"The conclusion of our study is that, summing the conservative, low-end estimates of 11 categories of economic impact yields an aggregate estimate of the current costs of digital exclusion at over $55 billion per year. Furthermore, over time, the costs of digital exclusion are likely to increase, as technological advances in key sectors enhance the efficiencies enjoyed by digitally included populations and therefore magnify the costliness of being excluded."
"Snap Groups is a free, web-based service that helps you connect without the chaos of other online communities. Here's what's great about Snap Groups:
* Snap Groups is faster than other online groups because it lets you send and read messages, called snaps, in real-time
* No email flooding your inbox – and no spam or viruses!
* Read replies and conversations without battling unwanted headers, links, graphics, and ads
* See the public groups your friends are in, and what they are posting about
* It's easy to unsubscribe from a group – or make groups private – with a single click
* Automatically Tweet and email your friends from Snap Groups to invite them to your group!
* It's easy and free to register, so join Snap Groups, and you can start posting in seconds!"
"This 3-part series takes viewers on an in-depth tour of the science of human emotions in an effort to truly understand what makes us tick. Every day, it seems, some new study reveals a previously hidden epidemic of depression, anxiety or other psychological problem. At the root of the confusion lie 3 key questions: what is biological, what is cultural and what can we do when things go wrong?
"After centuries of assuming that we humans, with our mysterious minds and messy emotions, were just not fit subjects for study, science has developed some startling insights into human nature. Using the latest cutting edge research from neuroscience, startling observations from social science and experts in psychology, the series explores the biological need for social relationships, how to manage negative feelings and the search for greater happiness, unveiling a new understanding of what it means to be human."
This probably is mostly smartphones, not feature phones:
"25.1 million people are accessing Facebook via a mobile Web browser, a growth of 112 percent from January 2009, according to new research from comScore. Twitter use via a mobile browser grew 347 percent to 4.7 million users. MySpace lured 11.4 million users. In total, some 30.8 percent of smartphone users accessed Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites via their mobile browser in January 2010. Apple's iPhone 3GS and Google Android devices such as the Motorola Droid and Nexus One make it easier for users to access applications they would normally only be comfortable using from their PCs and Macs."
"Spotty or expensive service can be limiting to users. Societal norms often leave women in charge of raising families and caring for the home, work that does not earn an income for women to afford a cell phone or airtime. In countries where the cost of making calls is prohibitively expensive, users are left to rely on either SMS messaging or beeps â€“ calling other users and hanging up, so that the recipient calls back the original 'beeper' using their minutes.
"These work-arounds have distinct downsides; SMS requires literacy in a language supported on cell phones, is relatively expensive as a means of communicatins comparied to women's incomes, and beeping requires having contacts that can financially support making phone calls."
"A new report, â€œWomen and Mobile: A Global Opportunity,â€ by the GSMA Development Fund, the Cherie Blair Foundation and Vital Wave Consulting, tackles the issue of the gender gap in mobile phone usage with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.
"The report gathered its data through field research, and surveys of 2000 women in four countries (Bolivia, Egypt, India and Kenya), in-depth interviews with mobile telecommunications leaders and academics, and statistical analysis of outside data sources (the GSMAâ€™s Wireless Intelligence Database, statistics from the United Nations, and others). The report found:
"A woman is still 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a man. This figure increases to 23% if she lives in Africa, 24% if she lives in the Middle East, and 37% if she lives in South Asia. Closing this gender gap would bring the benefits of mobile phones to an additional 300 million women."
Great overview/link list from Steve Buttry.