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Featured Case Study

Mobile del Mar: How Mobile App Fisher Friend Helps Fishers in India

An ongoing project in coastal India is working to improve the livelihoods of “fisher folk.” A mobile app called Fisher Friend provides timely information on local fish markets, the weather, and the sea.

A video about Fisher Friend suggests that, “for fishing communities, the key to livelihood is knowledge... knowledge of the market, the weather, and most importantly, the sea.” The Fisher Friend app, which launched in 2007, provides timely and critical information for fishers, and “also increases their knowledge base by providing information on government schemes and entitlements, health services, directory services, and a marine toll-free helpline.”

The project is a collaboration between the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Tata Teleservices in India, Astute Systems Technology, Wireless Reach, and Qualcomm.

The Fisher Friend app provides information on potential fishing zones and market rates per species, helping fishers in all phases of their work. spoke with S. Senthilkumaran, director of MSSRF in Chennai, to learn more about Fisher Friend.

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Featured Mobile Tool

 We help churches and nonprofits create mobile web apps that are affordable and effective at optimizing all of the main necessary components that are necessary on every mobile phone and tablet that are web enabled.

We provide a development tool at that allows easy creation of a mobile site with an optional assist from us.  We also provide complete development, updating, sms/txting and management options at

Simple nonprofit uses have also included and

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Featured How-to

Safer Twitter

Twitter is a way to get your messages to a wider audience.  However, you should know that from any platform (computer or mobile phone), it is not a secure method of communicating sensitive information. Consider the following guidelines: 

  • Your Tweets should only contain information you want to widely and publicly share. This should be public information that can be freely distributed by you, your organization, and your supporters, without any risk to individuals or organizational operations.
  • Even if you protect your tweets so that only followers can see them, followers can easily retweet your messages, or access them over an insecure connection.

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