Technology as a positive force for social impact

Above: Panel members at the recent Grace Hopper ConferenceBy Leila Toplic (NetHope), Minnie Ingersoll (Code for America), Erin Coffman (Airbnb), Esra Ozkan (Loon/Alphabet), Sandra Liu Huang (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”William Gibson, American-Canadian fiction writer and essayist, made this prescient statement in the early 1990s, but … Continued

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Contributions across the conference chasm

By Revi SterlingThe two largest general ICT for Development conferences have happened in the last month, both focusing on similar development issues, emerging technologies, and geographies. The overlap stops there: ICT4D, sponsored by and designed for the NGO community, had a smattering of funders and policy-type academics. ICTD2016, a research-specific conference, only had NGOs to … Continued

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