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FEATURE: West Africans turning to technology to tame traffic

AFP, ACCRA

Mobile phones are ubiquitous in Ghana, so Jamless relies on small-scale traders who ply Accra’s streets for a constant stream of traffic updates, sent in by text.

“If there was enough [Twitter followers], then maybe, yeah, crowd-sourcing would be enough,” Boniface said, referring to the practice of relying on followers for information. “Not enough people have a smartphone in Ghana yet.”

If an informant sends traffic information every 20 minutes, which they do by texting a combination of numbers and characters to Jamless, they can make US$20 a month, sometimes more, Mohammed said.

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