Category Archives: Information and Communication Technologies


TO-INN book release: Culture, citizenship, participation – Latin American perspectives

Edited by Anna Bon, Mónica Pini, and Hans Akkermans – written by 38 collaborating authors from Latin America and Europe. “Inclusive education is the endeavor to ensure access to quality education for all – independent of social and economic status, family wealth, geographical location, race, ethnicity, gender, age, culture, or language. This is a longstanding […]

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Intervention or Collaboration ? Rethinking modes of knowledge production in ICT4D

Over the past decades information system developers and knowledge engineers in ICT projects in wealthy regions of the world have come to realize that technical work can only be successful when situated in a broader organizational context. However, for low-resource environments (such as for example rural Africa), where contextual embedding is even more demanding given […]


Quito, Ecuador Workshop TO-INN, July 2019

As full partners in the TO-INN project, VU participated in the meeting in Quito. The delegation this time was only one person: Anna Bon from the Centre of International Cooperation. From 7 – 10 July 2019 another plenary meeting was help in Quito, for all partners of the TO-INN project. Aim of this penultimate meeting […]

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Uncovering cultural differences between African and European storytelling with Artificial Intelligence

For her master research in Artificial Intelligence, Gossa Lô uses Computational Linguistics Techniques and Deep Learning to generate narratives in West African style. Storytelling is  a powerful form of communication, that has the ability to pass down information, knowledge and tradition, while captivating and involving an audience with personal experiences and emotions, and in a broader sense […]


Inclusive education TO-INN meeting in Mexico City

From 10 to 13 of March 2019 the third plenary meeting of the TO-INN network of Latin American and European Universities took place in Mexico City. This was hosted by the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, one of the two the Mexican partners in  this project. Dra. Rosa Maria, the rector of this university welcomed us all, […]

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Student projects: Digital Divide and Social Inclusion of Homeless People

In the framework  of the W4RA research program to tackle Global Challenges and bridge the Digital Divide,  five students Information Science set out to map the contours of digital exclusion within our own urban, wealthy, and highly connected context. Carlbandro Edoga and  Marc Hegeman examined the obstacles homeless people face in urban areas of the […]


Student project: Virtual Agents to Close the Digital Gap

In our modern society the increasing digitization of so many aspects of life holds a risk of social exclusion of various groups. People who find difficulties in accessing online information and navigating the Web are heavily disadvantaged, when information from the government, taxes, health services, legal information etc. is increasingly reachable as digital service only. […]


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AOPP and W4RA’s TMT project on Food Security and Seed Knowledge Systems

AOPP and the W4RA team will continue collaboration on the topic of Food Security in rural Mali, focusing on the information and knowledge sharing, which is necessary to improve value chains for seeds. This project is made possible through a recent grant from Nuffic in the OKP NFP-TMT-RC program,  for which we are very thankful. […]


New student project: Nine Principles for Digital Development — how are they used in practice?

For several decades ICT4D practitioners over the world — funded by international development donor agencies or private funds —  have tried to empower disadvantaged communities by providing them with ICT solutions. However, this has not not always worked out successfully. Often, technologies have been deployed for the “poor” without knowing their needs or assessing their […]

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Digitize Amsterdam: New Student Projects in the W4RA team

The Digital Divide is not just a North-South divide in the world. Digital exclusion is all around us. We don’t need to travel far. To tackle this problem, in 2019 the W4RA program has started exploration of the Digital Gap in Amsterdam. This project fits into the Community Service Learning program of VU. The student […]