Mobile inclusion in the information age: The relevance of indigenous media movements to M4D

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Abstract

This paper concerns newfound issues for digital inclusion in respect to the mobile telephony service sector, considering the increasingly important role of the mobile as an information tool. Research focuses on Argentina where TV and radio programming has been a contentious arena of power struggles, resulting in legislation changes. Results from two case studies are presented:
first, a qualitative study on the indigenous movement, Communication with Identity, and second, a mixed methods study on the orientation of the mobile app industry. While indigenous media movements show us that externally produced media can create contexts of subjugation, mobile app production in Argentina is closely tied to an international market and disconnected from local
social interests. It is argued that a crucial aspect of mobile inclusion is the orientation of mobile apps, and that attention needs to be granted to who participates and is represented in app production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on M4D Mobile Communication Technology and Development
Pages71-82
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014

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