Mobile for Development
Using mobile technology for social causes


by Evgeny Morozov @ BarCamp Baltics

           Februar...
Plan (kind of)


           I. Random facts
      II. Uses of mobile tech
III. Opportunities (and problems)
     IV. OMG, ...
~ 3,3 billion mobile phone subscribers globally
More than 1,1 billion sold last year worldwide
97% of people surveyed in Tanzania said
they could access a mobile phone, while
just 28% could access a land line phone...
Young people in the US 4.2% more likely to vote
           after an SMS reminder
Global New Year's SMS traffic: 43
billion messages, 30% up from last
               year
Japan: of last year's 10 best-selling novels,
 five were originally mobile phone novels
A 2005 study showed that an increase of 10
mobile phones per 100 people could increase
           GDP growth by 0.6%
2008: first time an Egyptian court reviews a case
                of divorce-by-SMS
Kenya: only 19% of the country's 36 million
  people are reached by traditional banking
institutions. BUT virtually have a...
~1 billion: the number of illiterate people in the
                     world
426,000: the number of mobile
phones retired in the US every day.
During this year's State of the Union address, you


could have turned your cell phone into a Bush Lie
   Detector by sig...
Applications: Development / Economics
“Fish dumping, which averaged about 5 to 8
percent of daily catch before mobile phones, was
  eliminated. Fishermen’s prof...
Applications: Health
SMS the word 'HIV' to 31771 followed by their post code or
town name. Their two nearest testing locations will be SMS'ed
 ...
Applications: Social
EpiSurveyor is a free, open source tool enabling anyone
to very easily create a handheld data entry form, collect
data on ...
Health+Data mash-up
3
Applications: Politics, Mobilization, Other
Kenya: ““The Ministry of Internal Security
 urges you to please desist from sending or
 forwarding any SMS that may cause ...
BBC Africa’s Have Your Say received over
3800 and published over 1300 comments
 after requesting updates from Kenyans
Opportunities
Opportunities: More $ for
applications development
Opportunities: Open Handset
          Alliance
Opportunities: Visual story-telling /
            Ubiquity
Opportunities: wind/solar charging
Opportunities: Wind-Powered Base
              Station
Opportunities: p2p transmission
Opportunities: Phone for the
         Illiterate
Email: evgeny.morozov@gmail.com
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes
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Mobile for Development: Using Mobile Technology for Social Causes

  1. 1. Mobile for Development Using mobile technology for social causes by Evgeny Morozov @ BarCamp Baltics February 09, 2008
  2. 2. Plan (kind of) I. Random facts II. Uses of mobile tech III. Opportunities (and problems) IV. OMG, it's finally over
  3. 3. ~ 3,3 billion mobile phone subscribers globally
  4. 4. More than 1,1 billion sold last year worldwide
  5. 5. 97% of people surveyed in Tanzania said they could access a mobile phone, while just 28% could access a land line phone...
  6. 6. Young people in the US 4.2% more likely to vote after an SMS reminder
  7. 7. Global New Year's SMS traffic: 43 billion messages, 30% up from last year
  8. 8. Japan: of last year's 10 best-selling novels, five were originally mobile phone novels
  9. 9. A 2005 study showed that an increase of 10 mobile phones per 100 people could increase GDP growth by 0.6%
  10. 10. 2008: first time an Egyptian court reviews a case of divorce-by-SMS
  11. 11. Kenya: only 19% of the country's 36 million people are reached by traditional banking institutions. BUT virtually have access to the mobile phone.
  12. 12. ~1 billion: the number of illiterate people in the world
  13. 13. 426,000: the number of mobile phones retired in the US every day.
  14. 14. During this year's State of the Union address, you  could have turned your cell phone into a Bush Lie Detector by signing up for live fact checks  By texting quot;factsquot; to shortdoce 30644, when the President told a lie during the State of the Union, you could have received a text with the truth.
  15. 15. Applications: Development / Economics
  16. 16. “Fish dumping, which averaged about 5 to 8 percent of daily catch before mobile phones, was eliminated. Fishermen’s profits increased on average by 8 percent, while consumer price declined by 4 percent.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2007
  17. 17. Applications: Health
  18. 18. SMS the word 'HIV' to 31771 followed by their post code or town name. Their two nearest testing locations will be SMS'ed back.
  19. 19. Applications: Social
  20. 20. EpiSurveyor is a free, open source tool enabling anyone to very easily create a handheld data entry form, collect data on a mobile device, and then transfer the data back to a desktop or laptop for analysis
  21. 21. Health+Data mash-up
  22. 22. 3
  23. 23. Applications: Politics, Mobilization, Other
  24. 24. Kenya: ““The Ministry of Internal Security urges you to please desist from sending or forwarding any SMS that may cause public unrest. This may lead to your prosecution.” “
  25. 25. BBC Africa’s Have Your Say received over 3800 and published over 1300 comments after requesting updates from Kenyans
  26. 26. Opportunities
  27. 27. Opportunities: More $ for applications development
  28. 28. Opportunities: Open Handset Alliance
  29. 29. Opportunities: Visual story-telling / Ubiquity
  30. 30. Opportunities: wind/solar charging
  31. 31. Opportunities: Wind-Powered Base Station
  32. 32. Opportunities: p2p transmission
  33. 33. Opportunities: Phone for the Illiterate
  34. 34. Email: evgeny.morozov@gmail.com

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