This post is a tribute to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and mobile phones in particular, as the key enabler for a better world.
In support of those 10-year-olds out there in their pitch for a mobile phone, there’s plenty of evidence in support of this theory.
The World Bank 2012 report Maximizing Mobile notes how:
“innovation in the manufacture of mobile handsets … married with higher performance and more affordable broadband networks and services produces transformation throughout economies and societies“
Similarly, The Climate Group in their equally excellent SMART 2020 report highlight how “ICT solutions can unlock emissions reductions on a dramatic scale“.
In a public policy argument, ICT addresses market failures relating to imperfect information.
ICT promotes gains from trade, by linking trading agents and reducing the barriers to trade.
Or in summary for my 10-year-old audience – everything works better with a mobile phone.