Pål Sundsøy, a researcher at Telenor Group Research based in Fornebu, Norway, has figured out a way to evaluate literacy rates in developing countries with the use mobile phone call records. Sundsøy did it by conducting a regular household survey of some 76,000 mobile users living in an unspecified developing country in the Asian continent. The survey was done for a mobile phone operator courtesy of a professional agency, logging each user’s phone number and at the same time, collecting data on whether he or she can read.
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