STIA-456 Technology & International Development
Fall for 2017-2018
The uses of information and communication technologies (ICTD) have caused tremendous excitement and experimentation in international development. This seminar will develop a critical understanding of these experiments in using information technology to “solve” development “problems” in the global south. We will start by reviewing existing theories on technology and development from different standpoints such as those of designers, programmers, social scientists, and policy makers. We will then discuss case studies of using technology in several development domains. Some of the case studies we will discuss are uses of technology in mobile money, agriculture, transparency in government, public health, education and identifying the poor. The seminar is intended for students who want to design technology solutions to solve problems, create or inform technology policy, and/or understand how technology is changing the nature of development.

Learning goals:
1. Develop a critical understanding of existing theories on information and technology as they are related to addressing international development challenges.
2. Develop a sense for critical reflection while engaging in technical interventions. (for the more technically-minded students)
3. Develop an enlightened socio-technical imagination for thinking about ICTD projects.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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