The Conversation: How AI helped deliver cash aid to many of the poorest people in Togo

The Conversation: How AI helped deliver cash aid to many of the poorest people in Togo. “The simple idea behind this approach, as we explained in the journal Nature on March 16, 2022, is that wealthy people use phones differently from poor people. Their phone calls and text messages follow different patterns, and they use different data plans, for example. Machine learning algorithms – which are fancy tools for pattern recognition – can be trained to recognize those differences and infer whether a given mobile subscriber is wealthy or poor.”

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate (Global Voices)

Global Voices: Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate. “Internet and mobile SMS fell into a total blackout in the West African nation of Togo on the morning of September 7. Anti-government protests have been surging in the capital Lomé, with opposition leaders now demanding that President Faure Gnassingbé step down. On September 5, users began reporting that mobile internet connections were spotty and that social media sites like Facebook were inaccessible altogether.”