About the Network

The Newton Tech4Dev Network gathers a global consortium of scholars that aims to advance research on digital technologies in low- and middle-income countries.

It supports new research projects in the areas of disaster management and digital media, community media in crisis contexts, and digital labor in the global South. We host a series of innovation workshops, researcher exchange programs, and intersectoral dialogues between academia and government and humanitarian policymakers.

The Newton Tech4Dev Network is funded by the British Council Newton Fund. An Institutional Links grant formalizes a partnership between the University of Leicester, UK and De La Salle University, Philippines in coordinating network initiatives.

Our Research Areas

Disaster Management and Digital Media

We explore how media and information, communication technologies (ICT) can be used for disaster risk reduction, response, and recovery by both government and humanitarian agencies, as well as platforms for expression of issues and concerns of disaster-affected communities.

Crisis Cultures and Convivialities

We explore both physical and digital spaces that facilitate community solidarities and socialities in crisis contexts. We reflect on the restorative and reparative dimensions of various platforms of social media, community media, and artistic interventions that survivors and their communities find meaningful after rupture.

Digital Sweatshops

We examine the conditions of digital labor in the global South, particularly on the precarious employment and hopeful aspirations of online workers in the Philippines. We map out the diverse landscape of high- and low-status forms of tech work in a country known for being the “business process outsourcing capital of the world”. We pose questions of ethics and justice in digital work of content moderators, freelance workers and online paid trolls.

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The Network
The Newton Tech4Dev Network research team is led by Dr. Jonathan Corpus Ong, Prof. Peter Lunt, and Prof. Julio C. Teehankee.