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Weekly Topics, Readings and Activities






Learning Objectives


Sept. 3


Introduction to the course, format, tools, tutorials, readings, assessments and expectations

Overview of topics covered in the course; what students need to do to succeed in the course; Structure of the course and progression; Setting the context: linking knowledge and development

Poverty, is there an app for that? A blog post by Tate Watkins.


Can technology save the developing world? by Brock Read. Chronicle of Higher Education. July 2006.


No Tutorial



Sept. 10


Understanding the Net and the Network Society

Design principle of the Internet and the WWW and implications for social and political organizations

ICT Policy Handbook, pg. 19-50


Castells, M. (2002). The Contours of the Network Society. Foresight , 2 (2), 151-157.


How the Internet Works. EDRI Papers.



Mechanics, file transfer, domains, pathways, etc.



Sept. 17

Collaborative space on Google Doc

Understanding Wikipedia and its Communities

What is a Wiki? How is Wikipedia possible? Does it represent the “Sum of all human knowledge”?

Wikipedia FAQ


Ford, H. (2011). The Missing Wikipedians. Critical Point of View: A Wikpedia Reader. Geert Lovink and Nathaniel Tkacz (eds), Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2011, p. 258 (page 131 in the PDF)




How to edit Wikipedia pages and understand the community structure



Sept. 24

Google doc for this week

Discourse on knowledge and ICT for development

More on web enabled collaboration, peer production, social coordination, crowdsourcing, and what these means for development

Thompson, M. (2008). ICT and development studies: Towards development 2.0. Journal of International Development, 20(6), 821-835.


Submit Wikipedia news in different languages




Web 2.0, read-write web, kinds of publications, quality assessment



Oct. 1


Peer production, open access, academic power structure, open development

Is academic knowledge production a form of peer based production? What is the political economy of academic knowledge production?

Benkler, Y. (2006). Justice and Development. In The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (pp. 301-328). New Haven: Yale University Press.


Open Access versus Academic Power



Open data and what you can do?



Oct. 8

Google Doc

Open education, MOOC, and development

Extending the notion of openness to education; Open Educational Resources; Learning, higher education and infrastructure development







Oct. 15

Reading Week

Oct. 22


Understanding intellectual property, copyright, licensing, their linkage to development


Changing conceptions of ownership and control; indigenous knowledge and property rights; social justice and development

Ismail, Z., & Fakir, T. (2004). Trademarks or trade barriers?: Indigenous knowledge and the flaws in the global IPR system. International Journal of Social Economics , 31 (1/2), 173-194.


debeer, J., & Gupta, V. K. (2009, October 23). Traditional knowledge, instant film, and online borders. CBC Spark. (N. Young, Interviewer) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2009/10/spark-89-october-25-27-2009/. (Time 0:00-15:00)



Creating Creative Commons Licenses



Oct. 29


Project review and presentations









Nov. 5

Google Doc

Mobile technologies and rural development


Mobile access to the Internet, Wikipedia, and other resources. Educational and economic implications?

Pádraig Carmody (2012). The Informationalization of Poverty in Africa? Mobile Phones and Economic Structure.

Information Technology and International Development. Volume 8, Number 3, Fall 2012, 1–17





Cell phone designs for various access models




Nov. 12

Google Doc for today

Social Media, Digital journalism, citizen journalism and changing media landscape

From media concentration to participatory media?; Transparency and accountability

The Political Power of Social Media : Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change, by Clay Shirky

Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb. 2011


Henry Farrell (2012), “The Consequences of the Internet for Politics,” Annual Review of Political Science 15:35-52.  (We will be discussing this article in further detail next week as well)




Peer review of concept notes



Nov. 19


Social Media and the “Arab Spring”, Case study on Wikipedia

Is social media making governance more transparent? What roles did social media play in the change of regimes in the Middle East and North Africa in the Spring of 2011?








Nov. 26


Synthesis and integration of key concepts and debates

Mapping and linking key concepts and case studies covered in the course. What have we learned about the subject matters, and also about online learning.




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