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The Central Asia + Information and Communication Technologies project is a multi-year investigation of Internet and related technology developments in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

The current stage of the project -- "The Effect of the Internet on Society: Incorporating Central Asia into the Global Perspective" and funded by NSF award # 0326101 investigates Internet and mobile phone usage in the region.

The goal of this work is to make information and communication technology broadly usable by more diverse populations -- both in the US and in emerging markets. Research activities include a broad social survey in each country; interviews with professionals in education, medical, and business fields; overviews of mobile phone usage; studies of youth culture and technology use including gaming; and tracking of public Internet access facilities and Internet related policies.

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