THE SOURCE: “Mobile Phone Diffusion and Corruption in Africa” by Catie Snow Bailard, in Political Communication, July–Sept. 2009.
There’s been a lot of buzz about how cell phones are making it easier for Africans to do business. A woman who catches and sells fish for a living can take orders by phone, ensuring that she doesn’t end up with rotting, unsold fish. Business owners in remote areas can manage bank accounts with text messages.
Catie Snow Bailard, a professor at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, says cell...