Category Archives: Information and Communication Technologies


Innovative student project: “Solid for users in low-resource environments”

Ownership of data and data privacy have become an extremely important issue, nowadays. Users are becoming aware of the need to control their personal data, and not letting it be manipulated and used by anyone on the Web. A new initiative, in this respect is Solid. Solid (derived from “Social Linked Data”) is a new […]

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Digital Divide, Inclusion and Community Service Learning

Community service learning (CSL) is an educational approach that we have further developed in collaboration with universities and stakeholders in the Global South into a research and education model dubbed: ICT4D 3.0. This model combines problem-solving and situational learning with meaningful service to communities and society. In computer science and artificial intelligence education – traditionally […]


Digital Humanism

For a long time, Informatics has been viewed as a foremost technical scientific discipline; an idea aptly captured by the name “Computer Science”. For a long time, this view might have been justified. We are now witnessing how ICT technologies have become mainstream along with a full-scale fundamental impact on society at large. In the […]

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AI for Sustainable Development: Hybrid Intelligence for Object Detection in Africa’s Drylands

Shuqi Yan did her master research project on an “AI for Sustainable Development in Africa” project. Machine learning for the interpretation of land use and object recognition on satellite images is a technique which is already widely used, given the large availability of open access satellite imaging and the popularity of data science and artificial […]


Covid-19 related ICT4D master research: m-health-based early detection of infectuous diseases

Siying Zhang’s master research was about how to design a participatory Covid-19 app. The events of this year 2020, have more than ever demonstrated the link between social networks and the spread of infectious diseases. No one can deny that opportunities are offered by the digitized society to prevent and control a contagious virus. However, […]

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WebSci’20 Workshop: Digital (In)Equality, Digital Inclusion, Digital Humanism, online 07-07-2020

WebSci’20 Workshop: Digital (In)Equality, Digital Inclusion, Digital Humanism Read the ACM WebSci’20 DigDivDigHum Workshop Final Proceedings: [PDF]. Or download the full companion proceedings from the WebSci’20 website. The full recorded video presentations of the DigDivDigHum workshop are now available. The WebSci’20 main conference proceedings can be accessed at the official site. From its inception, the […]


Digital Divide, Citizenship and Inclusion in Amsterdam

“The Digital Divide is commonly associated with those parts of the world, where access to Internet and Web is poor or lacking. However, even in places such as the city of Amsterdam, where Internet infrastructure and access are commonplace, a Digital Divide exists. A significant part of the population (1 out of 5) is currently […]

The Amsterdam Digital Divide team at VU Amsterdam

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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 […]


Postponed due to Corona-crisis: 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 […]

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

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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 […]