I was pretty thrilled to find out recently that my paper, Cultural Assessment for Sustainable Kiosks, was accepted to the 1st International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2006). In it I argue that most assessments of ICT4D projects are too narrowly focused on economic and technical factors, that the concept of sustainability needs to be refigured in terms of grassroots culture instead of business modeling, and that so-called 'rapid' ethnographic methods are a great way to captual cultural factors in an efficient and contextually appropriate way. An earlier version of this paper is available here.

It's very gratifying because I've loved working on ICT4D over the last year, and at the same time I've been sad that I haven't been able to devote more time to it. This gives me motivation to keep going. At the moment it is just a theory paper. This is the beginning of a long road that includes theory, method, and most importantly case-studies of successes and failures in ICT4D projects. The serious analysis of faliures is a glaring hole in the ICT4D community. Why has there been no effort to extract best practices? Considering how many ICT4D projects fail to some degree, it's really amazing…