Dr. Michael L. Best is a professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology where he directs the Technologies and International Development Lab. He is also Director of Research at Georgia Tech - Shenzhen, our campus in China. He was founding director of the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in Macau SAR, China. Professor Best is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the widely read journal Information Technologies and International Development. 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.
Dr. Best’s research focuses on information and communication technologies for global development. In particular, he studies mobile phones, the internet, and internet-enabled services and their design, impact, and importance within countries of Africa and Asia. He researches engineering, public policy, hci/usability, innovation, and sustainability issues as well as methods to assess and evaluate social, economic, and political development outcomes. Dr. Best is also interested in the impact of information and communication technologies on the development-security nexus and in post-conflict peace and reconciliation.