Local programmers and homegrown business models are helping to realize the vast promise of using phones to improve health care and save lives.
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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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"Open video" could beget the next great wave in Web innovation--if it gets off the ground.
An Indian startup thinks that the right software can make cheap phones a financial lifeline to hundreds of millions.
The social-networking strategy that took an obscure senator to the doors of the White House.
In Iraq, soldiers conducting frontline street patrols finally get software tools that let them share findings and plan missions.
Nano materials could provide future soldiers with super strength, protection against bioweapons and even a way to communicate covertly.
Lives could be saved by sensors and therapies now under development-along with software that could help distinguish an anthrax assault from an outbreak of the flu.
Tired of sitting on the runway? In a radical experiment that may provide a glimpse into the future of air traffic control, UPS is testing a satellite-based data communications system that could unclog the skies.