Summary of the impact: Research in the area of mobile digital storytelling conducted at Swansea University has shown that hundreds of millions of people are disempowered by a lack of appropriate digital devices, services and infrastructure. In a programme of research starting with real users in communities in rural India, Southern Africa and the rural UK, we designed, developed and tested new systems, leading to the integration and delivery of new techniques and platforms by major service providers.  

Open source software developed to simplify media creation and sharing is being used by communities around the world and has been downloaded more than 25,000 times. The research has increased awareness of “digital divide” issues and has changed attitudes in technology companies and public audiences.