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Kathmandu, Nepal

MIT researchers tracked cast-off Netbooks to find out what the "afterlives" of our electronic gadgets are like.

They sent refurbished Netbooks to people in developing countries. The researchers set up the computers to record location and take pictures, and send the data home to MIT. The Netbooks carried stickers explaining the project in the local language.

The ghostly images are random windows into the everyday lives of people in Africa, South Asia, and Indonesia. Here, we're traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A new home in Kathmandu

One Netbook found a home in a shop in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Hello, world

Not every shot captured the computer's new owners unawares.

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Unaware, self-conscious, or unconcerned?

Was she unaware, self-conscious, or unconcerned?

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The shop in Nepal

The sign on the wall gives you a good picture of the shop.

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Accra, Ghana

Another Netbook found a second life in a classroom in Accra, Ghana.

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A classroom in Ghana

MIT collected the pictures and location data with the new owners' permission.

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The Ghanaian flag on a classroom wall

A Netbook in Ghana snapped a photo of the Ghanaian flag on a classroom wall.

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A moment in a Ghanaian student's day

A refurbished Netbook's camera captures a moment in a Ghanaian student's day.

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Wandering attention?

Is this Ghanaian student's attention wandering?

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Calcutta, India

A third cast-off Netbook's new life is in a home in Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

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A home in India

The images provide a glimpse into the lives of computer users in developing countries.

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An empty room

The Netbooks snapped pictures every 20 minutes, sometimes capturing empty rooms.

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Random framing, beautiful image

Random framing sometimes results in beautiful images.

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Intent on work in Calcutta

A computer user in Kolkata (Calcutta) seems intent on his work.

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