From better prices for their crops to disease prevention, the world's rural poor are beginning to harvest a rich crop of benefits from cell phone technology — and NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are helping to lead the way.
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The Internet is so seamlessly integrated into modern life that it can be easily taken for granted. But when Jay Chen — now an assistant professor of Computer Science at NYU Abu Dhabi — stepped outside of the "bubble" of his US upbringing and got on a plane to Kerala, India, to participate in a Microsoft research internship while working toward his PhD, he experienced "a series of culture shocks" about network connectivity in the country that made a lasting impression.