Top Google Searches for Syrians

October 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

This is a pretty cool video that explains what Syrians and Syrian refugees are searching for on Google. The Syrian civil war is considered one of the worst humanitarian disasters today.

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Mobile Phones and Leapfrogging Technology

April 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

“Cellular phones are an example of leapfrog technology that allows many developing nations to skip the investment in fixed-line phone infrastructure while they derive economic benefits from a reliable and extensive communications network. Mobile phones, along with Internet access, are part of a communications revolution that is helping boost income and stop the spread of disease in emerging economies. VOA’s Bill Rodgers has more in this second of a series on technology in the developing world.”

I showed this clip in my Mobil Tech class. Interesting to note that mobile technology is overall cheaper than building an infrastructure for fixed phone lines.

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Citizen journalism, activism and education in rural India

February 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

IU Impact: Citizen Journalist Revives Education in Rural India

This is a great piece done by a young citizen journalist in the rural India village of Jharkhand. The village school had been shut done due to the negligence of the hired teacher. Mukesh Rajak, a Community Correspondent, used his own camera and showed the public the horrible conditions for the students and staff. This is a great example of citizen journalism being used the right way. When traditional media can’t/won’t help…activists can gain support from the public using social media tools.

As a result of Rajak’s work, the school was reopened.

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Wireless living: Limited Internet access in North Korea affects country’s development

February 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Wireless living: Limited Internet access in North Korea affects country’s development

Fascinating article by Imana Gunawan about how the lack of Internet and social media can hinder the growth of a nation. North Korea is a closed, secretive society and its lack of Internet access has isolated its citizens from the rest of the world.

Notable comments from the article:

“In 2012, the World Policy Journal rated the DPRK as the most isolated country in the world. The publication used the percentage of individuals connected to the Internet as one of the factors in determining whether a country is isolated.”

“Even though North Korea and South Korea have a similar amount of compulsory school years (10 for North Korea, 12 for South Korea), Sorensen said that North Korean refugees with high school-level education who go to South Korea may not be able to compete academically with South Korean students.”

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North Korea Revealed Through Instagram

February 1, 2014 at 9:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

An AP photographers look at North Korea through Instagram. See previous post for more details. These images are beautiful and very compelling.

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North Korea: first Instagram images emerge as social media final reaches country

February 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

North Korea: first Instagram images emerge as social media final reaches country

“The first pictures to be posted to Instagram from North Korea have emerged, in new evidence that the social media revolution has finally reached the hermit kingdom.”—By. Julian Ryall

This is an interesting piece about the use of Instagram in North Korea. Many of us are familiar with North Korea’s closed society. Although the article is a bit dated (last year), I think it’s still very relevant. After the uprisings in the Middle East, many researchers and political analysts are suggesting that North Koreans will follow their lead.

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Leslie T. Chang: Factory Girls

January 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM23HXtPPRk

We’re reading this book in class! The students in my Mobile Technology in Developing Countries class are really enjoying it and the discussions are wonderful. Our focus for the class is how mobile technology changes the way these women/girls traverse through a modern and changing China, but it has so much more to offer. As a second generation American from Pakistan, I understand how migration can change people. I see a lot myself in these characters, which is why this book was so powerful.

Author Leslie T. Chang delivers the 2011 First Readings Lecture on her book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China.

Factory Girls examines issues of migration and industrialization in contemporary China by focusing on the stories of two young women from the provinces who come to the city of Dongguan to work in the factories, learn new skills, and achieve “success.” As Brown celebrates the “Year of China” in 2011-12, Factory Girls should cause you to reflect on the question of a country’s relationship to both its past and its future and how that attitude can affect the lives of ordinary people trying to get ahead.

Tuesday, October 11
Brown University

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China to lead mobil payment technology

January 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Smart phones are simplifying the art/chore of making payments. Check out the guy that buys a vending machine water bottle with his phone. China is gearing up to the next global economic superpower so it’s not surprising that mobile tech is part of this.

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The Social Media Scene in Pakistan (Rev1.0)

January 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Social media usage in Pakistan is huge. When traditional media isn’t enough…social media can add so much.

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TEDxKinnaird – Sonya Rehman – The Power of Citizen Journalism

January 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

A TEDx Talk by Sonya Rehman on the the role of citizen journalism in a modern day Pakistan.

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