Jonathan Donner

I am a researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India, though I'm currently based in South Africa.

Contact me at jdonner at microsoft dot com.

I maintain an occasional blog at my personal website, www.jonathandonner.com and post to Twitter as @jcdonner

I'm a social scientist, with a background in Communication Research and Economic Development.

Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Center for Global Health and Economic Development (CGHED), at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. I have also been a consultant with Monitor Company in Cambridge, MA, and with its spin-off, The OTF Group, where I worked on economic competitiveness projects in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. I have a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Communication Theory and Research

Publications

2014

Ariel Schwartz, Mohini Bhavsar, Edward Cutrell, Jonathan Donner, and Melissa Densmore, Optimizing Mobile Deployments, no. MSR-TR-2014-45, 1 April 2014

2013

Ariel Schwartz, Mohini Bhavsar, Edward Cutrell, Jonathan Donner, and Melissa Densmore, Balancing Burden and Benefit: Non-Prescribed Use of Employer-Issued Mobile Devices, in Proc. ICTD 2013, Dec 07-10 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, ACM, 7 December 2013

Jonathan Donner and Marion Walton, Your phone has internet - why are you at a library PC? Re-imagining public access for the mobile internet era, in Interact: 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Springer, September 2013

Preeti Mudliar, Jonathan Donner, and William Thies, Emergent Practices Around CGNet Swara: A Voice Forum for Citizen Journalism in Rural India, in Information Technologies & International Development, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 65-79, 11 June 2013

Jonathan Donner and Cecile Bezuidenhoudt, In a world with mobile data, survey questions about Internet use should no longer implicitly favor PCs , in Mobile media practices, presence and politics: The challenge of being seamlessly mobile, Routledge, May 2013

2012

Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, Jonathan Donner, and Edward Cutrell, How Bad is Good Enough? Exploring Mobile Video Quality Trade-offs for Bandwidth-Constrained Consumers, in Proc NordiCHI 2012, ACM, 15 October 2012

Marion Walton and Jonathan Donner, Public access, private mobile: The interplay of shared access and the mobile Internet for teenagers in Cape Town, University of Cape Town, October 2012

Marshini Chetty, Richard Banks, A.J. Bernheim Brush, Jonathan Donner, and Rebecca Grinter, "You're Capped!" Understanding the Effects of Bandwidth Caps on Broadband Use in the Home, in CHI 2012, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 2012

Preeti Mudliar, Jonathan Donner, and William Thies, Emergent Practices Around CGNet Swara, A Voice Forum for Citizen Journalism in Rural India, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ACM, March 2012

Jonathan Donner and Patricia Mechael, mHealth in Practice: Mobile technology for health promotion in the developing world, Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

2011

Jonathan Donner, Shikoh Gitau, and Gary Marsden, Exploring mobile-only internet use: results of a training study in urban South Africa, in International Journal of Communication, vol. 5, pp. 574–597, 11 April 2011

Marion Walton and Jonathan Donner, Read-Write-Erase: Mobile-mediated publics in South Africa’s 2009 elections, in Mobile Communication: Dimensions of Social Policy, pp. 117-132, Transaction Publishers, 4 April 2011

Marshini Chetty, Richard Banks, AJ Brush, Jonathan Donner, and Rebecca E. Grinter, While the Meter is Running: Computing in a Capped World, in Interactions Volume 18, Issue 2, vol. 18, ACM, 1 March 2011

2010

Jonathan Donner, Framing M4D: The Utility of Continuity and the Dual Heritage of “Mobiles and Development”, in The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, vol. 44, no. 3, December 2010

Kevin Donovan and Jonathan Donner, A note on the availability (and importance) of pre-paid mobile data in Africa, in Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development, Karlstad University Studies, November 2010

Jonathan Donner and Marcela X Escobari, A review of evidence on mobile use by micro and small enterprises in developing countries, in Journal of International Development, vol. 22, no. 5, John Wiley & Sons, 30 June 2010

