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Jackson, Steven J., Pompe, Alex and Krieshok, Gabriel (2012): Repair worlds: maintenance, repair, and ICT for development in rural Namibia. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW12 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2012. pp. 107-116. Available online

This paper explores the nature and centrality of maintenance and repair ('M&R') work in the extension and sustainability of ICT infrastructure in the global South. Drawing from pragmatist traditions in CSCW and the social sciences at large, we develop a concept of 'repair worlds' intended to map the varieties and effects of such maintenance and repair activities. Empirically, our analysis builds on ethnographic fieldwork into local practices of maintenance and repair that have accompanied and supported the extension of mobile phone and computing infrastructure in the Kavango region of northeastern Namibia.

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Jackson, Steven J., Pompe, Alex and Krieshok, Gabriel (2011): Things fall apart: maintenance, repair, and technology for education initiatives in rural Namibia. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 83-90. Available online

Repair and maintenance haunt the margins of ICT and development ('ICTD') and broader information school scholarship, but have rarely received central theoretical or empirical attention in the field. This paper attempts to fill this gap. Theoretically, it explores ideas from the growing but scattered body of social science work around infrastructure, maintenance and repair, and argues for maintenance and repair as key sites of difference, innovation, power, and sustainability in ICTD settings. Empirically, the paper examines patterns and tensions in maintenance and repair in Rundu and the wider Kavango region in northeastern Namibia. We conclude with key findings and lessons for future ICTD and iSchool scholarship.

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