Revisiting the “Magic Box”:

Case Studies in Local Appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

Extension, Education and Communication Service
Research, Extension and Training Division
Sustainable Development Department

Rome, 2003
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How to read this book

Acronyms and Web sites

Chapter 1 - Revisiting the “Magic Box” - Guiding principles for ICT interventions

Guiding principles for ICT interventions
Issue 1 - Is there now evidence of impact?
Issue 2 - ‘Process’ is vital to good development
Issue 3 - Focus on the benefits not on the technology
Issue 4 - Local content and information provision
Footnotes and references

Chapter 2 - WOUGNET, Uganda - Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET): Three years on, An evaluation

The Ugandan communications context
ICTs as tools for information access among women in Uganda
Evaluation of WOUGNET, three years on
Lessons learned and mapping a way forward
Annex I: WOUGNET Institutional Members (as of July 2003)
Footnotes and references

Chapter 3 - FIRE, Costa Rica Feminist International Radio Endeavour (FIRE): Women’s voices, global choices

FIRE on air across the world
The Web: Globalization as its own critique
The hi-tech industry in Costa Rica
Innovation across the digital divide
Engendering communication
Connecting voices, technology and actions
The impact of FIRE on its audience
Fire training: Knowledge multiplication
Footnotes and references

Chapter 4 - Community Radio, Mexico - Integrating community radio and ICTs for development in rural Mexico

Community radio in Mexico
Radios and networks
The legal framework
First case study: radio “La Voladora”24
Second case study: Assembly of Indigenous Migrants to Mexico City (AIMMC)
Third case study: Building a regional community radio network in Michoacán State
Final comments and considerations
Footnotes and references

Chapter 5 - Conclusion

Local appropriation of ICTS - The future

Author’s Biographies

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