Category: events

“5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion” at IEEE COMSNETS 2018

Colleagues and I wrote a paper “5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion” the 10th IEEE COMSNETS – International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS, this January in Bengaluru, India. We focused on the societal challenges related to Digital Inclusion. Paper revisits the 5G mobile communication objectives, and adds the demand for 5G network slicing providing free access to information for all. We introduce the Internet light concept of free provision of information in developing economies. In order to ensure net-neutrality, our approch of Internet light provides content type filtering, with free access to text, pictures and local video, and paid access to video, voice, games and other streaming content.

From 1G to 5G mobile network development

The paper suggests that Internet light for all supports sustainable business operation, as only only 2-2.5% of the available bandwidth is used for free access to information, while more than 97% of the bandwidth are available for commercial business operation. Given the societal advances in digital literacy, digital inclusion and the participation in the digital society, Internet light is seen as the enabler to connect the unconnected 3.5 billion people on the planet and to become the catalyst for the Sustainable Developmetn Goals (SDGs).

You can read the paper here.

The reference: Josef Noll, Sudhir Dixit, Danica Radovanovic, Maghsoud Morshedi, Christine Holst, Andrea S. Winkler, “5G Network Slicing for Digital Inclusion“, IEEE COMSNETS 2018, Jan 2018, Bangalore, India

Lessons from the Internet Governance Forum, Geneva #IGF2017

Last week, we had an opportunity to participate and discuss with other internet creators and practitioners in Geneva, at the Internet Governance Forum. Since there were numerous parallel tracks, I followed and participated in those tracks related to access, digital inclusion, policy, and privacy. I tweeted live from the event (#IGF2017), and there are the main lessons and thoughts that came out to the surface (many of them, again, for years now):

  • Technology is personal, and political.
  • We need to unpack power structures in technology, digital security, and usage.
  • Basic literacy training with respect to how to use computers and basic applications with computers and basic applications on the Internet.
  • Digital literacy is a key pillar in terms of opportunities and barriers, of privacy and security online. It’s not just about the usage, also about the awareness and engagement with the local communities.
  • Digital skills and awareness are needed not only in underdeveloped countries – also – in developed countries.
  • We need good practices for the safer online environment -> our entire educational system has to start early on what they hear and see in an online sphere.

A letter from Oslo

It’s been over a month since the Digi project inception meeting in Oslo. Those who missed my previous posts on this, in a nutshell: the Non-discriminating access for Digital Inclusion (DigI) project is a three year project, running from 2017–2020 with the main objective to establish pilots for the InfoInternet access in DRC Congo and Tanzania. The project was founded by the Research Council of Norway as part of the Visjon2030 portfolje. R&I work related to the pilots will prove business profitability for commercial establishment of the InfoInternet as an independent and self-sustainable ICT and communication infrastructure for digital inclusion.

The project vision on free access to information for everyone’ is realised in Tanzania through the intervention free access to digital health information and in DRC through free access to information as basis for digital economy.

The assumption of the project is that information uptake will

  • lead to knowledge update, both for health education and for school education;
  • prepare the ground for digital literacy;
  • contribute to better health for humans and animals; and will
  • foster societal growth both in terms of digital entrepreneurship and the overall economy.

We approach the vision of the design of new technology, the InfoInternet, providing hot-spots with free access to information both on user devices (BYOD) and on tablets. Through the hot-spots, we address availability and affordability. The hot-spots themselves will create jobs related to the digital economy (e.g. voucher sales), and are the entry points for other actors supporting information access, e.g. sponsoring Internet Access through advertisements.

This is what happened in Oslo. Day one of the kick-off meeting happened at UNIK, in Kjeller where the first internet in Europe came in 1973. Beside the meeting and presentations I followed, I had a pretty hectic day: it was a deadline day for the Marie Curie project proposal I was applying for (note to self — never, never ever wait the last minute for a deadline or submit three minutes before servers are closing down the submission form). Bernard Ngowi from the National Centre for Medical Research, in Tanzania, presented Digital Health for Africa, and experiences from Tanzania [click here to see the presentation]. Andrea Winkler from University of Oslo talked about Germany-Norway collaboration and Centre for Global Health [click to open], and Erwan Le Quentrec from Orange presented Economic Development using Mobile Phone can transform social development into cooperation and co-development [click to open].

Afterwards, we drove to Oslo marina and from there, our group took a boat through the fjord into the beautiful nature and green area by the sea, to the peninsula of Nesodden where we had a lovely dinner in a rustic boathouse in Flaskebekk. It was so fun and adventurous to go through the fjord and drive the boat (thanks Josef for letting me navigate and not ruin your boat and keeping the team alive on the surface). After the dinner and some frolics, I returned to the city by ferry, it was already late at night.

