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Bridging technology divide

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Ideas for bridging the technology divide with mobile applications. Presented on Mahidol 2010, Bangkok.

Ideas for bridging the technology divide with mobile applications. Presented on Mahidol 2010, Bangkok.

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    • 1. Ideas for bridging the technology divide Nicolas di Tada, InSTEDD, nditada@instedd.org
    • 2. Revisiting the mobile spectrum SMS Voice Mobile applications
    • 3. Why is SMS difficult in Southeast Asia?
    • 4. Challenges SMS illiteracy Phone interface not localized Character support and input methods
    • 5. 27 letters 8 buttons
    • 6. 50+ letters 8 buttons
    • 7. What about voice?
    • 8. nine cholera nine ........era thirteen dengue ....teen dengue
    • 9. Sorry doctor, I’m calling to report a case...
    • 10. $
    • 11. Mobile applications
    • 12. Multiple platforms Java ME Symbian Android Blackberry Microsoft .NET etc.
    • 13. Other problems “App-enabled” phones are more expensive Applications are usually not in local languages Deployment, provisioning, troubleshooting, updating
    • 14. ICT without software?
    • 15. Tombodu (Sierra Leone) traditional registration
    • 16. Radio tube identifier source: http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/index.htm
    • 17. Tombodu (Sierra Leone) traditional registration source: http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/index.htm
    • 18. source: http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/index.htm
    • 19. source: http://www.datalizer.com
    • 20. Walking Papers
    • 21. Digital Paper
    • 22. Talking book
    • 23. Pilot Reporting Wheel
    • 24. Pros Easy to learn and use In local language and language independent Cheap and not fragile Easy to make locally Shareable No battery required Error checking built-in
    • 25. Channels for reporting SMS Call Typing numbers Speaking numbers Radio Paper
    • 26. Pros of reporting channels Transport independent Degrades gracefully Data correction Cheap and quick
    • 27. Recipient of the reports Computer IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Human
    • 28. Thank you! Nicolas di Tada, InSTEDD, nditada@instedd.org

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