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How Can ICT's Support Citizen Engagement with Governments? - DC February Salon

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Citizen EngagementWe all know that citizens should hold their governments accountable to deliver quality public services in a transparent and responsive manner. That citizens should be empowered to define what a government should do, express that desire, see it enacted, and rate the result.

Yet that's an idea rarely achieved - even in the "developed" world. So what should we expect citizen engagement to be in the developing world? And how can ICT's facilitate and accelerate it?

Is asking for a "Yelp for Development" too much, or too prescriptive? And what existing development programs already engage citizens and their government? Better yet, do governments even want to be responsive? Is a "Consumer Reports for Aid" a killer app or just condescending?

Please RSVP ASAP to join your Technology Salon peers to tackle these questions and more in a deep dive into:

   ICTs for Citizen Engagement
   February Technology Salon DC
   8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
   Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
   IREX Conference Room
   2121 K Street NW
   Washington, DC (map)

We'll have hot coffee and donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited at IREX's headquarters. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance - once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waitlist.



 
What Are the Ethics of Participatory Digital Mapping - NYC February Salon

MappingDigital mapping as a tool in the participatory development toolkit has generated a great deal of interest in the development community and the mapped community members themselves.
 
But along with the popularity of GPS and community digital mapping have come a number of deeper and potentially unsettling questions around power dynamics, processes, and politics that change once a community is mapped and online for the world to see.

Join Erica Hagen from Ground Truth, Robert Banick of the American Red Cross and your friends at the Technology Salon for a discussion on the ethics and responsibilities of external agents who engage in participatory digital mapping as part of the community development process.

Please RSVP ASAP to explore questions like:
  • Whose responsibility is it to create base maps? Who owns (or should own) the map data?
  • Are digital maps useful for rural, offline communities? Is digital mapping better than hand-drawn mapping?
  • What happens with community digital mapping projects in the long term? How can we make sure they aren't just innovation showpieces for donors?
  • What about privacy? Can maps put those we aim to help at risk, especially children or vulnerable populations?
  • When should a decision NOT to map a community be made? And who makes that decision?
We'll have hot coffee and donuts for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance - once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waitlist.

   Ethics in Participatory Digital Mapping
   February Technology Salon New York City
   9 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
   Tuesday, February 5, 2013
   Population Council
   One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 9th Floor
   New York, NY 10017 (map)

Save The Date: On February 6th we'll have a NYC ICT4Drinks happy hour to celebrate mHealth in Practice, a new book on mHealth edited by mHealth Alliance executive director Patricia Mechael and containing contributions from leading mHealth experts. Sign up to get invited.




Beyond M-PESA: What is the Next Development App that Will Scale? - Nairobi February Salon

Mobile AppsHow can your education, healthcare, or agriculture app scale in the growing mobile markets of East Africa’s urban and upcountry locales? What is the right balance between user adoption and development goals? Or even free vs. paid?

iHub Research, Research Solutions Africa, and infoDev have released a new report looking at how Kenyans living on less than $2.50 a day are using mobile phones. The report highlighted that:
  • "Users do not exploit the phone’s full potential by using applications (except for M-PESA). This is due to lacking awareness/marketing campaigns, confusion about the difference between applications, phone functionalities, and Internet, and challenges in the use of USSD/SMS applications."
With that challenge in mind, we’ll hear from Nicola D'Elia of Facebook, Angela Crandall of iHub, and Toni Maraviglia of mPrep on their opinions and share our own thoughts around social needs, user adoption, and the mobile apps that could be the next M-PESA in reach and impact.

Please RSVP ASAP to join us at:

   The Next Development App that Scales
   February Technology Salon Nairobi
   8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
   Tuesday, February 5, 2013
   Population Council, Kenya
   Ralph Bunche Road & Ngong Road
   Nairobi, Kenya (map)

We'll have hot coffee and mandazis for a morning rush, but seating is limited at Population Council's headquarters in Nairobi. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance - once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waitlist.



About the Technology Salon™

subscribersThe Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.  It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

 
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