White Papers

Download the white paper in Portuguese "Centros Multimédia Comunitários em Moçambique: um mapa" from this page!

Download the white paper "Photo-elicited perceptions of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique" from this page"

Download the white paper in Italian "La Comunicazione Online delle Organizzazioni Non Governative della Svizzera italiana: uno studio sulle ONG della FOSIT" from this page!

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Welcome to the NewMinE Lab!

The New Media in Education Laboratory, NewMinE Lab for short, is a research and development laboratory of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Douala Flow
June 28th, 2017

“Douala Flow” is a sound-video installation by Roberto Paci Dalò based Douala’s maps which are linked to voices and sounds from radio stations in Douala. The work celebrates today’s living city through an immersion into Douala’s present life. Soundwise are used brodcastings from Douala’s radio stations in order to create an aural environment made out of today’s sounds processed and recomposed. The video is made out of dynamic maps created through data analysis related to particle systems and cloud points.

The project, funded by the SNF, draws inspiration from a scientific investigation on Douala by Marta Pucciarelli, PhD candidate at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana NewMinE Lab, produced within the broader research project Mobile Access to Knowledge, Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting and assessing the impact of Cultural Events and public art on safety and security (led by SUPSI). It highlights how the discrepancy between oral knowledge and knowledge as reflected in the digital realm is evolving over time.

See the sound-video installation here

Information and Communication Technologies in Education: Opportunities and Challenges
January 22nd, 2016

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), the funding agency which has supported to project Mobile A2K, is organizing a debate with international organizations on the topic of “Education for tomorrow” focused on “Information and Communication Technologies in Education: Opportunities and Challenges”. The debate addresses the following current issues:

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What are the educational challenges posed by the digital natives? To what extent will their emergence challenge prevailing views about inter-personal communication, knowledge management and learning? What kind of educational responses have been successful so far?

What are the new opportunities for education in emergency situations and how is high-quality learning made accessible to refugees and forcibly displaced persons?

Prof. Francesc Pedró, Chief of Education Policy at UNESCO and an expert from the learn lab of UNHCR will try to answer to these complex questions. The event will be moderate by Dr. Luca Botturi, head of REC Unit at the Department of Teaching and Learning, SUPSI.

Save the date: Monday, 15 February, 2016 – 17:30

Location: Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) – Dipartimento formazione et apprendimento – Piazza San Francisco 19, Locarno.

Participation is free, but you need at communication(at)snis.ch

Enjoy the debate!

Culture and Safety in Africa
October 5th, 2015

A communication project aiming at increasing and improving the current limited and biased information.about developing countries among the Swiss public. The project is based on the scientific research “Mobile access to knowledge. Culture and safety in Africa. Documenting and accessing the impact of public art an cultural events on safety and security“. Read more

Survey on Mobile Use by Telecentres in Latin America launched!
August 6th, 2015

The NewMinE Lab, in collaboration with the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) of the University of Washington Information School (Seattle, WA, USA), the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) from the University of Bournemouth (UK) and Telecentre.org Foundation has launched a study to investigate how telecentres employ mobile technologies in developing regions.
The study is carried out by means of an online questionnaire directed to directors and / or managers of venues of public access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Its aim is to investigate whether and how public access to ICTs venues provide access to mobile technologies (mobiles and digital tablets) and Wi-Fi networks, and what is the perception that directors of these places have on them.

The aim of the project is to survey public access places to ICTs globally. To do so, we will approach the study region by region, so to ensure strengthening our collaboration with public access networks and relevant stakeholders and to localize our questionnaire in the different languages needed to reach public access operators.

The questionnaire is now open for Latin American countries and it is available in Spanish and Portuguese. If you are the director or the responsible person of a place of public access to ICTs in Latin America, participate! It will take no more than 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire!
Spanish version
Portuguese version

Telecentres and Mobiles are two icons of the interventions designed in the field Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). Despite the fears the rapid growth of mobile adoption generated among supporters of telecentres, the new technology has not replaced them, and new ways of access are being shaped by users and relevant stakeholders.

With this study we want to benefit the global movement of public access to ICTs, by collecting and disseminating information on its new trends and needs. Once the results will be available, we will inform all participants who have expressed their interest in receiving them via email. The results of the survey – aggregate and anonymous – will be also published here, on the website of the project, as well as on Telecentre.org and on the platforms of our partners.

For more information about the study Telecentres and Mobiles, visit its dedicated website.