Here’s February’s selection of interesting articles, blogs, websites and graphics.
March 4th see Kenyans go to the polls to elect MPs, Senators, and their next President. After the painful experience of election violence in 2007 many organisations are determined to help Kenya succeed in having peaceful, free and fair elections.
- Safaricom have partnered with NGO Sisi Ni Amani – Kenya (SNA-K) to deliver an SMS platform dedicated to securing peaceful elections
- Ushahidi have launched their election map for 2013, Uchaguzi. Ushahidi was one of the only good news stories of the last elections as it emerged in response to the post-election violence. This time, Ushahidi hope to contribute to an election process that is free, and fair, in its entirety.
- The Daily Dot takes a look at all things ICT in the 2013 Kenyan elections grounding their account in the legacy of 2007.
Sanitation and Health
The National Geographic has a blog section entitled Digital Diversity. Its curated by Ken Banks, of Kiwanja (another blog we like to keep up-to-date on!). In February the National Geographic guest hosted the Aquaya Institute’s innovative work on providing clean water in difficult circumstances.
We are convinced of the value of ICT and M-Labs in Africa as a platform to help innovators and entrepreneurs realise their dreams. This interview with the lead at East Africa m-Labs gives some interesting insights.
ICT and Mobile in Africa
An Economist briefing on our field.
Ever wondered where people Tweet in Africa? The Guardian analyses the data from a few key cities with interesting results.
Ethics and Teaching
This article raises an interesting question that our field needs to consider. What is the best way to teach and pass on our experiences in ICT or mobile technologies in Africa and development more broadly? This piece focuses on mHealth, but in the future will Universities have courses on e-agriculture? Is technology suitably incorporated into traditional development studies? These big, important questions can be found here.
The Wait…What? Blog always deals with ethical issues in a precise and considered manner. This month this discussion in community mapping caught our eye as both timely and poignant.