Mobile Phones and Leapfrogging Technology

April 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

“Cellular phones are an example of leapfrog technology that allows many developing nations to skip the investment in fixed-line phone infrastructure while they derive economic benefits from a reliable and extensive communications network. Mobile phones, along with Internet access, are part of a communications revolution that is helping boost income and stop the spread of disease in emerging economies. VOA’s Bill Rodgers has more in this second of a series on technology in the developing world.”

I showed this clip in my Mobil Tech class. Interesting to note that mobile technology is overall cheaper than building an infrastructure for fixed phone lines.

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Wireless living: Limited Internet access in North Korea affects country’s development

February 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Wireless living: Limited Internet access in North Korea affects country’s development

Fascinating article by Imana Gunawan about how the lack of Internet and social media can hinder the growth of a nation. North Korea is a closed, secretive society and its lack of Internet access has isolated its citizens from the rest of the world.

Notable comments from the article:

“In 2012, the World Policy Journal rated the DPRK as the most isolated country in the world. The publication used the percentage of individuals connected to the Internet as one of the factors in determining whether a country is isolated.”

“Even though North Korea and South Korea have a similar amount of compulsory school years (10 for North Korea, 12 for South Korea), Sorensen said that North Korean refugees with high school-level education who go to South Korea may not be able to compete academically with South Korean students.”

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North Korea Revealed Through Instagram

February 1, 2014 at 9:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

An AP photographers look at North Korea through Instagram. See previous post for more details. These images are beautiful and very compelling.

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North Korea: first Instagram images emerge as social media final reaches country

February 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

North Korea: first Instagram images emerge as social media final reaches country

“The first pictures to be posted to Instagram from North Korea have emerged, in new evidence that the social media revolution has finally reached the hermit kingdom.”—By. Julian Ryall

This is an interesting piece about the use of Instagram in North Korea. Many of us are familiar with North Korea’s closed society. Although the article is a bit dated (last year), I think it’s still very relevant. After the uprisings in the Middle East, many researchers and political analysts are suggesting that North Koreans will follow their lead.

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The Social Media Scene in Pakistan (Rev1.0)

January 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Social media usage in Pakistan is huge. When traditional media isn’t enough…social media can add so much.

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