Collaboration with PRIO on the NORM – a new project on the Digital Silk Road

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).

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Google’s Next Billion Users fosters Inclusion and Digital Literacy

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.

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A human-centric approach to a meaningful connectivity

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.

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Digital Transformation Centers at the ITU: a kick-off meeting

I spent last week at the ITU in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11 to 13 February, 2020 I was on the kick-off meetings for the Digital Transformation Centers (DTC) project  for Phase 1. The primary function of DTCs are to deliver digital skills training to enhance digital literacy and foster uptake of digital …

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We need to redefine digital literacy skills

With a very rapid development of Internet technologies, new digital divides on the Internet are emerging. The rapid pace of new forms of communication and new access points to the Internet, such as mobile, demand solutions beyond those exclusively concerned with Internet access and technological infrastructure. Various types of digital …

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adio 2018!

My year was very active, full of events and work and travel and excitements, unpredictabilities, and then the sadness of the passing of my dearest one, and again, work and travel and exciting projects, wonderful people and colleagues who support me (thank you DigI team!), and super new things I am doing …

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