Published on March 10, 2008
Mobile for Development Using mobile technology for social causes by Evgeny Morozov @ BarCamp Baltics February 09, 2008
Plan (kind of) I. Random facts II. Uses of mobile tech III. Opportunities (and problems) IV. OMG, it's finally over
~ 3,3 billion mobile phone subscribers globally
More than 1,1 billion sold last year worldwide
97% of people surveyed in Tanzania said they could access a mobile phone, while just 28% could access a land line phone...
Young people in the US 4.2% more likely to vote after an SMS reminder
Global New Year's SMS traffic: 43 billion messages, 30% up from last year
Japan: of last year's 10 best-selling novels, five were originally mobile phone novels
A 2005 study showed that an increase of 10 mobile phones per 100 people could increase GDP growth by 0.6%
2008: first time an Egyptian court reviews a case of divorce-by-SMS
Kenya: only 19% of the country's 36 million people are reached by traditional banking institutions. BUT virtually have access to the mobile phone.
~1 billion: the number of illiterate people in the world
426,000: the number of mobile phones retired in the US every day.
During this year's State of the Union address, you could have turned your cell phone into a Bush Lie Detector by signing up for live fact checks By texting quot;factsquot; to shortdoce 30644, when the President told a lie during the State of the Union, you could have received a text with the truth.
Applications: Development / Economics
“Fish dumping, which averaged about 5 to 8 percent of daily catch before mobile phones, was eliminated. Fishermen’s profits increased on average by 8 percent, while consumer price declined by 4 percent.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2007
SMS the word 'HIV' to 31771 followed by their post code or town name. Their two nearest testing locations will be SMS'ed back.
EpiSurveyor is a free, open source tool enabling anyone to very easily create a handheld data entry form, collect data on a mobile device, and then transfer the data back to a desktop or laptop for analysis
Applications: Politics, Mobilization, Other
Kenya: ““The Ministry of Internal Security urges you to please desist from sending or forwarding any SMS that may cause public unrest. This may lead to your prosecution.” “
BBC Africa’s Have Your Say received over 3800 and published over 1300 comments after requesting updates from Kenyans
Opportunities: More $ for applications development
Opportunities: Open Handset Alliance
Opportunities: Visual story-telling / Ubiquity
Opportunities: wind/solar charging
Opportunities: Wind-Powered Base Station
Opportunities: p2p transmission
Opportunities: Phone for the Illiterate