SIV 861, Fall 2010: Introduction to ICTD - Short


Short module, Fall 2010


This course will introduce students to the use of information and communication technologies for development. Most teaching will be through case studies of projects in different areas such as communication networks, education, healthcare, and community media.


Prerequisites: None.


Contact hours: 14



  • Paper presentations, rebuttals, and reviews: Each student will present one or two papers to the rest of the class, and another student will rebutt the paper. All students will also review the paper as done for conference submissions.
Introduction to ICTD
  • Small if Beautiful, by E.F.Schumacher
  • Mastering the Machine, by Ian Smille
  • Active Social Capital, by A. Krishna

High-tech systems for connectivity of rural and remote areas

Aaditeshwar Seth [Presentation]
A.Seth,D.Kroeker,M.Zaharia,S.Guo,S.Keshav,"Low-cost communication for rural Internet kiosks using mechanical backhaul",In MobiCom ’06: Proceedings of the 12th annual international conference on Mobile computing and networking,page 334-345,2006

Roh Jaekeun [Presentation]
Rabin Patra,Sergiu Nedevschi,Sonesh Surana,Anmol Sheth,Lakshminarayanan Subramanian,Eric Brewer,The Challenges of Technology Research for Developing Regions , 4th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design & Implementation, 2007

Sonesh Surana , Rabin Patra , Sergiu Nedevschi , Manuel Ramos , Lakshminarayanan Subramanian , Yahel Ben-david , Eric Brewer Beyond Pilots: Keeping Rural Wireless Networks Alive,5th USENEX Symposium on Network System Design and Implementation(NSDI '08), Pp. 119–132, 2008

Rabin Patra , Sergiu Nedevschi , Sonesh Surana , Anmol Sheth , Lakshminarayanan Subramanian , Eric Brewer WiLDNet: Design and Implementation of High Performance WiFi Based Long Distance Networks 4th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design & Implementation, 2007

Improvising traditional-tech

Neil Patel (guest lecture)
N. Patel, D.Chittamuru, A.Jain, P. Dave, T.S.Parikh "Avaaj Otalo - A Field Study of an Interactive Voice Forum for Small Farmers in Rural India" In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010)

S. K. Agarwal, D. Chakraborty, A. Kumar, A.A.Nanavati, N. Rajput,"HSTP : Hyperspeech Transfer Protocol",Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia,Proceedings of the eighteenth conference on Hypertext and hypermedia,HT’07, September 10–12, 2007
Zahir Koradia (guest lecture) Z Koradia,A.Premi,A.Seth,Balachandran C,"Using ICTs to Meet the Operational Needs of Community Radio Stations in India",ACM DEV 2010

S.Bailur,Complexities of Community Participation in ICT for Development Projects: The Case of "Our Voices",Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries,May 2007
Bill Thies (guest lecture)
K. Gaikwad, G. Paruthi,W. Thies, Interactive DVDs as a Platform for Education, IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, December 2010
Rikin Gandhi (guest lecture)
R. Gandhi,R.Veeraraghavan,K.Toyama,V.Ramprasad, "Digital Green: Participatory video for agricultural extension",ICTD 2007.

User interface design for developing region users

Nitesh Mor
Medhi, I., Sagar, A. and Toyama K. "Text-Free User Interfaces for Illiterate and Semi-Literate Users." IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, Berkeley, USA, (2006)
Siddharth Telang and Rohit Agarwal
T.S. Parikh, K.Ghosh, "Understanding and Designing for Intermediated Information Tasks in India", Pervasive Computing,Volume 5,Issue:2, pages 32-39, IEEE,April-June2006

Involving the user in the design of ICT tools for microfinance, education, etc

Ankush and Saurabh Gupta Tapan S. Parikh Using Mobile Phones for Secure, Distributed Document Processing in the Developing World IEEE Pervasive Computing archive Volume 4 Issue 2, April 2005
Anupam and Vikas Prajapati
Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan, Sunandan Chakraborty, Pushkar V. Chitnis, Kentaro Toyama, Keng Siang Ooi, Matthew Phiong, and Mike Koenig, Managing Microfinance with Paper, Pen, and Digital Slate, Proc. of the 4th IEEE/ACM Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and International Development (ICTD) 2010


