Tag Archives: ICT4D

The “Sent-Down” Internet: New Publications Out!

The Chinese Journal of Communication has recently published a special issue on “The Sent-Down Internet: Using Information and Communication Technologies in Rural China”, which assembles four research articles and one round-table discussion on the diffusion, appropriation and use of new technologies in rural China. All articles are highly critical of the fact that investigating the Chinese Internet, both in terms … Continue reading

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Two conferences in Beijing: Gender and communication, and ICT4D

On September 22-24 the Centre together with the Institute of Journalism and Communication at CASS organised the 5th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference on the topic of gender and communication as well as the 2nd Sino-Swedish ICT4D conference. Annika Pissin, Barbara Schulte and Marina Svensson from the Digital China project presented papers on, respectively, mummy blogs, ICT and education, … Continue reading

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ICT4D/E – or back to/towards the basics?

There is a whole range of underpinnings to the ICT4D/E movement (Information and Communication Technologies for Development/Education) – if one wants to use the term ‘movement’ here. One that is frequently stressed particularly by NGOs and development agencies is the idea of empowerment – or as Jens Karberg from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) put it at our conference on … Continue reading

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Empowerment from above, development from below, or something in between? ICT4D (ICT for Development) in China (upcoming conference)

In a recent blog, Marina has pointed to our upcoming conference on “ICT for Development (ICT4D) in China: Digital divides, empowerment strategies, and development discourses”, to take place here in Lund on October 3-4. I would like to draw attention to the last two words of the conference theme – “development discourses”. ‘Empowerment’, ‘development’ and ‘participation’ have, sadly enough, become … Continue reading

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Upcoming conference: ICT for Development (ICT4D) in China

On 3-4 October we will organize a conference on ICT4D in cooperation with the Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be important tools for empowerment and development as they enable citizens to access information, discuss social issues, engage in economic affairs and participate in politics. However, there is also … Continue reading

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Impressions from the Stockholm Internet Forum

Last week I attended the Stockholm Internet Forum, launched last year by the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the Swedish Development Agency. The aim of the Forum is to gather a diverse group of people, actors and stakeholders in the field, such as bloggers, net activists, policy-makers, representatives of Internet companies, representatives of national and international institutions, such as UNESCO (see … Continue reading

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