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Social Justice and Equity through Information


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What is the role of information in the achievement of social justice and equity in a community? Can the consumers of information also produce information through the free and open source platform?

Presentation at CHARUSAT, Anand, India.

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Social Justice and Equity through Information

  1. 1. Social Justice and Equity through Information Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Professor Information Systems Department San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA 94132 USA Presented to: Unless noted otherwise
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  3. 3. Teach Computer Networks and Databases, MediaCreation, Content Management and Delivery. Free and Open Source, Creative Commons, Licensing, Collaborative Methodologies.IT Strategy, Compliance, IT Audit, Governance, Identity Management.
  4. 4. ResearchDiffusion and Adoption of Innovative Technologies
  5. 5. ServiceThe Commons Initiative at SF State
  6. 6. Context
  7. 7. The pieces must fit Lego
  8. 8. Rural and RemoteBhagmalpur (भागमलपुर) village, District Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh
  9. 9. Children and Learning Mira and Maya
  10. 10. Social Justice EquityP Supply Chain C You are here
  11. 11. Going Digital Books Music Movies Television …Conversation
  12. 12. Access to InformationProduce Consume Can the consumer also become the producer?
  13. 13. Approximately thirty percent of the world is on the Internet
  14. 14. Can Free and Open Source Software ease the flow of information?P Supply Chain C
  15. 15. Can Free and Open Source Software create a feedback loop?Produce Consume
  16. 16. “commons”
  17. 17. The Commons Initiative
  18. 18. OLPC San FranciscoFounder and Chief Organizer
  19. 19. OLPC
  20. 20. MissionOLPCs mission is to empower the worlds poorest children through education We aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type oftool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and createtogether. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.
  21. 21. Worldwide 40+ countries, 30+ languages,3 million laptops, 350+ applications
  22. 22. Where no computers have gone before...
  23. 23. School Galadima, Abuja City, NigeriaSee
  24. 24. Samkha village located in the suburbs of northern ThailandSee
  25. 25. Khairat school is Indias pilot site.See
  26. 26. Mongolia.See
  27. 27. EthiopiaSee
  28. 28. Afghanistan refugee camp, Pakistan
  29. 29. Colombia.See
  30. 30. Peru.See
  31. 31. Rwanda.See
  32. 32. Iraq.See
  33. 33. Haiti.See
  34. 34. Solomon Islands.See
  35. 35. Nepal.See
  36. 36. Uruguay.See
  37. 37. Australia Australia.See
  38. 38. West Bank, Palestine. UN Relief and Works AgencySee
  39. 39. Deployments worldwide 3 million + See Google MapsAlso see:
  40. 40. Sugar http://sugarlabs.orgCan we learn to learn?
  41. 41. Browse
  42. 42. Physics
  43. 43. TurtleArt
  44. 44. Scratch
  45. 45. Measure
  46. 46. Languages Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Aymara, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Basque, Bengali, Bengali (India), Bislama, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Dzongkha, English, English (South African), English (US), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, French (Canada), Friulian, Fula, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Kreyol, Macedonian, Malayalam, Maltese, Marathi, Marovo, Mongolian, Nauruan, Nepali, Norwegian, Norwegian Bokmål, Papiamento, Papua New Guinea Pidgin (Tok Pisin), Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian,Tutorial: Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Solomon Islands Pidgin, Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Templates, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur,Translate: Vietnamese, Walloon, Wolof, Yoruba, pseudo L10n Approx. 100+ languages
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  48. 48. OLPC San Francisco Afghanistan Armenia Haiti Honduras India Jamaica Madagascar Pakistan Philippines Senegal South Africa Uganda Tuva San Francisco
  49. 49. I work directly with... Afghanistan Armenia Haiti Honduras India Jamaica Madagascar Pakistan Philippines Senegal South Africa Uganda Tuva San Francisco
  50. 50. Bhagmalpur, India
  51. 51. August Town, Jamaica
  52. 52. Bulun Bazhy, Tuva
  53. 53. Challenges Cost Electricity Network Language Repair Maintenance TheftCultural Impact Curriculum … ...
  54. 54. Solutions?Bringing OLPC to Campus
  55. 55. OLPC and San Francisco State University
  56. 56. On Campus
  57. 57. Solar testing
  58. 58. In the classroom
  59. 59. SFSU Lending Library● Library Research Commons has 10 XO laptops ● Loan to students, staff and faculty ● You get: – XO Laptop – Charger – Instructions● Take one to class● Take one home● Join the community!●
  60. 60. One Laptop per Child San Francisco Community Summit 2012Hosted by San Francisco State University
  61. 61. Will the entire world have access to information? We hope so.
  62. 62. Education TechnologyOutreach
  63. 63. Education TechnologyOutreach
  64. 64. Education TechnologyOutreach
  65. 65. Education TechnologyOutreach
  66. 66. Education TechnologyOutreach
  67. 67. TV Time● OLPC Mission Part 1● OLPC Mission Part 2● Web - La Sierra● Web - La Selva● Plan Ceibal● Ideas for Good - OLPC Australia● OLPC Australia in Action● OLPC San Francisco Interviews
  68. 68. All photos can be found at: under a Creative Commons license -0- XO Bridge: Chris Willis and Mike Lee