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Re: Introduction and Vision statement

From: Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 17:20:54 +0200
Message-ID: <48B570D6.5010804@w3.org>
To: Renjish Kumar <renjish.kumar@gmail.com>
CC: public-mw4d@w3.org

thanks a lot for your contribution.
As we are somehow allergic at W3C to proprietary format like doc files, 
i put your text directly in the document on the wiki at
in the vision section


Renjish Kumar a écrit :
> Hello,
>   As part of my pending action point, pls. find attached the first draft 
> on the introduction and vision statement for your comments. The final 
> output will be part of the Vision section of the Framework document. 
> Best, if you can send the comments as complete sentences fit for direct 
> inclusion, instead of remarks, before the upcoming telecon to hasten the 
> process.
> The text is reproduced here as follows:
> Vision
> Over the last decade, mobile has registered phenomenal growth globally, 
> emerging as a powerful means of communication, outpacing the growth of 
> fixed-lines. The developing world, in particular, is successfully 
> embracing it as a tool for social, economic and political empowerment.
> As the developed world continues to take the evolutionary next step of 
> accessing the Web data and content over broadband and mobile, the 
> developing markets present a contrasting picture. Limited infrastructure 
> due to lack or lower penetration of advanced broadband and mobile access 
> networks and devices, lower income levels, higher illiteracy (including 
> digital) rates, higher data charges, and a lack or limited availability 
> of Web content in non-mainstream languages are among the many barriers 
> threatening to increase the digital divide, thereby alienating a major 
> section of the global population from repeating the success of mobile 
> communications. The urgency to address these challenges can be better 
> gauged from the fact that a majority of today's three billion or more 
> un-connected population live in the developing world. 
> Therefore, the vision of this group is to bridge the growing digital 
> divide and create an environment of digital inclusion by developing 
> solutions enabling mobile Web access to masses in the developing world 
> to usher in opportunities for sustainable social development.
> To achieve this vision, the group aims to explore the immediate 
> potential (a time span of next 3 to 4 years) of mobile technologies 
> available today defined by the devices (such as low-end mobile phones) 
> and access networks (such as narrowband GSM/CDMA) accessed by a majority 
> of the population as a personal or shared item by:
> •identifying the challenges of key stakeholders in development, 
> deployment and availability of mobile Web for the target population
> •identifying challenges in making services accessible, relevant, usable, 
> useful and affordable to the targeted populations
> •proposing potential solutions and best practices to resolve some of the 
> key challenges identified
> •leveraging participation from the targeted population or the relevant 
> stakeholders directly involved with them
> •raising awareness on the potential of the mobile phone as an ICT 
> platform among the targeted population through relevant stakeholders
> Regards
> Renjish

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