL internet & mobile networks are cut. We ask everyone in Tehran to go onto their rooftops and sho...

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iran

The answer for “I don’t get Twitter”

6 minute read

The next time somebody cracks wise about Twitter, points to the vast numbers of Twitter Orphan Accounts, or otherwise belittles it, I will point them to this...

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networks

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mesh

Use the XO Chat Mesh, Luke.

6 minute read

I’ve updated my mesh post with new Jabber server info - click read more for the full scoop!

Collaboration and the XO Mesh

6 minute read

Time to mesh XOs Unless you're lucky enough to live within mesh range of many other XO users (or are part of an XO deployment or an innovative classroom pro...

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social networks

Use the XO Chat Mesh, Luke.

6 minute read

I’ve updated my mesh post with new Jabber server info - click read more for the full scoop!

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microsoft

Waiting for Ubuntu 10

2 minute read

I finally broke down and bought a laptop, as my existing bevy of half-working laptops is now seriously impacting my ability to actually get things done, as o...

Mobile Social Networks

5 minute read

Something is still missing in the world of mobiles and social networks. I strongly believe in the power of social networks in development, be they online or...

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negoponte

I’m Still Not Convinced

11 minute read

At the IADB seminar on ICT in the classroom, I asked Nicholas Negroponte why not sell the XO laptop – at or near cost – to anyone who wanted one? This gets ...

ICTs in the Classroom: Next Thursday at the IADB

1 minute read

Next Thursday at the IADB is a huge event delving into the role of ICTs in the classroom, with heavy-hitters including Nicholas Negroponte of OLPC, Tabaré Vá...

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ceibal

OLPCs, Uruguay and Educational Value

less than 1 minute read

My recent blog post on Uruguay’s Plan Ceibal generated a buzz of discussion over at OLPCNews on the value of measurement, test scores, and updates from the f...

ICTs in the Classroom: Next Thursday at the IADB

1 minute read

Next Thursday at the IADB is a huge event delving into the role of ICTs in the classroom, with heavy-hitters including Nicholas Negroponte of OLPC, Tabaré Vá...

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apple

The OLPC Vaporware Product Line Vs. the iPad

10 minute read

iPad or OLPC? Update: the EE Times has a great, similar article on the OLPC fantasy vs Apple reality. So, the XO-2 has moved from promise to hope to scrap,...

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socent

SXSW 2010

2 minute read

I made it to South By Southwest this year, where I immersed myself in innovative ideas for open-sourced businesses, technology design for good, social media ...

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market

Nevermind: OLPC shouldn’t sell the XO laptop

5 minute read

OLPC News recently ran a (somewhat tongue-in-cheek article on How to buy an XO Laptop, which mainly pointed people to eBay. Which is sad, but eBay has long ...

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fair trade

The robots are coming

1 minute read

A colleague and I have the first of two articles posted on FastCompany - discussing the role of automation in job creation – and destruction

Going Nuts over the Value of Local Production

3 minute read

For some background, I highly recommend Alanna Shaikh’s post here: https://aidwatchers.com/2010/04/the-plumpy%E2%80%99nut-dustup/ and follow-up here: https:/...

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ict4dev

Social Change - to go, please

4 minute read

Cross-posted at the FrontlineSMS Blog The recent Technology Salons have been on local and sectoral implementations of mobile technology in development. Mob...

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changemakers

Vote for Economic Opportunity!

less than 1 minute read

Thanks to amazing work by eBay’s TOP team and Gray Productions, we have not one, but two fab widgets to help you vote for innovative market-based solutions t...

Support Property Rights

1 minute read

Ashoka’s Changemakers is running a global competition with the Omidyar Network to source the most innovative approaches for providing property rights to thos...

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china

The Jasmine Revolution

4 minute read

This is brilliant, and a bit funny. Until some innocent person taking a stroll is killed for insurgency. A long quote from this blog by way of Warren Ellis...

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libya

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citizenjournalism

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citizenmedia

So - What Next?

5 minute read

The events in London over the past few days have been deeply interesting in the wake of last month’s conversation on mobile and online activism during and af...

