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IBM uses mobile web to aid illiterate job-hunters

John Ribeiro | March 9, 2011
IBM is deploying its voice-based web technology in India to enable illiterate people in the state of Karnataka to find jobs by talking on their mobile phones.

IBM researchers are adding new capabilities to the platform such as a mobile crowd sourcing platform that will enable people to offer opportunities to each other, provide referrals, and drive rapid dissemination of available opportunities, the company said. IBM is also adding analytics technology that will enable matching of skills with job opportunities available, and analysis to study employment trends, Pingali said.

The researchers are also planning a cloud-based deployment in Karnataka as this will enable the technology to be scaled to include users in many locations, Pingali said.

The platform is being rolled out in the first phase in two districts in Karnataka, with plans to expand to eight more districts in the state in the second phase. The Spoken Web is still a research project for IBM, Pingali said.

 

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