Category Archives: Information and Communication Technologies


Siying Zhang and Lisanne van Lent: Network Institute Academy Assistants

The VU’s Network Institute has awarded a research grant to two master students: Siying Zhang and Lisanne van Lent to do an interdisciplinary research on mhealth (mobile health) for the prevention and management of the spread of Dengue virus and other infectuous diseases in Southeast Asia. In this research project the health risks, as well […]

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7th Symposium Perspectives on ICT4D - Artificial Intelligence and Social Development

7th Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D” 24 April 2020

“Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Development: can digital technologies support community-based innovations?” Every year the International Symposium “Perspectives on ICT4D”, held at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, aims to gather a broad community of researchers and practitioners to discuss and reflect on new paradigms of knowledge sharing and knowledge generation, to the benefit of unconnected communities, living in low […]


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

Culture, Citizenship, Participation – Comparative Perspectives from Latin America on Inclusive Education  Cultura, Ciudadania, Participacion – Perspectivas Comparativas de la Educación Inclusiva 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 […]

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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 workshop in Quito, Ecuador, 7- 10 July 2019. The VU-team was represented by Anna Bon from the Centre of International Cooperation. Aim of this workshop was to discuss the joint publications,  and continue the internal evaluation process of the project. The publication related to […]

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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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The Amsterdam Digital Divide team at VU Amsterdam

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. […]