DR MICHAEL L.
Associate Professor, Sam Nuun School of
International Affairs and School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of
Dr. Michael L. Best is associate professor at the Sam Nunn
School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing at
Georgia Institute of Technology where he is also research faculty with the GVU
Center and directs the Technologies and International Development Lab. He is
also a faculty associate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard
Professor Best is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the
widely read journal, Information Technologies and International Development. He
is a frequent consultant to the World Bank, ITU, and USAID. He holds a Ph.D.
from MIT and has served as director of Media Lab Asia in India and head of the
eDevelopment group at the MIT Media Lab.
Best's research focuses on information and communication
technologies (ICTs) for social, economic, and political development. In
particular he studies mobile and Internet-enabled services and their design,
impact, and importance within low-income countries of Africa and Asia. He
researches engineering, public policy, and business issues as well as methods to
assess and evaluate development outcomes.
Professor Best is also interested in the impact of ICTs on
the development-security nexus and on post-conflict reconstruction and