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[liberationtech] New Special Issue Published on ICTD2010

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Fri Jun 15 20:25:21 PDT 2012

From: Arlene Luck <aluck at> via Yaw Anokwa <yanokwa at>

Dear ITID Readers:

This special issue of Information Technologies & International Development
(ITID) presents selected articles originating from the fourth ICTD, held in
London, UK.

The International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies
for Development (ICTD) continues its momentum as the premier
interdisciplinary scholarly conference on information communication
technologies and development. (This past March, the fifth ICTD conference
was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.) Under the leadership of General Chair
Tim Unwin and General Programme Chair Dorothea Kleine, ICTD2010 expanded to
a four-day event that explicitly reached out to non-researchers and sought
open discussion. The two days of paper presentations, which have formed the
research program of ICTD from the beginning, were complemented by two days
of participatory activities involving panels, workshops, and other
interactive sessions. The conference registered nearly 600 participants.

The selected articles for this ICTD2010 Special Issue are:

•  “Divided We Call: Disparities in Access and Use of Mobile  Phones in
Rwanda” by Joshua Blumenstock and Nathan Eagle

•   “Understanding the Links Between ICT Skills Training and
Employability: An Analytical Framework” by Maria Garrido, Joe Sullivan,
and Andrew Gordon

•   “Digital and Other Poverties: Exploring the Connection in Four East
African Countries” by Julian May

•   “Correlation Between Limited Education and Transfer of Learning”
by Indrani Medhi, Raghu S. Menon, Edward Cutrell, and Kentaro Toyama

•   Managing Microfnance with Paper, Pen, and Digital Slate” by
Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan,Sunandan Chakraborty, Pushkar V. Chitnis, and
Kentaro Toyama

•   “Impact of Low-Cost, On-Demand Information Access in a Remote
Ghanaian Village” by Cliff Schmidt, Trina Gorman, Michael Gary, and Andrew

•   “Looking Beyond ‘Information Provision’: The Importance of Being
a Kiosk Operator in the Sustainable Access in Rural India (SARI) Project,
Tamil Nadu, India” by Janaki Srinivasan

These articles reflect the proportional representation of material from ICTD
2010 based on interventionist work, qualitative research, and quantitative
research. Interventionist studies tend to form close to half of the program
at each ICTD conference, and this issue showcases three such articles (Medhi
et al.; Ratan et al.; Schmidt et al.). Two articles (Blumenstock & Eagle;
May) apply an economic methodology to understanding trends in information
communication technologies and development. Two additional articles (Garrido
et al.; Srinivasan) consider trends and projects through qualitative methods
or critical theory.

The papers in this special issue provide a glimpse of what makes ICTD

We hope you'll enjoy reading these ITID articles that published June 15,
2012 at

François Bar and Michael L. Best

Kentaro Toyama
Guest Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor
Information Technologies & International Development
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