‘How social media is changing Afghan society’ — by Sayed Asef Hossaini on Heinrich Boell Stiftung (Foundation)

Social media has played a critical role in influencing change in Afghanistan. The potential anonymity of the internet offer great opportunities for women. Creator: Impassion Afghanistan. This image is licensed under Creative Commons License. After the Taliban regime was toppled in 2001, broad access to digital telecommunication services became a reality in Afghanistan, bringing with…

Research: Big Data Takes on Dengue Fever — by Zara Zhang at Harvard Magazine on Pakistan Mobile phone particularly helpful in tracking epidemics

The use of mobile phone data (left) proved more accurate for estimating the spatial spread of dengue fever than a traditional diffusion model (right). Graphic from Impact of human mobility on the emergence of dengue epidemics in Pakistan, published by PNAS Cell phones automatically keep track of the nearest cell tower, which is why phone…

Kenya Cattle Benefit from Mobile Service iCows – VOA Video

Cattle rearing is a tricky business. Miss a day when a cow is in heat, and your herd doesn’t expand. Have the wrong (or no) market information and you may lose money when selling off your cattle or its products. To make cattle rearing predictable and profitable, farmer and entrepreneur Su Kahumbu created iCow, a…

Social audit: A corruption slayer – New Kerala com News

 Amid the huge debate that the Lokpal Bill has stirred, in creating an enabling environment to attack corruption, lessons from the youngest democracy, Afghanistan, which has taken quantum effort in addressing corruption at the micro level, may offer valuable direction to India at this juncture, reports Jayalakshmi Sengupta. Amid incessant controversy that continues to riddle…

Grameen, Gates Foundation eye mobile technology for development

Source: The Washington Post ***** SEATTLE—The Grameen Foundation has lifted some of the world’s poorest through lending circles dealing in the smallest amounts of money. Now it is trying to use mobile phone texts, cloud computing and software to scale its successful microfinance model to reach more people around the globe. Many of the tech…

India: BSNL & National Fertilizers To Offer Rural Mobile Services; Beyond Pilots

ByPreethi J Government owned telco BSNL has partnered with National Fertilizers Ltd (NFL) to launch a pilot project offering crop information services, weather forecasts, soil testing as well as health information in local languages. Economic Times reports the pilot project will be held at Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. Last year, BSNL launched a pilot with…

Learning Is an SMS Away: Mobile Phones in Education

Remote teachers can request assistance by uploading text messages to Moodle (a virtual learning environment) through which faculty can track comments and provide support. Photo: AKDN Penina Onyango, Head Teacher at Kawino Secondary School in Kisumu, Kenya, no longer awaits the arrival of Brown Onguko – her course facilitator at AKU’s Institute for Educational Development,…