The size and nature of the mobile web market

From Gizmodo comes a pointer to this interesting visualisation of the size and nature of the mobile web. Click image for higher resolution version. Amongst other interesting points, Google dominates mobile search. Nokia and Symbian (which I detest) dominate smartphone sales and mobile OS platforms respectively. Unsurprisingly, the iPhone dominates the mobile web in the … Continue reading The size and nature of the mobile web market

ICT4Peace: Beyond the hype

This is a presentation I gave today to students from the Southern Methodist University (SMU) on the invitation of Dan Rainey, the Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services (ADRS) for the National Mediation Board, and the agency's Ombudsman. The presentation covers aspects of my work using ICTs for citizen journalism and peacebuilding … Continue reading ICT4Peace: Beyond the hype

Nokia Siemens in Iran: Shame or all’s fair game for telcos?

Deep packet inspection is bad under any regime, no matter how benevolent. When a regime such as Iran today gets access to technology with the potential of DPI, you have a justifiable uproar on far more serious and urgent implications than delayed music downloads. Global media over the past week pointed to Nokia and Siemens … Continue reading Nokia Siemens in Iran: Shame or all’s fair game for telcos?

Posts on Iran, new media and citizen journalism

I've been inundated with links on how new media is helping us understand what's going on in Iran after its recently held Presidential elections. In order to understand the broader context of who uses new media in Iran, why and how, the Berkman Centre's Mapping Iran's Online Public is essential reading. A few articles on new … Continue reading Posts on Iran, new media and citizen journalism

Layar: Augmented reality through mobiles in Amsterdam

Layar is one of the most visually impressive and powerful applications I have seen to date using a mobile. As noted on Download Squad, "Layar uses the camera and location-based services of your mobile device -- Android devices only, so far -- and overlays information on the camera image. This is flying-car level tech, the … Continue reading Layar: Augmented reality through mobiles in Amsterdam

The great leveller: Mobile phones in India flag potential for m-gov elsewhere too

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

Focus on the mobile user, and all else will follow…

Worldwide phone penetration continues to climb at a break-neck pace, with over 4 billion mobile subscribers at last count. (In comparison, the PC industry is forecasted to see its sharpest unit decline in history.) Prevailing economic conditions will accelerate this trend, as users consolidate pricey communication services into cost-effective, all-in-one mobile devices. And for the … Continue reading Focus on the mobile user, and all else will follow…