About me

I’m a mobile learning specialist, with particular experience in Africa. Mobile learning, mobiles for development, ICT4D, literacy, digital media and participatory culture interest me. Currently I’m a Senior Project Officer at UNESCO, Paris, researching how to make more inclusive the intersection of ICTs; digital economies and societies; and low-literate people.

Steve VoslooPreviously I was Head of Mobile at Pearson South Africa, the Mobile Impact Evangelist for the mLab Southern Africa, an infoDev funded initiative to support to incubate mobile apps and content services development in the region, the fellow for 21st century learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation, and a fellow of the Reuters Digital Vision Program at Stanford University. To see what I’ve been up to, over the last few years read my review blog posts.

My big idea: Mobile is the future of Africa’s development

My mantra: “Use the ICTs in the hands of people to enable their participation”

My strength: practical experience of using ICT to improve the lives of developing country people

I’ve published papers and given presentations at numerous academic, United Nations and popular conferences, written for the Mail and Guardian newspaper (South Africa) and used to blog (by invitation) for the Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader and Tech Leader sites.

What others say about me:

“Steve is one of those rare people who knows what it takes to bridge not just technological divides but social ones, consistently figuring out not just how to create new tools, but how to get people to use them in meaningful ways.” — Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody and Cognitive Surplus