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Links 1 through 2 of 2 by Dina Mehta tagged online,

Aparna Ray is writing a great series of posts on the future of ICTs for development at Global Voices Online. Here's a clip from her post on Mobile phone empowerment - "Apart from imparting business/market information, the impact of the cell phones can be felt when increasing cell phone usage helps to improve distribution efficiency and reduction in search-of-information costs as well as tackling price dispersions across local markets, as was seen in this study conducted in Niger.

In all of this, the end-consumer is also a beneficiary. We get the benefit of convenience–from the basic facility of having an on-call service provider to ordering the fresh catch of the day from the fish-monger on his mobile, right up to using the virtual marketplace on our cell phones to buy fresh produce directly from the local farmer–in addition to enjoying competitively priced goods and products and services in the long run."

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Not surprising at all - "statistical modeling shows that posting photos online and creating a profile on a social network site3 are the activities most strongly associated with stranger contact, whether it is scary or not. "

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