Intel Corporation today officially launched an innovative PC platform that has been developed exclusively to meet the needs of rural villages and communities in India. Designed as a result of defining locally relevant computing solutions based on Intel technology, the Intel-powered “Community PC” platform is equipped to operate in a community setting while accommodating the varying environmental conditions prevalent in the country.
As every Friday, we are posting one of the lecture notes on Economic Policies for Growth and Poverty Reduction, from Raj Nallari. This week the note deals with how to collect the data to support poverty analysis.
Bob Hahn and Paul Tetlock have finally released their information markets book. As apposed to most of the research out there, they specifically touch upon public policy implications and potentials. The full book is available online for free. Also see some previous posts about prediction markets and Hahn and Tetlock.
Some links and papers that I've been meaning to write about. Passing along before they get too old.
Yes –or at least for developing countries-, according to ‘The Effect of Population Health on Foreign Direct Investments.’ The main conclusion of the three Harvard School of Public Health authors is that:
This is one of the main ideas proposed today in the presentation at the World Bank of the new flagship report from the Latin America and the Caribbean Region "Poverty Reduction and Growth: Virtuous and Vicious Circles".
Probably not, but that won’t stop people from trying – at least not Eric Zimmerman, the man behind the Game Design Challenge. This year he has challenged game designers to concoct up something that could win the Nobel Peace Prize. The ideas include a game that aims to inspire players to spontaneously meet and carry out humanitarian acts such as food drives, another is meant to make players assume the role of their enemies – and see the human costs of their decisions.
On March 22, 2006, a new business-led European Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was kicked off by the European Commission. It's goal: to reconcile Europe's economic and environmental ambitions.