Civil Society

Posts tagged “Civil Society”

GirlBlog from Iraq

Girl Blog from Iraq… let’s talk war, politics and occupation. This is a new, increasingly popular blog from the perspective of a teenage girl in Iraq. To visit the site click here.

Digital delusions in the South

In this essay, Gaurab Raj Upadhaya argues that digital technology in its current corporate form is irrelevant to a wide cross-section of the populace. He asks, what can be done to salvage digital technology and orient it towards the objectives of development? From Himal Magazine

Today's Tech-Dependent Activists

In addition to picket signs and megaphones, activists protesting globalization policies at next month’s meeting of the World Trade Organization in Cancún will be armed with a number of new, high-tech weapons for getting their message across. From Wired

Unzipping the World Summit on the Information Society

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has already attracted the attention of the critical media community. Here, Alan Toner of Autonomedia and New York’s Information Law Institute examines what’s at stake at the Summit and how its agenda reflects changes in the post-industrial location of power, describing some working strategies for intervention in… Read more »

Cut down web for digitally deprived

Software that speeds internet access by up to 35 times has been developed to help people in poor countries go online. Aidbase, which currently exists as a working prototype, is one of a range of pieces of software under development by the Aidworld team, associated with Cambridge University. “Aidworld is developing lightweight software to take… Read more »

Hill Tribes Go High-Tech to Preserve Way of Life

As the sun sets, all the traits of a community light years away from modernity emerge in this northern Thai village. There is, after all, no electricity to illuminate the homes made of bamboo walls and thatched roofs, and to keep out the invading darkness. But that has not deterred the 60 families living here… Read more »

Linux reaches Afghanistan

The United Nations is training civil servants in the intricacies of the software to help them get government computer systems up and running. The first civil servants to complete their training in Linux went back to work earlier this month. The UN hopes that training government workers to use Linux will help the country close… Read more »

Bloggers Opening Western Eyes

Humanitarian workers abroad are increasingly using blogs to chronicle the lives of people in strife-torn societies in the hope that the West will finally comprehend, and respond. From Wired

Can computers save the world?

It will be people, rather than computers and the internet, that will make a difference in the developing world, argues BBC technology analyst Bill Thompson. From BBC News