Technology for Developing Regions

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Morgan G. Ames
Assistant Professor of Practice
Alumni (MIMS 2006)
Science and technology studies; computer-supported cooperative work and social computing; education; anthropology; youth technocultures; ideology and inequity; critical data science
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Professor
how systematically excluded communities adapt technology, algorithmic fairness and transparency, human control over algorithms, ethnography
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Professor
Biosensory computing; climate informatics; information economics and policy

Recent Publications

Mar 16, 2022

Here we show that data from mobile phone networks can improve the targeting of humanitarian assistance.

The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child, by Morgan G. Ames
Nov 12, 2019

In The Charisma Machine, Morgan Ames chronicles the life and legacy of the One Laptop per Child project and explains why — despite its failures — the same utopian visions that inspired OLPC still motivate other projects trying to use technology to “disrupt” education and development.

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Technology for Developing Regions news

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On the Nature Podcast, Professor Blumenstock discusses his research using machine learning to help deliver aid to Togo’s poorest citizens. 

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Ph.D. student Emily Aiken and Professor Joshua Blumenstock used mobile phone data and machine learning to quickly and accurately direct the Togolese government’s COVID-19 cash assistance to its poorest residents in a first-of-its-kind study published March 16 in Nature.

The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop Per Child

Morgan G. Ames explores the rise and fall of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project in her new book, The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop Per Child

Santamaria Ots locating cities in need of relief supplies.

In the summer of 2019, Daniel Santamaria Ots received the Jack Larson Data for Good Fellowship for his research in Puerto Rico.

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