Interview on Ethiopian blogging: “Blogging puts Ethiopian life on the Internet – and opens rooms for debates”

May 5, 2012 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

Markos interviewed by Balthas Seibold  / Picture: Balthas Seibold, Licence: see this website's license

Markos interviewed by Balthas Seibold / Picture: Balthas Seibold, Licence: see this website’s license

[Please note: This blog post is a preview of the interview to be published soon on the Alumniportal Deutschland (APD) – subject to further editing].

Last week saw ‘re:publica 2012’ in Berlin, Germany’s largerst conference on blogging, social online networking and internet community. This years edition went global and put Africa on the map of social media. One of the speakers from the continent was Markos Lemma, an Ethiopian blogger, GIZ alumnus and innovation project coordinator for GIZ’s labour-market education programme in Ethiopia (former ecbp).

In this interview first published on the Alumniportal Deutschland, Markos gives us his reasons to be a  blogger in Ethiopia, reports on the latest developments of the blogging scene in his country and tells why he is betting on social media to tackle protracted development challenges in his country. He also gives us his vision for knowledge sharing within German international corporation programmes. Markos is blogging both on the Internet and on the Alumniportal Deutschland (APD).

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The global digital divide is an innovation and learning divide!

February 23, 2009 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source IT business

This article examines some of the ethical challenges and solutions related to the digital divide with a focus on how capacity building is crucial to bridge the different divides. The article is part of the volume “Internetökonomie und Ethik” (= The Economy of the Internet and Ethics) published by the renowed German editing house “Duncker & Humblot” in Berlin. In the article, Balthas Seibold postulates that from an ethical perspective, access to internet is not optional in developing countries and that four layers of Internet (physical layer, logical layer, content layer, learning layer) need to be kept open in order to allow for innovation and global digital equality (“Gütergerechtigkeit”). The article is online in German here: Publikationsseite.

Just published: Research publication on attention factors of online news

July 3, 2002 in News on publications

klickmagnete_titel_200The book “Klick-Magnete”  from Balthas Seibold is just out as part of the research series “InternetResearch” of Reinhold Fischer publishing. It looks at the main factors, that make people klick on online news. For more attention, check (in German). [Update: The book is now available as a direct Download ]

New study out on main needs and expectations of internet users in Peru

May 25, 2002 in Freedom to learn, News on publications

balthas_enseignementWhat are the  main needs, uses and expectations of internet users in Peru as an example of a developing country? This has been the main focus of a piece of research by Balthas Seibold, which resulted in two sets of publications: An article on the needs with the German title “Verfügbar, verständlich und relevant – was Nutzer in Entwicklungsländern von Onlineinhalten erwarten” and a set of case studies on main types of uses and content in high demand in Peru, titled: “e-learning & e-rotik – Welche Online-Inhalte fragen Internet-Nutzer in Peru nach? “.

The article establishes a set of quality criteria for “useful” online content in a development context, the case studies track and analyse user preferences in Peru’s internet cabinas: Interestingly, the content most in demand seems to be e-learning and adult content. For more check the following page (in German)