IT for Developing
Draft August 25, 2003
Week 1: Introduction
– August 27
for the course.
and social conditions in developing countries – range between and within
is it like to live on $1-2/day?
definitions of “development”:
of Millennium Development Goals
Week 2: The role
of ICT in development – September 3
instances of developing and introducing new technologies (e.g. Green
the growing interest in ICT for development?
state of the debate. How important
Week 3: ICT for
development – current activities – September 10
overview of “ICT for development” activities by different actors:
Int’l organizations (G-8, UN, World Bank)
Companies (e.g. HP)
NGOs and social enterprises (e.g. GrameenBank)
frameworks for “e-readiness” being adopted by developing countries to
accelerate the adoption of ICT:
Development of workforce with ICT-specific skills
Legal, regulatory and policy environment
Role of private sector
- Is it
possible to “serve the poor profitably”?
business models – shared access, micro-franchise, etc.
Week 4: Trends in information and communications
technologies – September 17
Overview of price and performance in ICT “building blocks.”
(memory and logic)
and wireless networks (satellite, cellular, 802.11, 802.16)
Possible unique requirements for developing country users:
interfaces for populations with multiple languages and low levels of
access as a possibly dominant use mode
skilled workforce for maintenance
Week 5: Economic benefits of ICT – September 24
creation (e.g. outsourcing)
functioning of markets, lowered costs of domestic and international
increases in productivity
for the poor?
Week 6: E-health,
e-learning – October 1
Week 7: E-government,
E-democracy – October 8
government work better and cost less?
corruption and increasing transparency
of ICT by civil society
efforts in censorship and surveillance
Week 8: Energy
and environment – October 15
Week 9: Technology-specific
issues – networking/infrastructure – October 22
of infrastructure and device – advantages for cost and functionality
of 802.11 in developing world – leapfrog opportunities?
Week 10: Technology-specific
issues – devices – October 29
approaches such as Simputer
low-cost, low-power devices – how low can we go?
Week 11: Technology-specific
issues – user interfaces – November 5
for multiple languages
for users with low-levels of literacy
interaction with sensor networks
Week 12: Cross-cutting
issues – November 12
of open source in developing countries
countries as producers as opposed to merely consumers of innovation
Week 13: Beyond
ICT – other tech needs for developing countries – November 19
diagnosis of infectious diseases
Week 14-15: Student
presentations – November 26/December 3