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International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Scholarly Publications

Liberation Technology

January 1900

(excerpt) In March 2003, police in Guangzhou (Canton), China, stopped 27-year- old Sun Zhigang and demanded to see his temporary living permit and identification.

Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

June 2012

This book originated in a conference on "Liberation Technology in Authoritarian Regimes" held at Stanford University in Oct.

Other Publications

Crowdsourcing for Democracy: New Era in Policy-Making

December 2012

By drawing on several cases around the world, this book illuminates the role of crowdsourcing in policy-making.

Conference Report: Coalition Against Corruption [Jan. 2014]

January 2015

CoCo 2014 was the inaugural edition of the Coalition against Corruption (CoCo) conference co-hosted by The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, Janaagraha...

News

How Web 2.0 drives political change in the Arab world and beyond

March 2011

On February 24, the Program on Liberation Technology at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) hosted a conference entitled Blogs and Bullets: Social Media and the...

Barbara van Schewick on the FCC's 'open internet' proceeding and implications for political speech

February 2010

Barbara van Schewick, Assistant Professor at the Stanford Law School, introduced the current debate about net neutrality and explored the implications for diversity and freedom of expression online...

Jonathan Zitrain: 'minds for sale'

September 2009

Summary of the September 24th class: Jonathan Zitrain's presentation raised a number of concerns about current trends in online behavior.

Events

Giving Farmers a Voice

October 15, 2009

Abstract Improving the productivity of small farmers is essential for economic development in most poor countries.  Providing access to timely and relevant information could improve the...

Information Technology and Education in China: Can We Use Experiments to Evaluate Programs and Assess Technologies?

March 11, 2009

Scott Rozelle is the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr.

From Archiving to Legacy: The Virtual Tribunal Project at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

April 22, 2009

Our talk will present an innovative software platform we are developing for use at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and other international tribunals.

Projects

Combating Corruption with Mobile Phones

India’s right to information movement had tremendous success in making strategic use of transparency for securing government accountability.
English

Multimedia

Technology in the US Presidential Elections

February 2013

Static websites, mailing lists and blogs propelled Howard Dean to the chair of the DNC in 2005.

Information and Liberation

November 2014

AbstractIn this talk Duguid explores why it is tempting to champion information technologies in the cause of liberation, yet why it may also be problematic.

Digital Destitution: A Mechanism of and for Inequality

October 2014

AbstractIn this talk, Blanca Gordo argues that the use of technology has become a requirement for day-to-day functions such as applying for jobs, transactions with the bureaucracy or even getting a bus ticket in regions that are technologically...