Description of Module 1: The World Summit Award (WSA) is a United Nations (UN) affiliated biannual global award given to innovators who demonstrate the advantages of information and communication technology for the improvement of both local and global communities. According to WSA’s website, it promotes “the UN agenda for the development of the information society and supports specifically the UN Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, hunger and disease, providing education for all, saving the environment and giving a fair share to women through the use of ICTs.” The award has 2 major categories: “e-content and creativity “and “mobile content”. Within these groups, awards are given in 8 sub-categories, these include: government, health, business, science, education, culture, and entertainment. Five winners are selected from each sub-category for a total of 40 awards. The purpose of this module is to: Introduce students to the WSA and using a selection winning projects chosen by the instructor, guide students in a systematic study of the different innovative technologies created by the winners. Expose students to the cultures and societies that produced these award winning ICTs. Raise the social awareness of students by impressing upon them the ability of information systems, communication technologies and all technology in general to improve the quality of life for humanity. Objective: CINS 101 Approved Global Objective: 10. Demonstrate global awareness using information technology. Methodology: Lectures/Discussions Instructor will select one WSA winner and thoroughly explain the inner workings of the system as an example for the students’ own work. Instructor will lecture on the home culture and tradition of the same WSA winner and discuss the conditions/circumstances that led to the invention Assignments Each student will be assigned a different WSA winner to investigate and write a research paper on. o The paper should include o An introduction to the country of the invention A complete description of how the particular system works an explanation of the exact need the system aims to address 5 pages minimum. Single spaced. 11pt. Times new Roman. Audio visuals Video documentaries and clips on winners of WSA Readings www.wsis-award.org/ www.wsa-mobile.org/ Understanding WSIS: An Institutional Analysis of the UN World Summit on the Information Society by Hans Klein WSA catalogue (available through website) Various newspaper articles and academic journals that discuss the systems implemented by WSA nominees and award winners Nominee and winner websites Evaluations Students will earn points for their research paper Resources: Dias, M. and Brewer, E. (2009) “How Computer Science Serves the Developing World,” CACM 52(6) Heeks, R. (2010), “Do information and communication technologies (ICTs) contribute to development”, Journal of International Development. Avgerou, C. (2009). “Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries” London school of Economics. Walsham, G., Sahay, S. (2006). Research on information systems in developing countries: Current landscape and future prospects. Information Technology for Development. Avgerou, C. (2003) “The link between ICT and economic growth in the discourse of development”, Organizational Information Systems in the Context of Globalization. Keniston, K. (August, 2002).IT for the Masses: Hope or Hype? Massachusetts Institute of Technology. McIver, J.W. (2003) ‘A community informatics for the information society’, in Girard, B. and Siochrú, S.Ó. (Eds.): Communicating in the Information Society, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva, pp.33–64. Young World Rising: How Youth Technology and Entrepreneurship are Changing the World from the Bottom Up by Rob Salkowitz. Publisher: Wiley | 2010 | ISBN 0470417803 Castells, Emmanuel (1999) Information Technology, Globalization and Social Development, Geneva: United Nations Institute for Social Development.