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Strategy Consultant at ACM SIGCHI to Address Role of Mobile Phones in Driving Emerging Markets Development RRS feed

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  • The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Interaction's CHI 2007 conference will conclude with a keynote address from strategy consultant Niti Bhan, who will discuss the importance of the mobile phone in emerging markets. Bhan's speech, "The mobile phone as a post-industrial platform for socio-economic development," will discuss the device's ability to provide services such as health care, finance, early warning, and disaster communications for millions of underprivileged people worldwide. In 2006, the mobile phone became the first communications device to be used by more people in the developing world than the developed world. Bhan will provide examples of mobile phones providing remote expert medical consultation and transactional banking to people who would otherwise have no such access. She will explain her beliefs that communications technology offers the ability to close the digital divide between the "haves" and "have nots" of the world, creating a higher standard of living for everyone. The theme for CHI 2007, which takes place between April 28 to May 3 in the San Jose Convention Center, is "Reach Beyond," which both celebrates the past and welcomes the future. More information can be found at
    Thursday, April 12, 2007 6:57 AM