The Internet Bar Organization’s Internet Silk Road Initiative involves research in several areas of using mobile technologies to improve rule of law and access to financial markets. We will be focusing on land in this presentation, because you’ve got Roshan on the panel to talk to you about m-banking and they are really doing wonderful things with mobile technologies and access to markets, but Anand asked me to briefly describe our research agenda regarding mobile banking to you so I’ll spend just a minute or two going over what our research is with respect to mobile banking.
Associated Press article from 2007: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20479899/Statistics on phone market from Afghan Ministry of Communication: http://www.mcit.gov.af/Why mobile phones? Internet access is still very limited in Afghanistan, especially rural Afghanistan and populations struggle with basic literacy, let alone technological literacy. But mobile phones are becoming omnipresent and people use them for simple activities as well as increasingly complex ones, like transferring money, receiving their salaries, and exchanging information.
USIP Presentation of ISR Mobile Land Dispute Resolution