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March 2011 Blog Posts (9)

T-Cash town? Food aid and mobile money in Saint Marc

Marie sits with a group of other women outside a small vendor in Saint Marc, Voilá mobile phone in hand. They are waiting to spend the 1600 gourdes (US$40) that Mercy Corps just sent to their T-Cash accounts. As heads of households with IDPs (internally…


Added by Jenny Fan on March 25, 2011 at 1:34am — No Comments

Serious Games, May 27-28 @ the Newseum

Tech@State will next explore games, the serious games that teach, train and solve problems in ways the real world may not always allow. By bringing parties together in a virtual setting with defined rules and constraints, a serious game can help players understand a complex problem, empathize with an adversary, accomplish an otherwise unwieldy task, or develop a new model for business or governance. Leveraging technology to compartmentalize the chaos of the real world, the gaming experience can… Continue

Added by techATstate on March 22, 2011 at 4:15pm — 30 Comments

Fusion-io Wins Best Infrastructure Technology Innovation Award

Ushering in a new era of application-centric, solid-state storage solutions for the enterprise, Fusion-io is revolutionizing the way database, application and system administrators architect their data centers. The company is closing the gap between processing power and storage needs by delivering breakthrough performance at a fraction of the cost of traditional disk-based storage systems. Now, the performance of an entire disk array can be placed inside a server. Would be happy to present…


Added by Richard DeFiore on March 15, 2011 at 12:57pm — No Comments

IMTFI Haiti Blog Post: Not all agents are created equal

The uptake and success of mobile money in Haiti will be affected by user experience at mobile money agents. While users should have similar experiences wherever they choose to use mobile money, we have found that their experiences vary depending upon what kind of agent they use. The centrality of the agent to the success of mobile money means that we cannot take the word “agent” for granted. 

Who is the mobile money agent? In Haiti, businesses providing a mobile…

Added by Jenny Fan on March 14, 2011 at 6:15pm — No Comments

coverage of Tech@State: Open Source

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Parsing open source at the State Department

Tech@State: Oh, the places we STILL need to go...…


Added by techATstate on March 7, 2011 at 3:03pm — No Comments

"Filmmaking for social change"


AVARI TOWERS KARACHI, 28 February 2011  




Added by Abrar ul Hassan on March 4, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Get Schooled: Kids and Cybersecurity, May 3 at State Department

The Office of Computer Security (DS/SI/CS) is pleased to present…





Added by techATstate on March 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Can social media help rebuild?

Social media have played a significant role in recent protests and the resulting changes taking place in Middle East and North Africa. There may also be a significant role for social media going forward as these nations continue to change.  What do you think?  Tech@State and eDiplomacy may explore this issue as a conference or program but we'd like to hear your thoughts first.

Added by techATstate on March 2, 2011 at 10:54am — 13 Comments

New Forum Topics: "Education Reform"

It appears that the internal planning team has already established a solid list of topics for the next Tech@State forum; however, I would like to propose an additional topic for future consideration: Education Reform.

The current administration has taken great strides to improve education through an ambitious reform agenda leveraging new technologies to improve access and quality.  The initiatives set forth over the past several months have fostered collaboration between government…


Added by Rebecca Lee on March 1, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

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