May 2016


Technology justice
Technology can be a great enabler, helping people to earn a living. But it is also a mirror of social inequality. Some of us have a glut of high-tech devices, others don’t even have electricity. Under the rubric of ‘technology transfer’ useless or harmful technology is often dumped on the Global South. How to make technology work for the poor? Here’s an idea: start from the ground up rather than top down. It’s called technology justice.

テクノロジーは、人々の生活を支えるための重要な手段を提供できる。しかしそれはまた、社会の不公平を映し出す鏡でもある。世界には、ハイテク機器にもう飽き飽きしている人たちがいれば、電気を使えない人もいる。南の国々には、使い物にならないあるいは有害な技術が、「技術移転」という名目で展開される。テクノロジーが貧しい人々の役に立つようにするには、どうすればよいのか? そのヒントは、トップダウンではなく底辺の現場から始めることだ。これを、公正なテクノロジーと呼ぶ。






Stories making the news this month
6 Government garbage U-turn in Lebanon
6 Torture tactics in Tibet
7 Afghan women's rights on bikes
7 Introducing Andrew Holness
7 Kenya's stateless Shona
8 Surfer girls defy convention in Bangladesh
8 Britain stands with Bahraini oppressors
9 Semantically engineered crops
9 Banished Petroleum
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story - Technology justice

10 Technology as if people mattered
The world's poor are still losing out. They need a better deal, argues Dinyar Godrej.

15 Mind the technology gap - THE FACTS

16 'Because the river told me'
Peasant farmers resisting the violence of agribusiness. By Nils McCune.

19 Male baldness v malaria?
Simon Trace on the skewed priorities of medical research.

20 Switched on
Technology that works.

22 The energy fix
What will it take to get electricity to Africa’s rural poor? Ruth Nyambura explores.

24 The Disrupted
Jim Thomas on the winners and losers of emerging technologies.

28 The duty to care for our common home
Femke Wijdekop makes the case for Ecocide to become a crime under international law.
32 Military fatigues and floral scarves
Rahila Gupta meets women fighters in Rojava who are leading the charge towards a radical democracy.

31 Chris Coltrane
Regulation Top Trumps.
PLUS: Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon.

Mixed Media
34 Music reviews
The Woman at the End of the World by Elza Soares; Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul by Fela Ransome Kuti and his Koola Lobitos.
35 Film reviews
Suburra, directed by Stefano Sollima; Heaven Knows What, directed by Ben and Joshua Safdie; Mustang, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
36 Book reviews
Memories from Moscow to the Black Sea by Teffi; Saving the Media by Julia Cagé; Crossing the Sea with Syrians on the exodus to Europe by Wolfgang Bauer; Counter Narratives by John Keene.
PLUS: Also out there.

4 Letters
Democracy under attack; why the West rejects refugees; and fair tax on the Isle of Man.
5 Letter from Bangui
The importance of communication should not be underestimated, writes Ruby Diamonde.
26 Country Profile: Nigeria
38 And Finally
Feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem talks to Graeme Green about travel, change and the road ahead.




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