July 14: Citizen Media Day?

1 minute read

If May 3rd gets to be World Press Freedom Day, then after today’s events, July 14 (in addition to already being Bastille Day) should be Citizen Media Day.

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nymwars

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automation

The robots are coming

1 minute read

A colleague and I have the first of two articles posted on FastCompany - discussing the role of automation in job creation – and destruction

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freedom

Against Appification

5 minute read

My wife and I bought a new TV that comes with, as most new TVs seem to, an app store. And it sucks. By gods, the offerings are horrible.

SOPA

1 minute read

Look. I’m going on vacation tomorrow. I have promised myself to keep my stress levels down, so this is as much as you’ll hear from me about SOPA

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economy

The promises of a decentralized currency

14 minute read

I once rented a part of a house that had been, well, not fully cleaned out from the previous occupants… A bit of digging uncovered a fascinating tale of cros...

The change economy

less than 1 minute read

Over at FastCoExist, my colleague and I are rolling out a series of big changes and ideas in economy

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jane jacobs

The promises of a decentralized currency

14 minute read

I once rented a part of a house that had been, well, not fully cleaned out from the previous occupants… A bit of digging uncovered a fascinating tale of cros...

The change economy

less than 1 minute read

Over at FastCoExist, my colleague and I are rolling out a series of big changes and ideas in economy

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cryptocurrency

The promises of a decentralized currency

14 minute read

I once rented a part of a house that had been, well, not fully cleaned out from the previous occupants… A bit of digging uncovered a fascinating tale of cros...

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innovation

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campusparty

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berlin

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kyiv

Power to the Users

5 minute read

Cross-posted from the USABLE blog <p>Three years ago, I led a digital security training for independent media in Kyiv during the peak of the EuroMa...

Kyiv on #Jan25

5 minute read

I spent this past week in Kiev. You may have heard something about the protests, and possibly even about some of the policy changes and new laws that sparke...

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safetag

Let’s talk about Organizational Security.

1 minute read

SAFETAG is a project that myself and another colleague have spent countless hours building out to really focus on working with small non-profits on assessing...

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USABLE

Power to the Users

5 minute read

Cross-posted from the USABLE blog <p>Three years ago, I led a digital security training for independent media in Kyiv during the peak of the EuroMa...

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tinkering

Web 2.0 + 10

3 minute read

So, I have a problem with the hype surrounding "Web 2.0" [1], which is mainly that it's not as new as everyone claims. Definitely, it's a new ballpark from ...

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censorshio

Proxies

1 minute read

The BBC has a story on the Burmese Monks and their cyberskills: The internet has also become a virtual space for political groups who could not openly expre...

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kenya

Social Media and ICT in Kenyan Agriculture

5 minute read

CropScience.org has a great paper on the potential use of social media and Internet access for rural farmers. What sets it apart from most Social Media for ...

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anti-virus

Microsoft, the “third world” and anti-virus

5 minute read

For the past year or so, I've repeatedly been trying to bring up what I see as a huge, gaping hole in any project which uses Microsoft products for an ICT4De...

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sm4d

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mumbai

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feeds

Drupal Mapping III.5 - moving up in the world

1 minute read

It's been a while since I posted on my Drupal Mapping project, and that's partially because I've been spending some time getting a great site that aggregates...

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xofiles

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diffusion

Small is bigger than big for OLPC deployment

5 minute read

Via Morgan Collett we learn that OLPC is discontinuing it’s “small” deployment support of 100-1000 XO laptop purchases:<div style="float: right; margin-l...

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deployment

Small is bigger than big for OLPC deployment

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Via Morgan Collett we learn that OLPC is discontinuing it’s “small” deployment support of 100-1000 XO laptop purchases:<div style="float: right; margin-l...

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$10 laptop in India?

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I’ll believe it when I see it, but the Times of India is reporting that the promised $10 laptop is closer to a reality, but right now it’s as real as the cra...

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low-cost

$10 laptop in India?

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I’ll believe it when I see it, but the Times of India is reporting that the promised $10 laptop is closer to a reality, but right now it’s as real as the cra...

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$10 laptop in India?

