SCANNING EMERGING ISSUES OF THE FUTURE are a series of briefs produced by the Strategy & Change Program. The briefs in the series identify emerging strategic issues that are relevant for the four themes of S&C: security, technology & innovation, economy & society, and sustainable development.
For each of these issues, we explore policy implications across the four themes. To identify these issues, Strategy & Change employs an innovative approach analyzing a wealth of forward looking resources available on the Internet. This process is supported by Leximancer text mining software.
Mobile Access and Social Change
Over the last two decades there has been a veritable explosion in the proliferation and potential of mobile technologies and services. Technological progress in the field has reduced prices and improved the performance of mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. As a result, these devices are now cheaper, lighter and have improved battery life, making them an increasingly integral part of society. This widespread adoption of mobile devices enables entrepreneurs to develop innovative mobile services that are able to transcend geographical borders and connect users.
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