A. Ratan Deconstructing 4 Microfinance MythsMicrosoft Research,December 2006

Aishwarya Lakshmi RatanAs Assessment of Pradan's 'Computer Munshi' Intervention to Improve Microfinance Accounting Practices September 2007
Abhinav Uppal and Kanav Goyal

Collage Demo1

Collage Demo2
Saurabh Panjwani, Navkar Samdaria, Aakar Gupta, Edward Cutrell, and Kentaro Toyama,Collage: A Presentation Tool for the K-12 Classroom , ICTD, December 2010

Other opportunities for ICTs -- agriculture information systems, data collection, financial transactions, sensor networks, etc

Ankit Agarwal and Harshvardhan
Matthew Kam, Akhil Mathur, Anuj Kumar, John CannyDesigning Digital Games for Rural Children: A Study of Traditional Village Games in IndiaProceedings of the 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems, 2009
Shivendra Tiwari and Arvind Kr Mahala
Samhaa R. El-Beltagy, Ahmed Rafea, Said Mabrouk and Mahmoud RafeaAn Approach for Mining Accumulated Crop Cultivation Problems and their SolutionsAssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 2009
Shraddha Gupta and Lissy Verma
Anokwa, Y., Hartung, C., Brunette, W., Borriello, G., Lerer, A.,Open Source Data Collection in the Developing World IEEE Computer Society,Pg. 97 - 99, Oct. 2009

Kuang Chen, Chen H., Conway N., Hellerstein J.M., Parikh T.S., USHER: Improving Data Quality with Dynamic Forms Data Engineering (ICDE), 2010 IEEE 26th International Conference,Pg. 321 - 332, April 2010
Saurabh Gupta and Sandeep Gupta
Saurabh Panjwani, Edward Cutrell,Usably Secure, Low-Cost Authentication for Mobile Banking Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, 2010
[Pr student will present one or two3E
Ashlesh Sharma, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, Dennis Shasha, Secure Branchless BankingACM SOSP Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions (NSDR), 2009
Abhishek Katyal and Rohit Bhatia
S Patnaik, E Brunskill and W Thies,"Evaluating the Accuracy of Data Collection on Mobile Phones: A Study of Forms, SMS, and Voice",ICTD, 2009
Deepak Martin [Presentation]
T.s. Parikh,"Voice as Data: Learning from What People Say",Proceedings of AAAI Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI-D'10)

E. A. Basha, S. Ravela, D. Rus, "Model-Based Monitoring for Early Warning Flood Detection",SenSys '08

Social and policy considerations in technology deployment

Richa Kumar (guest lecture)
Richa Kumar,“Empowering” Farmers in the Soyabean Marketplace: Misleading Expectations from Information Technology
Ankit Narang and Amit Maniyar
M.L. Best, R. Kumar,"Sustainability failures of rural telecenters: Challenges from the sustainable access in rural india (sari) project",Journal of Information Technologies and International Development, Volume 4 Issue 4, Fall/Winter 2008

Michael L. Best and Colin M. Maclay, "Community Internet Access in Rural Areas: Solving the Economic Sustainability Puzzle",UNESCO,2002
Ankit sharma and Piyush Goyal
Bussell. J,"Political incentives and policy outcomes: Who benefits from technology-enabled service centers?",ICTD 2009

The big picture of how ICTs fit into the development debate

Ambuj Sagar (guest lecture)
Interplay between Science, Technology, and Policy
Summary and conclusions[Presentation] R. Heeks,"ICT4D 2.0: The Next Phase of Applying ICT for International Development ", Computer Journal,Volume: 41, Issue:6,pages 26-33,June 2008

J Donner, R Gandhi, P Javid, I Medhi, A Ratan, K Toyama, and R Veeraraghavan,"Stages of design in technology for global development",Computer Journal,June 2008 (vol. 41 no. 6)