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.
Monday, 30 October 2006
It's easy to recognise how liberating mobile phones are, at a personal level. But what about their socio-political impact? Liberation technology (Economist.com) 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.”