After m-banking comes m-government

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Cell_phone_africa_3 Last year, the total number of mobile technology users was estimated at 2.7 billion, compared with only 1.1 billion of those with Internet access. Some countries have been experimenting with "mobile government" (M-Government) to deliver public services to citizens who are unable to go online but have a cell phone – estimated at least 22 percent of people in developing countries.

Nearly 60 percent of India's government services can be delivered through a cell phone, says R. Chandrashekar, India's Additional Secretary and a keynote speaker at an upcoming event "Mobile Government: The New Frontier in Transforming Public Services."

The event is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 8:30am at the World Bank. Can't make it? Follow it here through a live webcast.

Update: the summary of the conference is here and the video clip here

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