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Mobile phones and the power of data collection

“In 1995, I was working as a health officer for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One evening found me kneeling on the concrete floor of a small hostel in rural Western Kenya, pocket knife in hand, laptop on the floor in front of me. With the hostel manager’s permission, I was hand-splicing the one telephone landline embedded in the wall to the port on my laptop – in order to connect to the Internet via a phone number in Nairobi.
The hostel had electricity a few hours a day, that one landline phone, and water for bathing provided by an older man leaving a large bucket of steaming water outside my door every morning sometime between 6 AM and 8 AM.”

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Joel Selanikio, Mobile Message, 17 November 2011

18 November 2011 | Categories: News | Tag(s): Cellphone, Data Aggregation, Developing Countries, mHealth
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