Analyzing the Impact of Mobile Technology

We used two frameworks – technology clusters and communication infrastructure – to review existing mobile services for organizing and advocacy.  Technology clusters frames mobile phones in the context of a larger communication ecology in a given society. The communication infrastructure framework also takes an ecological approach, but also includes the presence of other actors, like local NGOs and geo-ethnic media, in local “storytelling” networks that bond communities. Specifically, five areas of applied mobile technology use were examined: citizen journalism, political action, public health, humanitarian assistance, and m-government. The findings of the report show that there is very little critical assessments in the literature that assesses the efficacy of mobile communication within the context of the frameworks chosen. While case studies provided by in NGOs and other organizations provide a good foundation, more detailed inquiry is required. Thus, it is suggested that feature research is done to do so. The link to the report is below.

“Assessing Applied Mobile Communications: A Literature Review”


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