Jude Mathurine from Rhodes University has an interesting presentation on the impact of mobile phone based use of social networks in Africa. I've not yet come across a comparable study of new media's use and impact in Sri Lanka, but the points on slides 3 and 7, noting that the Internet is still an elite … Continue reading Journalism, civil society and mobile networks
The NY Times has a great story on mobiles in India. From 1997 to 2000 I experienced as a student how the introduction of cybercafes in Delhi - at the time far more expensive then their Sri Lankan counterparts per hour - changed the way I communicated with family back home and Indians communicated with … Continue reading The great leveller: Mobile phones in India flag potential for m-gov elsewhere too
Ken Banks has a super article up on PC World on using mobile phones to address the digital divide. In it Ken points to two aspects of mobile phones and their usage that not everyone even in developing countries quite understands. "They can make and receive calls, they have an address book, they can send … Continue reading Some thoughts on mobile phones and the digital divide
This is something I rarely do - plug a product. But my friend Ken Banks has something special with FrontlineSMS and I encourage you strongly to try it out. I've played with the beta and written about it (in sum, not a very positive experience) but Ken assures me that the feedback received from the … Continue reading kiwanja.net launches the new FrontlineSMS
An article on the future of e-government from the US proclaims that Web 2.0 will "transform service delivery, make smarter policies, flatten silos and, most importantly, reinvigorate democracy" and facilitate a shift "from monolithic government agencies to pluralistic, networked governance Webs that fuse the knowledge, skills and resources of the masses." Phew! There are undoubtably great examples … Continue reading E-Government vs. E-Governance in Sri Lanka – A place for Web 2.0 and mobiles?