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A Shrinking World

July 2009

Are mobile phones becoming the ultimate 'shrinking world' technology?

A shrinking world

More than half of the world’s population now have access to a mobile phone, according to a new UN report.

And although there is still evidence of a ‘north-south’ digital divide, rapid growth in Africa’s mobile phone market has made the continent far more ‘switched-on’ than many people living in the West might imagine to be the case.


This article can be used or adapted to support:

KS3 teaching of changing human processes (KS3 supplement available for downloading)

AS/A2/IB teaching of development studies, globalisation and the geography of new technologies

Post-16 (including first-year undergraduate) learning about the ‘shrinking world’ and time-space compression

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