First, I am happy to share that several months ago, I’ve started a new role as an expert on Child Online Protection (COP) project for the United Nations agency responsible for information and communication technologies – the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). I am serving as a national coordinator who works on developing …
Earlier this month, I was invited by Ehtesham Shahid, a journalist at the Khaleej Times. He asked me about digital fatigue, and I talked about how this prolonged situation of uncertainty and our blurred boundaries online and offline influence our emotional, cognitive, and physical selves, and could reading books save us?
This essay I wrote was originally published for the International Day for Universal Access to Information. It highlights the importance of access to information to protect and promote fundamental freedoms.
I am happy and excited to announce that Basic Internet Foundation, and yours truly, is collaborating with PRIO (The Peace Research Institute Oslo) on the NORM project. NORM is the new project on the Digital Silk Road and has been funded by the Norwegian Research Council (Norges forskningsråd).
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Google’s Next Billion Users initiative for an expert interview. I had the pleasure to have an inspiring conversation with the core team, and learn about the research and design methods behind this Google’s project. For those of you who are not familiar, Next Billion Users (NBU) is an initiative with an emphasis on the value of user research in the low and middle-income countries.
The basic internet connectivity is not enough. We need a new narrative for purposeful human-centric connectivity, with its goal to connect 3.5 billion people not included in this digital revolution. Here, I am discussing the following dynamics we need to consider that would influence the connectivity, access to tools, skills, and improved livelihoods.
Another new publication this Spring just came out: the Social inclusion academic open access journal with the special issue “Digital Inclusion Across the Globe: What Is Being Done to Tackle Digital Inequities?”. My colleagues and I wrote an article on digital literacy and the importance of key performance indicators (KPIs) …