June 19, 2013

Increased cell phone coverage tied to uptick in African violence

Increases in cell phone coverage are associated with increases in violence throughout Africa, a recent study contends, even when such considerations as income, inequality, ethnic fractionalization, and geography are factored into their findings, reports The Register.

quotemarksright.jpgUtilizing novel, spatially disaggregated data on cell phone coverage and the location of organized violent events in Africa," the abstract of the findings published in the American Political Science Review reports, "we are able to show that the availability of cell phone coverage significantly and substantially increases the probability of violent conflict.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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