[Air-L] Beyond ICT4D: New Media Research in Uganda (INC TOD #10)
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Beyond ICT4D: New Media Research in Uganda is a collection of
ethnographic reports from diverse perspectives of those living at the
other end of the African ICT pyramid. Crucially, these texts refocus
on the so-called “ICT4D” debate away from the standard western lens,
which depicts users in the developing world as passive receivers of
Western technological development, towards Ugandans whose use and
production of technologies entail innovations from the ground up. It
is this ‘other’ everyday point of view that is too often missing in
the ICT4D debate: valuable voices that put technologies, projects and
organizations into their proper context.
Conducted in 2009 by a group of five Masters in New Media (humanities)
students from the University of Amsterdam under the supervision of
Geert Lovink the research examines both the role and implementation of
ICTs in Uganda, covering a wide range of subcultures and projects,
including internet cafe usage, print media, NGOs and communities,
software subcultures and civic new media. The book argues that now is
the time to look beyond the technology layer and instead focus on the
social implications and local consequences of digital media’s
widespread use. By recognizing the impact that ICTs have on society
and identifying what functions currently and what needs to be
improved, we can more effectively understand and develop these
technologies in the future.
Initiated and introduced by Dutch-Australian media theorist and
internet critic Geert Lovink this Theory of Demand publication was
produced at the Institute of Network Cultures (HvA).
Authors: Ali Balunywa, Guido van Diepen, Wouter Dijkstra, Kai
Henriquez and Ben White.
Colophon: Authors: Ali Balunywa, Guido van Diepen, Wouter Dijkstra,
Kai Henriquez and Ben White. Editor: Geert Lovink Copy editing: Cindy
Jeffers, Lily Antflick and Morgan Currie. Design: Katja van Stiphout.
DTP: Margreet Riphagen. Printer: ‘Print on Demand’.
Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2011. ISBN:
This publication is also available through various print on demand
Download the free pdf here: http://www.networkcultures.org/_uploads/tod/TOD%2310_ICT4D.pdf
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