Hi and a very happy new year to you and yours! Many thanks for having joined this "Future of ICTs and Development" network, part of The Communication Initiative process.

Silvio Waisbord, Associate Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University has just submitted a blog entitled "Net Thinking" to The Communication Initiative platform - see http://www.comminit.com/en/node/328504/bbc

In this blog Silvio focuses on the relationship between technology developments and development progress observing that:

"Policy makers, the media and aid organizations usually throw nuance aside to hail the arrival of the latest technology. Recent hopes for mobile telephony and “social media” and applied to aid and development follow in the footsteps of the past."


"Results about “what ITs work” (and why) are more complex than what techno-enthusiasts recognize, and policy-makers usually have time to hear. From the uses of transistor radios to video cameras, the record about the impact of ITs on development issues is mixed. For every indication of positive impact, many examples show little or no effects. We have evidence of tangible results, but numerous experiences have never been documented."

For the full blog please go to http://www.comminit.com/en/node/328504/bbc

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Thanks for engaging. We all value your contribution. Have an excellent 2011!


Waren Feek
Executive Director
The Communication Initiative