The Stream

A low-tech revolution

Are simple phones smarter than you think?

Today 15 million Kenyans use their mobile phones to transfer money through a system called M-Pesa. From big cities to rural farmlands, a person can buy a loaf of bread or lend money to a friend in need – all through their mobile phones. So we ask: is this technology taking off in other countries? Is it an example of ‘low tech’ outfoxing ‘high tech’?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Kentaro Toyama @kentarotoyama
Researcher, UC Berkeley

Umar Saif @umarsaif
Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Mike Elgan @MikeElgan
Technology columnist

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