Posts tagged: ICTD

New report: ‘The Risks and Rewards of Online Gig Work At the Global Margins’

21 March 2017 0

This report is based on a three-year investigation conducted by researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria. Online gig work is becoming increasingly important to workers living in low- and middle-income countries. Our multi-year and multi-method research… Read More »

New paper: Digital labour and development: impacts of global digital labour platforms and the gig economy on worker livelihoods

As ever more policy-makers, governments and organisations turn to the gig economy and digital labour as an economic development strategy to bring jobs to places that need them, it becomes important to understand better how this might influence the livelihoods of workers. Drawing on a multi-year study with digital workers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-east… Read More »

The Impact of Connectivity in Africa: Grand Visions and the Mirage of Inclusive Digital Development

My colleagues Nicolas Friederici, Sanna Ojanperä, and I have recently finished a paper in which we analyse ‘Grand Visions’ of how Internet connectivity affects development in Africa. In the paper, we contrast these visions with the actually available empirical evidence to support those claims. You will be able to read our full conclusions in the paper below: Friederici, N.… Read More »

Geographies of Information Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa (new publication)

19 January 2016 0

A new publication of ours in now out in The African Technopolitan. Graham, M., and Foster, C. 2016. Geographies of Information Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa, The African Technopolitan. 5 78-85. The piece draws on some of our previous empirical research to reflect on what connectivity means to inclusion in the ‘network society.’ Connectivity certainly isn’t a sufficient condition… Read More »

Kapuścinski Public Lecture – “Uneven Geographies of Power and Participation in the Internet Era”

10 November 2015 0

I recently had the opportunity to give a Kapuścinski public lecture titled “Uneven Geographies of Power and Participation in the Internet Era.” You can watch the whole lecture at the link above. For anyone interested in more about the topic, the following pieces could be of interest: Graham, M., Straumann, R., Hogan, B. 2016. Digital Divisions of… Read More »

“Virtual products aren’t built with virtual work”: a comment piece about concerns about digital labour for development

SciDevNet has just published some of my preliminary thoughts about digital labour in development. The argument being that just because digital work is international, doesn’t mean it operates outside of the realm of resistance or regulation. Virtual products aren’t built with virtual work. You can access the full piece here.