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A resource for activists using mobile technology worldwide.

Grant Opportunities for MobileActives

We have come across several grant opportunities for MobileActives in health care and education.


MobileActivism in Egypt: An Interview with Noria Yunis

MobileActive's roving reporter Noel Hildago or the Luck of 7 interviews Noria Yunis, an activist from Egypt using mobile phones to organize.


Mobile Phone Powers an Internet Cafe in Bangladesh

Abu Sufian's small room in Fultola, Bangladesh looks like a standard Internet cafe. There are four workstations -- each with a mouse, keyboard, and monitor -- where customers can check email or browse the Internet. But this isn't just any Internet cafe -- the center is all made possible by one mobile phone.


MobileActive Releases New Strategy Guide: Guía de Móvil Activismo para Latino América

Hoy introduce MobileActive un recurso nuevo para los activistas movilistas. Esta guía de estrategia en español tiene información detallada sobre el uso de los teléfonos celulares en América Latina y estudios sobre los celulares usados por el activismo social en varios países latinoamericanos.

Today MobileActive introduces a new resource for mobile activists. Our first Spanish-language Strategy Guide provides detailed information about the use of mobile phones in Latin America and case studies of mobiles used for social activism in different Latin American countries.


Mobiles in Development Unplugged. Abi Jagun on the Mobile Hype. series on mobiles in development continues. Here is guest writer Abi Jagun from the University of Manchster who deconstructs the hype on mobiles in civil society:

By the end of 2007 about half of the world’s population will be using mobile phones; and it is likely that this proportion will continue to increase as more people - predominantly in developing countries - get connected to mobile telecom networks.

The benefits of mobile phones continue to be widely publicised. In particular, they allow people to receive and communicate information interactively and/or simultaneously by voice and data -- beyond the physical limitations imposed by geography. But is the hype useful for a throughtful exploration of the potential of mobiles in development, or, in fact, a hindrance?


Join us for MobileActive07 in Sao Paulo! meets again! Join us for the second MobileActive gathering, this year at Mobilefest, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. MobileActive07 will take place November 24-25, 2007.

We know that you are interested and passionate about what the mobile revolution means for social good. and Mobilefest have partnered to bring together leading thinkers, practitioners and technologist in the mobile revolution from around the world to explore how mobiles are fundamentally changing the way we organize ourselves, do business, and make the world a better place.

MobileActive07 is an intensive camp of NGO practitioners, technologists, researchers, and activist who use mobile technology in their work to make the world a better place. With highly interactive working sessions and workshops, and tool and strategy speed-geeks, MobileActive is a focused and collaborative learning space for people with interest and experience in mobile tech for humanity.


VON is seeking NGO Use Cases for Mobile App Development

Do you have a mobile technology solution that you would like to explore, but lack the technical expertise to do so? On October 29, the Innovation Track at the VON Conference in Boston, USA will convene a group of world-class programmers to develop a mobile solution for the NGO with the best idea.

The programming team will create an application using voice and text technologies to support the goals of the selected nonprofit or NGO. Areas for NGOs to consider include:


Culture of Mobiles In Rural Areas: Beeping, Flashing, Rapelle Moi - and Your Mobile as a Flashlight

The rural mobile market is growing, and carriers are working to meet the unique demands and challenges of this sector of the population. Even in the poorest countries -- like Sierra Leone, which ranks 176 out of 177 countries on the UN's 2006 Human Development Index -- mobile phones have become a growing necessity, creating a unique set of cultural norms and practices.


Mobiles in Development: id21 Profiles Projects and Research

Mobile use and prevalence is exploding throughout the developing world. As Tim Kelly writes in id21 insights's September newsletter, in 1990 there were only 14,200 mobiles in Africa, which by, 2005, grew to a total of 137 million. Id21 predicts that the majority of the world's poor will have mobile access within the next generation. This number continues to increase, showing just how important mobile phones have become in development.


A Day of Red For Burma. Today.

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burma, human rights, protests

The community stands with the people who so courageously demanded a free and democratic Burma. Our thoughts are with you on this dark day for human rights and democracy.

Update on Myanmar/Burma Protests and Mobile Phones

The Myanmar military continued to suppress demonstrations in Burma/Myanmar today with harrowing pictures of tear gas, guns, and beatings directed at the monks and many more civilian protesters, estimated at 70,000 people. We wrote earlier about the use of mobile phones in transmitting information. The BBC today has an update on the use of the Internet in getting information out of Burma, as the country is called by democracy supporters and dissidents. The article notes that mobiles were used to get information out of the country, but also as a tool by the military junta to disseminate rumors and false information.


United States Carrier Verizon reverses Refusal of Abortion Rights Text Messages

In a quick move, the US carrier Verizon today revsersed its refusal to issue a short code to abortion rights advocacy organization NARAL. According to a statement by Verizon:


Verizon Refuses to Carry Pro-Choice Text Messages

Verizon Wireless, a phone carrier in the United States, has rejected a request from an abortion rights group to use its network for an SMS program, according to the New York Times.


Protests in Myanmar and Mobile Phones

Thousands of monks have taken to the streets in Myanmar within the past month in pro-democracy demonstrations. Today the Burmese government threatened the monks with legal action.

The government has shut down mobile phone service to pro-democracy supporters, activists, and some foreign journalists, writes the Agence France-Presse. A journalist and photographer from the AFP are among those who have lost phone service, and the agency has requested that Myanmar restore service to the journalists. The National League for Democracy also reports that its landline phone has been cut off, according to this article in The Economic Times.


Mobiles in Service Delivery: Homelessness and HIV/AIDS

Programs all over the world have shown how mobiles can be an effective tool in providing services to homeless individuals, people with AIDS, and other marginalized populations. Here are a few of the most effective efforts to involve mobiles in innovative ways.

The stereotype is that homeless people don't need mobiles. Why bother with a phone when you can barely afford to put food on the table or don't even have a bed to sleep in? But several different projects have shown that mobile phones can be an important stepping stone in brealing a cycle of poverty. Most importantly, mobiles allow homeless people to get jobs. Employers aren't likely to respond to a resume that lists the phone number of the local homeless shelter, or worse, one without a phone number at all.