| The MIT Media Laboratory's eDevelopment research group is no longer active as of 2002. This site provides background on some of the people and projects that were associated with this research. The most current information about related projects at the Media Lab can be found in the Lab's Research section.
The eDevelopment group invented systems that empowered, enriched, and inter-connected developing communities. In particular, eDevelopment studied new e-commerce, communication, and system software appropriable and appropriate to emerging communities.
AgI: Agricultural Information
Connects farmers from isolated rural communities to markets, to knowledge, and to each other.
Aims to provide a single multi-literate environment for communities to share experiences and learn from each other.
A synchronous voice communication system designed to work with the network realities of many rural communities in the developing world.
SARI: Sustainable Access
in Rural India
We are showing that viable markets exist for information and communication services in rural poor areas by inventing and deploying innovative technologies, assessments, and business models.
SPOTS - Spot Labor Market Information
An e-commerce support system that brings together spot market employers and employees by utilizing an agent based matching and negotiation mechanism.
A visual tool for exploring the impact of alternative telecenter configurations on capital and ongoing costs.
VAN - Village Area Network
A broadband network for rural developing communities that penetrates an entire village with mobile applications and fixed wireless services.
This symposium sought to improve our understanding of the challenges facing marginalized communities, while developing new technologies, strategies, and policies for addressing those challenges.
A research consortium that focuses on improving education, reducing poverty, enhancing health care, and supporting community development.
|FACULTY||Michael L. Best|
Introduces principles and the promise of new information and communication technologies for traditionally under-served communities and international developing economies.
e-development reading group
markets initiative of e-markets SIG
A Media Lab special interest group that focuses on the new forms that transactions may take in a networked world, and explores the new social and economic order that may result from these changes.