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#Mobile Internet in the Developing World - Flip the Media | #socioeconomics

#Mobile Internet in the Developing World - Flip the Media | #socioeconomics | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
Digital analysts expect to see a billion or more new online users in the coming years, with more of these users accessing the internet via mobile devices instead of through desktop PCs. Lower-cost smart phones and data-enabled “feature phones” are … Continue reading
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Digital analysts expect to see a billion or more new online users in the coming years, with more of these users accessing the internet via mobile devices instead of through desktop PCs.

 

Lower-cost smart phones and data-enabled “feature phones” are driving this era of the mobile internet.

 

Yet, for all the anticipation around closing the gaps in the digital divide through inexpensive mobile phones,Jonathan Donner, a researcher in theTechnology for Emerging MarketsGroup (TEM) at Microsoft Research, says there are persistent limitations with the current mobile internet, and there’s an on-going need for public internet venues in the developing world.

 

“We’re at this moment where what has happened in the past with mobile phones, may not be predictive of what is going to happen next,” Donner said in an address to Change, a University of Washington group focused on exploring how technology can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.

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More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgq0l Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's ...

 

If you haven't seen this video, it is an incredible data visualization to explain the correlation between income and life expectancy.  He uses temporal and spatial markers to show changes from 1810 to the present.  If you discuss it in your course, this would help to explain the epidemiological transition.


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