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Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER)

Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) is a great project doing really very worthwhile research at the University of California Berkeley which has been investigating innovative technology specifically for developing areas. The rather unfortunate choice of name seems to come from the economic term "emerging markets", which suggests that new markets and buying power emerge in areas where previously little or no market activity was discernable (now that makes sense). "Emerging regions" on the other hand seem to be geographical regions that arise out of a previously amorphous landmass, perhaps owing to their newly formed markets -- a very odd concept indeed. Suddenly these regions emerge on our radar, out of the mists. Do the people living in these areas feel different before and after emergence?

// Here's that link http://tier.cs.berkeley.edu/wiki/Home

Posted: April 27th 2009 09:45
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