During the tense electoral standoff in Cote d’Ivoire after incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to vacate office following his defeat, the hashtag #civic2010 was used to report abuses by dissident forces as well as refugees’ movements and needs. In Malawi, the #July20 hashtag and facebook groups were used to organize the country’s civil society during the eponymous protests which drew international condemnation of the Mutharika government’s crackdown on freedom of …



Description: The campaign to #StopKony is approaching a critical transition. On April 20th Invisible Children will launch its Cover the Night campaign on the heels of one of the most successful viral videos of all time.

Moving forward from online ‘awareness-raising’, in which over 85 million people viewed their video Kony 2012, Invisible Children is now asking their supporters for something more – offline action. Regardless of …



Zombies have started to make their way into the DC Metropolitan Area! Yesterday the TechChange team delivered another FrontlineSMS simulation, this time set against the backdrop of a Zombie Apocalypse. The training was part of Challenge Accepted 2012 a weekend conference for undergraduates hosted by Americans for Informed Democracy.

Participants were divided up into teams of the Zombie Control Task Force  (ZCTF) …



This article was first published on the The Asia Foundation’s blog, In Asia.

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 “Just because they are poor and isolated doesn’t mean they don’t have the potential to be the next Bill Gates,” said Shahed Kayes, the founder of Subornogram Foundation in Bangladesh, while introducing me to lively students at a school he started on …



Until recently, most health clinics in Uganda, and indeed across the continent of Africa, transmitted all of their data manually, sometimes by phone, but in most cases by sending messengers overland to each clinic — big, small, urban and rural — to collect paper records for analysis. This process is critical to verifying that medications are stocked on site and can be distributed in a timely fashion to patients …



 

Thanks to TechChange resident conflict analysis and data guru Charles Martin-Shields for cross-posting this from his site Espresso Politics.  We’re really excited for this to be presented at Tech4Dev
Hey everybody, I’m pretty excited to have had a paper accepted to the Tech4Dev conference hosted by the UNESCO Chair at the Ecole Polytechnique …