In our initial meetings, we hoped to organize a small conference to bring Filipino researchers together. Apparently, there was a demand for this kind of event from other researchers in Asia.We were also very fortunate to have found a partner in the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) who shared this interest.Raul Pertierra finds that mobiles have penetrated the private and public spheres, “including religion, politics and the economy”.

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There has been growing interest among people to understand how lives are changed by information and communication technologies (ICTs).

In the early years of this century, we would occasionally read a paper on ICTs written from the perspective of our respective fields.

Someone would present a paper on distance learning using the radio, while another would write about how texting is changing the nature of relationships.

On occasion, there would be specialized conferences that dealt with e-commerce, e-government, and lately conferences on ICT and development.

contributes to the process of drawing a more representative and honest picture of these interventions and interactions.

Rich Ling looks at the impact of mobiles on increasing social cohesion and ties, thus leading to “the development of a local ideology that also contributes to the strength of these ties”.

Moreover, Gopalan Ravindran warns us that the emergence of mobile phones in India led to morally construed misuses of the tools that in turn have led to a stronger “control society” through the collaboration of the State and new media companies.

Jack Qiu relates the fact that in China, ICTs are having an impact on the livelihoods of the working class, mainly in the informal sector, although some of that impact is focused on facilitating illicit activities such as the trafficking of “blood, drugs, assault weapons, gambling, and gangster services of all kinds”.

The objective was to learn about each other’s work and encourage collaboration (i.e.