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    Cool, who is behind this one? http://www.echoinggreen.org/fellows/taylor-downs et al?

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    I kept seeing kids the age of my own kids who had absolutely nothing—no clothes, no food, no low-velocity aircrafts—and it absolutely broke my heart

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    Of course there is no acknowledgement of the environmental impact of all those mobile phones, servers, and electrical power plants that are required for electronic data collection.

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    From a colleague:

    There is a anti-capitalist critique of RUTF saying that it is a product driven intervention, then there is a critique from the “leftist” NGOs that the RUTF market is corrupt because the production is licensed and purchased by one international body – UNICEF. The NGOs like Valid and Project Peanut Butter want to get into the market – make a little dosh, but their quality standards of RUTF products have not yet passed the test.

    MUAC screening and RUTF treatment of children with SAM works. It is visibly evident in 2 weeks that children come back to an improving state of health. Jerry cans that carry potable water also help children survive. Should we fetishize these jerry cans too?

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    Obviously there must be test-curve issues but I wonder if the focus on primary school by the aid industry rather than secondary level has caught up to the current cohorts that are reaching college. Many of my friends who wished to pursue college and had been partially educated abroad (e.g. Ghana) are already admitted. At the last election they admitted far more students than they could handle.

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    Great assessment… if anyone is doing this or interested in starting something like this in Ethiopia, please contact me. I’m working on an early stage idea along these lines.

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    interesting that the informal social element is mentioned as key to kenya’s success(pete’s coffee). this opinion piece about Boston vying to be an innovation hub argues that cities like New York and San Francisco will outcompete Boston simple because of Boston’s less-vibrant nightlife (due to laws demanding its low number of bars and early closing times) — and these informal social spaces are critical to nurturing an entrepreneureal tech scene: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2012/05/26/boston-bar-buzz-kill/KbPYBLYiTjLsykcpPi0mRJ/story.html

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    Would love comments from those in the field about what they think about TextIt. Fire away!

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    wow. this actually looks pretty comprehensive!

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    I was wondering about language support… Fascinating point about version control as a coding practice (which is still haphazardly adopted in most places). Great point about other services, I always forget to consider alternative services.

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    I think it would be great to see the breakdown of users in other areas of the world as well. Maybe GitHub would want to too? I have a mangt. contact there if you would like.