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W3C Mobile Web for Social Development Program

Stéphane Boyera

W3C Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development

Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 2 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
  • 2008: Creation of the Mobile Web for Social Development Interest Group (MW4D) to investigate the role of the Mobile Web to bridge the Digital Divide

ICT to sustain economic and social development

An Indian Monk with a mobile phone ICT is a great opportunity to deploy services toward rural communities and underprivileged populations in Developing Countries:
  • Government Services
  • Education
  • Health
  • Banking
  • Communities services
  • Business
  • ...
(Photo Source: Der Spiegel)

How to provide access to ICT?

Can Mobile phones be an ICT platform? How?

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

W3C Mobile Web for Social Development

sms based system to get the market price for goods
  • Vision
    • Proof of concept already exists
    • Joint coordinated action required to move to the next step, a World with many services available.
    • Needs to extend the frontier of the Web to make it relevant, usable, useful for rural communities and under-privileged populations of Developing Countries
(Photo Source: Vodafone)

MW4D Objectives

MW4D Overview

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