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of a single apartment building in a specific Cairo neighbourhood. The violence
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the increasing militarisation of urban life; the flourishing of dystopian novels
set in Cairo; the neo-liberal imaginaries of Dubai and Singapore as global
models; gentrification and evictions in poor neighbourhoods; the forthcoming new
administrative capital for Egypt – all are narrated in parallel to the ‘little’
story of the adventures and misfortunes of everyday interactions in a
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. These material things act as powerful emblems through
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and the traditional, and its transformation via progress and modernity, is not
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as emblems of socialchange.
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SHS offer a viable niche in the supply of energy to rural and sparsely populated
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’s, because perhaps they use video more heavily? At Intel,
anthropology had traditionally been used for identifying underlying
socialchanges that created risks or opportunities for the business, and
my colleagues and I were not keen to abandon this remit in order to
answer a basic market research question. However, this was 2007, and
device telemetry (i.e., using software to create data about how a device
is used) had not yet become standard practice. This made it a technical
research problem alongside a social one, and so we took on the project
despite some reluctance.