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Computing for the Developing World

Advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have had a transformative impact on those of us in the developed world. Will ICT have the same impact on the billions of people who live on under $2 a day? Can ICT be used to address fundamental challenges faced by the world's poor in health, education, and earning a livelihood?

This course will provide an introduction to the growing field of ICTD (Information and Communication Technologies for Development). The course will look at core technologies (cell phones, networking, open source, PCs, radio), application domains (health, education, agriculture, microfinance, governance) and case studies.

Course Information

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, starting April 2, 2008.
UW Location: CSE 305
Redmond Location: Building 99, Rooom 1915

Contact Information

Instructor: Richard Anderson, anderson@cs, CSE 582, Office hours by appointment.
Teaching Assistant: Emma Rose, ejrose@u, Office hours by appointment.

Important Announcements

The May 14th class will be rescheduled for Monday, May 12th.

Assignments and Workload

There will be weekly reading assignments and short writing/research assignments. Students will also be required to write two book reviews of popular development books.

The course will not have a final exam or a major project.


Most lectures will be structured with a technology component and application problem, and case studies.

DateTopicLecturersTechnologyDomainCase StudiesReferences (see readings for full list)
Week 1, April 2IntroductionRichard Anderson    Mundane Science
The Case for Technology in Developing Regions
The Challenges of Technology Research for Developing Regions
Week 2, April 9 Telecenters and KiosksRichard Anderson InternetEntrepreneurship and GovernanceKiosknet, eChoupal, Ashakrya Kiosk Survey Connectivity Costs Liberia Alaska and the Yukon
Week 3, April 16 TelemedicineRichard AndersonWirelessHealth Care delivery and educationAravindRural Health Workers, Telemedicine in Peru
Week 4, April 23 Information AccessRichard Anderson, Umar Saif Rural Internet, Cell Phones/SMSFinancial Information, MarketsWaranaWarana Unwired
Week 5, April 30Agricultural Information SystemsRichard AndersonSMS, Digital VideoMarket Information, Vocational EducationDigital GreenDigital Green: Participatory Video for Agricultural Extension
Week 6, May 7Portable devicesRichard Anderson, Brian DeRenziPDAsHealth Care Delivery and Data Collectione-ICMIe-IMCI: Improving Pediatric Health Care in Low-Income Countries
Week 7, Monday, May 12Open MRS, Grammeen Technology CenterYaw Anokwa, David Edelstein, Joyojeet PalPC EcosystemAdministration and EducationOpenMRS My child will be respected
Week 8, May 21Classroom ComputingRichard AndersonLow Cost PCsEducationVarodaraMultimouse
Week 9, May 28Large scale health and agricultural monitoringTapan Parikh, Richard AndersonData ManagementMicro FinanceCAMMobile Phones and Paper Documents
Week 10, June 4Non-literate UIsJames UtzschneiderUser InterfacesBasic LivelihoodJob SearchText Free UI

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