Bridging technology divide

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

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  • Bridging technology divide

    1. 1. Ideas for bridging the technology divide Nicolas di Tada, InSTEDD, nditada@instedd.org
    2. 2. Revisiting the mobile spectrum SMS Voice Mobile applications
    3. 3. Why is SMS difficult in Southeast Asia?
    4. 4. Challenges SMS illiteracy Phone interface not localized Character support and input methods
    5. 5. 27 letters 8 buttons
    6. 6. 50+ letters 8 buttons
    7. 7. What about voice?
    8. 8. nine cholera nine ........era thirteen dengue ....teen dengue
    9. 9. Sorry doctor, I’m calling to report a case...
    10. 10. $
    11. 11. Mobile applications
    12. 12. Multiple platforms Java ME Symbian Android Blackberry Microsoft .NET etc.
    13. 13. Other problems “App-enabled” phones are more expensive Applications are usually not in local languages Deployment, provisioning, troubleshooting, updating
    14. 14. ICT without software?
    15. 15. Tombodu (Sierra Leone) traditional registration
    16. 16. Radio tube identifier source: http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/index.htm
    17. 17. Tombodu (Sierra Leone) traditional registration source: http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/index.htm
    18. 18. source: http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/index.htm
    19. 19. source: http://www.datalizer.com
    20. 20. Walking Papers
    21. 21. Digital Paper
    22. 22. Talking book
    23. 23. Pilot Reporting Wheel
    24. 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. 25. Channels for reporting SMS Call Typing numbers Speaking numbers Radio Paper
    26. 26. Pros of reporting channels Transport independent Degrades gracefully Data correction Cheap and quick
    27. 27. Recipient of the reports Computer IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Human
    28. 28. Thank you! Nicolas di Tada, InSTEDD, nditada@instedd.org

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