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  • Ari Krepostman

    This is anything but good. This is just another modem. Nothing special. What, it connects to a satellite? Wow. Just feeds the constant data stream and energy addiction. It will sell like hotcakes, but is this really worthy of "Good"? I think not.

  • Deborah Menkart

    I generally enjoy receiving The Daily Good, but today I was dismayed to read “If the Technology Works in Africa, It Will Work Anywhere.” It implies that Africa is so un-developed and backward that it is a miracle if anything sophisticated works. It reflects and perpetuates the negative and erroneous stereotypes of Africa that have been intentionally promoted for centuries to justify enslavement, genocide, colonization, and now globalization. The myths are perpetuated in schools today and the mainstream media. Children do not learn about the scholarship and science that originated in Africa, they do not learn about the geographic diversity, the fact that is not a country, the cities, the abundance of food, the literature, the Nobel Prize winners, the scientists, the teachers…. Instead they just learn about wild animals, starvation, "savages," and get the impression that Africa is a country. Here is an article about how these myths are introduced to young children and the damage they cause: http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-34-fall-2008/feature/i-didnt-know-there-were-cities-africa The article provides useful insights for schools and the media when writing about African countries.

    • Ari Krepostman

      Aside from that, its just a friggin' satellite-connected modem packaged with a battery... Where is the "Good" in that?? Its a product like any other.

      Heck, if this is "Good"-worthy, I think "Good" should just start promoting the latest massage chair from Brookstone.

    • Sharon Kelly

      Deborah,

      As an African-American, I delight in seeing articles about the progress made in societies like these but I also think some sensitivity needs to be excercised when claiming that a technological (or any other) breakthrough is something that will transform Africa overnight. I do see the validity of your argument; and I agree with most of your points, but I would like to point out one of the main reasons for this kind of ignorance about the accomplishents and history of Africa. It is due to the mis-education about its history, its inhabitants as well as the many contributions to the world it has given over the centuries. And this type of mis-education is blaringly evident in the curriculum of our schools. The media continues to perpetuate this ignorance and I see it in the so-called "special reports" they like to do on any "breakthroughs" they consider newsworthy.

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      just saw Mary's comment and that this is a line used by Ushahidi. Given that this is an org founded by Kenyans, how do you feel about them using this line if they think it right?

      • Deborah Menkart

        Ben, I still don't think GOOD should use it in the headline. If it was simply quoted in the article, in the context of the story, I would not be as concerned. But regardless of who made the statement, used as a title or subject line for Daily Good, it still reinforces stereotypes for U.S. readers. And not every statement by someone from a country is free of stereotypes about that country, just like every statement made by a woman is not automatically free of gender stereotypes.

    • Ben Goldhirsh

      thanks for this, Deborah. I think you're right. Just sent a note to Mary the Curator of GOOD Global about a) addressing/changing the header, as well as digging into perception realities that undermine potential.

    • medicinehorse

      I would rather have a mind that is immune to negativity and pessimism, (and pseudo-hip "multicultural "sensitivity""), and to be an infectious carrier of optimism and positivity, than to be an annoying,libtard-programmed "Deborah MENkardt"...

  • Mary Slosson

    In the tech sphere, the global digital divide is very real, with many countries in the global South facing rotating electrical grids (that cause prolonged power outages) and less internet infrastructure (i.e. fixed broadband connectivity) than the global North. Ushahidi's much-loved phrase "if it works in Africa, it'll work anywhere" is an expression of the ingenuity of the amazing coders and developers in Kenya and elsewhere who innovate in those conditions BETTER than their comparatively privileged American and European counterparts.

    That's why, for one, I'm so stoked about the BRCK. I just donated! :)

    For some super-nerdy reading on the vast - and growing - hardline internet connectivity divide, this paper is a great place to start: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/wtim11/documents/inf/015INF-E.pdf

  • i. harris

    Providing increased access to information/people is all good and much respect for your efforts. I must say - the tagline "If it works in Africa, it will work anywhere" is offensive to me and perhaps others (I recognize that's not your intent). It can be taken as a perpetuation of the idea that Africa is less advanced/developed (which is always a matter of perspective). Furthermore that "Africa" is this homogenous place - when we know it is vast and multicultural.

    • medicinehorse

      It's 2013...you do NOT have a "right" to not be offended...get over it, kiddo...people like YOU & "Deborah MENkardt" (see above), are holding us ALL back, with your feigned "outrage", and your immature, sniveling "offense"...why don't you try saying something *CONSTRUCTIVE*...???...My friend is going to Kenya for a Church mission in July...he's a computer major in college...I'm going to make sure he sees this article...and all YOU can do is *COMPLAIN* over your poor, little offended sensibilities...

    • Elizabeth Watkin

      Nicely put! I worked in Zambia for a number of years and completely agree that using the term "Africa" to blanket-describe a whole continent is redundant. However I do applaud the idea of the generator. When working in education and e-learning in Zambia I bemoaned the belief that the internet was going to change everything when there was a deficit of trained people and affordable solutions. This is an exciting new chapter for those of us interested in online learning for education equity!

      • medicinehorse

        ...in any country on the African continent, the 'net & devices will be used in ways we spoiled-brat white Americans can't even dream of yet...