A platform studies approach to the role of technology in the ICTD ecosystem: The SMS in M4D
With the uptake of mobile for developments (M4D's) and ICT4D's, the dominance and prevalence of innovations, incubations of ideas in developing countries is on the upsurge.
To put ICT4D/M4D into context, we first need to understand what really constitutes development when discussing about ICT4D or M4D. Discourses are raging both in academia and mainstream development cycle seeking to distinguish its meaning and contribution to development (Wamala-Larsson, Hellstrom & Scharff, 2015).
Nevertheless, the bulk of this scholarship focuses on how mobile phone use might lead to economic development, a trend called Mobiles for Development (M4D
The GSMA M4D
Utilities programme, launched in 2013 with the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), has awarded grants to 34 organisations that offer mobile-enabled utility services, which have directly benefited almost 2 million people.
The peaceful electronic revolution the Mad Hackerz Team had envisioned never materialized, and M4D said he stopped hacking altogether.
I wanted to express my own opinion my way and claim my rights and the rights of the Lebanese people," said M4D, adding that he wasn't especially skilled in organizing demonstrations, and that "websites were the only and the best way to deliver my message."
In spite of these setbacks, the concept of digital technologies for developmental goals has not lost its cachet, though ICT4D now has a new media darling: M4D mobile phones.
Project Masiluleke, a 2008 initiative to disseminate HIV/AIDS information to South Africans through SMS text messaging, is one such M4D project.
Half of all M4D
activities related to improvements in governance are focused on access to information and e-governance, and 18 percent of total M4D
activity is aimed at fostering civic engagement, with Latin America leading all regions.
A number of academic communities have turned their attention to the developmental impacts of ICTs, resulting in such terms as M4D
(mobiles for development) and ICT4D (ICT for development), as well as the growth of a development informatics discipline.
Statements describing the potential of mobile phones for development--or "M4D
" in the jargon--have ranged from being just optimistic to promising to end poverty around the globe.