This is a guest post by Jean-François Groff, the CEO of Mobino, a Geneva-based mobile payments company. He is also one of the Web’s pioneers, having contributed to the definition of HTTP and HTML with Tim Berners-Lee at CERN.
Financial inclusion is undoubtedly a hot topic. As digital wireless infrastructure covers the globe, a host of mobile money providers have sprung into action to provide unbanked citizens with convenient ways to move money, turning phones into wallets. But the money in these digital wallets is not really equivalent to cash. The convenience of mobile money comes at a cost, both to the state and to its citizens. Read more