There was a great article on BBC News Online last week on the use of the Mobile Web in Africa. It presents some very exciting usage statistics and anecdotal reporting of the growth of mobile browsing in the “developing world.” Exciting because it bolsters my view that mobile browsing will be the primary means that people use to connect to the Web in these countries. I’ll be working over the next few months on helping W3C put together a workshop on this topic — I’ll post more information here when it becomes available. My view is that content creation will be the key issue here. The Mobile Web must not be a one-way medium. If it is to be most useful for communities where the mobile is the primary means of access, it must be as easy to create content as to consume it. This revolution has already taken place on the desktop Web through blogs, wikis, photo/video sharing and so on, but remains a challenge on the mobile.
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