[kictanet] Fwd: Tracing Mobile Money's History—and Future

Grace Mutung'u nmutungu at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 11:09:09 EAT 2022

Dear listers,
Please see the email below from our colleague Daniel who is conducting
research on mobile money. Please help if you can, and share widely.


Hi there! We are researchers in the Department of Information Science at
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

We are conducting a research study on mobile money’s history in East
Africa, drawing on user innovations and social practices such as informal
airtime sharing, ‘beeping’ or ‘flashing,’ among others. In particular,
we’re interested in the ways people have exchanged things like currency,
services, or information; we are calling this broad category, technologies
of exchange. We aim to chart historical, missed, and potential future
pathways for technologies of exchange in Sub-Saharan Africa.

We are seeking nominations for professionals and social commentators in
private, public, and donor sectors who were active in the intersection of
technology and value exchange in East Africa in the years around mobile
money’s gestation (~1998 – 2009). But the research still welcomes
nominations for relevant actors from periods other than the aforementioned.

You can nominate yourself or someone else. We're mostly interested in
speaking to those in current or past roles in engineering, research,
innovation, journalism, arts and literature, funding, policy, law, and
regulatory affairs, or any other relevant profession. We are interested in
both the formal and informal manifestations of technologies of exchange –
from APIs to social practices.

If you choose to nominate someone else, we will not inform them that you
nominated them. For all nominations, we will reach out to the nominees and
seek their informed consent before they can participate in the research

Please note that you may not be financially compensated for participation
in this nomination phase, and all information shared in connection with the
research will be treated with the utmost confidentiality in line with
Cornell University research ethics guidelines and regulations.

Please complete the nomination here:
(completing this survey should take about 4 minutes).

If you have any questions or comments, please send me an email (
dm663 at cornell.edu).

Best regards,
Daniel Mwesigwa
Ph.D. student, Department of Information Science, Cornell, NY
Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmwsgw/

Grace Mutung'u
Skype: gracebomu
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