Oslo Marina

through the fjord

arriving in Flaskebekk

dinner

Day two of the Digi meeting started with the identification of topics and next steps, and planning and scheduling for Tanzania and Congo. Actually, we brainstormed and discussed all day, it was inspiring and interactive; we checked out the solar panel pilot at the gazebo, a health and village platform we plan for the rural areas in Tanzania. Also, we set up the future analogue meetings in the next couple of years. My tasks include digital literacy exploration and KPI, Uptake of Digital Health Information, Technology acceptance and User acceptance, etc. Everything is collaborative work and I’m very happy and grateful to work with amazing colleagues from different disciplines.

Digi meetings

in front of the pilot

See you next time with the new Digi project letters from Tanzania, Berlin, and Paris.

My current appointments & whereabouts

basicinternetSince the life can get hectic when you work several things, I finally found a bit of time for the current update on my appointments and whereabouts. I love to be occupied with several projects, gigs, jobs (if you like it) because they are interconnected and entail all my professional and personal interests and expertise.

Since January this year, I’m serving as Advisory board member at International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), Washington DC.  ICAF serves children worldwide, an organisation that employs the arts to build bonds of understanding and creativity and empathy among children around the world. Check out the ways you can support ICAF – here.

This spring I joined the Basic Internet Foundation (Oslo, Norway) as Digital Equality Advisor, and I’m working on international project that provides the underconnected areas (such African countries) with open and free access to the Internet, as well as to basic information on health care, education, help to girls and women, and development.

And finally, my new Internet research interest is IoTSec (the security of Internet of Things) and I’ve been given the opportunity to work as a visiting researcher at UNIK research institute in Norway. The research is related to the NFR project “IoTSec – Security in Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Grids”, and my contribution is on Internet-related social innovation and social implications into IoTSec.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Also, with my business partner, I initiated a start-up, you’ll hear about it in some future posts. Until the next writing, thanks for reading 🙂

Snapchat for engagement, communication, and fun

Danica.Rad SnapchatLast week I was in Slovenia for BledCom symposium. Here you can check out #BledCom conversation and live stream tweets from the event. I was presenting a paper in progress on the behalf of two other colleagues of mine, and I won’t talk about this right now because it is a research in progress.

At the symposium, I met a wonderful group of PR and internet professionals from all over the world. One of them was a professor at Stockton University in New Jersey (USA), Ai Zhang, who uses Snapchat successfully in the classroom to coach and engage with her students. Ai introduced me to Snapchat secrets, filters, tips & tricks, so I started actively to use it for a week now, and I love it so much!

For those not familiar, in a nutshell: Snapchat is a mobile friendly app for quickly interaction via photo, video and caption. “Snaps” are the messages sent within the application. Snapchat has a “self-destructing” feature where the photo or video is instantly deleted seconds after it’s opened by the recipient. Also, there are Stories feature where users can create an ongoing compilation of ‘snaps’ from the last 24 hours for everyone to see. They can be viewed over and over again throughout the 24 hours.

I live-streamed some presentations from BledCom conference, my trip to Bled, Slovenia (and around), and post-conference frolics, and everyday life snaps. I mostly post snaps in English so the majority of people and friends can understand what I’m writing and talking about. If you’re also into Snapchat, feel free to add/follow me: Danica.Rad 

Here are some readings on Snapchat in academia and professional life: a recent one from TimesHigherEducation, how to use SnapChat in HigherEdu, some of the university examples and SnapChat directory.

The best dissertation award

I know this is rather a bit tardy to announce (read: a dynamic period over here), however, last month I won an award for the best dissertation in 2015! I won few awards before (once for the best short story in the literature and one for the ICTs contribution at theFaculty of Engineering), and this one I didn’t expect to get. Apart from any public recognitions, I am always aware of the value of my own work, on the amount of time and energy I put into it and to get things done in the best possible manner. To be honest, I was hoping not to get it, how silly :)? Of course, it is a great honour and I am very glad that Serbian Public Relations Association (DSOJ) and the jury recognized the relevance of my research (ICTs in education, examining the internet dynamics and digital inequalities, etc.). I want to thank to Serbian Public Relations Association and the jury of DSOJ. Here is the PhD in Serbian; sorry folks, those who want to translate it into English, please do ping me. I’m overly saturated with own manuscript.

This is a citation reference:

Radovanović, Danica. Uticaj internet zajednica na komunikaciono – društvene procese u umreženom okruženju. Doktorat, Fakultet tehničkih nauka, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu, 2015.