infoDev to Pilot S...

infoDev to Pilot Session on ICT in Post-Conflict Situations at ICTD 2012

First results from country case studies will be discussed by high-profile panel
infoDev will organize an open session at the Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2012) on the topic ?ICT in Post-Conflict Situations.? The conference will be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, March 12-15.

infoDev’s session will report on the earliest findings from a series of case studies that it had commissioned on the topic of ICT for Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Although this is an emerging field, infoDev, with support from UKaid (DFID), aims to raise awareness for the potential of ICTs in the aftermath of conflicts and crises, as well as to identify the opportunities they provide for quicker poverty reduction and empowerment.

The session at ICTD will compare the scenarios of different countries and gather feedback from panelists and conference participants. The panel will focus on three of the six examined countries of the upcoming report: Findings from Liberia will be presented by Michael Best; Rohan Samarajiva will report on the Sri Lanka case, and Zack Brisson will introduce the results from Tunisia. The researchers will also have a chance to discuss their findings with other experts in the field.

The researchers will also have a chance to discuss their findings with other experts in the field: Heather Leson will compare the results with her community building experience at Ushahidi, and Colin Maclay, Managing Director of the Berkman Center at Harvard University, has been invited to share his comments on the case studies (to be confirmed). infoDev’s ICT Lead Policy Specialist Tim Kelly will moderate the workshop.

ICTD 2012, a conference focusing on the role of computers and communications in social, economic and political development, will build on the London conference two years ago and include 40 Open Sessions (panels, workshops, and more), as well as 29 demos. These formats encourage open exchange and streamline the process of collecting feedback, inspiration, and critique for ongoing research.

infoDev’s session is scheduled for Thursday, 15 March, 4:00 to 5:30 pm, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

For more information or to register, visit the official website at http://www.ictd2012.org/


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