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Celebrity development bullshit bingo-Victoria Beckham UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador appointment speech edition

Nobody said the work and life of a communication for development researcher would be easy!
Therefore, I conducted painful field research by transcribing a 1:40 minute video recording of Victoria Beckham's appointment press conference as a new UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. 

As it is also Friday afternoon I invite you to use her template for a round of development bullshit bingo! I already underlined key words and terms-so go ahead and indulge in a very bad example of celebrity savior complex discourse!
I am a passionate supporter of women. I want to support women. I want to empower women and I believe that everybody has the right to a healthy life. I’m a mother, I’m a woman. I want to do whatever it is I can do to lend my voice, raise awareness. This is something I feel really passionately about. I recently visited South Africa…I was so…touched…(you went to Cape Town?)…I went to Cape Town and I was so touched by the women that I met. I felt inspired and I came home and I …

Links & Contents I Liked 126 - blog post #300!

Hello all,

A note on the 300th blog post
Wow! Blog post no. 300...how time flies! Before we move to another comprehensive link review, I want to take a moment to thank you, dear readers, fellow bloggers, students & random people of the Internet, for an amazing virtual time! In some ways, this has been the most rewarding research project I have undertaken so far and at the same time, it does not feel like a research project at all...it has become a reflection and learning space-and, more importantly, a cherished alternative space that provides some balance to the formal writing aspects of academia-from peer-reviewed articles to proposals, from student feedback to meeting notes;

I am fortunate that blogging is part of my job and that is has influenced publications, teaching and my engagement with the digital development community.

Again, thank you for reading, sharing, doing great things and discovering gems in the wide ocean of the virtual world on which Aidnography's little di…

Is paying 7,500 pounds for an ebook the future of Open Access?

I came across two examples recently that left me with in an uneasy, confused state as to where open access publishing in academia is heading.

First, one colleague shared his experience from publishing a special journal issue open access with one of the big academic publishers. In the end, the funder of the project that produced the articles, a major European foundation, paid around 10,000 Euros to ensure that all the articles are open access. It is a relevant, good journal, but not a super-prestigious, super-high-impact factor one. Is it worth 10,000 Euros to make pdfs available on the publisher’s website?

Second, another colleague just signed a deal with another big mainstream academic publisher: Her university pays 7,500 pounds for an open access ebook version of the publication-the publisher still has the right to sell a (discounted) printed copy of the book and to not pay any royalties. Her European university has a special open access fund and was willing to pay for the ebook wit…

Links & Contents I Liked 125

Hello all,

Between the beginning of a new semester that gained momentum a bit too quickly and our forthcoming Voice & Matter international Communication for Development conference, this week's link edition has more of a snack size-but that may actually be quite nice for some weekend reading suggestions.

Development news focuses on issues around 'non-governmental organizations'-from foreign influence in U.S. think tanks to the NGO-ization of resistance and simple tips for community engagement. Our digital lives features neat overviews over big data & development and a curated collection of key debates around 'Internet'. And Academia & Anthropology features alternative development studies readings, business ethnography insights and a thorough critique of voluntourism in the contemporary neoliberal context.

Enjoy!

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The UN’s technocratic answer to the ‘data revolution’
In the end, the UN seems to have chosen a technocratic route-not entirely s…

Voice & Matter Festival 2014: Welcome to the cross-border C4D & ICT4D extravaganza!

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As the deadline for registration is approaching fast, I wanted to share the announcement for our Glocal conference on Communication for Development with you.
Örecomm's fourth bi-national conference, jointly organized by colleagues from Roskilde and Malmö Universities, features a very diverse program of keynote speeches, policy panels, academic presentations and documentary film screenings.
All the details can be found on the Voice & Matter website.
As we are trying to connect with our global friends and partners the conference will be live-streamed and recorded as part of the Glocal Classroom spirit that brings together academic partners from four continents. 
As difficult as it is to do justice to the fantastic range of keynote speakers and panelists or highlight additional events such as the participatory video workshop (which is already fully booked...) or the screening of Gringo Trails, I would like to draw your attention to the panels which address various topics around IC…

The UN’s technocratic answer to the ‘data revolution’

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Alternative title: Have bureaucracy, will organize meetings: The UN’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution

It started with casual Twitter feed browsing on Sunday and a short exchange of tweets between Zara Rahman and me: 

@zararah lack of social science/anthro/humanities etc is quite striking; i expect v. narrow debates-gender only adds 2 tunnel vision
— Tobias Denskus (@aidnography) August 31, 2014 So I had a closer look at the UN’s press release and to be honest, afterwards questions about gender distribution or the ‘North-South’ divide did not seem to be the most pressing ones.
While I have absolutely no doubt about the technological and technical expertise of the group members, I wonder why the UN went for the most conservative, most quantitative, most statistics-driven approach to the ‘data revolution’ to fulfill its ambitious goal:
The Group is also expected to assess new opportunities linked to innovation, technical progress and the surge of new public and pr…