Collaboration with PRIO on the NORM – a new project on the Digital Silk Road

I am happy and excited to announce that Basic Internet Foundation, and yours truly, is collaborating with PRIO (The Peace Research Institute Oslo) on the NORM project. NORM is the new project on the Digital Silk Road and has been funded by the Norwegian Research Council (Norges forskningsråd).

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Google’s Next Billion Users fosters Inclusion and Digital Literacy

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Google’s Next Billion Users initiative for an expert interview. I had the pleasure to have an inspiring conversation with the core team, and learn about the research and design methods behind this Google’s project. For those of you who are not familiar, Next Billion Users (NBU) is an initiative with an emphasis on the value of user research in the low and middle-income countries.

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A human-centric approach to a meaningful connectivity

The basic internet connectivity is not enough. We need a new narrative for purposeful human-centric connectivity, with its goal to connect 3.5 billion people not included in this digital revolution. Here, I am discussing the following dynamics we need to consider that would influence the connectivity, access to tools, skills, and improved livelihoods.

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The latest in Social Inclusion: Digital Literacy KPIs for Sustainable Development

Another new publication this Spring just came out: the Social inclusion academic open access journal with the special issue “Digital Inclusion Across the Globe: What Is Being Done to Tackle Digital Inequities?”. My colleagues and I wrote an article on digital literacy and the importance of key performance indicators (KPIs) …

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Digital Transformation Centers at the ITU: a kick-off meeting

I spent last week at the ITU in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11 to 13 February, 2020 I was on the kick-off meetings for the Digital Transformation Centers (DTC) project  for Phase 1. The primary function of DTCs are to deliver digital skills training to enhance digital literacy and foster uptake of digital …

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IGF2019 discussion on digital skills and education in rural areas

This year’s Internet Governance Forum #IGF2019, happened in Berlin, at Estrel congress center, gathering thousands of Internet practitioners, researchers, developers, and contributors. This year’s IGF focused on three main themes: data governance; digital inclusion; and safety, security, stability and resilience. Digital inclusion means more than just providing an internet access …

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Connecting the unconnected in Tanzania

This article has been published at the Coomunity Global Voices online and I wrote about the current activities of my colleagues,  and I are working on. Also, next week I am going to the Digital Excellence Forum in Helsinki, Finland. If this seems appealing to you, please head here; and perhaps I …

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