By the Liberian Times
For the first time, constituents in Liberia’s 73 electoral districts will now benefit from a new information-on-demand service about the work of their Representatives and Senators in the National Legislature.
Last week the Freedom Fone team completed a training hosted by the DW Akademie. The training focused on how to script, record and edit good quality audio for a variety of appropriate formats including: Vox Pops, news stories and explanation pieces. All files need to be audible and clear to callers using mobile phones.
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).
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.
Heise Online hat folgendes zu sagen:
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.
African economies are among the fastest-growing in the world. Today, the continent is poised to transform the global economic landscape.
View this interestesting infographic from IBM: https://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/global/share/19jan2012/mobile_africa/
Published on the Knight Blog by by Mayur Patel and John S. Bracken
Innovator, anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Ken Banks shares exciting stories in Digital Diversity about how appropriate technologies and mobile phones are being used throughout the world to improve, enrich, and empower billions of lives.
Women'sNet – a Feminist organisation based in Johannesburg, is excited to announce a Call for Participation in its upcoming Freedom Fone training workshop, aimed at community radio stations in South Africa.
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.
By Vactor News - The Trusted Source for Emerging Tech
Depending on who you ask, journalism is dead or dying. And no matter who you ask, the Internet is the only thing to blame. Now, one of the Web giants at least partly responsible for the downfall of print media is looking to make amends.
The banning of SMS messaging in Mozambique is but one of several signs that both SMS (short message service) and the internet are changing the way media creates a national conversation in African countries.
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..
Richard Heeks has entered the ITU data on mobile phone penetration for all countries from 1998-2008 into a Google Docs spreadsheet, and then added the Motion Chart visualiser. Makes for very interesting viewing. Read the article
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
Instead of cracking open a book, try sitting back with a short story on your phone. CellStories, which launched in September, offers a new short (1500-2500 words) story every weekday to readers on mobile phones. Read the article
Audio interview with leading UN voices on the value of technology in development and demo - It is technologies like mobile phones, which are being used by the United Nations to achieve its goals of development, says the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. Read the article
It is posited that, despite the mainstream opinion that technology is gender neutral, cultural values and practices have more tended to exclude women from access to and power over different technologies. Read the article
Radio is often considered to be a one-way medium, but the African Farm Radio Research Initiative is investigating ways of combining radio and ICTs to gather content and to share information among farming communities throughout rural Africa. Read the article
My dissertation focuses on the impact of digital resistance on nonviolent political transitions. Digital resistance is a term I use to describe the convergence between civilian resistance and digital activism in countries with repressive regimes.