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Kill Or Cure? How Mobile Phones Help Weed Out Counterfeit Drugs

A New York Times Op-Ed last year highlighted the global disparity in access to quality medication. For people in developing countries, counterfeit drugs are a huge problem. In fact, a more recent Washington Post piece refers to the problem of unreliable pharmaceuticals as a global pandemic, amounting to an estimated $75 billion market annually. The…

Seeds, Soil and SMS: How Mobiles Promote Resilience Among Small-Scale Farmers in Africa

Despite producing more than 70% of the world’s food, most small-scale farmers live on less than $1 a day. Typically, they lack access to finance, traditional markets and much-needed agricultural products. Not only that, many also live in remote areas without Internet access meaning they have no way to access vital agricultural advice or information, either. In…

How Text Messaging Curbs Infant Mortality in Africa’s Biggest Urban Slum

Almost half of Kenyan mothers do not give birth in a hospital and, thus, receive little professional care or education on basics such as how long to breast feed, what to do in the case of diarrhea and vomiting, or where to go for an emergency. In this issue of Digital Diversity, Cayte Bosler looks…

Mobile phones and the power of data collection

As modern communication technologies become more ubiquitous in the developing world, increasingly working their way into once disconnected rural communities, opportunities to use mobile phones to collect and share valuable (and often critical) information grow. In this edition of Digital Diversity, Joel Selanikio – a practicing pediatrician, former Wall Street computer consultant and former Center…

Mobile meets farmer: Stories from Kenya

As modern communication becomes more ubiquitous in the developing world, increasingly working its way into the lives of rural communities, opportunities to use mobile phones to connect people with each other and the outside world continue to grow. In this edition of Digital Diversity, Clare Salisbury – a recent MA in Multimedia Broadcast Journalism at…

A powerful combination: Radio and SMS promote open dialogue in Chad and Niger

In the age of Twitter, the blogosphere, iPhones and Androids, it is often difficult for people in more developed nations to imagine what it is like to have no voice. Yet for populations not served by broadband Internet and Wi-Fi connections, exclusion from national dialogue and debate continues, leaving many communities and people out of…