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Papers/Notes: HCI and India

Tuesday, April 13
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

 Avaaj Otalo ? A Field Study of an Interactive Voice Forum for Small Farmers in Rural India
Neil Patel, Stanford University, USA
Deepti Chittamuru, UC Berkeley School of Information, USA
Anupam Jain, IBM India Research Laboratory, India
Paresh Dave, Development Support Center, India
Tapan S. Parikh, UC Berkeley School of Information, USA

Presents the usage patterns and social dynamics that emerged on Avaaj Otalo over seven months. We discuss implications of the findings on design of voice social media for developing regions.

 An Exploratory Study of Unsupervised Mobile Learning in Rural India
Anuj Kumar, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Anuj Tewari, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Geeta Shroff, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Deepti Chittamuru, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Matthew Kam, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
John Canny, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Presents a study of unsupervised usage of cellphone-based learning games in rural India. Shows the viability of mobile learning in everyday rural contexts, and challenges for researchers undertaking similar studies.

Where There's a Will There's a Way: Mobile Media Sharing in Urban India
Thomas N. Smyth, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Satish Kumar, Microsoft Research India, India
Indrani Medhi, Microsoft Research India, India
Kentaro Toyama, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Describes a rich ecosystem surrounding the exchange of peer-to-peer entertainment media on Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones in urban India. Argues that incentives such as entertainment can overcome many barriers in ICT4D.

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