Laura Hosman is assistant professor of political science at Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to joining IIT in fall 2009, Hosman held two postdoctoral positions, at both the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California, where she began researching information and communication technologies in the developing world—ICT4D—particularly in terms of its potential effects on socio-cultural factors, human development, and economic growth. Presently, she works on ICT-in-education projects, researching the role of public-private partnerships in bringing technology to the developing world, and urging an interdisciplinary, multi-industry, collaborative approach to the study and implementation of ICT4D in general. Her in-the-field ICT4D research has taken her to Macedonia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Haiti. Here she talks about he findings from the field and how development is not always as easy as technologists would hope.
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