ICT4D @ Tulane



This article touches on being innovative with regard to technological advances, not simply relying on technology itself. The author fields the question: is providing mobile phones a sustainable way to instill social change, or is it a band-aid solution? Providing mobile phones does, in fact, increase the ability to share and receive information about important things that may be happening, but for people who cannot afford a phone (or sustain the payments) does it really make a difference? The author cites the fact that many women within one project being done in South Africa prefer to talk about pertinent issues face to face. So while this technology is providing them the ability to communicate on a larger scale they aren’t necessarily taking advantage of that (one of the differences between ICT4D 1.0 and 2.0).

I understand that this article was about how mobile phones affect the way women…

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