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Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development

The book, Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development, has just been released under an open CC-BY license. The book emerges from a stimulating conference organised by Matthew Smith and the IDRC in Ottawa a few years ago.

The volume also contains a chapter by Håvard Haarstad and myself:

Graham, M. and Haarstad, H. 2013. Open Development through Open Consumption: The Internet of Things, User-Generated Content and Economic Transparency. In Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development. Eds. Smith, M. L., and Reilly, K, M. A. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 79-111
    You can download the full book here.
    A New Kind of Globalisation? User-Generated Content and Transparent Production Chains

    The Guardian has just published my article titled: “A New Kind of Globalisation? User-Generated Content and Transparent Production Chains.” The article discusses the possibilities for user-generated content and the Internet of Things to reshape how commodities are both produced and consumed.

    The article is based on the following academic paper due to be published early next year:

    Graham, M. and H. Haarstad. 2011. The Globalization of Transparency: Ethical Consumption in a Web 2.0 World. Information Technologies and International Development

    Feel free to email me if you’d like a pre-publication copy.

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    The Wikichains project

    Want to use Web 2.0 to make the world better?

    Thanks to a grant recently awarded by UnLTd and Nominet Trust and to the collaboration of the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (UNIA),Wikichains.com will redesign its site interface and introduce some new features.

    In order to select people to develop and implement the redesign, we are launching a competition that will allow designers and programmers to submit bids to work on these changes. We are looking for proposals that will provide us with an approximate image of the final product. Feel free to suggest improvements with regard to any aspect of Wikichains.com. In addition to innovation and visual attractiveness, the jury will also positively value proposals by the following criteria:

    • access to the site by means of mobile devices,
    • connections with UPC codes and bar codes,
    • integration of other external services that may be useful for the aims of the project,
    • facilitating visualization of commodity chains (for example through use of maps).

    Submissions will be judged by an international panel and the selected proposal will be awarded a prize of €3000. Our official flyer can be accessed here. Please spread this call as widely as possible!