by Guest blogger, Mariana Leyton What are the tools we talk about when we talk about civic technology? In this post and the next, we share ten applications that can be considered quintessential civic tech apps to give an idea of what can be achieved using ICTs as tools to achieve openness, transparency, efficiency and participation in our democracies. … [Read more...] about 5 Apps For Development
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Photo of Haitian Tap Tap, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, User Teemeah I want to share with you an experience that convinced me that in Haiti a better future is possible. My story begins shortly after the 2010 earthquake. Those days were quite memorable for the impassable roads filed with debris, destroyed buildings and those on the verge of collapsing, many … [Read more...] about Counting Fishes…Or Tap Taps !
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Egres73 What will 2015 bring to the Caribbean? A famous economist once said that ‘the only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable’. While I tend to agree that my discipline does not have too much luck lately with forecasting (the recent world economic recession is a good example of a crisis that was … [Read more...] about Caribbean Economic Outlook 2015: Seeing Stars
by Guest bloggers, René Osorio and Steve Brito Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, User Dantadd It is difficult to find any Mexican who does not have friends or family living in other countries. And one of the key features shared by Mexicans who live in the United States is that they send billions of dollars to their native country every year. Remittances received in Mexico … [Read more...] about The relationship between remittances and crime in Mexico
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author, Camelia.boban The image of a policeman seated in front of a crystal ball or a magical mirror does not seem logical, even to the most creative minds. Nevertheless, the science fiction movie “Minority Report” shows a police department that arrests people who are expected to commit crimes in the future. More recently, the CBS … [Read more...] about Does Big Data = Big Brother?