Monday, 30 October 2006

Freedom Phones

It's easy to recognise how liberating mobile phones are, at a personal level. But what about their socio-political impact? Liberation technology ( covers this very well, and summarises with a telling quote: “When the dominant institutions of society no longer have the monopoly of mass-communication networks, the dialectics between power and counter-power is, for better or worse, altered for ever.”

Then there's the economic impact: in this article the headline number is 1/2 million South Africans banking by mobile phone, in preference to (and mostly in absence of) cash or physical banks.

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