3 minute read

I’ll believe it when I see it, but the Times of India is reporting that the promised $10 laptop is closer to a reality, but right now it’s as real as the cra...

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netbook

$10 laptop in India?

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I’ll believe it when I see it, but the Times of India is reporting that the promised $10 laptop is closer to a reality, but right now it’s as real as the cra...

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pda

$10 laptop in India?

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I’ll believe it when I see it, but the Times of India is reporting that the promised $10 laptop is closer to a reality, but right now it’s as real as the cra...

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mobiles

Mobiles Vs Computers

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Are Mobile Phones the Winner? February’s Technology Salon was on the (false) dichotomy of mobiles versus computers in development

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millee

Mobiles Vs Computers

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Are Mobile Phones the Winner? February’s Technology Salon was on the (false) dichotomy of mobiles versus computers in development

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literacy

Mobiles Vs Computers

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Are Mobile Phones the Winner? February’s Technology Salon was on the (false) dichotomy of mobiles versus computers in development

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digitaldivide

What’s Next

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Tonight’s <a href=”https://intlrel.meetup.com/76/calendar/9824817”“>ICT4D meetup</a> asks the question, “What’s Next?” While it’s always risky t...

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digital inequality

What’s Next

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Tonight’s <a href=”https://intlrel.meetup.com/76/calendar/9824817”“>ICT4D meetup</a> asks the question, “What’s Next?” While it’s always risky t...

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access

What’s Next

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Tonight’s <a href=”https://intlrel.meetup.com/76/calendar/9824817”“>ICT4D meetup</a> asks the question, “What’s Next?” While it’s always risky t...

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rural

What’s Next

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Tonight’s <a href=”https://intlrel.meetup.com/76/calendar/9824817”“>ICT4D meetup</a> asks the question, “What’s Next?” While it’s always risky t...

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moldova

Twittering about a Revolution

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There’s been a lot of noise about the role of Twitter in the recent Moldova protests. Ethan Zuckerman took it on himself to quantify the data. It’s not as ...

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Twittering about a Revolution

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There’s been a lot of noise about the role of Twitter in the recent Moldova protests. Ethan Zuckerman took it on himself to quantify the data. It’s not as ...

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swineflu

In Defense of Twitter and #swineflu

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Everyone from XKCD to NPR has been blaming Twitter for spreading panic about the Swine Flu: Who knew that swine flu could also infect Twitter? Yet this i...

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cell

After the SMS honeymoon? (Updated)

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Check out some updates – props to @MobileActive! During the last breakout at the Mobile for Change (#m4change in twitter, a good writeup by Development Seed...

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election observation

Blue-skying Mobile Apps: Common Forms

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I missed the recent Technology Salon on Mobiles for Development (I was kind of busy with Global Youth Service Day), and was already scheduled to make it to t...

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youtube

Guatemala and Citizen Media

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You might have heard about the posthumously released video by a Guatemalan lawyer accusing his president of assassination in the event of his death, for not ...

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#escandalogt

Guatemala and Citizen Media

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You might have heard about the posthumously released video by a Guatemalan lawyer accusing his president of assassination in the event of his death, for not ...

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Guatemala and Citizen Media

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You might have heard about the posthumously released video by a Guatemalan lawyer accusing his president of assassination in the event of his death, for not ...

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amazon

ICT4Dev Reading List

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Here's a hastily-constructed Amazon store of some of the books and essays I've read which provide great insight and contrarian positions to modern developmen...

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xp

XP on the XO, round three.

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Who's using XP? With a surprising lack of fanfare, OLPCNews recently revealed that Sugar is beating out Windows XP in XO deployments: Apparently the convers...

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windows

XP on the XO, round three.

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Who's using XP? With a surprising lack of fanfare, OLPCNews recently revealed that Sugar is beating out Windows XP in XO deployments: Apparently the convers...

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olpcnews

XP on the XO, round three.

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Who's using XP? With a surprising lack of fanfare, OLPCNews recently revealed that Sugar is beating out Windows XP in XO deployments: Apparently the convers...

