The Climate of Innovation Around Information Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa
Tuesday, September 2, 12:30PM
Berkman Conference Room, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA
Ghanaian internet entrepreneur and researcher Eric Osiakwan and the Berkman Center's Ethan Zuckerman discussed the climate for innovation around information technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eric and Ethan talked about projects to improve connectivity to the continent and the business models these projects are pioneering, novel uses for mobile phone networks and the use of citizen media as a political force on the continent.
Eric Osiakwan is an internet entrepreneur and researcher. He founded the Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA) and Africa Internet Service Providers Association (AfrISPA) both of which he is the Executive Secretary. He has a diploma from Seefax Computer Training Institute and has completed a few certificate courses in Networking and Securities. Eric has written extensively and some of his publications can be found at: www.public.asu.edu, www.cidcm.umd.edu, and royalafricansociety.org.
Ethan Zuckerman is a Berkman Center fellow, focusing on the impact of technology on the developing world. His current projects include a study of global media attention, research on the use of weblogs and other social software in the developing world, and work on a clearinghouse for software for international development. Ethan is also a co-founder of the Berkman-sponsored popular international citizen journalism project Global Voices. For Ethan's full biography, click here.