PROTIC- Good media coverage on people and technology project in Bangladesh

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The PROTIC -a Bengali work meaning ’sign’ – project with Monash University and  Oxfam in Bangladesh is steaming ahead, though a lot of it is on the ground rather than in academic articles.  Here’s a link to a recent press account  about the project in the Dhaka Star, the quality daily. Some of the women farmers also spoke at the event.  More information can be found on Facebook.  Also depicted is a woman filming a community theatre performance with a tablet.

Cuneiform Texts in The Otago Museum

A short report on the project to publish cuneiform texts in the Otago Museum, NZ, N.A.B.U, June 2015.  This is one of the sub-projects of the Cuneiform in Australia and New Zealand Project.

nabu-canz-2015-june Authors: Wayne Horowitz, Larry Stillman, Peter Zilberg

Book Review: ICTs, Development, and the Capabilities Approach,by Dorothea Kleine. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013.

Unfortunately, we don’t get formal credit for academic book reviews, but I think they are incredibly important because 1) they are hard to write and an exercise in clear and precise thinking 2) it gives important feedback to authors 3) people often look at reviews, then the book.

So this is a review of Dorothea Kleine’s work on that most slippery of things, Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach.

Kleine Review Cap Approach, TIS 31 (2015)

Book review

Philip Mendes, Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance in Labor History 107, November 2014 may interest some people. My methodological and theoretical concerns are made clear. A longer version which details further concerns is also appended.

Mendes Labour History Review

Long Review

Mendes’riposte to me and my response-LS_response. I stand my my comments: factual and referencing accuracy is critical. This has not been Mendes’ case and has undermined his work.

Full text: The book, Theories, Practices and Examples for Community and Social Informatics

Theories, Practices and Examples for Community and Social Informatics, edited by Tom Denison, Mauro Sarrica and Larry Stillman is now available online at no cost.

Themes include: social order mediated through ICTs; community and cohesion; class and power; social psychology and technology; the relationship between personal agency and social structure mediated through technology; and the nature of institutional or community formations in the age of ICTs.

Contributors
Francesca Comunello, University of Rome, Italy
Alberta Contarello, University of Padova, Italy
Tom Denison, Monash University, Australia
Manuela Farinosi, University of Udine, Italy
Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, The Netherlands
Tomi Oinas, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Veli-Matti Salminen, Church Research Institute in Tampere, Finland
Mauro Sarrica, University of Rome, Italy
Larry Stillman, Monash University, Australia
Sakari Taipale, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Emiliano Treré, Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico
Jane Vincent, University of Surrey, England