Enterprise 2.0


Sitting in the 140conference in Washington, something got my attention. Or should I say someone. His name is Blake Hall, co-founder of TroopSwap, a recent Harvard Graduate and Army Captain. Initially, he just made …
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Ushahidi Simulation


Last month I taught the first ever course on “Technology and Peace” at the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. The course drew 16 participants from 11 countries, representing a number of distinguished organizations including Ashoka, the …
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FAILFaireDC a Social Space for less than Smashing Successes


Several of us at TechChange had the privilege of attending a great event MobileActive and the World Bank put on last night that focused on those failures that I’m sure most involved try to forget. FAILFaireDC …
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Spy Tools to Spread Dissident Information


A technique recently used by Russian spies to communicate with their handlers could be used by dissidents to spread information from within totalitarian regimes. Unlike cryptography which encodes a message with a cypher, steganography hides content in …
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Rich vs Reach in Mobile Health Applications


An issue that comes up time and again in the technology for development space is whether to focus on an applications’ reach or the richness of services provided. In the next couple of posts I’m going to be looking …
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Conflict Minerals: The Industry’s Dirty Little Secret


With the help of Leonardo DiCaprio, we know what blood diamonds are. And now, thanks to the Enough Project, we are starting to know more about conflict minerals. Conflict minerals are generally defined as: “minerals mined …
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Promise and Setback in African Fiber Optics


On July 2nd, the Main One Cable company finished construction on a 4000 mile fiber optic cable linking Nigeria to Western Europe. The new pipe promises 20 times the capacity of sub-Saharan Africa’s entire satellite network. The Main One is one of 10 new cables being laid to Africa which promise to drive down costs and expand access.
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Post-Election Network Access; Denied


Iran’s 10th presidential elections, held on 12 June 2009, saw a much disputed victory of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. As reports of voting irregularities grew, millions of Iranian Green reformists took to the streets in …
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Promise and Setback in African Fiber Optics


On July 2nd, the Main One Cable company finished construction on a 4000 mile fiber optic cable linking Nigeria to Western Europe. The new pipe promises 20 times the capacity of sub-Saharan Africa’s entire satellite network. The Main One …
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TechChange Photo Project


Here at TechChange we are excited to announce a new initiative. We are collecting images of technology inspiring and precipitating social change for our website and online publications. Images of cell phones, computers, radio, video games – you name it – being used to promote peace, map conflicts, track diseases, monitor elections, counter corruption, etc. Want to have your work featured on our site for all the world to see? Take out your mobile phone and submit a photo today!
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