ICT4D Professional Profile: Jonathan Donner

Linda Raftree’s article is a great resource for delving into the world of ICT4D professionals. In it, Jonathan Donner is mentioned for a debate in his post titled More letters, more problems, which seems to be a very fair response to the debate regarding the term used to describe this field. In this post he concludes that in the multifaceted field that is ICT4D, there should be frequent discussion of improvement. Reflection is key in making the practitioners of the field reflective, careful and precise in how they use terms to describe what they all work to do.

Jonathan Donner currently researches in the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India, and specifically focuses on economic and social implications of the spread of mobile telephony in developing countries. He is also a visiting academic at the Hasso Plattner Institute for ICT4D Research at the University of Cape Town. His Ph.D was earned at Stanford in Communication Theory and Research, and he has been a post-doctoral research fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia. His book, Mobile Communication (part of a Digital Media and Society Series) is about how the mobile phone has grown so popular in almost every society on earth, and are very useful tools, especially in the developing world. Additionally, he has a book titled mHealth in Practice. His blog is very pertinent to our ICT4D class and he can be followed as @jcdonner on Twitter.

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One response to “ICT4D Professional Profile: Jonathan Donner

  • janinewilkin

    I thoroughly enjoyed Jonathan Donner’s contribution to the debate. I agree with your comments about reflection being essential here. Donner does a great job responding to various opinions as we have explored. In summary In summary Donner states, “I don’t think we’re going to move off ICT4D as the default compound term, at least for a while”. However, he recognizes that these discussions are important for the community, as it is increasingly diverse and evolving in new ways.

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