Tag: mobileactive

by Desiree Everts

As world events like Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and the Japanese tsunami disaster have shown, YouTube and social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook have the capacity to turn just about anyone into a journalist. It’s a trend that leaves some traditional media outlets skeptical, or even downright disgruntled. But when media […] more »

by Mark Glaser

Text messages are becoming an important medium in parts of the world where less people have Internet access and smartphones. There are various services, projects and radio programs that are using SMS as a way to interact with their audiences in places like Afghanistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. So we decided to host a live chat […] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

Activists, rights defenders and journalists use mobile devices and communications for reporting, organizing, mobilizing and documenting. Mobile gadgets provide countless benefits — relatively low cost, increased efficiencies, vast reach — but they also present specific risks. Mobile communication is inherently insecure and exposes you to risks that aren’t easy to detect or overcome. SaferMobile is […] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

Two years ago, Bev Clark, the co-founder of Kubatana.net, was awarded a large grant in the Knight News Challenge for Freedom Fone, an open-source software platform for distributing news and information through interactive voice response (IVR) technology. Freedom Fone was officially launched (version 1.5) in late February of this year and has since been downloaded […] more »

by Prabhas Pokharel

Over at the Mobile Media Toolkit, we recently have been looking at voice- and radio-based citizen media projects that incorporate mobile phones. In an Idea Lab post last fall, I collected a series of examples that primarily used the voice functionality of mobile phones; however, this new set of projects integrate voice and radio with […] more »

by Prabhas Pokharel

I had the pleasure of attending the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Santiago, Chile earlier this month. The summit brought together bloggers, activists, and thinkers working to advance citizen media all around the world. While the discussions that took place were informative, most presentations and panels fell short in recognizing the role mobile phones have played […] more »

by Guy Berger

Most Africans don’t have computers or access to the Internet. Cell phones are a different story. So why aren’t journalism schools around the continent integrating the use of mobile devices fully and squarely into their courses? It’s a question that could also apply in many other places — even in places with access to computers […] more »

by Prabhas Pokharel

The pre-cursors to mobile phones were two-way radios, also called Walkie-Talkies, that transmitted voice signals. The first generation of mobile phone networks were similar in that they also only supported voice communications. Second generation networks, and a happy accident, gave us SMS, and third generation networks provide even more advanced mobile data services. Most mobile […] more »

by Christopher Csikszentmihályi

One of the central shifts implicit in user-generated information is that in many cases the user will be closer to the subject than a reporter may have been. Journalists, like ethnographers or consultants, are separated from their subjects by factors like structures of reward (salary) and professional codes (organized skepticism, systematic disinterestedness). These factors are […] more »

by David Sasaki

As Juliana and I emphasized during a presentation at last year’s MobileActive conference in South Africa, just because over three billion people are equipped with cell phones, which can be used as tools for reporting during emergencies, that doesn’t mean the world has three billion citizen journalists ready and able to cover every natural disaster, […] more »