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September 19, 2003
There are a very large number of online resources available to those working in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development. The following annotated list of websites introduces some of the most informative and well-maintained of these resources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive collection of links; for such lists refer to these compendiums. Please email me if any of the links are broken, or if you think I have omitted an important resource.


These websites are the hubs of the online ICT/digital divide community. Each site contains a massive amount of information, often with hundreds or thousands of links to other resources.
Bridges.org is an international non-profit organisation with a mission to help people in developing countries use information and communications technology to improve their lives. Their website contains concise overviews of many of the issues surrounding the digital divide, bridges.org is perhaps the single best starting point for those interested in learning more about the digital divide. Among other things, they publish many thorough reports and policy briefs, and have a well-organized database of online resources.
OneWorld is one of the best sources of critical media - articles, stories and multimedia aimed at promoting global cultural awareness. In their words, OneWorld is "dedicated to harnessing the democratic potential of the internet to promote human rights and sustainable development". The articles are diverse and interesting and OneWorld's mission and objectives are unimpeachable.
The site contains a massive number of links to documents and stories related to global communication and the digital divide, categorized and accessible via keyword searches. It is less user-friendly than bridges.org, but the coverage is more extensive and thorough, with links to almost every other resource available. Particular attention is paid to academic discourse. Many of the links are annotated with short descriptions.
Developed by OneWorld South Asia and the Digital Divide Network, the Digital Opportunity Channel focuses on the use of information and communications technologies for global development. The site contains a well-organized news section and a useful browse-by-region method to access information. CommInit is better for links to in-depth reports, but DOC provides concise summaries/articles of projects currently underway (e.g. ICT case studies, success stories).
"There is a wealth of free resources available for individuals, NGOs, and businesses to use computers and the Internet. The problem is finding out about them."(bridges.org) The following companies and organizations are committed to helping provide low-cost ICT equipment and general technical assistance to those involved in international development. Some of the organizations (ITU, UNDP) cater to large-scale initiatives supported by local governments/NGOs; others (e.g ComputerAID, World Computer Exchange) can assist even small projects, and can be coordinated by small groups or individuals.
A wonderful list of resources compiled by bridges.org - a must for those who need assistance in setting up a computer lab. "This document provides a brief introduction to some of the most important resources, including where to get free or low cost computers, where to get free email accounts, how to develop and host your website for free, and where to get free software." Great links on where to find computers, volunteers, and free web services. Also see this list of resources maintained by Techsoup.
Geared towards nonprofits, this website presents a series of how-to articles that guide the reader in obtaining funding for technology, selecting the appropriate equipment, writing grants, and many other advanced technical issues (databases, Application Service Providers, etc.).
Computer Aid International is the world's largest not-for-profit supplier of refurbished Pentium PCs for not-for-profit organisations in developing countries. Often, they will supply computers completely free of charge, or sometimes the recipient will pay a nominal fee to have the computers refurbished. Also check out the World Computer Exchange for similar services.
A physical and virtual library for grantseekers. Also conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field and provides education and training on the grantseeking process.
Geekcorps is one of many organizations that will send free experts around the world to help "enable communities worldwide" by providing free technical assistance. Other similar organizations are listed here (bridges.org list) and here (geekcorps list).
"Since early 2000, NetAid, through a service managed by the United Nations Volunteers programme, has brought Online Volunteers and organizations in developing countries together through the largest database of online volunteering opportunities anywhere in the world." Netaid can help with translation, website development, research, and more.
Please refer to the bridges.org coverage of this topic.
The following websites are designed to help educators teach students by providing ready-made curriculms and training materials for (free) use in the classroom. Some of the materials teach computer skills, others deal with the social issues of the digital divide, and a couple (e.g. the bridges.org tech guide) attempt both.
"ItrainOnline responds to the need for a single source on the web containing a selection of the best and most relevant computer and Internet training resources for development and social change." Geared toward the educator/organization, the resources are include many helpful how-to training courses in a variety of languages.
This curriculum, designed to help teachers teach computer skills, combines computer literacy with the underlying social and policy issues of technology. They also provide an extensive list of online tutorials.
