Posts Tagged ‘Harvard’

Programming Job – AIDS – Africa - May 4th, 2007

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The following is a job announcement forwarded by a colleague of Don’s:
Do you want to put your computer skills to use helping to improve AIDS treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa?
The Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health is soliciting applications for a Programmer/Trainer. Responsibilities of the position include programming, computer training, and research study documentation in support of HIV/AIDs and TB clinical trials being conducted in collaboration with the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
This position is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where we have a large, dynamic team working closely with our team in Boston.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Knowledge of programming languages and database design. Experience with Basic programming, preferably Visual Basic is a plus. Willingness to learn SAS, a statistical programming language. Ability to teach Microsoft Office products and other computer skills.
Additional Qualifications: Excellent technical, computer, analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills, strong interpersonal, service and communication skills, and the ability to work independently, under supervision and as part of a team.
Please send resume, list of references, and cover letter describing your interest in working in Tanzania and any experiences you have had that prepare you for living and working in another culture.
Contact information:

Jenny Hochstadt
Data Manager
Harvard School of Public Health
Department of Nutrition

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Posted: 5/4/07 1:28 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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Infrastructure, Technology and North Korea - October 23rd, 2006

One of the themes of UBICOMP 2006 was “the power of infrastructure.” As Bruce Sterling put it, and I paraphrase, infrastructure has power that is more subtle and more pervasive than politics, ethnicity and culture. A living experiment exists in North Korea which has chosen, by fiat, to live “off-the-grid” (another theme of previous UBICOMPs). They have no legal Internet. The New York Times has a thoughtful description of the current situation in North Korea, but leaves any prediction of the future state of the country to others.

The Internet Black Hole That Is North Korea – New York Times:
“The problem is much more vexing for North Korea, Professor Zittrain said, because its “comprehensive official fantasy worldview” must remain inviolate. “In such a situation, any information leakage from the outside world could be devastating,” he said, “and Internet access for the citizenry would have to be so controlled as to be useless. It couldn’t even resemble the Internet as we know it.”

But how long can North Korea’s leadership keep the country in the dark?

Writing in The International Herald Tribune last year, Rebecca MacKinnon, a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, suggested that North Korea’s ban on cellphones was being breached on the black market along China’s border. And as more and more cellphones there become Web-enabled, she suggested, that might mean that a growing number of North Koreans, in addition to talking to family in the South, would be quietly raising digital periscopes from the depths.”
I wonder if any of the technologies that are being developed for disaster recovery and first response will find their ways into the black market cell-phones on the Chinese border of North Korea? Maybe the internet will come to North Korea in the form of ad-hoc networks of anonymous cooperating parasitic mobile micro-servers. (More buzzwords please). Maybe it’s already happening.

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Posted: 10/23/06 10:23 am PDT by Make the First Comment
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