Information Technology for Development
Innovations in information technology are changing lives around the world. The establishment of informal "cyber cafés" in Ecuador, Brazil and Peru are enabling people to access resources and new markets through the web. By checking the prices of crops at a centrally-located kiosk connected to the Internet, farmers in Africa have a better chance of selling their produce for a profit. Many of these adaptations of technology are being made known through the Journal of Information Technology for Development edited by Dr. Sajda Qureshi.
Research in this area provides insight into how IT can be used to provide measurable improvements in the lives of people such as through job creation, access to social services and stimulating small businesses. In addition, faculty involved with this group have offered special topics courses and service-learning courses on IT for Development.