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 Prof. William Tucker

Position: Associate Professor
Department: Computer Science Programme
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Science
Qualifications: BA (Trinity University, USA), MS (Arizona State University, USA), PhD (UCT)
Tel: 021 959 2516
Fax: 021 959 1274


 William D. Tucker, aka Bill, is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa; with nearly three decades of experience in the discipline spanning industry and academia. He is founder and director of a research group called Bridging Application and Network Gaps (BANG) that conducts multi- and trans-disciplinary research into information and communication technology for development (ICT4D). BANG maintains two long running community-based technology projects. Central research questions include: how to build appropriate assistive technology with and for marginalised Deaf communities comprising people who are fluent in their own signed language; how to provide accessible and affordable community-owned and driven telecoms networks with and for the people who design, build, manage and maintain such networks; and how ongoing ethics-driven reflection can inform forward-looking changes within approaches to ICT4D theory and practise. Our aim is a non-zero sum game in the ICT4D space.


Chininthorn, P., Glaser, M., Tucker, W. D., & Diehl, J. C. (2016). Exploration of Deaf people’s health information sources and techniques for information delivery in Cape Town: A qualitative study for the design and development of a mobile health application. JMIR Human Factors, 3(2), e28. ISSN: 2292-9495.

Dearden, A., & Tucker, W. D. (2016). Moving ICTD Research Beyond Bungee Jumping: Practical Case Studies and Recommendations. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 35(3): 36–43. ISSN: 1932-4529.

Rey-Moreno, C., Blignaut, R., May, J., & Tucker, W. D. (2016). An in-depth study of the ICT ecosystem in a South African rural community: unveiling expenditure and communication patterns. Information Technology for Development (ITD), 1–20. ISSN: 0268-1102.

Rey-Moreno, C., Sabiescu, A. G., Siya, M. J., & Tucker, W. D. (2015). Local Ownership, Exercise of Ownership and Moving from Passive to Active Entitlement: A practice-led inquiry on a rural community network. The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(2). ISSN: 1712-4441.

Rey-Moreno, C., Tucker, W. D., Cull, D., & Blom, R. (2015). Making a Community Network Legal within the South African Regulatory Framework. In ICTD ’15, (Article 57). Singapore: ACM Press, NY, NY. ISBN: 978-1-4503-3163-0.

Tucker, W. D., & Westerveld, R. (2015). ICT4D and Local Access. In R. Mansell & H. A. Peng (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society (1st Ed., pp. 365-368). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 9781118767771.

Tucker, W. D. (2015). Beyond traditional ethics when developing assistive technology for and with Deaf people in developing regions. In M. Hersh (Ed.), Ethical Engineering for International Development and Environmental Sustainability (pp. 293–324). Springer: London. doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-6618-4.

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