Mobile Operators, Price Gouging, Innovation, and Txteagle -- A Critique by Steve Song

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Mar 23, 2009

Steve Song has done it again. A fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation, he critiques Nathan Eagle's new txteagle venture to tap into the 'cognitive resources' of millions of mobile-phone users in developing countries.  Nathan recently gave a talk at eTech, presenting texteagle. Here is the video of Nathan's presentation.

In short, txteagle, in the words of the BBC, is "a new scheme that distributes simple tasks via text messages is being used to target a potential untapped work force in developing countries. Txteagle is making it possible for many people in countries like Kenya to earn small amounts of money by completing simple tasks like translations or transcriptions."