Mobile Technology: A Change Agent in the United States and Across the Globe
Mobile technology has revolutionized how we communicate with one another, but is also transforming the world in the areas of culture, education, banking and personal finances, and politics. How is mobile technology being used to engage voters, raise money, deliver candidate messages, and help reporters cover campaigns domestically and globally? What is mobile technology’s impact on different populations, ethnic groups and communities? Which countries are best leveraging mobile innovations to enable democracy and empower citizens? In which countries is the impact of mobile greatest, and which policies have proven the most effective and should be replicated in other countries?
On December 13, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted an event focused on the powerful influence of mobile technology in the United States and around the world. This forum is part the Mobile Economy Project, which examines how the rapid expansion of mobile technology around the world is transforming economic opportunity for millions of people. A panel of experts examined the sociological, governmental and economic effects of mobile technology’s sudden growth in the United States as well as in developing countries.
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