Joshua Cohen, MA, PhDMarta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, and Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, and Law and CDDRL Affiliated Faculty
An innovative course at Stanford is designing mobile phone platforms that help improve living conditions in Kenya's largest slums. Part of CDDRL's Program on Liberation Technology at the Freeman Spogli Institute, the course teams students up with local organizations to co-create technology projects that address clean water, sanitation and safety issues. Read more »
Amounting to a total of $265,000, this third round of Global Underdevelopment Action Fund grants will help Stanford faculty develop policy-relevant research focused on improving conditions in some of the poorest parts of the world. Read more »
Designing Liberation TechnologiesCDDRL, PGJ, Program on Liberation Technology in the news
Mobile phones are one of the most rapidly adopted new technologies in history, with usage in all parts of the world rising quickly—and soaring in developing nations. In 2000, there were 16 million mobile subscriptions in Africa; in 2008, there were 376 million. No longer limited to one-to-one communication, mobile phones are mini-computers that provide access to the Internet and a wide array of services from banking to shopping.
Josh Cohen signs letter on defense spendingCDDRL, FSI Stanford News
FSI's Joshua Cohen, Co-Editor in Chief of Boston Review and Director of CDDRL's Program on Global Justice, joined 45 other scholars and national-security experts in signing the following letter delivered to the Chairmen of the President’s Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. The letter argues that the commission should reduce the Defense Department’s budget as part of its overall strategy for deficit reduction.
CDDRL, PGJ, Program on Liberation Technology in the news
Joshua Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Philosophy and Law at Stanford University, began the first session of this quarter's Seminar on Liberation Technologies by posing a big question: are information and communication technologies able to advance human well-being for development? After all, Mobile ICT has potential to be a good thing for development for a multitude of reasons. First, as Solow's model of growth has shown, technological innovation tends to be good for growth. Second, economic growth is closely related to development. Third, mobile phone usage is rapidly growing and indigenous in much of the world, which means that new technologies do not need to be "parachuted" in to scenarios where they are not matched to local needs. Finally, there is high mobile penetration today, even in low-income settings. Video available
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