Favela Digital: The other side of technology

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David Nemer
Editora GSA, 2013

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Favela Digital displays the efforts of a researcher who shows respect and shares the acquired knowledge with the favela dwellers themselves. The beautiful photographs portray the people in a very sensitive and responsible way. In a context where the urban poor are constantly criminalized or stigmatized, these images can potentially create a sense of empowerment and pride among favela dwellers. The short texts both in English and Portuguese also create an opportunity for favela dwellers to read, evaluate, and use the book as a starting point for their own discussions about their own uses of digital media. I believe that this book would be an important addition to the curriculum of public schools in Brazil (where most urban poor populations study), for example. As the Brazilian critical pedagogy educator Paulo Freire argued, people engage with education more enthusiastically when they study subjects that relate to their everyday life experiences. Thus, Nemer’s book definitely contributes to the promotion of critical thinking among favela dwellers. Continue reading

Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus

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Edited by Matthew Cassel, Layla Al-Zubaidi and Nemonie Craven Roderick
I.B.Tauris, 2013

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From Cairo to Damascus and from Tunisia to Bahrain, Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel have brought together some of the most exciting new writing born out of revolution in the Arab world. This is a remarkable collection of testimony, entirely composed by participants in, and witnesses to, the profound changes shaking their region. Situated between past, present and future – in a space where the personal and the political collide – these voices are part of an ongoing process, one that is at once hopeful and heartbreaking. Unique amongst material emanating from and about the convulsions in the Arab Middle East, these creative and original writers speak of history, determination and struggle, as well as of political and poetic engagement with questions of identity and activism. This book gives a moving and inspiring insight into the Arab revolutions and uprisings: why they are happening and what might come next. Continue reading

Investigación y Tecnología en Latinoamérica: la experiencia Argentina

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Carlos Alberto Andrada
Editorial La Colmena, 2013

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¿Es posible formular un paradigma tecnológico latinoamericano? Sobre este cuestionamiento es que se desarrolla el contenido de este nuevo libro que Editorial La Colmena presenta a los interesados en la lectura académica. Su autor, Dr. Carlos A. Andrada, de la Universidad Nacional de Catamarca, Argentina, nos introduce en el tema del desarrollo, de la tecnología y de la investigación. Continue reading