The Social-Mobile Leap: How Digital Connectivity Affects Emerging Economies


The Internet Society and Pew Research Center will host an event in Washington, DC on March 7, 2019 to launch and discuss Pews groundbreaking research on how mobile technology is shaping communities and the Internet around the world.

Mobile Internet usage is quickly becoming a common means of access in many developing countries. The Social-Mobile Leap will explore the results of Pew Research Centers upcoming study, Mobile Connectivity in Emerging Economies, on mobile phone usage and its social impact in 11 countries worldwide. The participating countries include Colombia, India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Tunisia, Venezuela and Vietnam.

The event will also feature a panel entitled Defining Internet access: How mobile trends are shaping online experiences in developing countries. Industry experts including Mozilla Policy Advisor Alice Munyua, Next Century Cities Executive Director Deb Socia, and Jangala Co-Founder Richard Thanki will discuss how the findings can inform sound policy on Internet access solutions for the rest of the world to get online.

WHAT: Social Mobile Leap: How Digital Connectivity Affects Emerging Economies

WHEN: March 7, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A reception will follow.

WHERE: Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center (11th floor),

901 K Street NW, Washington, DC

Media are welcome to attend. Please contact [email protected] for a press pass. A livestream of the event will also be available here.

About the Internet Society

Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet. Working through a global community of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe and secure, and advocates for policies that enable universal access. The Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

About Pew Research Center

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Media Contacts:
Natalie Campbell
Internet Society
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Pew Research Center
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