ICTs and Economic Empowerment
Moving up with mobile
Constantly pulling out our phone to check-in on Foursquare or flipping open our tab to send that urgent email, we sometimes forget that it is not just the urbanised ‘city folk’ that are finding mobile technologies transformative in their lives. This feature takes a look at how different types of mobile devices – from basic phones to Android tabs – are being used by different groups of people across Sri Lanka for new and meaningful purposes that would have been unheard of thirty years ago. Farmers in the middle of a muddy field checking their phones for prices of potatoes? Six year old kids in a remote village flipping through an app on a tab and learning English? A small retailer whose business has tripled because he is the ‘go to guy’ for mobile phone services in the area? A boy who makes sure a bus to the East is never empty because of tickets sold over the phone? This feature, with pictures from ten localities in three districts, demonstrates the power of mobile technology and the potential it holds for the future of economic empowerment in Sri Lanka.
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