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Reviewing SMS survey tools: FrontlineSMS vs RapidSMS vs Textizen vs FreedomFone

Mireille Raad, an IT Professional with an extensive experience in software development for Windows platforms, database design, optimization and development of IT solutions, was tasked to shortlist and test different types of ICT tools that can be used in governance. Read the full review here.

Gambia: Mobile Phone Project Launched to Enhance Livelihood of Rural Women

By Momodou Jawo and Alieu Ceesay

Basse, Urr — A collaborative initiative dubbed 'Empowering Rural Women Mobile Phone Project' by the American Embassy in Banjul and the Forum for African Women Educationalists The Gambia (FAWEGAM) was recently launched in Nyakoi Taibatu village in the Wulli West District, Upper River Region (URR).

Kubatana’s Freedom Fone open source project wins award

Techzim writes:

The Kubatana initiated open source project, Freedom Fone, won an award for Innovation in Media technology at a ceremony organized by the Index on Censorship. The award category recognized Kubatana for innovation and original use of new technology to circumvent censorship and foster debate, argument or dissent. The category is supported by popular web giant, Google.

More mobiles than humans in 2012, says Cisco

From the BBC News Technology site

Mobile devices will outnumber humans this year, according to network firm Cisco's latest analysis of global mobile data traffic.

By 2016 it predicts that there will be 10 billion mobile connected devices around the world.

By the same date networks will be carrying 130 exabytes of data each year, equivalent to 33 billion DVDs.

Mobile data traffic in 2011 was eight times the size of the global internet in 2000, according to the report.

Advice for Journalism Educators in Africa

By Mindy McAdams

While I was attending the annual Online News Association conference a week ago, one of several great panels I sat in on was titled “From Earthquakes to Coups: Tools for Crisis Reporting.” I’ve been interested in crisis mapping and other crowdsourced efforts during disasters ever since I learned how valuable these were after the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year.

Mobile vs. Radio vs. TV vs. the Web

I recently found a very interesting article by Kevin Randall from Fast Company "The Boob-Tube, Not YouTube, Is Transforming the World". This is a good opportunity to clarify a bit where the Web Foundation stands in that discussion. In few words, the article is about the power and impact of the Web on Social and Economic development, and how it relates to other medias, TV, mobile, radio..

From compassion to action, from action to knowledge

So get pissed off and start a Facebook group. Launch a Twitter hashtag. Translate compassion into action. But realize that the most effective action probably involves aggregating and disseminating information, building knowledge and awareness that’s an asset even if it doesn’t lead directly to political change. Read the article by Ethan Zuckerman