Where there is no Tech Support: A Practical Guide for PCVs working with Information Technology, developed for Peace Corps the Gambia in 2001 by Marc Maxson. Includes basic info on computers & hardware, as well as a personal perspective on the meaning of 'capacity building'.
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Generic, broad compilation of resources intended to aid in teaching digital divide awareness to Middle and High school students. Includes links to background information, news stories, a few organizations, etc. Useful if you don't have much time to throw together a well-rounded collection of direct links.
As ICT technology spreads, the number of policy briefs and special reports is increasing exponentially. The Communication Initiative and Digital Opportunity Channel will help you find specific reports; following is a list of some of best overviews and case studies.
This extensive report from bridges.org "provides a survey of what is known and what is being done about international and domestic digital divides, highlights trends, and draws some conclusions about what more is needed to tackle the range of problems." If you are going to read a single document about the digital divide, this gives the most thorough and (in my opinion) authoritative overview.
This report, prepared by The Association for Progressive Communications, aims to "demistify ICT policy... to help civil society organisations understand policy and regulation related to ICT so that you can begin to engage and influence policy processes affecting ICT adoption and implementation at national, regional and global levels."
Recently released by bridges.org, this extensive (200+ pages) document is the single most thorough case study of its kind: "This report...examines the access to, use of, and need for ICT in Cape Town, with a special focus on the millions of people that live in disadvantaged communities within the greater metropolitan area. This study is intended to help City leaders and administration measure and plan for ICT integration, to focus their efforts from within, and identify areas where external support is required."
Summaries of theories and assumptions about the nature of change and how best change can be encouraged and facilitated to inform strategy development and evaluation initiatives, provided by the communication initiative. Only for the social scientists and philosophically-inclined.
This massive database of records & reports (100,000+ current records) provides current information on the status of major international development projects, "The largest online source of information on development projects worldwide." It is a great starting point to research specific organizations and their activities. In French, English, and Spanish.
A global network of the organisations of Indigenous & Tribal Peoples living in tropical forest countries, namely in Africa, Asia, & the Americas.
Aimed primarily at the research community, the Canadian International Development Research Centre funds scientists and researchers. The stated goal is "to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions."
A Dutch non-profit foundation providing an online network to help neighborhoods around the world address sustainability issues through engagement with virtual neighbors worldwide.
An international, informal network of gender, science and technology organisations focusing on womens contributions to people-centred and environmentally sustainable approaches to science and technology. OFAN offers a newsletter, and information on advocacy (at conferences), lobbying and demonstrations.
The United Nations Development Program - the UN's global development network. "It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners."
United States Agency for International Development - extends assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
There are thousands of websites devoted to providing up-to-date information on the digital divide, communication for social change, capacity building, etc. These are a few of my personal favorites.
A customizable newsletter that delivers information from all walks of the ICT development community. The "Experiences" section is a great way to stay informed of current projects and happenings. Also contains discussion forums and a job-matching setcion.
In English and Spanish, this site is a great place to read about current events in the world of digial rights and ICT policy. Also provides access to a monthly e-bulletin on strategic uses of the Internet to promote social justice and equality.
Provides a quarterly newsletter, intending "on providing our audience with updated information and background resources related to policy and practice of capacity development in international development cooperation...With a focus on both the "why" of capacity development - fostering debate on policy questions - and the "how" of capacity development - learning from practical experiences in the field. "
Provided by the ITU, these basic statistics give a quantitative outline of the status of the digital divide. Sample statistic include: Basic indicators, internet indicators, basic phone lines, mobile phone lines, etc. See also the Caslon Analytics net metrics & statistics guide and the Digital Divide Network's Digital Divide Basics Facts Sheet.
An educational portal on Brazilian development issues, edited by experts and maintained by volunteer students worldwide.
Compiled by the Communication Initiative, organized by topic.
The full range of Digital Opportunity Channel content from its partner network can be browsed by country/region. Begin your search by clicking on any of the links below or on the left which lead to region/sub-region pages. Also available for browsing by topic.

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