Socio-economic development and lifestyles in the Pacific are changing due to increased access to mobile phones, other information and communication technologies and media outlets. This panel will discuss the relationships between communication technologies, media and development. In particular, it will closely explore the roles of mobile phones in Papua New Guinea and Samoa in terms of socio-economic development and education. It will also introduce and examine a new youth-oriented radio station in Papua New Guinea. It is anticipated that attendees at this session will be challenged in their thinking regarding contemporary communication practices in the Pacific.