About the Lab

The Technologies and International Development Lab at Georgia Tech researches the practice and the promise of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in social, economic, and political development. In particular we study mobile and internet-enabled services and their design, impact, and importance within countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The T+ID Lab is an interdisciplinary community bringing together computer and social scientists with design and policy specialists. We collaborate directly with stakeholders outside of the Lab to invent new technologies, evaluate existing ones, and research how and why ICTs can serve as a tool to empower, enrich, and interconnect.

Future Lab members: We are always looking to add new members to our team. Georgia Tech students (undergraduate to graduate) should contact us if they have a passion to truly impact the world, embrace working in inter-disciplinary teams, and are open to international travel.

The T+ID Lab is directed by Dr. Michael L. Best , Associate Professor, The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs , and School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Paul Lazarus, inaugural Roland Ewubare Fellow.


MS HCI student Paul Lazarus has been selected as the inaugural Roland Ewubare Fellow for Societal Engagement and Impact. The fellowship is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Roland Ewubare, executive chairman of Madison Avenue Legal Resources, Inc. Paul, a native of Abuja, Nigeria, has been studying technologies to support political development and civic engagement especially back in More...

T+ID team test deploy Aggie 2.0 during Ekiti State election in Nigeria.


T+ID team members Tulika Saraf, Amanda Meng, Paul Lazarus, and Michael Best traveled to the Nigerian state of Ekiti to test deploy the Aggie 2.0 real-time report aggregation and analysis platform during the state's gubernatorial election. The new Aggie system brings together real-time social media aggregation and analysis with real-time field observer data via the ELMO system - a field More...

Bence Kollanyi and Nekabari Goka among Spring 2014 Georgia Tech graduates.


Congratulations to Bence and Nekabari, T+ID lab members who and new Georgia Tech graduates. Bence has been award the MS in Public Policy and Nekabari an MS in International Affairs. More...


Civic Engagement, Political Development, and Elections

Developing new ICT platforms that enhance civic engagement, strengthen democracy, and monitor elections. Can social More...


Inventing interaction designs to address the needs, desires and aspirations of people in low-income areas. More...

Last Mile Initiatives

Examining how systems, policies and people can bring ICT connectivity to everyone, everywhere. Would a More...

Peacebuilding in a Networked World

Inventing new information and communication systems and examining the role of existing systems in post-conflict More...


Michael L. Best

Dr. Michael L. Best directs the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in Macao SAR, China. He More...

Hank Blumenthal

Hank Blumenthal is a producer and director of movies (The Ghost Club, In the Soup, Strawberry Fields) a creative director More...

Paul Lazarus

Paul Lazarus is a Masters student within the School of Interactive Computing. He’s pursuing a degree in Human Computer Interaction. More...

Amanda Meng

Amanda Meng is a PhD student of International Affairs and Technology. She studies networked technologies and participatory democracy. Her interest More...

Alex Stelea

Alex Stelea is a junior studying computer science with a strong passion for entrepreneurship and education. Last year, Alex received More...

Contact Us

Lab Director: Michael Best
mikeb at cc dot gatech dot edu

Technologies and International Development Lab
Technology Square Research Building 341
85 Fifth Street NW