Michael Best

Executive Director

Member Of:
  • School of International Affairs
  • Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy
  • Development Studies Program
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center
Office Location: TSRB 124
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Dr. Michael L. Best is Executive Director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) and Professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology where he directs the Technologies and International Development Lab. Hew was founding director of the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in Macau SAR, China. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT and has served as director of Media Lab Asia in India and head of the eDevelopment group at the MIT Media Lab.

  • Phd, MIT
  • MS, MIT
  • BS, UCLA
Areas of
  • Information And Communication Technologies And Development


Research Fields:
  • Information and Communications Technologies for Development
  • International Diffusion and Innovation in IT
  • Science, Technology, and International Policy
  • Africa (Sub-Saharan)
  • Asia (East)
  • Asia (South)
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • International Development
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Digital Communication
  • Human/Machine Interaction
  • Internet Studies


  • INTA-2040: Sci,Tech & Int'l Affairs
  • INTA-2698: Research Assistantship
  • INTA-4745: Info&Com Tech&Global Dev
  • INTA-6745: Info&Com Tech&Global Dev
  • INTA-8010: IAST Ph.D. Proseminar