Posts from September 2011

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Mobile money and medical records: The importance of security


An often-overlooked facet of technology for development is the need for robust security measures. While many consider service delivery to the rural and urban poor ‘under the radar’ of potential attackers, everything from mobile money (GCASH, M-PESA) to pharmaceuticals, to medical records are subject to attack by unscrupulous parties looking to cash in at the […]

Research Partnership Empowering Ghanaian Farmers


At CTED, we often find ourselves faced with the question of how to use mobile phones and other technologies to improve economic development. With mobile phones reaching an estimated 80% penetration in Ghana by 2010, earlier this year we decided to look at new and powerful ways that mobile phone technology is being used on […]

India Tries to Connect Poor to Growth by Scanning 2.4 Billion Eyes


The New York Times recently published an article on what will become the world’s largest biometric database – made in India. Hundreds of Indians are volunteering to have their fingerprints and irises scanned and their names, birth year and address registered. After this process, they are assigned a 12-digit number – the first proof that […]