Kenya Trip! Mixed method research on mobile phones for peace

Since the end of the fall semester of 2011, I have been working on a paper that integrates theories of ethnic cooperation and information asymmetries to understand why mobile phones can have a significant effect on conflict prevention.  You can find the working paper here.  I presented this paper in Australia at the University of … Continue reading Kenya Trip! Mixed method research on mobile phones for peace

The Design Side: Some lessons learned from the DHNetwork sim from the designer

So for those who don't know, this past Sunday I designed a simulation and training day for the Digital Humanitarian Network that we ran as part of ICCM.  It was probably one of the most challenging simulations I've worked on for a number of reasons, but also probably one of the most important.  I'll walk … Continue reading The Design Side: Some lessons learned from the DHNetwork sim from the designer

How ICCM Got Me Thinking About Experimental Design

We have all probably had a time when we thought to ourselves,"I have to tweet hard since most people won't see/remember one particular tweet."  I would generally agree, but there was one tweet that stuck in my mind from the International Conference on Crisis Mapping this past weekend at the World Bank.  It got some … Continue reading How ICCM Got Me Thinking About Experimental Design

An Unscientific Look at Stock Market Performance and Mobile Money, Pt.2

Yesterday we wrapped the post by saying that perhaps there's some way that market indicators such as currency performance and basis rates could indicate the ripeness for a mobile money program in a country. This begs the question though about whether mobile banking actually leads to better economic outcomes for people, or just tells us … Continue reading An Unscientific Look at Stock Market Performance and Mobile Money, Pt.2

The Impact of Tech: Getting Past ‘Good Versus Bad’

The emergent theme from my travels this summer presenting academic papers on tech for social change hasn’t been “is it good or bad,” but instead “why are their good and bad outcomes, and can these be generalizable?” It’s this kind of question that motivates me as a political scientist.  Yes, indeed technology can be used … Continue reading The Impact of Tech: Getting Past ‘Good Versus Bad’

Crowdsourcing Done Well: A follow up from yesterday’s post

Yesterday's post may have been a bit of a downer given the critical position on crowdsourcing that I took.  While I think a critical eye is necessary to grow the space, I wouldn't want to leave out what's being done well.  With that in mind I wanted to point folks to Patrick Meier's recent post … Continue reading Crowdsourcing Done Well: A follow up from yesterday’s post