Companies are scrambling to develop products and operating systems for the developing world, but any old phone will do.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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Facebook’s organ donor and voting-drive efforts raise the question – where do you stop?
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A vote on new International Telecommunications Regulations means no change in terms of control over the Internet
Substantive issues are on the table, but little change may come from U.N. gathering
Phony press release claims that search giant paid $400 million for a $1 million wireless company.
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Voting machine problems reported in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Old touch-screen devices, lack of paper backup, and piles of absentee ballots could cause havoc.