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[liberationtech] Could someone confirm if they receive this via the list?

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Tue Feb 8 21:04:06 PST 2011

Michael seems to be having problems posting the message below, and I cannot
access it via the admin interface. Can someone confirm if they receive
this/my message?  Apologies if the message has been posted before.



On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM, Michael Gurstein <gurstein at> wrote:

> I could be wrong and if so I would be delighted to be corrected but is not
> the project described below re: "Can ICT Improve Clean Water Delivery
> Systems in Slums? Lessons from Kibera" precisely the problem with a solely
> mobile phone approach to ICT for D.
> What I understand from the below is that the system described provides a
> means for individual cell phone users (those with the financial resources to
> own and use a cell phone for this purpose) to acquire information that will
> be of value to them as individuals (and their families) i.e. "information
> about water availability, price, and quality".
> This information will presumably assist the individual system user to
> respond effectively to the problem of clean water in Kibera but will do
> little if anything (in fact perhaps even undermining) the only means by
> which the problem could be resolved for the mass (millions) of those living
> in the slum which is a collective and community response to ensure that the
> means are put in place for all to have access to clean water; and not simply
> those who are privileged whether by locality or by their access to ICTs and
> this particular ICT app.
> Best,
> Mike
> Michael Gurstein, Ph.D.
> Director: Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and
> Training (CCIRDT)
> Vancouver, CANADA
> Cape Town, SA (in conjunction with Izandla Zethu SA)
> -----Original Message-----
> *From:* liberation-techology-bounces at [mailto:
> liberation-techology-bounces at] *On Behalf Of *Kathleen
> Barcos
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 08, 2011 1:07 PM
> *To:* liberation-techology at; CDDRL; Yosem Company;
> Knight's Fellowship Program; CSLI; Ruth Kricheli; Kelly Leigh Rosellen
> *Subject:* [liberation-techology] Liberation Technology Seminar Series-
> Feb 10,2011
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