Information Communication Technology for Development - Spring 2016


Jay Chen
Office: 715 Broadway #711
Class Hours: Tu: 7:10 - 9:00pm
Office Hours: Thu: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Course Syllabus



Reading and Lecture Notes

Where this schedule differs from the syllabus, follow this.

Week 1:
Intro Notes
Truman’s Inaugural Address – January 20, 1949
GDP Is a Terrible Way to Measure a Country’s Economy – Bill Gates
Poor Economics – Banerjee and Duflo
1 page reading response for the weekly readings above.

Week 2:
Poverty Notes
Digital leisure for development: reframing new media practice in the global South – Payal Arora and Nimmi Rangaswamy
Development as Freedom - Amartya Sen
1 page reading response for the weekly readings above.

Week 3:
Development Notes
The social construction of technological systems: New directions in the sociology and history of technology –RoelofBijkeret al.
Do Artifacts Have Politics? –Langdon Winner
Ubicomp'scolonial impulse –Paul Dourishand Scott D. Mainwaring
1 page reading response for the weekly readings above.

Week 4:
Technology Notes
Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development – Mitchell
Technological Knowledge and Technological change – Parayil

Week 5:
Revisiting CGNet Swara and its impact in rural India – Marathe
When technology doesn't fit: information sharing practices among farmers in rural China – Oreglia

Week 6:
Open data kit: creating an open source community for mobile data collection - Borriello
E-imci: improving pediatric health care in low-income countries - DeRenzi
1 page reading response for the weekly readings above.

Week 7:
Avaaj Otalo — A Field Study of an Interactive Voice Forum for Small Farmers in Rural India - Patel
Can one laptop per child save the world’s poor? - Warschauer
An Exploratory Study of Unsupervised Mobile Learning in Rural India – Kam
1 page reading response for the weekly readings above.

Week 8:
Class Project Proposals

Week 9:
The mobile phone as a link to formal financial services: findings from Uganda - Ghosh
Promises and Pitfalls of Mobile Money in Afghanistan: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial – Blumenstock
The Poor and Their Money An essay about financial services for poor people - Rutherford

Week 10:
Postcolonial Computing: A Lens on Design and Development - Irani
Towards a Design Model for Women’s Empowerment in the Developing World - Schroff
Practical Considerations for Participatory Design with Rural School Children in Underdeveloped Regions: Early Reflections from the Field - Kam

Week 11:
Text-free User Interfaces for Illiterate and Semi-literate Users - Medhi
A Mobile Application for Interactive Voice Forums: Design and Pilot Deployment in Rural India - Vashistha
The design and implementation of the PartoPen maternal health monitoring system - Underwood

Week 12:
What Constitutes Good ICTD Research? - Burrell
"Yours is better!": participant response bias in HCI - Dell

Week 13:
Mapping the landscape of sustainable HCI - DiSalvo
Collapse informatics: augmenting the sustainability & ICT4D discourse in HCI - Tomlinson
A Fragile Link: Disaster Relief, ICTs and Development - Maitland