26 November 2010

Ideas Matter ~ Can Technology Solve Poverty?

Ideas Matter ~ Can Technology Solve Poverty? Find out 2 December 2010 at 4pm at the Wong Auditorium at MIT...
"The media and international-development advocates can’t stop trumpeting information and communications technology for development (“ICT4D”). But, drawing on his field work in India, Kentaro Toyama argues that cell phones and the Web can take us only so far. Human capacity remains the foundation of economic growth."
Speakers include...
  • Kentaro Toyama ~ Researcher at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, and former Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research India.
  • Nicholas Negroponte ~ Founder and Chairman of the OLPC Foundation and Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology at the MIT Media Lab, which he cofounded.
  • Rachel Glennerster ~ Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT and coauthor of Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases.
  • José Gómez-Márquez ~ Program Director for the Innovations in International Health initiative at MIT. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by Technology Review in 2009.
  • Archon Fung ~ Moderator ~ Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and coauthor of Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency in Government.

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