Over the last four decades, the United States saw an explosion of digital technologies that penetrated every corner of the country; yet during the same time span, the American rate of poverty didn’t decrease and inequality skyrocketed. In other words, a golden age of innovation didn’t lead to better lives for poor people living in the world’s most technologically advanced country. This simple fact – which flies in the face of Silicon Valley triumphalism – should give pause to development efforts whose primary goal is to increase technology and its use.
Please join the Digital Development team and DCHA for a discussion on how (and how not) to apply technology in international development on Tuesday, June 2. The U.S. Global Development Lab's Executive Director, Ann Mei Chang, will open up the discussion and introduce Kentaro Toyama, co-founder of Microsoft Research in India and author of the new book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. Kentaro will draw on lessons from over a decade of research with information and communication technologies (ICT) for the developing world.
A part of our monthly Tech Tuesday series, the event will serve as an opportunity for USAID staff to learn about innovative ways technology can advance our goals and ask practical questions of a leading expert in the field.