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monopoly

ICT and the Iran Election

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The Daily Dish reposts a call to action from Twitter: ALL internet & mobile networks are cut. We ask everyone in Tehran to go onto their rooftops and sho...

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social media

The answer for “I don’t get Twitter”

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The next time somebody cracks wise about Twitter, points to the vast numbers of Twitter Orphan Accounts, or otherwise belittles it, I will point them to this...

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dissent

The answer for “I don’t get Twitter”

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The next time somebody cracks wise about Twitter, points to the vast numbers of Twitter Orphan Accounts, or otherwise belittles it, I will point them to this...

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iranelection

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collaboration

Collaboration and the XO Mesh

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Time to mesh XOs Unless you're lucky enough to live within mesh range of many other XO users (or are part of an XO deployment or an innovative classroom pro...

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jabber

Collaboration and the XO Mesh

6 minute read

Time to mesh XOs Unless you're lucky enough to live within mesh range of many other XO users (or are part of an XO deployment or an innovative classroom pro...

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wiki

Beyond Crowdsourcing

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I am weary of the term “crowdsourcing.” Now, I’m not against the concept

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crowdsourcing

Beyond Crowdsourcing

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I am weary of the term “crowdsourcing.” Now, I’m not against the concept

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peer

Beyond Crowdsourcing

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I am weary of the term “crowdsourcing.” Now, I’m not against the concept

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pgc

Beyond Crowdsourcing

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I am weary of the term “crowdsourcing.” Now, I’m not against the concept

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malawi

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open development

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social capital

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development

Social Networks (not Facebook) and Development

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World-wandering BoingBoing editor Xeni Jardin writes about a video from the “What Would the Poor Say: Debates in Aid Evaluation,” NYU conference, where Leona...

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granovetter

Social Networks (not Facebook) and Development

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World-wandering BoingBoing editor Xeni Jardin writes about a video from the “What Would the Poor Say: Debates in Aid Evaluation,” NYU conference, where Leona...

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socialnetworks

Social Networks (not Facebook) and Development

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World-wandering BoingBoing editor Xeni Jardin writes about a video from the “What Would the Poor Say: Debates in Aid Evaluation,” NYU conference, where Leona...

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laptop

It’s Raining OLPC TCOs (1 of 4)

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Update: Hello readers from Alanna’s post on the OLPC at UNDispatch - You should check my original article on the OLPC TCO - written back in 2006 - over at O...

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$972

It’s Raining OLPC TCOs (1 of 4)

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Update: Hello readers from Alanna’s post on the OLPC at UNDispatch - You should check my original article on the OLPC TCO - written back in 2006 - over at O...

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mixit

Mobile Social Networks

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Something is still missing in the world of mobiles and social networks. I strongly believe in the power of social networks in development, be they online or...

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oneapp

Mobile Social Networks

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Something is still missing in the world of mobiles and social networks. I strongly believe in the power of social networks in development, be they online or...

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facebook

Mobile Social Networks

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Something is still missing in the world of mobiles and social networks. I strongly believe in the power of social networks in development, be they online or...

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joncamfield.com

Site Updates

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JonCamfield.com now has a mobile-friendly site at https://m.joncamfield.com -check it out on your computer or phone (it’s not WAP, just lighter and linear). ...

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website

Site Updates

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JonCamfield.com now has a mobile-friendly site at https://m.joncamfield.com -check it out on your computer or phone (it’s not WAP, just lighter and linear). ...

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hacdc

In Defense of the Laptop

6 minute read

Reading Alanna Shaikh’s writeup on the OLPC Program as a failure in the UNDispatch and clicking through to Timothy Ogden’s harsh commentary, I began to feel ...

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negroponte

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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classmate

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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intel

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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portugal

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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argentina

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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brazil

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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peru

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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rwanda

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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ict4edu ict4dev 1:1

The Inter-American Development Bank and ICT4Edu

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Today’s IADB event, Reinventing the Classroom, brought together thought-leaders, practitioners and government officials to discuss the role of technology in ...

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ictdev.org ictdev

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iadb

The OLPC Haiti Project Reports Back

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When the IDB plans to “evaluate its performance from a quantitative standpoint,” it’s a good sign that they mean to do just that. The XO project in Haiti, d...

