â€œI was actually sitting around with a bunch of Ethiopian farmers recently,â€ says Duncan Green, research director for the charity Oxfam, â€œwhen I noticed that none of them had light or running water, but each family had a mobile phone.â€ The reasons are simpler than we think, he says. â€œBefore, these farmers, if they wanted to check on a sick relative elsewhere, had to walk three hours in each direction. Now they just make a call.â€ That convenience, he says, drives their eager embrace of the phones. But the phonesâ€™ growing ubiquityâ€”â€œtheyâ€™re a technological Coca-Cola,â€ Green saysâ€”has other uses, too. Here are five ways theyâ€™re changing the world. 1) Exposing Secrets. 2) Advancing Democracy. 3) Enabling Commerce. 4) Distributing Medicine. 5) Waging War.
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