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TitleInformation and communications for development : maximizing mobile 2012
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWorld Bank -Washington, DC, US
Paginationxviii, 221 p.; ill.; fig.; tab.; boxes
Date Published2012-01-01
PublisherThe International Bank for Reconstruction and Development : The World Bank
Place PublishedWashington, DC, USA
ISSN Number9780821389911
Keywordscommunity development, information and communication technologies, sustainable development

Mobile applications not only empower individual users, they enrich their lifestyles and livelihoods, and boost the economy as a whole. Indeed, mobile applications now make phones immensely powerful as portals to the online world. A new wave of “apps,” or smartphone applications, and “mashups” of services, driven by high-speed networks, social networking, online crowdsourcing, and innovation, is helping mobile phones transform the lives of people in developed and developing countries alike. The report finds that mobile applications not only empower individuals but have important cascade effects stimulating growth, entrepreneurship, and productivity throughout the economy as a whole. Mobile communications promise to do more than just give the developing world a voice. By unlocking the genie in the phone, they empower people to make their own choices and decisions. [authors abstract]

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