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Email Adventures: Setting up an SPF Record to Combat Domain Spoofing

Our domain got spoofed. The first indication was a ton of auto-responders in the past week that all got delivered to our catch-all email account. Most of these auto-responders were supposedly in response to our emails. But looking at the message header revealed a ton of emails with our domain name but unknown user names.,,, and so on and so forth. This

Categories: research, resources

Cool Uses of Mobile Technology in Jordan & Lebanon

The pervasiveness of cell phones in the Global South is an old story that everyone has heard multiple times already. However, it is a nascent technology and its innovative uses and applications are still unfolding in many parts of the world. Here are two recent experiences from my trip to Jordan & Lebanon to add to the “cool uses of mobile technology” theme.

Donating Through

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Categories: middle east, regions

Internet Connectivity Through Electric Outlet (Amman, Jordan)

On Dec 1, I landed in Amman, Jordan to facilitate the National Institute for Training of Women Trainers in Information and Communication Technology for Social Change, convened by Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and Sisterhood Is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI-J).

SIGI-J had booked a room in Hotel Sadeen Amman for the duration of the training. I purchased an internet connectivity card at the hotel and got

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Categories: middle east, regions

Games for Health 2007 Competition Winners

Yesterday, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the winners of its 2007 Games for Health competition. $30,000 has been awarded in 3 categories – game prototypes, general storyboard, and student storyboard.

Prototype: Neuromatrix, submitted by Morphonix of Sausalito, Calif. Award: $20,000
A game targeting adolescents, it “takes the players through a series of short movies and games where they participate in a brain exam and

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Categories: tools

Hans Rosling & Trendalyzer at TED

Here is another fantastic presentation from TED. Dr. Hans Rosling takes us on a wild ride through – development statistics. TED is guaranteeing that you would have never seen data presented like this before. And I wholeheartedly agree. It even has a riveting finale. And, I am not kidding!

Watch the entire 19.01 minutes of the presentation to see for yourself.

In this presentation, Dr.

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Categories: africa, asia, regions, tools

Scrapblogging a Museum Visit

While in New York for the Games for Change conference (blog reports to come soon), I decided to check out the “Designing for the Other 90%” exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Took a few photos, noted down some thoughts, and decided to … scrapblog it.

Scrapblog is the newest blog kid around town, so like any self-respecting techie, I had to check it

Categories: tools
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