Shikoh Gitau, Gary Marsden, and Jonathan Donner, After access – Challenges facing mobile-only internet users in the developing world, in Proceedings of the 28th international conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI 2010), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., 16 April 2010

2009

Jonathan Donner, Mobile-based livelihood services in Africa: pilots and early deployments, pp. 37-58, 30 December 2009

Jonathan Donner and Kentaro Toyama, Persistent themes in ICT4D Research: priorities for inter-methodological exchange, 21 June 2009

Jonathan Donner and Shikoh Gitau, New paths: exploring mobile-centric internet use in South Africa, in Presented at the Pre-Conference on Mobile Communication at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association, 21 May 2009

Rich Ling and Jonathan Donner, Mobile Communication, Polity, May 2009

Jonathan Donner and Marcela Escobari, A review of the research on mobile use by micro and small enterprises (MSEs), in Proceedings of the 3rd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, IEEE, April 2009

Jonathan Donner, Blurring livelihoods and lives: The social uses of mobile phones and socioeconomic development, in Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 91-101, MIT Press, 2009

Molly Steenson and Jonathan Donner, Beyond the personal and private: Modes of mobile phone sharing in urban India, in The Reconstruction of Space and Time: Mobile Communication Practices, vol. 1, pp. 231-250, Transaction Publishers, 2009

Jonathan Donner, Mobile media on low-cost handsets: The resiliency of text messaging among small enterprises in India (and beyond) , in Mobile technologies: from telecommunications to media , pp. 93-104, Routledge, 2009

2008

Jonathan Donner, Katrin Verclas, and Kentaro Toyama, Reflections on MobileActive08 and the M4D Landscape, in Proceedings of the First International Conference on M4D, December 2008

Jonathan Donner, Rikin Gandhi, Paul Javid, Indrani Medhi, Aishwarya Ratan, Kentaro Toyama, and Rajesh Veeraraghavan, Stages of design in technology for global development, in Computer, pp. 31-41, June 2008

Jonathan Donner, Shrinking fourth world? Mobiles, development, and inclusion, in Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, pp. 29-42, MIT Press, 2008

Jonathan Donner and Camilo Tellez, Mobile banking and economic development: Linking adoption, impact, and use, in Asian Journal of Communication, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 318-332, 2008

Jonathan Donner, Research Approaches to Mobile Use in the Developing World: A Review of the Literature, in The Information Society, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 140-159, 2008

Jonathan Donner, Nimmi Rangaswamy, Molly Wright Steenson, and Carolyn Wei, “Express yourself” and “Stay together”: The middle-class Indian family, in Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, pp. 325-338, MIT Press, 2008

2007

Jonathan Donner, M-Banking, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, September 2007

Jonathan Donner, The Rules of Beeping: Exchanging Messages Via Intentional “Missed Calls” on Mobile Phones, in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, vol. 13, no. 1, 2007

Jonathan Donner, Customer acquisition among small and informal businesses in urban India: Comparing face to face, interpersonal, and mediated channels, in The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, vol. 32, pp. 1-16, 2007

2006

Jonathan Donner, The social and economic implications of mobile telephony in Rwanda: An ownership/access typology, in Knowledge, Technology, and Policy, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 17-28, Springer-Verlag, June 2006

Jonathan Donner, The use of mobile phones by microentrepreneurs in Kigali, Rwanda: Changes to social and business networks, in Information Technologies and International Development, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 3-19, MIT Press, 2006

2005

Jonathan Donner, The mobile behaviors of Kigali’s microentrepreneurs: whom they call - and why, in A Sense of Place: The Global and the Local in Mobile Communication, Passagen Verlag, Vienna, 2005

2004

Jonathan Donner, Microentrepreneurs and mobiles: an exploration of the uses of mobile phones by small business owners in Rwanda, in Information Technologies and International Development, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-22, MIT Press, 2004

2001