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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Perhaps in this country, but the survival pressures here are a lot lower than in Africa.



    Mobile phones -- spreading faster than any other information technology -- can improve the livelihoods of the poorest people in developing countries, a United Nations report released on Thursday said.

    so you are telling me the some tribe in the bush of liberia will benefit from cheap iphones? /facepalm
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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    so you are telling me the some tribe in the bush of liberia will benefit from cheap iphones? /facepalm
    http://visar.csustan.edu/aaba/Kefela2010.pdf

    The research paper states that greater access to information has had a benefit on this particular society. I see no reason why more information would not increase the benefit.
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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    http://visar.csustan.edu/aaba/Kefela2010.pdf

    The research paper states that greater access to information has had a benefit on this particular society. I see no reason why more information would not increase the benefit.

    I'll believe it when i see it...


    Does that chart really say we are worse off than africa?
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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    I'll believe it when i see it...


    Does that chart really say we are worse off than africa?
    I think you will see it when you believe it .

    I assume you mean the one on page 4. It shows network maturation, since the US already has an advanced network, it will mature more slowly. The same amount of change from a small base will yield a higher change percentage vs a larger base.
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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Ahh i get it. I skimmed it, honestly i didn't doubt there was a study, just from my experience, I don't think this will be as successful as the author claims.
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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Ahh i get it. I skimmed it, honestly i didn't doubt there was a study, just from my experience, I don't think this will be as successful as the author claims.
    The paper is more focused on what has already happened, not in making predictions. The prediction is mine and is based on observed trends.

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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    The paper is more focused on what has already happened, not in making predictions. The prediction is mine and is based on observed trends.


    If I get a chance i'll take a closer look.... I just don't see any "success stories" in other places, do you?
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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    If I get a chance i'll take a closer look.... I just don't see any "success stories" in other places, do you?
    Its not something I have studied in depth, but I have read a few articles on the subject from various magazines and they all tend to be focused on Africa and rural India. The general theme is that a low technology agricultural society has benefitted from increased access to information through cell phones because it allows them to be more able to participate in markets and have less reliance on middle men who monopolize information such as prices for the goods they produce. Than they are able to use that success to increase investment in whatever they do and get better at it.

    The next step I imagine is for those people to be able to look at a website and find out how to better do things such as use fertilizer, crop rotation, build infrastructure, fix broken machines, etc. This would increase self reliance and success.
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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Its not something I have studied in depth, but I have read a few articles on the subject from various magazines and they all tend to be focused on Africa and rural India. The general theme is that a low technology agricultural society has benefitted from increased access to information through cell phones because it allows them to be more able to participate in markets and have less reliance on middle men who monopolize information such as prices for the goods they produce. Than they are able to use that success to increase investment in whatever they do and get better at it.

    The next step I imagine is for those people to be able to look at a website and find out how to better do things such as use fertilizer, crop rotation, build infrastructure, fix broken machines, etc. This would increase self reliance and success.

    Ok, I misunderstood the premise of the thread. my bad. I can see what it's saying now. I can see this as a possible help, I don't still see how big an impact it will be...
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    Re: Mobile phones help lift poor out of poverty: U.N. study

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Ok, I misunderstood the premise of the thread. my bad. I can see what it's saying now. I can see this as a possible help, I don't still see how big an impact it will be...
    It doesn't solve every problem, such as necessary infrastructure for things like transportation, but it certainly helps.

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