Knowledge, Technology & Policy

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The social and economic implications of mobile telephony in Rwanda: An ownership/access typology

  • Jonathan Donner

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Donner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityUSA
  2. 2.the Earth Institute at Columbia UniversityUSA

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