Ideating my Thesis

May 23rd, 2017 David Berger 3 min read

I’m in the last phases of my thesis, working on finishing my final draft, and I realize I haven’t really talked about it that much here on the blog!  My Master’s thesis is the capstone component of my studies here with the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies program, and I’ve been working on narrowing in it’s focus. Over the last year and a half I’ve looked…

ICT4D and Mobile Technologies

May 10th, 2017 David Berger 7 min read

continuing my research on mobile technologies and their implementation in development. Specifically, I wanted to expand my understanding of the dangers posed by utilizing and implementing these technologies in support of vulnerable populations. Data, and particularly personally identifiable data, often collected alongside geographic (GPS) data can pose a very real physical threat to community members and advocates who might threaten existing power structures. Further, the rush to embrace the ease of data collection and transmission might endanger the privacy, self-determination, and security of individuals and communities with long lasting impacts.