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India connected : how the smartphone is transforming the world's largest democracy

Author: Ravi Agrawal
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The rise of smartphones, and with them access to the internet, has caused nothing short of a revolution in India. In the West, technological advances have progressed step-by-step - from landline phones, to dial-up connections on PCs, to broadband access, wireless, and now 4G data on phones. But the vast majority of Indians, particularly low-income and rural citizens, have leapfrogged straight to the smartphone era,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ravi Agrawal
ISBN: 9780190858650 0190858656
OCLC Number: 1028202312
Description: viii, 230 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Opportunity --
Fearless in Rajasthan : women and the smartphone --
Hello Macaulay : fixing education --
Missed call : the phone and job creation --
Society --
Lord Kamadeva's digital bow : dating and marriage in the new India --
Cyber sutra : the rise of pornography --
India's iGen : the dark side of the internet --
The state --
Big brothers : internet shutdowns, and Facebook vs. India --
The great Indian currency scramble : the rise of digital money.
Responsibility: Ravi Agrawal.

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With the rise of low-cost smartphones and cheap data plans, millions of Indians are now discovering the internet for the first time, and the implications are as vast as the country itself.  Read more...

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The smartphone may well rank among fire and electricity in terms of sheer impact on humanity. And, as Ravi Agrawal argues in this book, there are few places in the world that have experienced that Read more...

 
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