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Dialing Down Risks: Mobile Privacy and Information Security in Global Development Projects

2013 — By New America Foundation

Over the past decade, mobile phones have become increasingly prominent features of global development projects. Aiming to spur social and economic development in the Global South, a variety of international organizations and nonprofits have invested heavily in mobile-centric projects to address challenges in public health, financial inclusion, transparent governance, and more. Given the high rates of cell phone penetration in the developing world, this trend in information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) is hardly a surprise.