Mobile in Africa: Doing HCI Differently in the Developing World

Gary Marsden gives an excellent talk about the use of mobile technology in sub-Saharan Africa. He points out issues normal viewers would never discover. Since I am thinking to do a movie about exactly this topic (see the related wiki-page here), I will contact Gary and ask for his opinion soon.

Using Case studies and examples, this talk looks at the challenges of applying standard HCI techniques in a developing world context. We look at how HCI can have a fantastic impact on communities in the developing world, but there is still some way to go in understanding how HCI can best benefit the developing world. Speaker: Gary Marsden Gary Marsden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his Ph.D. work at Stirling University in 1998. He now teaches computer science and HCI. Besides his academic interests in designing interaction for mobile computers including cell phones, a large part of his time is spent in examining how mobile computers can be used for betterment of the developing world. Gary edits the column “Under Development” in magazine, which is aimed at raising the profile of the developing world both in SIGCHI and in the worldwide HCI community. He has worked to help build a local community of HCI researchers and practitioners, serving the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT), CHI-SA (the South African chapter of SIGCHI), and Afri-Graph (the South African chapter of SIGGRAPH) as well as bringing well-known HCI researchers for keynote presentations in South Africa. His book co- authored with Matt Jones, “Mobile Interaction Design”, includes chapters on how mobile technology can be used to make an impact in the developing world. Gary’s work and that which he inspires has significantly raised the profile of developing world issues in the wider HCI community and, similarly, has brought HCI to developing world’s computer science community. [text taken from here]


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Mobile in Africa: Doing HCI Differently in the Developing World
was published on 08.07.2008 by Martin Konzett. It files under global
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