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Using Mobile Phones in Social Development

Stéphane Boyera


Washington DC, USA, July 9 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 and Web technologies to bridge the Digital Divide

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?

Using mobile phones as an ICT platform ?

Proof of concept: SMS Applications

sms based system to get the market price for goods
  • Successful Mobile Applications
    • Banking
    • egovernment services
    • NGOs-run SMS based system: agriculture, weather forecast, health, employment
    • ...
  • But still very few services/content available

Mission of MW4D: understanding the key blocking factors and potential actions to remove them

(Photo Source: Vodafone)

First step: a workshop


Output (2)

Next Steps

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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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