Wednesday 25 Nov 2020 | 01:41 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 25 Nov 2020 | 01:41 | SYDNEY

Saving the world, one Nokia at a time


Sam Roggeveen


25 January 2008 14:26

presentation I gave last year on 'Blogging world politics' argued that blogs, while politically influential in the US and some other countries, were largely a rich country phenomenon, and that mobile telephony had much more potential to be a politically influential technology in the developing world. I had in mind then the practice of flash mobbing, made possible by the widespread adoption of text messaging.  I didn't address the humanitarian and development potential of the mobile phone, a topic discussed with some passion and conviction in this excellent op-ed. The author, Joel Selanikio, is frustrated with how little attention is paid to mobile phones as a development tool, and how much attention goes to stuff like this. But this is a good news story. Laptop, internet and mobile phone technology is merging, and in a few technological generations we probably won't make a distinction between them. History suggests such technology will get rapidly cheaper, so the developing world will benefit.