cell phones

2 The explosion of mobile phones in Africa in two graphs

Billionaire investor Kerr Neilson is betting on Africa in part because of its mobile revolution. “To have reliable information about anticipated weather conditions and prices of agricultural products, to be able to transmit funds to relatives in remote and distant villages, to be able to access healthcare advice on one’s…

1 UNICEF Gets a Little Bit Cooler and More Innovative

Erica Kochi and Christopher Fabian work together on mapping the future of innovation at UNICEF House, New YorkSusan Markisz Celebrities often fill the pages of the annual TIME 100 list. The 2013 list fulfills that trend with the inclusion of Beyonce, Sheryl Sandberg, Jay Z, and Justin Timberlake. A more…

4 Smart phones for poor farmers

Part of the reason many farming communities in Africa are poor is because they lack ready access to valuable information — about market price fluctuations, improved seed types or planting techniques and opportunities for farmers to collaborate with each other to sell in bulk. So lots of folks are looking…

0 WHO says cell phones may cause cancer

Yikes, put down that phone!Flickr, by liber Yeah, they may. Or may not. This is a perennial story and it never seems to make much progress toward resolution. Today, a number of news agencies like Reuters, AP and the BBC are reporting that an expert panel convened by the World…

0 Muhammad Yunus, Craig McCaw, mobile phones and poor people

A decade ago, few thought poor people had much use for cell phones and, likewise, few in the cell phone industry had much use for poor people. The folks who launched Seattle’s Grameen Foundation Technology Center, which yesterday celebrated its 10th year anniversary (and new digs in Belltown), disagreed with…

13 Geek heretic: Technology cannot end poverty

Kentaro Toyama is clearly a heretic. A geek heretic. And, based on his career path, I would guess brilliant. A computer scientist currently at the University of California, Berkeley, Toyama co-founded Microsoft Research India in 2005 and remained there as assistant managing director until 2009. If you’re not familiar with…

2 Mobile Phones for the Poor

Mobile phoneFlickr, by 96dpi There’s a lot of excitement and activity around the idea of using mobile phones to improve the lives of the world’s poorest. Part of this stems from the fact that cell phones are basically mini-computers and spreading like wildfire into even the most remote corners of…