This week we will be discussing the dynamics of mobile phones and how they impact the digital divide.
The Mobile Divide Revisited: Mobile Phone Use by Smallholder Farmers in Malawi – Charles Steinfield
The readings for this week are:
- Steinfield, C., Wyche, S., Cai, T., & Chiwasa, H. (2015, May). The mobile divide revisited: mobile phone use by smallholder farmers in Malawi. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (p. 8). ACM.
- Wijetunga, D. (2014). The digital divide objectified in the design: Use of the mobile telephone by underprivileged youth in Sri Lanka. Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication, 19(3), 712-726.
Responses to these questions are due by 9:00 pm, Thursday.
Study 1 (Steinfielf et al) Questions:
a) Do men and women differ in their use of mobile phones in this region, and if so, in what ways?
b) Do mobile phone owners differ from non-owners in terms of their access to various sources of information related to farming practices?
Study 2 (Wijetunga) Question:
a) What do you understand by the statement, “the digital divide is objectified in the design”?