Do mobile phones replace public access computers?

February 7, 2013

Mobile phone use is soaring, especially in developing and transitioning countries. What does the dramatic increase in mobile use — and particularly mobile Internet use — mean for public access venues? Do mobile phones replace public access to computers and the Internet in venues such as libraries, cybercafes, and telecenters? If you have the Internet in your pocket, why do you still use public access ICTs? As part of the Global Impact Study of Public Access to Information and Communication Technologies, researchers in South Africa set out to answer these questions and more. The full research report and research brief are now available.