Robert Verzola - Incommunicado Interviews
Robert Verzola (Philippines) notes that the utility of personal technical skills depends on context; working in rural projects, he concluded that farmers have more important skills in relation to local needs. Verzola has been trying to find a way to apply his technical knowledge to rural projects, yet many places have no electricity. Going there with a laptop is like going to help the poor from inside a limousine. Alternative uses of technologies - building on technologies already integrated into everyday lives - can be very effective, such as VCDs (commonly used as karaoke machine), and mobile phones (mainly used to contact overseas working family members).