Annual ICT4D Postgraduate Symposium (session 7)

This is the Annual ICT4D Postgraduate Symposium seventh session briefing. It took place in Egham, September 15th, 2006, afternoon. Here come the notes I took on the fly:


Gudrun Wicander, Karlstad University
The PhD Student Network in ICT for Developing Regions

[disclaimer: actually not a PhD research, but an ongoing project]

Just before starting the presentations, Gudrun presents The PhD Student Network in ICT for Developing Regions, also PID network. The network was created by Gudrun Wicandi herself and Annika Andersson, to foster networking among doctoral (and master) students in the field of ICT4D.

Once the network is set, a plan of activities will be launched to this community can share articles or pre-prints, meet, etc.


Marije Geldof, Royal Holloway University of London
The role of ICT in empowering people with low-literacy levels in Africa

What’s the meaning of being literate today? There even is an agreement on how to measure literacy at all (digital or not).

The existence of means of communication creates a demand for them. The instruments of literacy create a demand for literacy (Lewis, 1953)

Interaction [technology – human] Design examples:

  • Introduction ATMs in India (De Angeli et al. 2004)
  • Novice Internet users South Africa (Walton et al. 2003)
Marije Geldof
Marije Geldof

Field work in Ethiopia, to gain insight in daily activities and necessary skills, rank them and see the familiarity with and importance of ICT. Then develop a possible scenario of ICT use.


Ziad El-Khatib, Karolinska Institutet
Towards a model for preventing antiretroviral drug resistance among patients on HIV treatment in South Africa

Lifetime treatment (HIV is chronic) to suppress the virus’s action might generate a resistance in the virus, and (ongoing) treatment be a failure. Then the patient develops AIDS.

The main aim is to gather the (huge amount of already) collected data and see if these data can alert (thanks to a crossdata database) the patient from be developing self-resistance. Problem: data ownership and informed consent.



First Annual ICT4D Postgraduate Symposium (2006)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2006) “Annual ICT4D Postgraduate Symposium (session 7)” In ICTlogy, #36, September 2006. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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