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Submission + - Cast-off gadgets peek into new owners' lives (cnet.com)

Eric Smalley writes: "For the project, dubbed Backtalk, researchers sent refurbished Netbooks to developing countries via nonprofit organizations. They set up the computers to record location and pictures, and send the data home to MIT--with their new owners' consent... The MIT team used the data to build visual narratives about the computers' new lives."
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Cast-off gadgets peek into new owners' lives

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