Maxigas of Green Spider in Hungary asked me about some ICT-for-D books mentioned recently. These books are (just sharing the same with some additional ones, in case any one is interested):
*** Code: Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Commons
*** Codev2 by Lawrence Lessig From the Preface: “This is a translation of an old book—indeed, in Internet time, it is a translation of an ancient text.” That text is Lessig’s “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.” The second version of that book is “Code v2.” The aim of Code v2 is to update the earlier work, making its argument more relevant to the current internet. Download the book free:
*** Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Communication_and_Society:_A_Global_Perspective
*** Another interesting book I came across (and shared some of my notes via the Wikipedia, please do too if you can, w.r.t. ICT-for-development books specially ) is
*** Then, take a look at Coding Cultures (Francesca da Rimini, ed): A Handbook for Coding Cultures provides a lasting companion to the inspiring projects and topical currents of thought explored in the Coding Cultures Symposium and Concept Lab. Six invited writers and groups from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, Italy and Hong Kong
share their experiences of building imaginative digital tools, social networks, open labs and internet-based knowledge platforms for communication and creativity. Complementing these commissioned texts are contributions from our guest artists from Canada, England and Jamaica. Artist statements from Symposium speakers completes this snapshot of contemporary cultural practice. Keeping true to the traditions of the free circulation of knowledge and culture, the Coding Cultures Handbook is available free of charge. A limited print edition of the Handbook was launched at the Coding Cultures Symposium on 9 March 2007. The complete Handbook can be viewed or downloaded below. Alternatively, essays can also be downloaded individually (see
List of Contents below) and where available, a link to the Author’s online essay is also provided. You can download this book free. http://www.dlux.org.au/codingcultures/handbook.html
*** Free As In Education: a 2003 Finnish study on Free Software/Open Source in the “developing” world. By Niranjan Rajani et al (sharable)… am still trying to get the chapters on Asia, Africa and Latin America, as the downloadable links seem broken. Write to me for a copy of the main report (minus the regional chapters) if interested.
Please share any other interesting books if you come across these.
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