Technology Salon

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a discussion at the intersection of technology and development

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  • cyber crime secuirty ghana

    How Ghanaian Internet Users Can Protect Themselves From Cyber Attacks

    Accra | By on June 29, 2019 | Comments Off on How Ghanaian Internet Users Can Protect Themselves From Cyber Attacks

    Governments are scrambling to catch the culprits behind the cyber attacks that are disrupting operations at large organizations across the globe. Cyber security experts say the spread of the worm dubbed WannaCry locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. Ghana lost a total of $50 million dollars to cyber-attack in 2016….

  • Humanitarian Crisis

    How to Implement ICT4D in Fragile, Violent, and Conflict-Affected Regions

    Washington DC | By on June 29, 2019 | Comments Off on How to Implement ICT4D in Fragile, Violent, and Conflict-Affected Regions

    Currently, over two billion people worldwide live in fragile, violent and conflict-affected (FCV) environments. Furthermore, according to the World Bank, the share of the extreme poor living in conflict-affected situations is expected to rise above 50% by 2030. FCV environments dramatically impact development outcomes as conflicts drive 80% of all humanitarian needs – yet it…

  • digital identity

    How We Can Control Our Digital Identities

    New York | By on June 14, 2019 | Comments Off on How We Can Control Our Digital Identities

    The New York City Technology Salon on “Will Digital Identities Support or Control Us” featured lead discussants Savita Bailur and Emrys Schoemaker from Caribou Digital and Aiden Slavin from ID2020. In general, Salon Participants noted the potential positives of digital ID, such as improved access to services, better service delivery, accountability, and better tracking of beneficiaries….

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  • What We Can Do About Free Press Crackdowns and Online Censorship

    San Francisco | By on May 5, 2019 | Comments Off on What We Can Do About Free Press Crackdowns and Online Censorship

    At the SF Bay Area Technology Salon on “What Can We Do About Press Crackdowns and Online Censorship?” two questions were at the center of the discussion: Who care about press freedom? What are tactics and strategies that inspire more people to take action to defend free speech, information access, and truth online? The carefully…

  • Technology Approaches to Improve Governance and Civic Engagement

    Washington DC | By on May 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Technology Approaches to Improve Governance and Civic Engagement

    The terms Civic Tech and GovTech have rapidly gained popularity over the past few years. Our recent Technology Salon – What Technology Approaches Improve Governance and Civic Engagement? – explored how digital tools and solutions can be used to further improve governance and citizen engagement. We had a lively discussion, informed by four thought leaders…

  • developing country entrepreneurs

    How We Can Support Digital Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

    London | By on April 19, 2019 | Comments Off on How We Can Support Digital Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

    An increase in the number of tech entrepreneurs in the countries in which we work represents a huge opportunity to work with local talent to tackle important barriers from growth and economic opportunity, to financial access and healthcare. However, recognising that around 80% – 90% of start-ups fail in their first year, we need to…

  • artificial intelligence international development

    Evaluation Criteria for Using Artificial Intelligence in Development Programs

    Washington DC | By on April 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Evaluation Criteria for Using Artificial Intelligence in Development Programs

    This year’s technology buzz word is artificial intelligence, which means you’ve already been asked how your organization can incorporate AI and machine learning in your programs. Hopefully, you answered with this. Or you could be more serious and reply that we all already are using aspects of AI to augment and enhance, not replace, activities…

  • Future of ICT4D

    Our technology for development specialty is changing. Macro forces like reduced government funding and PEPFAR’s push to local organizations are intersecting with increased local capacity and robust commercial solutions, forcing us to consider a post-ICT4D world. This inspired a Technology Salon asking, “What does the future of ICT4D look like?”, where we had a lively…

  • ICT4d in FCV

    Money, Power and Data: Ethical Challenges in Sharing Humanitarian Data

    New York | By on March 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Money, Power and Data: Ethical Challenges in Sharing Humanitarian Data

    The World Food Programme (WFP) recently announced a 45 million-dollar partnership with the data analytics firm Palantir, which sparked an IRIN’s article about it, an Open Letter from the Responsible Data Forum, and WFP’s resulting statement. The partnership raises serious issues that the WFP seems to be taking steps to address. But these issues are…

  • AI Universal Health Coverage

    How Artificial Intelligence Can Accelerate Universal Health Coverage

    Johannesburg | By on December 15, 2018 | Comments Off on How Artificial Intelligence Can Accelerate Universal Health Coverage

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used to advance healthcare in high-income countries. AI here refers to the use of computer systems sophisticated enough to perform tasks that until recently could only be performed by humans, for example, extracting conclusions from visual, clinical, natural language, operational and other complex data. Is artificial intelligence applicable in…

  • digtial migrants asia

    How Technology is Affecting Migration in Asia

    Bangkok | By on December 1, 2018 | Comments Off on How Technology is Affecting Migration in Asia

