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Michael L. Best

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BACKGROUND
  I am interested in technologies for social and economic development. In particular, I study new e-commerce, communication, and system software that are appropriate and appropriable by the majority world. I'm interested in systems that empower, enrich, and inter-connect developing communities.

I'm taking a holistic approach to technology and development -- combining learning, health and wellness, and entertainment, with economic and business development. This approach integrates with activist field projects that are community centered. I am keenly interested in first-class technologies that are cost-appropriate for people who make less than two dollars a day.

Me on a speedboat in Laos I am Research Scientist with the MIT Media Laboratory. My affiliations at the Lab are with the e-development projects, the e-markets Special Interest Group, and the Software Agents group. I am also currently Research Fellow with the Center for International Development at Harvard University.

I hold a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab under the supervision of Prof. Pattie Maes.

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