Michael L. Best




My research work focuses on information and communication technologies for social and economic development. In particular I study the internet and internet-enabled services - their design, impact, and importance within the developing world. I research engineering, public policy, and business issues as well as methods to assess and evaluate the social and economic development outcomes.

I am interested in systems that empower, enrich, and inter-connect.

me @ e-dev holiday partyDr. Michael L. Best is Research Scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory where he heads the eDevelopment group. His research focuses on the role of information and communication technologies (ICT's), primarily the internet and internet enabled services, in international development. Michael has worked in international development and ICT policy for the World Bank and with Harvard's Center for International Development. He has just completed a one year assignment as a Director of Media Lab Asia, a collaboration between the MIT Media Lab and the Government of India. Michael is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Information Technologies and International Development forthcoming from the MIT Press. He holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab.

My most current curriculum vitae is here.