Episode 1: Research & Technology in Hard to Reach Locations

 

We speak with Lecturer Matti Pohjonen about Research & Technology in Hard to Reach Locations. Matti is an academic at the intersection of digital anthropology, philosophy and data science. His work developing innovative research methods for hard-to-reach populations has taken him from Kenya and Ethiopia, to India. Now back at SOAS he is a Lecturer in Global Digital Media.

Resources:

Learn more about Matti’s work at: http://www.matti-pohjonen.com

For a view on how the internet is experienced globally. And also how some countries are creating their own versions of Google and Facebook. Read Almost 50% of the world is online. What about the other 50%? On The Guardian website: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/18/almost-50-of-the-world-is-online-what-about-the-other-50

For more on the opportunities and implications of tech corporations investing in developing countries, read the Wall Street Journal article Facebook Pushes Into Africa: https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-pushes-into-africa-1539000000

Read more about India’s billion dollar startups in the Bloomberg article India Has Already Hit Record Number of $1 Billion Startups This Year: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-23/india-s-tech-unicorns-aren-t-just-clones?srnd=premium-africa

The BBC article Is blockchain living up to the hype? questions whether the Bitcoin revolution has come to fruition. And some limitations of the technology: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45919700

Finally, just how much potential does Bitcoin have in Africa? Venture Beat covers the emergence of Blockchain in Africa. And what all the excitement is about: https://venturebeat.com/2018/04/01/blockchains-big-potential-in-africa/