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Could Mobile Phone Data Help Bring Electricity to the Developing World?

by Santa Fe Institute

Lack of quality demographic data is a major obstacle to planning infrastructure in the developing world. In a recent study, a team of researchers from the Santa Fe Institute in the U.S., the University of Manchester in the U.K., and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal.

SFI Takes First Steps Toward a Science of Slums

by Santa Fe Institute
Slums in the world’s fast-growing cities are often seen as problems and, in most cases, outside the law. But, from Paris and Tokyo 150 years ago to Mumbai and Johannesburg today, slums consistently emerge as a byproduct of the socioeconomic pressures of rapid urbanization, and they often don’t get the credit they deserve as entry points to the city for poor migrants, or for the economic activity they generate.