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ha-t1093

The OLPC Haiti Project Reports Back

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When the IDB plans to “evaluate its performance from a quantitative standpoint,” it’s a good sign that they mean to do just that. The XO project in Haiti, d...

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ipad

The OLPC Vaporware Product Line Vs. the iPad

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iPad or OLPC? Update: the EE Times has a great, similar article on the OLPC fantasy vs Apple reality. So, the XO-2 has moved from promise to hope to scrap,...

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windows7

Waiting for Ubuntu 10

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I finally broke down and bought a laptop, as my existing bevy of half-working laptops is now seriously impacting my ability to actually get things done, as o...

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plumpynut

Going Nuts over the Value of Local Production

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For some background, I highly recommend Alanna Shaikh’s post here: https://aidwatchers.com/2010/04/the-plumpy%E2%80%99nut-dustup/ and follow-up here: https:/...

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patents

Going Nuts over the Value of Local Production

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For some background, I highly recommend Alanna Shaikh’s post here: https://aidwatchers.com/2010/04/the-plumpy%E2%80%99nut-dustup/ and follow-up here: https:/...

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hunger

Going Nuts over the Value of Local Production

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For some background, I highly recommend Alanna Shaikh’s post here: https://aidwatchers.com/2010/04/the-plumpy%E2%80%99nut-dustup/ and follow-up here: https:/...

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tools

Tech4Dev: What’s in your backpack?

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Inveno’s ICT_Works blog recently advertised their awesome addition to the ICT4D world - a solid toolkit to carry to the field. I made a much lower-tech pers...

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schooltools

Tech4Dev: What’s in your backpack?

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Inveno’s ICT_Works blog recently advertised their awesome addition to the ICT4D world - a solid toolkit to carry to the field. I made a much lower-tech pers...

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floppy

Tech4Dev: What’s in your backpack?

2 minute read

Inveno’s ICT_Works blog recently advertised their awesome addition to the ICT4D world - a solid toolkit to carry to the field. I made a much lower-tech pers...

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cd

Tech4Dev: What’s in your backpack?

2 minute read

Inveno’s ICT_Works blog recently advertised their awesome addition to the ICT4D world - a solid toolkit to carry to the field. I made a much lower-tech pers...

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nepal

Another OLPC TCO study

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1:1 Computing costs are a difficult thing to nail down, because there are so many factors that go into it. I worked with GeSCI’s Roxanna Bassi to create a w...

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warschauer

OLPCs, Uruguay and Educational Value

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My recent blog post on Uruguay’s Plan Ceibal generated a buzz of discussion over at OLPCNews on the value of measurement, test scores, and updates from the f...

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wikileaks

Five thoughts on WikiLeaks

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We are also supporting the development of new tools that enable citizens to exercise their rights of free expression by circumventing politically motivated c...

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goodluckwiththat

Five thoughts on WikiLeaks

13 minute read

We are also supporting the development of new tools that enable citizens to exercise their rights of free expression by circumventing politically motivated c...

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1stamendment

Five thoughts on WikiLeaks

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We are also supporting the development of new tools that enable citizens to exercise their rights of free expression by circumventing politically motivated c...

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property

Support Property Rights

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Ashoka’s Changemakers is running a global competition with the Omidyar Network to source the most innovative approaches for providing property rights to thos...

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rights

Support Property Rights

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Ashoka’s Changemakers is running a global competition with the Omidyar Network to source the most innovative approaches for providing property rights to thos...

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amd64

#Ubuntu Tips: Amazon MP3 Downloads

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So, Amazon now forces you to use their download tool. Which seems silly. But they offer a Linux version, which is nice. But it only is built for 32 bit ar...

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google

So - What Next?

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The events in London over the past few days have been deeply interesting in the wake of last month’s conversation on mobile and online activism during and af...

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egypt

So - What Next?

5 minute read

The events in London over the past few days have been deeply interesting in the wake of last month’s conversation on mobile and online activism during and af...

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london

So - What Next?

