W3C Workshop on the Mobile Web in Developing Countries October 4, 2006Posted by rajAT in bangalore, digital divide, india, mobile, w3c.
The “W3C Workshop on the Mobile Web in Developing Countries” aims to understand specific challenges of mobile Web access within Developing Countries, in terms of their needs, blocking factors, and potential usages.The aim of this workshop is to gather experts in Mobile Web technologies and experts in Developing Countries and on the Digital Divide so that challenges and issues are clearly identified and tackled appropriately in a near future with the help of standardization bodies like W3C and its Mobile Web Initiative.
The goal of the workshop is to provide input to the W3C Mobile Web Initiative to identify which areas would be most important to focus on to help bridge the digital divide. The following topics are of particular interest:
- Analysis of the potential demand for data service / mobile web access in Developing Countries
- Key applications to leverage the development/use of mobile web in Developing Countries
- Regional differences in Asia/Africa/Central Europe/Middle East/South America/…
- Analysis of Mobile Web usage in Developing Countries
- Real-world projects relying on Mobile Web access in Developing Countries
- Usage of Mobile Web technologies in emergency responses in rural areas
- Analysis on the way the Mobile Web could improve people lives in Developing Countries (education, healthcare,…)
- Challenges to make the Mobile Web really useful (not just usable)
- Analysis of the main value added of the Mobile Web vs. a mobile phone (voice only) vs. a computer in an Internet cafe? :
- Are cheap PC a competing platform to web-enabled phones ?
- can a web-enabled phone play the same role in Developing Countries as the PC at home in Western Countries ?
- Role of voice and multimodal technologies/applications
- Technical challenges to have web-enabled phone being the alone/primary way to access the Web
- Content authoring from a mobile phone ?
Date – 5/6 December 2006