    With uneven economic opportunities and recruitment from abroad facilitated by advances in technology and transportation, migration in the Asian region is increasing. The UN’s 2017 International Migration Report estimates 258 million migrants traveled for work last year, with just under a third of them in Asia. The November Technology Salon Bangkok on How Can Digital…

  • geospatial technologies

    How to Better Visualize Our Impact with Geospatial Technologies

    Washington DC | By on August 20, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Better Visualize Our Impact with Geospatial Technologies

    Remember when you saw your first geospatial visualization in international development? How amazed you were that satellite maps of the earth could show impact data in a new, clearer way than before? Wait till you see where we are now with game-changing innovations like: Mapping changes at the village level with unmanned aerial vehicles. Visualizing…

  • private sector data

    4 Steps to Access Private Sector Data for Public Goods

    Washington DC | By on July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on 4 Steps to Access Private Sector Data for Public Goods

    We in the international development sector often have this perception that the private sector is way more advanced than we in the collection, analysis, and use of user data. That somehow Facebook, Google, and every Mobile Network Operator has a God-like dashboard that instantly displays every data point and trend imaginable, at the touch of…

  • smallhoder farmer asia

    5 Ways Digital Technology Can Enable Sustainable Agriculture in Asia

    Bangkok | By on June 28, 2018 | Comments Off on 5 Ways Digital Technology Can Enable Sustainable Agriculture in Asia

    On June 18, the Bangkok Technology Salon gathered to explore how emerging technology is changing the lives of smallholder farmers in Asia. Joining the Salon as lead discussants were: Surajit Sinha of SourceTrace Systems Rachel Zedeck of Peterson Thailand Siwar Saibua of the Agricultural Technology and Innovation Association With 144 million farmers in Asia, there…

  • mobile education

    Listening and Patience Leads to More People Learning Online and with Mobile Education

    San Francisco | By on June 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Listening and Patience Leads to More People Learning Online and with Mobile Education

    Practitioners, entrepreneurs, tech employees, and foundation representatives gathered at the Asia Foundation in San Francisco for a Tech Salon to explore the question of: How Can Silicon Valley Help Improve Online Learning in Emerging Economies? The Salon featured discussion leads Amy Ahearn of +Acumen, Jason Bigman of Philanthropy University, and Elizabeth Kountze of Tostan, and…

  • south african youth employment

    How to Prepare South African Youth for the Digital Economy

    Johannesburg | By on June 4, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Prepare South African Youth for the Digital Economy

    Digital technology is transforming economies and the world of work in profound ways. Traditional jobs are being transformed while new forms of work are being created. Siven Maslamoney, Manager, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, and Sean Blagsvedt, Former CEO of Babajob.com in India, led the group of digital professionals, M&E officials and youth facing programme implementers…

  • GDPR Data Secuirty

    We Are Data Security Sinners. Will GDPR Make Us Repent?

    Washington DC | By on April 21, 2018 | Comments Off on We Are Data Security Sinners. Will GDPR Make Us Repent?

    The General Data Protection Regulation is coming on May 25th and you should be worried. If you operate in the EU or focus on EU-based clients, then the sweeping new data protection law will apply to you, with multi-million dollar fines per violation. It mandates that we will need to be clear and concise about…

  • digital identity

    How to Use Digital Identity for Social Good in International Development

    London | By on April 12, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Use Digital Identity for Social Good in International Development

    According to World Bank estimates, about 1.1 billion people lack formal identification. Digital identity and access systems can unlock a range of services for individuals, including financial inclusion, healthcare and education. Equally, they hold significant promise for helping refugees and displaced populations access services. On the other side, digital identity can become a way to discriminate…

  • Humanitarian Crisis

    7 Technologies to Mitigate Humanitarian Crisis and Increase Community Resilience

    Washington DC | By on March 8, 2018 | Comments Off on 7 Technologies to Mitigate Humanitarian Crisis and Increase Community Resilience

    Penny Mordaunt, the UK International Development Secretary, is warning that 2018 will be the worst for humanitarian crises since the Second World War. Simmering conflict is destroying communities in Syria, Congo, Yemen, South Sudan, Myanmar… and the list goes on. Then there will be the inevitable natural disasters that will create new crisis-affected communities. We…

  • whatsapp strategy

    6 Reasons Why WhatsApp is a Game Changer for International Development

    Washington DC | By on March 1, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 Reasons Why WhatsApp is a Game Changer for International Development

    Quickly messaging people via computing technology is not a new activity. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) started in 1988, and we’ve gone through messaging service peaks with AOL, Yahoo, Blackberry, and SMS. Now there is a new wave of messaging apps and it’s Facebook Messenger, Viber, Telegram, Signal and WhatsApp’s turn. As one participant said at…