Mobile phones for development: an information case study of mobile phone kiosk vendors in the Congo

Show simple item record Cibangu, Sylvain K. Hepworth, Mark Champion, Donna 2017-03-27T10:28:07Z 2017-03-27T10:28:07Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Cibangu S, Hepworth M, Champion D. (2017) Mobile phones for development: an information case study of mobile phone kiosk vendors in the Congo. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 2017, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp. 294-315 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 2050-3806
dc.description.abstract Purpose – The paper relays an important line of Mark Hepworth’s work, which engages with information technologies and development. The paper aims to suggest a subfield of Library and Information Science (LIS) for development to reclaim the role of information services and systems for social change in rural areas. The paper looks at the extent of development gained with the advent of mobile phones. Design/methodology/approach – Rather than undertaking traditional large-scale, quantitative, context-independent and survey-type research, the paper employs a capability approach and semi-structured interviews to ascertain the experiences that mobile phone kiosk vendors in the rural Congo have of mobile phones. Findings – It was found that (1) mobile phones should be geared towards the liberation, and not utilization or commodification of humans and their needs, and (2) mobile phones are not a catalyst of human basic capabilities. Practical implications – The paper provides empirical evidence as to how an important group of mobile phone users could harness development with their mobiles. Research limitations/implications – Since the method employed is an in-depth qualitative analysis of mobile phone kiosk vendors, obtained results can be used to enrich or inform mobile phone experiences in other settings and groups. Originality/value – Most LIS literature has presented mobile phones along the lines of information freedom or access, mass subscription, adoption rates, technological and entrepreneurial innovation, micro-credits, etc. However, this paper places development at the heart of LIS debates. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Emerald en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.subject mobile phones en_UK
dc.subject impact en_UK
dc.subject development en_UK
dc.subject nformation science for development en_UK
dc.subject capability en_UK
dc.subject prepaid card en_UK
dc.subject Library and Information Science (LIS) en_UK
dc.title Mobile phones for development: an information case study of mobile phone kiosk vendors in the Congo en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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