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[liberationtech] Designing the best network infrastructure for a Human Rights NGO

Rich Kulawiec rsk at
Sat Mar 2 06:24:49 PST 2013

On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 03:00:11PM +0000, anonymous2013 at wrote:
> In parts of Africa and other places, people are 
> barely techno-literate to be able to turn on a windows machine - 
> even after consideriable training. 

Then why would you even consider trying to get them to use one?

The answer to this may not be to use the most user-friendly computing
technology you can find (at an enormous cost in design, development,
deployment, training, and security); the answer may be not to use
computing technology.  What communications methods *do* they understand,
are they comfortable with, are part of the fabric of their society?
And can those be leveraged for this purpose?

There are precedents for this, you know, throughout human history.
Lots and lots of groups managed to organize protests and resistance movements
and educational initiatives and they did it all without computing technology.

Perhaps one of those groups will provide an operational model for
whatever-it-is that you're trying to do.


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