Mobile Leapfrogging and Digital Divide Policy

Mobile Leapfrogging and Digital Divide Policy. New America Foundation. Philip Napoli and Jonathan Obar. April 1, 2013.

The paper examines the emerging global phenomenon of mobile leapfrogging in Internet access. Leapfrogging refers to the process in which new Internet users are obtaining access by mobile devices and are skipping the traditional means of access: personal computers. This leapfrogging of PC-based Internet access has been hailed in many quarters as an important means of rapidly and inexpensively reducing the gap in Internet access between developed and developing nations, thereby reducing the need for policy interventions to address this persistent digital divide. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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