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June 2008 (vol. 41 no. 6)
pp. 34-41
Jonathan Donner, Microsoft Research India
Rikin Gandhi, Microsoft Research India
Paul Javid, Microsoft Research India
Indrani Medhi, Microsoft Research India
Aishwarya Ratan, Microsoft Research India
Kentaro Toyama, Microsoft Research India
Rajesh Veeraraghavan, University of California, Berkeley
Information and communication technology projects designed to cost-effectively impact the world's poorest communities require more than technical solutions. A Microsoft research group shares its experiences and lessons learned implementing various ICT4D initiatives in India.

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Index Terms:
information and communication technologies, technology for development
Citation:
Jonathan Donner, Rikin Gandhi, Paul Javid, Indrani Medhi, Aishwarya Ratan, Kentaro Toyama, Rajesh Veeraraghavan, "Stages of Design in Technology for Global Development," Computer, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 34-41, June 2008, doi:10.1109/MC.2008.203
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