Note: See the Expanded Course Description
This Special Topics course explores the key research and deployment issues for novel Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the world's poorer 4 billion people who today lack access to modern technologies and infrastructure. Although there are a number of technologies that are a part of development, we focus on ICT.
Looking beyond digital divide issues, which are important, we consider ICT to be an enabler of sustainable development. Hence, we will study the intersection of technology, policy, and business issues related to ICT and sustainable development. The course is jointly taught at the University of California Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Washington via videoconferencing, and will include several guest lecturers from a wide variety of backgrounds relevant to the discourse.
Although listed in computer science, we are encouraging advanced undergraduates and graduates in social science, business, regional planning, public policy to take the course as well.
The course will address:
Grassroots ICT Projects in India: Some Preliminary HypothesesWeek 3: Presentations: Kalil Policy Overview
Serving the World's Poor, Profitably [Harvard Business Review, Sep 2002]
What Works: Serving the Poor, Profitably [optional longer version from Markle, WRI] [pdf]
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (another Prahalad and Hart article; from strategy+business issue 26)
Lecture notes: PowerPoint, PDF
Reading List [Microcapitalism paper]Week 4: Presentations: Tongia Issues and Opportunities, Brewer Technology Roadmap
This is all background reading; it varies in technical depth...Week 5: Presentations: ICT and Electricity
Internet Address Space Issues
Scientific_American article on wireless and cell phones
(reference) calculator for WiFi range
Telkom South Africa Case Study (from vendor)
Reading ListWeek 6: Presentations: E-Government in Sri Lanka, Dr. Nagy Hanna
Economics Primer - to be used for the upcoming homeworkWeek 8: Presentations: Online Learning Initiative, Dr. Joel Smith, Automated Reading Tutor, Dr. Jack Mastow [pdf]
This is a book chapter that deals with investments and economic evaluation in a construction sense, but the principles apply universally. Feel free to skim some sections, but do read 6.l - 6.6 and parts of 6.8 and 6.9. Some later sections also get into taxes and tax shields. Some of you might already know the material, in which case this should be a quick refresher.
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Handheld computers for rural healthcare, experiences in a large scale implementation. V. Anantraman et al. Development by Design 2002.
A toolkit for building accessible user interfaces. A. Moudgal et al. Development by Design 2002.
Recommendations for Improved Development by Design. K. Donaldson. Development by Design 2002.
Value sensitive design: Theory and methods. B. Friedman et al. University of Washington Tech.
Healthcare and ICT - This is from a workshop CMU hosted on IT and Sustainable Development, with active partcipation of all the faculty.Week 13: Presentations: Overview of HP Labs India, Gita Gopal
This paper is Dr. Henry Mosley's talk, about alternative structures for handling healthcare, in that the family and women especially are critical; it talks less on technology. FYI, http://www.developmentgateway.com/itsd has general info on the workshop.