RIM Seeks New Markets in Africa


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Research In Motion is banking on reduced prices for BlackBerrys and an increasing demand for affordable smartphones to increase its market share in Africa.



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March 24, 2012

Global Mapping of Technology for Transparency and Accountability

Author: 
Avila, Renata, Hazel Feigenblatt, Rebekah Heacock, and Nathaniel Heller

Publication Date: 
Jan 2010

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publisher/Journal: 
Open Society Foundation

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

As internet and mobile phone use increases, technology is transforming the field of transparency and accountability making it an increasingly dynamic space across the globe. Technology is helping to improve citizen participation in decision-making and producing new ways of identifying public service challenges through processes such as ‘data mashing’.

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October 22, 2011

The Effectiveness of M-Health Technologies for Improving Health and Health Services: A Systematic Review Protocol


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Author: 
Avila, Renata, Hazel Feigenblatt, Rebekah Heacock, and Nathaniel Heller

Publication Date: 
Jan 2010

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publisher/Journal: 
Open Society Foundation

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

As internet and mobile phone use increases, technology is transforming the field of transparency and accountability making it an increasingly dynamic space across the globe. Technology is helping to improve citizen participation in decision-making and producing new ways of identifying public service challenges through processes such as ‘data mashing’.

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October 20, 2011

Texting, Tweeting, Mobile Internet: New Platforms for Democratic Debate in Africa


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Author: 
Tom Sarrazin

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publisher/Journal: 
fesmedia Africa

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

New media platforms are changing how people communicate with each  other around the world. However, there is great variation in both the kind of 

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September 26, 2011

FoneAstra: Enabling Remote Monitoring of Vaccine Cold-Chains Using Commodity Mobile Phones

Author: 
Chaudhri, Rohit,Eleanor O'Rourke, Shawn McGuire, Gaetano Borriello, Richard Anderson.

Publication Date: 
Dec 2010

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

 We present a low-cost, energy-efficient system to remotely monitor the temperature and location of vaccines in a countrywide “cold-chain”. Our system is based on FoneAstra [11] – a low-cost, microcontroller-based, programmable device that extends capabilities of low-tier mobile phones that are commonly used in developing countries.

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September 24, 2011

Mobile Media Services at Sub-Saharan African Newspapers

Author: 
Kristina Bürén

Publication Date: 
Aug 2011

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Publisher/Journal: 
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the African Media Initiative (AMI)

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

Published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the African Media Initiative (AMI), this guidebook aims to help African newspapers implement mobile platforms.

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September 15, 2011

‘We Use It Different, Different’: Making Sense of Trends in Mobile Phone Use in Ghana

Author: 
Araba Sey

Publication Date: 
Mar 2011

Publication Type: 
Journal article

Publisher/Journal: 
New Media & Society

Publication language: 
English

Abstract: 

Drawing on ideas from the sustainable livelihoods approach to poverty reduction and the concept of technology appropriation, this article discusses findings from a mixed methods study exploring mobile phone use in Ghana. The results suggest that most respondents value their phone for the connectivity it affords with a variety of personal and professional contacts. In this sense, the mobile phone is not an overt means of poverty reduction for respondents but an integral part of their lives, in which it serves multiple functions. The study contributes empirical data to the emerging body of research on mobile phone communication in African countries

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Global Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa

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Citation: 
Sey, Araba. "‘We use it different, different’: Making sense of trends in mobile phone use in Ghana." New Media & Society. (2011)

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September 15, 2011

Mobile Learning Toolkit

Author: 
Parker, Jenni

Publication Date: 
Jul 2011

Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

Abstract: 

The mobile learning toolkit is the result of research into mobile phone use and user needs within the African context, however it has been developed for use in all developing contexts. It is intended as a “trainer’s toolkit” that can help deliver a wide range of training activities both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

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August 31, 2011