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Using the Mobile Web in Development

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Using the Mobile Web in Development

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Stéphane Boyera

Workshop on Building an International Community: Designing Interactive Systems for/ with Communities in the Developing World - DIS 2008

Cape Town, South Africa, February 23rd 2008

W3C: Leading the Web to its Full Potential

Founded by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee in 1994 ...

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  • 1994: Creation of W3C for standardization and interoperability of Web technologies
  • 1997: Creation of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): To make the Web Accessible
  • 2005: Creation of the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI): To Access the Web from Mobile Phones

Mobile Web for Development

a child with a fake mobile phone
(Photo Source : The Economist )

ICT to sustain development

An Indian Monk with a mobile phone Primary Goal: offer a scalable and affordable platform to develop and deploy eServices:
  • Government Services
  • Education
  • Health
  • Banking
  • Communities services
  • Business
  • ...
(Photo Source: Der Spiegel)

How to provide access to ICT?

Today: SMS Applications

sms based system to get the market price for goods
  • Successful Mobile Applications
    • Banking
    • NGOs-run SMS based system: e-gov, business (market poll), health, ...
  • But few problems:
    • Interoperability problems
    • Discoverability of services
    • limited interaction
    • costly/inappropriate infrastructure
    • no standardized development kit
(Photo Source: Vodafone)



Next Steps

W3C to launch a new group to in April/May 2008:

W3C to organize a workshop on the Potential for Mobile Technology to Foster Development in Rural Communities

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This work is part of the Digital World Forum project supported by the European Union's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7)

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