Monday, July 2, 2012

IMTFI and Sicap Partner to Study Mobile Social Media and Mobile Payments in Indonesia

Makassar waterfront Photo courtesy of Tom Boellstorff
How might we better ensure that technology serves the needs of society? This basic question lies at the foundation of the research project “Landscaping Mobile Social Media and Mobile Payments in Indonesia.”

 Tom Boellstorff is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine and the former Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association.  Boellstorff announces a new IMTFI partnership with sicap and  Indonesian research teams on the sicap blog.
What kinds of needs for payment are not being met by existing systems? How are mobile phones and social media being used to meet those needs? What kinds of new needs, new behaviors, new beliefs about money and technology are being created?

To learn more, check out Boellstorff's inaugural blog post.

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