The WebSci13 Conference features in the latest issue (27Apr2013) of the New Scientist. The journalist who wrote the article was in fact triggered by the title of the paper he found in the WebSci conference program: “Voice-Based Web Access in Rural Africa”.

The paper reports on a project which is giving a voice to people in Africa who cannot read or write, or who lack a computer. Nana Baah Gyan from Vrije Universiteit in The Netherlands is the first author and presenter of the paper. The other authors are Victor de Boer, Anna Bon, Chris van Aart, Stephane Boyera, Hans Akkermans, Mary Allen, Aman Grewal and Max Froumentin.