As usual let consider definitions of the “Liberation technology” in order to understand following. Liberation technology is any information and communication technology (ICT) that can expand political, social, and economic freedom. According to article “Liberation Technology and Digital Activism” we can see that in the contemporary era, it means essentially the modern, interrelated forms of digital ICT. In the aspect we can separate modern devices like the computer, the Internet, the mobile phone, and countless innovative applications for them, including “new social media” such as Facebook and Twitter. Also we can understand with help of the article that liberation technology as having a certain overlap with digital activism in campaigns that support the values of freedom, but there are important distinctions. Digital activism is defined as the practice of using digital technology to increase the effectiveness of a social or political change campaigns. (www.meta-activism.org/2010/08/liberation-technology/)
According to the article “Liberation technology: dreams, politics, history” we can see perfect epigraph which reflect main idea. In the epigraph described innovation commitment to new cyber and social technologies “The doctrinal commitment to new cyber and social technologies as a means of solving political problems needs to learn from the past and take a more realistic view, says Armine Ishkanian”. In the article “Liberation technology: dreams, politics, history” the author Armine Ishkania attempt to give explanation, how at the present time people are developing some arguments about the power and authority of new information and communication technologies for development (NICT4D). The main idea of NUTC4D can be construed as dealing with applications in developing countries and with underprivileged populations around the world. The new tools and technologies certainly provide unprecedented means of connecting and coordinating. This sphere of development is becoming recognized as a research area which can be a big amount of conferences and publications. A good example of the impact on development includes mobile telecommunications and radio broadcasting fighting political corruption in Burundi. Also as we know Hillary Clinton, person who provided defining the internet as the “public space of the 21st century”. She commits to supporting the struggle for internet freedom through investing in the cutting edge [technologies] because we know that repressive governments are constantly innovating their methods of oppression and we intend to stay ahead of them. She also makes a comparison between the struggle for internet freedom today.
Also very important aspect wrote James Ferguson. he wrote about the failures of many development interventions, argues that problems often arise because development agencies implement technical solutions to problems while ignoring the political and structural dimensions which cause those problems.
According to the article “Is Ushahidi a Liberation Technology?” Professor Larry Diamond, one of my dissertation advisers, recently published a piece on “Liberation Technology”. Larry recently set up the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University together with colleagues Joshua Cohen and Terry Winograd to catalyze more rigorous, applied research on the role of technology in repressive environments—both in terms of liberation and repression. (http://irevolution.net/2010/08/08/ushahidi-liberation-tech/). In addition, as its name implies, liberation technology takes the applications and devices of digital activism . “the technology itself – as the the lens” through which this phenomena is viewed. The investment of money and empowered enthusiasm in the new technologies will likely guarantee a continuation and increase of programmes aimed at spreading digital technology around the globe.