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Maker-entrepreneurs in Ghana & Nigeria see making as a way to build solutions to everyday problems that they believe can be adapted at scale for their local context.

February 9, 2018

Last week, a few colleagues and I started a medium.com publication called Tech + Africa.

We did this to have a dedicated channel focused on publishing original content from African techies, makers, DIY-ers, and researchers about tech entrepreneurship and making in/from...

January 29, 2018

The incomparable Hugh Masekela passed away last week.

When I saw the message from my former roommate who know how much I Ioved his music, I felt it. Hard. I never met the man or saw him perform live. In fact, I kept missing him whenever he had a show in my general vicin...

August 2, 2017

tl;dr: The public discourse on innovation in Ghana is currently somewhat lopsided, favoring a rigid interpretation of intellectual property rights and fixing commercialization as the measure of impact. I recommend a more flexible approach that includes open source and...

June 19, 2017

*Repost from tech.culture.matters site. Originally posted October 27, 2016

The Designers of Interactive, Intelligent, Internet of Things (DoIIIT) is a group of faculty and students at the University of Michigan who are “passionate about interactive, intelligent and Inte...

June 19, 2017

*Repost from the tech.culture.matters page. First posted March 1, 2016

^This is an edited version of a short talk (less than 10 minutes if I remember correctly) that I gave at a joint University of Michigan and Michigan State University mini-symposium on ICTD on October...

June 19, 2017

*Originally posted on Dec 22, 2016. Repost from the tech.culture.matters site.

I’m back in Ghana to continue fieldwork I started in 2012 – documenting & making sense of technology and new media production  [see here, here, and herefor published work on this]. This is th...

April 18, 2015

Last year I joined an MCubed* project titled 'The unintended consequences of technology' led by Joyojeet Pal, Omolade Adunbi, and Bilal Butt. Today i happened on this…Jon Gosier... TED 

the question about unequal access... ICT4D or ICTiD

April 18, 2015

I've always assumed buzzfeed was for funny gifs and pithy statements on pop culture. Yet, a few weeks ago, I found myself on this here page about how Western media seems incapable of covering an African election without resorting to unverified accoutns of violence. 

 

 

April 18, 2015

Sometime last year, a BBC article  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26065991 made it's way on the University of Michigan GRID list. I wrote a quick response and replied to the person who sent the email instead of the whole list. Oh well. Here it is:

"Gosh,...

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