i181 Technology and Poverty

Spring 2011


Upcoming panel discussion on campus

Mark your calendars! Please join us at a special expert panel discussion on technology and poverty hosted by the UC Berkeley School of Information.

Digital Divide or Digital Bridge: Can Information Technology Alleviate Poverty?
with Eric Brewer (UC Berkeley computer science), Megan Smith (Google.org), Kentaro Toyama (I School & Microsoft Research, India), & Wayan Vota (Inveneo)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
110 South Hall
The past decade has seen great interest in information and communication technologies applied to international development, an endeavor sometimes abbreviated ICTD. Can mobile phones be used to improve rural healthcare? How do you design user interfaces for an illiterate migrant worker? What value is wireless technology to a farmer earning a dollar a day?

In this panel, four prominent thinkers active in ICTD debate the potential for electronic technologies to contribute to the socio-economic development of the world’s impoverished communities. Eric Brewer is a UC Berkeley professor who develops wireless technologies to connect rural communities. Megan Smith is vice president of new business development at Google and managing director of Google.org. Kentaro Toyama is co-founder of Microsoft Research India, and a computer scientist turned technology skeptic. Wayan Vota is a senior director at Inveneo, a non-profit that works to provide information technology to underserved communities of the developing world.

Reception to follow.

Leave a Reply