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Launching the 2017 ICT4D Seminar Series
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You can now sign up for the 2017 ICT4D seminar series at the Oxford Internet Institute. I've put this year's list together with my colleague Sanna Ojanperä. This also marks the fourth year that we have been running the series! You can watch webcasts of dozens of past talks here

Title: Spatializing publics: mobile social media, urban sociability and the materiality of civic engagement
Speaker: Dr Wendy Willems
Date: 21 February @ 16:30
Location: Seminar Room, 1 St Giles
Registration: Please register on Eventbrite

We are excited to welcome Wendy Willems from London School of Economics and Political Science for her ICT4D talk 'Spatializing publics: mobile social media, urban sociability and the materiality of civic engagement'.


Title: What makes cities successful? A complex systems approach to modelling urban economies
Speaker: Dr Neave O’Clery
Date: 28 February @ 16:30
Location: Seminar Room, 1 St Giles
Registration: Please register on

We are excited to welcome Dr Neave O’Clery from the University of Oxford Mathematical Institute for her ICT4D talk 'What makes cities successful? A complex systems approach to modelling urban economies'.


Title: How do low-income users negotiate new practices of identity in a connected, digital age?
Speaker: Dr Savita Bailur
Date: 9 March @ 16:30
Location: Seminar Room, 1 St Giles
Registration: Please register on Eventbrite

We are excited to welcome Dr Savita Bailur from Caribou Digital for her ICT4D talk 'How do low-income users negotiate new practices of identity in a connected, digital age'.
 


Title: The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers thrive and Work does not pay
Speaker: Guy Standing
Date: 14 March @ 16:30
Location: Seminar Room, 1 St Giles
Registration: Please register on Eventbrite

We are excited to welcome Guy Stadning from the University of London for his ICT4D talk 'The Corruption of Capitalism: Why Rentiers thrive and Work does not pay'.

Colombian Minister of ICT to speak at the Oxford Internet Institute
http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/events/?id=679
The Colombian Minister of ICT, Mr Diego Molano, will be visiting the Oxford Internet Institute on June 24 to give a talk titled: “Clues to ICT4D policies in developing countries: The Colombian Example

The talk will be part of our ongoing ICT and Development seminar series and is open to anyone interested in the topic. If you’d like to attend, please sign up here.

More about his talk below:

In the last four years Colombia has experienced a digital revolution derived from an ambitious public policy plan called “Vive Digital”, which aims at reducing poverty, inequality and unemployment. Colombia has gone from 20% to 96% of its municipalities connected to the Internet and has multiplied by four the number of Internet connections, mainly in low income households.
This South American country received in 2012 the GSMA Government Leadership Award for having the best ICT public policy worldwide. It was also portrayed as a case study in the last World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and became the subject of a Washington Post article, which called the plan “Genius”. So what is all the noise about?
In this session, Mr. Diego Molano, Minister of ICT of Colombia, will highlight the key elements of this revolutionary plan, based on the strategic development of a carefully designed ICT Ecosystem, and explain his particular ICT4D approach.
This is the Opportunity to discuss with an ICT Policy Leader the main challenges that Colombia, as well as other middle income countries face, as they embark on the journey of ICT deployment as a tool to overcome poverty and support development.
Communication technologies and International Development - OII and PCMLP seminar series

Communication technologies and International Development
 

The seminar series gathers leading scholars and practitioners to reflect on the influence of new communication technologies on development processes. The seminars will focus on the dramatic changes in citizens’ ability to coordinate and mobilize for political action, on global migration and its relation to digital media, and on how international and national actors are seeking to shape the applications of technology and communication. The series provides a focus point for academics and non-academics in Oxford who are interested in the challenges and opportunities of employing new communication technologies in development contexts.

The series is organized by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford and co-convened by Dr Iginio Gagliardone and Dr Mark Graham.


Location: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St Giles Oxford OX1 3JS (map)
Registration: Please email your name and affiliation to events@oii.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 287210

30 January: Robin Mansell (London School of Economics)
The Information Society Agenda: Prospects and Problem
 

Robin Mansell discusses dominant approaches by intergovernmental agencies to information society policy and the prospects for introducing critical perspectives that acknowledge the power relations which inform information society strategies and actions.
 

6 February: Abdirashid Duale (CEO of  Dahabshiil)
ICTs, Innovation and Regulation in the Somali Territories


This seminar will explore technology and regulation in the Somali territories of the Horn of Africa.  Despite weak or non-existent government institutions, innovation has flourished with local solutions to local challenges. Money transfer companies have been leading the expansion and investments in ICT development.  Mobile banking, inexpensive internet connection, and dozens of media outlets are an unexpected reality in this war-torn region.  How are ICTs regulated and the role of the private sector in ICT development, will be explored.
 

13 February: Mirca Madianou (University of Leicester)  
Humanitarian campaigns in social media: network architectures and Kony 2012 as a polymedia event

In early March 2012 the Kony 2012 viral video took the world by storm. Attracting over 70 million views in less than a week from its release it was equally criticized and admired as an example of the power of social media. In this talk I will assess the optimism surrounding the opportunities that social media offer for humanitarian action. Drawing on the analysis of the phenomenally popular and controversial Kony 2012 campaign I observe that the architectures of social networking sites orientate action at a communitarian level which heightens their post-humanitarian style (Chouliaraki, 2012). However, an emerging new genre of reporting and commenting which I term “polymedia events” can potentially extend beyond the limitations of SNS communication by opening up the space for reflexivity and dialogical imagination.
 

20 February: Don Slater (London School of Economics)Disjunctures and Connections: Case Studies of How Techno-politics Make and Cut Networks
 

Drawing on case study material, the paper focuses on ways in which definitions of ‘media’ and other technical objects act to promote or prevent ‘connection’. In a development context, the ways in which new media objects such as ICTs are defined in relation to other objects, people and institutions map out new figurations of power and connection, or new ‘technological zones’ (Barry), that revalue and recombine political agency. Consideration of the politics of technology needs to be moved away from seeing ICTs as neutral tools to be enabled or as problematic interventions to be contained; rather, we need to be able to make visible and negotiable the possible communicative assemblages that might be produced.

27 February: Mark Thompson (University of Cambridge)
Development 2.0 and beyond: Challenges for ICT4D in 2013
 

The discipline of ICT4D has never appeared more, or less, relevant.  On the one hand, technology has become unprecedentedly pervasive, plastic, mobile, and cheap; increasingly based on open standards, emerging, platform-based architectures beckon towards an empowered era of development hubs, mashups, and commercial and social enterprise that increasingly offer those in emerging economies an independent, ‘continuous beta’ of thought and activity.  On the other, it might be said that such positive developments  challenge those working in ICT4D, and even 'development’ itself, to engage in a new way with people who are increasingly 'doing it for themselves’.  In this talk, I will try to address some of the opportunities and contradictions presented by this tension, and consider some emerging ways in which ICT4D researchers may contribute to the field.