1. Guest Lecture by Professor Michael L Best, United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in Macau SAR, China.

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  2. Presenter: Dr. Aris Alissandrakis, Center for Learning and Knowledge Technologies, Linnaeus University
    Discussant: William Jobe (PhD Candidate), DSV, Stockholm University

    Abstract: This talk will give an overview and discuss lessons learned from the project "People's Voices". The project was a collaboration between the Center for Leaning and Knowledge Technologies at Linnaeus University (Sweden), the Women of Uganda Network, and Makerere University (Uganda) and it was partially funded by SPIDER and Linnaeus & Makerere Universities.
    The aims of the project were a) to empower local people and communities to monitor district service delivery through a combination of different ICT-based tools and traditional media, as well as b) to identify and describe a number of cross media services that can be used promote citizens' participation in political decisions and civic activities.
    The project included a number of field trips from Sweden to Uganda, and used "participatory design" interactive techniques, actively involving different stakeholders.

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  3. Presenter: Colin Spurway, BBC Media Action

    Discussants: Per Helgesson, Head of Media Development Office, Swedish Radio; Katja Sarajeva, PhD, Project Manager, Spider.

    Abstract: Colin Spurway will present the project Loy9 by BBC Media Action in Cambodia, the project focuses on using ICT to engage youth in debate and democratic participation by mixing entertainment and education, using engaging and interactive media formats.

    Topics to be discussed include:
    - experience of blending entertainment and education
    - the findings of our recent trial of mobile content
    - lessons from combining old and new media
    - shifts in the media landscape in Cambodia

    The development of the Interactive Voice Response system Verboice used in the project was supported by Spider. The project Loy9 is supported by Sida and UNDP.

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  4. Presenter: Dr. Dorothea Kleine, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography & Director, ICT4D Centre Royal Holloway, University of London
    Discussant: Assoc. Prof. Paula Uimonen, Director Spider

    Abstract: Dorothea Kleine (PhD) will present her book Technologies of Choice? where she discusses ICT4D from the perspective of the capabilities approach. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) - especially the Internet and the mobile phone - have changed the lives of people all over the world. These changes affect not just the affluent populations of income-rich countries but also disadvantaged people in both global North and South, who may use free Internet access in telecenters and public libraries, chat in cybercafes with distant family members, and receive information by text message or email on their mobile phones.
    The book proposes a conceptual framework, the Choice Framework, that can be used to analyze the role of technologies in development processes. Kleine applies the Choice Framework to a case study of microentrepreneurs in a rural community in Chile. Combining ethnographic research at the local level with interviews with national policy makers, to contrast the high ambitions of Chile’s pioneering ICT policies with the country’s complex social and economic realities Kleine examines three key policies of Chile’s groundbreaking Agenda Digital: public access, digital literacy, and an online procurement system. The policy lesson we can learn from Chile’s experience, Kleine concludes, is the necessity of measuring ICT policies against a people-centered understanding of development that has individual and collective choice at its heart.

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  5. The link between ICT and development is often unclear and the role of ICT for development has shifted over time. Early ICT4D efforts were often concerned with investigating the link between ICT and economic development, but ICTs ability to foster economic development has, however, been questioned and the focus has shifted to a more human centred perspective of development. Amartya Sen’s capability approach has in later years been gaining an increased focus in ICT4D research. The capability approach has been suggested as a theory for evaluating the more human centred aspect of development and as a framework to deepen our understanding of the development process. The capability approach is concerned with the individual’s ability to choose a life that she or he values. However, the approach is said to be philosophically profound but methodologically difficult to apply in research and there is a need to operationalize it to make it more accessible for researchers. In this seminar the capability approach is explained with the focus on the implications the approach has on ICT4D project evaluations. What benefits do we as researchers gain from applying the approach to our evaluations and what pitfalls do we risk falling into? Different evaluation cases are used to exemplify the strength of the approach but also to highlight its weaknesses.

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