Within the HCI community, many of us are working on how to create appropriate technologies for people living in developing countries. Some people are involved in deep ethnographiesstudying and living with users in remote communitieswhile more technology-driven projects seek to establish appropriate digital infrastructure (for example, WiFi networks). Reporting on many of these projects has appeared in this forum over the past few years. In doing this work, researchers can sometimes feel isolated or at odds with colleagues who are working on more mainstream problems. Certainly, mainstream-HCI techniques do not always make a smooth transition to a developing-world context.…
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