Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD: Paper: "Control, Extract, Legitimate: COVID-19 and Digital Techno-opportunism across Africa" + Noma

Hodges' model is a conceptual framework to support reflection and critical thinking. Situated, the model can help integrate all disciplines (academic and professional). Amid news items, are posts that illustrate the scope and application of the model. A bibliography and A4 template are provided in the sidebar. Welcome to the QUAD ...

Monday, October 24, 2022

Paper: "Control, Extract, Legitimate: COVID-19 and Digital Techno-opportunism across Africa" + Noma

Earlier this month in draft papers iii I mentioned a lengthy draft 12k words ... "Society, Technology and COVID19 in Hodges' model" which needs revision (COVID-19 waits for no person):

"COVID's source, global spread, national responses, and management are politicised; a memetic and geopolitical viral response (Kavanagh, Singh and Pillinger, 2021). The hope remains that globally we will get a grip of COVID and learn collectively; even as politics is in play (The Lancet. 2021). COVID revealed itself as signs and symptoms were reported and aggregated, patterns identified, and advice modified accordingly. Routine news was interrupted by a daily round of COVID briefings by governments, their representatives and
experts. Charts and statistics were presented, numbers crunched (mechanistically, of course). Some governments, in denial, face a legal charge. Comparisons of national cases and deaths are ongoing, hard truths (proverbial ‘cock-ups’) explained away — rationalised. The global distribution of COVID vaccinations, influenza and booster jabs, lays bare colonial traces of inequity and inequality. A further twist of the south and north seasonal oscillation.

COVID-19 is striking, simultaneously creating opacity and transparency. Accentuated and aggravated by populist governments, COVID is now marked as a pandemic and infodemic (Cinelli, et al, 2020). Post hoc governments and academia must understand the societal and cultural ramifications of news generation, dissemination, and outcomes."
Socio-technical approaches feature on this blog, in a published paper (bibliography) and in Hodges' model. Socio-Technical can help assure success but they must be tempered - shaped - by taking into consideration the individual (user's) psychology, benefit; and the political aspects - what are the costs, collective benefits and governance?

The following paper stood out on twitter (COVID-19 is not a laggard in keeping pace with robots it seems) and will inform my update of the above:

Platzky Miller, J., Sander, A. and Srinivasan, S. (2022), Control, Extract, Legitimate: COVID-19 and Digital Techno-opportunism across Africa. Dev Change. https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12734

 INTERPERSONAL    :     SCIENCES               
HUMANISTIC --------------------------------------  MECHANISTIC      
Fear - COVID-19

attitudes - receptivity
(Expectations: now - future?
Such actions spoil/taint technology.)

individual psychology

the 'user' (active/passive..)



digital solutions
track and trace apps and vaccine passports
(rate of failure)

Life - Bio-Sciences




Sustainable Development (Goals?)

Social development, history

Logics of control, extraction and legitimation

Social Determinants of Health


Political role of
public health emergencies in Africa

Rwandan government
ZoraBots, a Belgian company

Commercial Determinants of Health

Colonialism: control, power


Neglected Neglected diseases - Noma?

My source:

Plus: Re. Noma ...

Ioana Cismas (York) - What's in a Frame? A Human Rights Approach to Neglected Tropical Diseases - https://www.york.ac.uk/cahr/events/2022/justice-in-global-health-workshop/


Concept Note in Support of the Inclusion of Noma (Cancrum Oris) on the World Health Organization List of Neglected Tropical Diseases (Commissioned by the Government of Namibia, 2016), 6 pp. (with Marie-Solène Adamou Moussa-Pham).

Srour, M. L., & Baratti-Mayer, D. (2020). Why is noma a neglected-neglected tropical disease?. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 14(8), e0008435. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008435