Backgound: Why Cell Phones for Civic Action?

MobileActive is a global network of people, tools, projects, and resources focused on the use of mobile phones for activism, campaigns, and civic engagement. We:

  • expand access to knowledge, ideas and experience about the use of mobile technology;
  • reduce learning costs for civil society organizations;
  • accelerate the use of effective tactics in campaigns; and
  • provide a comprehensive platform for building partnerships, and for facilitating access to technology and funding.

The Time is Right for Mobile Activism: 3.5 Billion Mobiles Phones..and counting

Telcoms around the world have invested hundreds of billions of dollars building out a new communications channel and mobile phones are proliferating at astounding rates across socio-economic and cultural boundaries. These trends are highly promising for organizing, civic action campaigns, and engaging citizens on issues that matter most: Campaigners have used mobile phones to swing elections through innovative get-out-the-vote activities, to ensure impartial voting through poll monitoring, to organize collective action to free political prisoners, and to lobby legislators to pass environmental laws. 

Mobile phones have been used to mobilize hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators in countries across the world with text messages and brilliant political ringtones. They are being used in environmental campaigns in Argentina, and to advocate for an independent judiciary in India, for support of emigrant and migrant communities in the Philippines, and for increased disease detection and prevention in Rwanda.   In short, there is significant innovation – and a new tool for use in social change campaigns.

MobileActive is the first  effort to aggregate and build upon the lessons learned from the pioneers in this field for the benefit of civil society organizations. 

If you used mobiles in your campaign, please share your story here!  If you need resources, let us know here!  And if you want to join this growing network of activists from around the globe, profile yourself here.

Welcome to MobileActive.