The 'incommunicado' network focuses on the spread and reappropriation of ICT across the 'Global South'. The idea of being (held) incommunicado - to be in a liminal state vis-a-vis multiple regimes of information as well as human rights - serves as point of departure for analyses, critiques, and projects beyond the standard agenda of ICT-for-Development. Currently, 'incommunicado' emphasizes five (research) areas: ICT for Development, WSIS, NGOs and Civil Society, ICT and Environment, and Futures of Development. In the spirit of a “research commons” and an open editorial process, you are welcome to comment and/or create your own weblog. Once you register and login, you can post to any of the five topic areas or submit calls and other announcements. Also see the call for the first network conference in 2005.

Hofmann, Internet Governance: Eine regulative Idee auf der Suche nach ihrem Gegenstand (Spring 2005)


Hofmann, Jeanette. “Internet Governance: Eine regulative Idee auf der Suche nach ihrem Gegenstand.” in: Folke Schuppert (Hg.): Governance-Forschung – Vergewisserung über Stand und Entwicklungslinien, Band 1 der Reihe „Schriften zur Governance-Forschung“, Nomos-Verlag: Baden-Baden (Spring 2005).

Weiss, Taking Out the Eurotrash (Nov 2004)

ICT and Environment

Weiss, Giselle. “Taking Out the Eurotrash.” IEEE Spectrum (24 Nov 2004).

Delhi: No Way Out for E-Waste Disposal (Nov 2004)

ICT and Environment

No way out for e-waste disposal.” Delhi Newsline (24 Nov 2004).

New Delhi, November 23: The MCD today failed to bring around

The “cockroach phenomenon” - an argument against the neutrality of ICT (2)

ICT for Development
When you step on a cockroach in order to kill it, you may release its eggs and end up with even more cockroaches. This is what happened when Napster was taken of the net as a result of legal action by the recording industry. There are now more file-sharing systems and more users. And not only that, these systems are different from Napster: they are better adapted to withstand legal action.

Microsoft gifts: In whose interest?

ICT for Development
On 17 November UNESCO head Mr. Matsuura and Microsoft head Mr. Gates will give a press conference after the signing of a Cooperation Agreement. The agreement defines eight areas in which UNESCO and Microsoft will work together, exchanging experience, know-how and developing projects:

BAN, Wireless Waste: The Next Hazardous Waste Challenge (Oct 2004)

ICT and Environment

BAN. „Wireless Waste:

Shankar, Bangalore chokes under tons of e-waste (Oct 2004)

ICT and Environment

Shankar, Jay. „Bangalore chokes under tons of e-waste.“ Sify (31 Oct 2004).

As IT firms continue to swamp India's technology hub of Bangalore, the

NGOs and Blogging

NGOs and Civil Society
I'd found lots of resources online for NGOs as a whole but very little for the NGO worker. It also struck me that the opportunities for the average member of civil society to share their experience are few and far between. As such, i've created via the Citizen Lab a project called the Civiblog. It currently offers free blogging space to any member of an NGO and has begun to write and collect resources.

Resistance is not futile* (1)

ICT for Development
I just read in a report by Warren Feek of the Communication Initiative that I am one of the “ICT4D detractors” (together with Roberto Verzola, Richard Heeks, and some others). See The Current and Future Applications of Information and Communication Technologies for Developmental Health Priorities. The other categories he uses to classify papers (and their writers) are “ICT4D proponents” and “ICT4D the middle road”. Warren Feek did a great job summarising ICT4D reports and papers. I am mainly interested in this category of “ICT4D detractors".

ICT for Development - Online Discourse

ICT for Development
I subscribe to many online discussion lists and while I hardly ever find time to read all messages (unless I happen to be responsible for drafting a summary of the discussions) and I have often wondered about the nature of these "global discussions" where there are really only a few core participants and many observers. Note that this would not be different in a face-to-face environment. There are always a few outspoken individuals and many more silent observers.
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