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The events in London over the past few days have been deeply interesting in the wake of last month’s conversation on mobile and online activism during and af...

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jan25

So - What Next?

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The events in London over the past few days have been deeply interesting in the wake of last month’s conversation on mobile and online activism during and af...

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arabspring

So - What Next?

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The events in London over the past few days have been deeply interesting in the wake of last month’s conversation on mobile and online activism during and af...

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m&e

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google plus

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robots

The robots are coming

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A colleague and I have the first of two articles posted on FastCompany - discussing the role of automation in job creation – and destruction

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union

The robots are coming

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A colleague and I have the first of two articles posted on FastCompany - discussing the role of automation in job creation – and destruction

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2011

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occupy

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open source

Open Source Society

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This is a rough summary of my talk Tuesday night at DCWeek’s Hot Tech Trends.

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failfaire

The Art of Failing

9 minute read

I have a critical flaw - not being able to say no to helping out worthwhile projects get their technological house in order.

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stupidity

SOPA

1 minute read

Look. I’m going on vacation tomorrow. I have promised myself to keep my stress levels down, so this is as much as you’ll hear from me about SOPA

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app store

Against Appification

5 minute read

My wife and I bought a new TV that comes with, as most new TVs seem to, an app store. And it sucks. By gods, the offerings are horrible.

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disney

Against Appification

5 minute read

My wife and I bought a new TV that comes with, as most new TVs seem to, an app store. And it sucks. By gods, the offerings are horrible.

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jailbreak

Against Appification

5 minute read

My wife and I bought a new TV that comes with, as most new TVs seem to, an app store. And it sucks. By gods, the offerings are horrible.

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local

The change economy

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Over at FastCoExist, my colleague and I are rolling out a series of big changes and ideas in economy

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global

The change economy

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Over at FastCoExist, my colleague and I are rolling out a series of big changes and ideas in economy

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social currency

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hbo

ARRRR: More on Piracy and HBO

3 minute read

Sorry, but you must play in the market - you must offer a price; merely saying it’s too expensive is not acceptable

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game of thrones

ARRRR: More on Piracy and HBO

3 minute read

Sorry, but you must play in the market - you must offer a price; merely saying it’s too expensive is not acceptable

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cpeurope

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3dprinting

Of Code, Free Speech, and Weapons

9 minute read

We are in a world where free speech (in the form of computer code) can create real world objects and actions that are themselves regulated or outright illegal.

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anonymous

Of Code, Free Speech, and Weapons

9 minute read

We are in a world where free speech (in the form of computer code) can create real world objects and actions that are themselves regulated or outright illegal.

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apps

The Anti-Halo Effect

3 minute read

Create pro-consumer mobile technology and open up a new market of multi-platform and platform-agnostic users who want the best devices.

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nsa

Jam Echelon Day, Redux

4 minute read

(Or, how to remind anyone snooping your email of your fourth amendment rights)

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echelon

Jam Echelon Day, Redux

4 minute read

(Or, how to remind anyone snooping your email of your fourth amendment rights)

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deflect

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Kyiv on #Jan25

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I spent this past week in Kiev. You may have heard something about the protests, and possibly even about some of the policy changes and new laws that sparke...

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#euromaidan

Kyiv on #Jan25

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I spent this past week in Kiev. You may have heard something about the protests, and possibly even about some of the policy changes and new laws that sparke...

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heartbleed

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tor

Of Tor and Condoms

10 minute read

I am far from the first to compare digital security practices to safer sex practices; Jillian York even rapped about it on stage at re:publica in 2014

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orgsec

Let’s talk about Organizational Security.

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SAFETAG is a project that myself and another colleague have spent countless hours building out to really focus on working with small non-profits on assessing...

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email security

New GPG Keys!

4 minute read

I am transitioning both my professional and personal GPG keys.

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passwords

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fediverse

Into the fediverse

4 minute read

This is an experiment to be both more social, and less on "social media". I have created a personal and private account in what’s called Mastodon.

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code of conduct

Building Tools for Human Rights

5 minute read

It’s time to add formal requirements to our tool funding process to reduce risks while also contributing to building more inclusive tools

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