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Is Zero-Rated Internet Access Connecting the Unconnected?

Is Zero-Rated Internet Access Connecting the Unconnected?

Published on: Aug 21 2017 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
As the debate around zero-rated services (like Facebook’s Free Basics, Twitter Access, and Wikipedia Zero) and other emerging mobile data models continues, data...
Your Fancy Android App Needs an Offline Mode

Your Fancy Android App Needs an Offline Mode

Published on: Jun 01 2017 by Wayan Vota - 15 Comments
You’ve done your user-centered design, you’ve assessed your constituents, and you’ve determined that an Android application is the best way to...
Innovations to Accelerate Universal Internet Adoption

Innovations to Accelerate Universal Internet Adoption

Published on: Mar 15 2017 by Guest Writer - 4 Comments
Mobile and internet services have the power to transform lives, offering life-enhancing financial, health, and many other services, as well as the simple ability...
Universal Internet Access for the Next Four Billion

Universal Internet Access for the Next Four Billion

Published on: Mar 08 2017 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Despite remarkable increases in connectivity over the last decade, less than half of the world’s population currently has access to the Internet. For the development...
A Ruined Christmas: When More Bandwidth Led to Worse User Experiences

A Ruined Christmas: When More Bandwidth Led to Worse User Experiences

Published on: Dec 22 2016 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on A Ruined Christmas: When More Bandwidth Led to Worse User Experiences
In rural developing communities, access is often provided through slow satellite or other low- bandwidth long-distance wireless links, if available at all. As a...
Are You Guilty of Helping Safaricom Prey on Rural Women?

Are You Guilty of Helping Safaricom Prey on Rural Women?

Published on: Nov 17 2016 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
There are multiple development initiatives to increase women’s ownership and usage of mobile phones – everyone from GSMA to USAID to Mobile Network...
The Global Archipelago of Internet Disconnection

The Global Archipelago of Internet Disconnection

Published on: May 06 2016 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
For many people around the world, Internet access is an essential part of everyday economic, social and political activities (cf. Graham & Dutton, 2014). Yet...
6 Ways to Reach Rural Woman via Mobile Phones Even If They Do Not Own One

6 Ways to Reach Rural Woman via Mobile Phones Even If They Do Not Own One

Published on: Mar 04 2016 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 6 Ways to Reach Rural Woman via Mobile Phones Even If They Do Not Own One
In order to reach rural women through mobile technology, they need to be able to access phones that work at the precise moment you are trying to engage with them....
Institutions and Connectivity: Wasted Resources or Big Impact?

Institutions and Connectivity: Wasted Resources or Big Impact?

Published on: Feb 03 2016 by Alex Blum - 2 Comments
When I started my company, Rugged Communications, a few years ago, speaking with investors and institutions about the importance of connectivity felt like pulling...
We Are Coming Full Circle From AOL to Facebook: What Can We Learn?

We Are Coming Full Circle From AOL to Facebook: What Can We Learn?

Published on: Jan 08 2016 by Josh Woodard - 8 Comments
A Quartz study from last year, building off of previous findings from Helani Galpaya and Christoph Stork, reported that majorities of people in the world’s 2nd,...