Demand Dignity: Amplifying Voices across Multiple Platforms

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on May 03, 2011. Amnesty International has launched a campaign to amplify the voices of poor people around the world. Demand Dignity is an economic, cultural, and social rights campaign for the organization and the online platform, DemandDignity.org, was launched in May 2009. Since then, the site has collected 57,384 comments, or “voices,” from people around… Continue reading Demand Dignity: Amplifying Voices across Multiple Platforms

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In Tanzania Media, Speak Up and Be Heard

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jun 01, 2011. For the largest civil society media platform in Tanzania, back talk is good. In fact, talking back is the objective of a new service at Femina HIPcalled Speak Up! The service aims to increase access of marginalized youth and rural communities and promote a participatory, user-driven media scene in Tanzania. Femina… Continue reading In Tanzania Media, Speak Up and Be Heard

Mobile Tech in Community Radio: Still Ad-Hoc and One-Off

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jul 06, 2010. In 2008, Bruce Girard concluded in a MobileActive.org guest post that the addition of text messaging technology into the community radio toolkit was still in its infancy. SMS use at radio stations was informal, he wrote, and the few cases of more complex use of SMS messages accompanied political crisis… Continue reading Mobile Tech in Community Radio: Still Ad-Hoc and One-Off

Konbit: Using Mobile Tech (And Your Voice) for Local Jobs in Haiti

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Mar 15, 2011. Konbit is a service that aims to help communities rebuild themselves after a crisis by indexing the skill sets of local residents, allowing NGOs to find and employ them. Konbit development started after the earthquake in Haiti, and in response to complaints that NGOs were typically bringing in their… Continue reading Konbit: Using Mobile Tech (And Your Voice) for Local Jobs in Haiti

Mapping Snow Via Mobile Phone

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 28, 2011. The radio station WNYC is creating on-air and online stories from two things very familiar to people in the Northeastern United States: mobile phones and snow. A snowstorm over the holidays was the heaviest December snowfall in six decades and dumped up to 20 inches in many parts of New York City.… Continue reading Mapping Snow Via Mobile Phone

Radio Azadi in Afghanistan Goes Mobile

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 10, 2011. In Afghanistan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is three months into an interactive SMS service that allows listeners to access content and participate in the program via mobile phone. Through the interactive SMS service, Radio Azadi is now able to both send and receive SMS messages from subscribers.… Continue reading Radio Azadi in Afghanistan Goes Mobile

Can You Find Me Now? Refugees United Goes Mobile to Help Reunite Refugees

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Oct 28, 2010. As part of a pilot project in Uganda, Refugees United is using mobile tools to help connect refugees who have been displaced by war, persecution, and natural disasters. Refugees Unitedis a Danish NGO that designed and runs a web-based program to help people directly reconnect with missing loved ones.… Continue reading Can You Find Me Now? Refugees United Goes Mobile to Help Reunite Refugees

From Citizen Reporting to Media Conversation: How an Afghan News Agency Retools Mobile Tech

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Oct 26, 2010 In Afghanistan, a documentary media company and an independent news agency have teamed up to integrate mobile phones and SMS into news reports. From election day text messages to stories of homemade airplanes, one news agency shows how a willingness to adapt mobile platforms to the landscape can… Continue reading From Citizen Reporting to Media Conversation: How an Afghan News Agency Retools Mobile Tech

If You Build It, They Will Come: SeenReport and Mobile Citizen Journalism in Pakistan

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Sep 01, 2010 The devastating floods in Pakistan have been covered by trained reporters and mainstream media outlets around the world. Citizens, often on the front lines of the flood, have also been contributing thousands of reports through mobile phones, in part enabled by the citizen journalism serviceSeenReport. SeenReport (from “see… Continue reading If You Build It, They Will Come: SeenReport and Mobile Citizen Journalism in Pakistan