DevLawGeek is the intersection of International Development, Law and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). 
It aims to share knowledge in this emerging field across different disciplines- and between practitioners, academics and ICT developers- so as to increase the impact of programs that help better lives in developing countries. This project is led by San Ng (LL.B, LL.M, MPA), a Governance/Law practitioner and academic, who utilizes ICT to enhance program impact.

DevLawGeek is an extension of my professional website. This site is currently a collection of my blog posts, articles, presentations, speeches and other materials related to the field of Law and Development, including the sub-field of information and communications technology (ICT). (Read more about me, San)



I am hoping that with time, working with a solid global network and team, DevLawGeek will grow into collaborative resource center for Law, Development and ICT, and have its individual web presence. Read more about DevlawGeek below.

Mission

DevLawGeek is a trusted and relevant resource for how law and technology can be used in international development to better the lives of people. Premised on the observation that this is an emerging, wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary area, with many disparate sources of information, our method is to succinctly create, gather and organize information and resources relevant for practitioners, academics and IT businesses.

Goals

  • Create, share and expand relevant knowledge by being on the cutting edge of development, law, and technology;
  • Support practical efforts in using law and technology to end global suffering;
  • Link and expand the network of practitioners, academics, IT businesses and other stakeholders working to end poverty through this field.

Values

  • Smart: only things that are useful
  • Simplicity: clear concise summary of key points emphasized
  • Multidisciplinary: sources of information across academic disciplines and areas of practice.
  • Objective: independent and representative information
  • Fun: professional but not taking ourselves too seriously
  • Responsive- respectful of user feedback

Who might find this useful?

People who are interested in the cutting edge of law and development and technology, in particular:

  • Practitioners in the traditional fields of governance and law will find concise summaries of the most important information on law and development, and how technology can be used to enhance their projects.
  • ICT4D students, academics and practitioners who are interested in law can find concise information to get them up to speed in this niche area within the ICT4D/eGovernance movement.
  • Technology businesses and developers delivering hardware and software to law firms, government legal institutions, non-governmental organizations and nonprofits. 
  • Academics from all disciplines interested in the study of international development will find a repository of materials on how law is used in development, as well as how technology is used within that that.
  • Lawyers and law students interested in law in development can find information about what that looks like in theory and practice.

Why I created this site

This site is a decision to do something about some of the challenges I've experienced as a both a practitioner and an academic in this new field, among of which are:

  • International development has moved away from being dominated by Economics and is a truly multi-disciplinary field. This site focuses on the new and emerging intersection of development, law and technology. I find it hard to get good, concise information on this topic. 
  • Law, if grounded in local realities, can be a powerful development tool. Coupled with appropriate ICTs, it can be doubly powerful. But there is a lack of coherent information on development and law, and even less information on development, law and technology.
  • Development leaders require better information on the optimal uses of ICT for their work, including the efficient tracking of rapid ICT advancements. I've seen many projects miss the opportunity of increased impact through the use of ICT, as well as many projects that have been less than successful because of the myriad of challenges in designing and implementing a good ICT component. 
  • Whatever information available now is disparate and often not independent (for example, backed by IT vendors, government aid agencies or donors with an inherent interest.)
  • There is a gap among academics of different disciplines studying development.
  • There is a gap between academics and practitioners. Practitioners often do not have the luxury of time to follow the current thinking in the area, and academics are often accused of not having practical experience.
  • There is a gap between practitioners and IT companies who design and implement the systems. It is more important than ever to have
  • There is a disconnect between the developed and developing worlds.

Caveats

  • My language is mostly informal- this is really more a blog than a website, although the teacher in me (not to mention the lawyer and web programmer) needs to make it highly organized. I hope you don't expect an academic, reporting or journalistic type of writing- I do enough of that in my daily work!
  • Given the nature of the subject, the articles will initially be broad in scope. 
  • Please pardon any broken rules of the English language, since I'm the first generation poster child of development itself, having been born and bred in a developing country. 
  • This is an ambitious project that is still constantly evolving, so this site will likely change often in response to reader needs.

Use of Content

This site and its contents remain my copyright, but are licensed under a Creative Commons by Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license, unless otherwise noted.What does this mean? 


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