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Mobile Voices

presentation on mobile phones

Adam Groves

on 14 October 2009

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Mobile Voices We pioneer internet and mobile phone applications which the world's poorest people can use to improve their life chances

and which help people in richer countries to understand global problems and do something about them using mobiles and computers to provide young people with critical reproductive health information 60% of new HIV/AIDs infections in 15-25 age group 40% of girls married by the age of 18 social stigma and other barriers mean that accurate information is difficult to access more than 60,000 SMS messages and '000s of calls in the first year in 2007 there were already 45 million mobiles in Nigeria.... Adam Groves, OneWorld UK our MyQuestion service allows young people to text their SRH questions to trained counsellors the MyAnswer competition provides young people with a chance to win call time by answering a monthly SRH quiz question
Reach! mobile phones reach further into developing countries than other tech or health infrastructures LifeLines India Kazi560 Kenya jobs agriculture BridgeIT education FishMS environment “testimony” in Swahili - a platform that crowdsources crisis information Kenyan election crisis, collected eyewitness reports of violence sent in by email and SMS, verified by situated them on a map

since used to track anti-immigrant violence in South Africa; violence in Congo; pharmacy stockouts in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, and Malawi; to monitor elections in Mexico and India; and by Al Jazeera to collect eyewitness reports during the 2008-2009 Gaza War.

development of Apps for Smart Phones

information and monitoring vs. stories and voice...? Wougnet Stop Violence Against Women “My name is Mohammed Sokor, writing to you from Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab. Dear Sir, there is an alarming issue here. People are given too few kilograms of food. You must help."

text message sent to London Office of the UN World Food Programme already South-South networks that enable vulnerable populations to contact one another for support - such as Zumbido, for HIV/AIDs sufferers in Mexico and Avaaj Otalo for farmers in India could formalised South-North networks be created in a similar way? find out more at www.ushahidi.com/ enabled migrants travelling from Morocco to send SMS to a list of contacts

- could be used to report back to families/communities

- could be used internationally to share experiences directly with northern audience

project ran into problems as its founder wanted to facilitate free communication, without constraints or control... the local partner NGO understandably had concerns about this

Find out more at www.freemob.eu/indext.html "My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities" purpose
impact find out more at www.mobileactive.org the infamous image of Nada's last moments - how do we balance the need to "spread the word" with the imperative to respect dignity of those involved?
raises questions of: consent, safety/security, re-victimization, and context.

Burma role of mobile and MMS in getting images to mass media.
Government shut down mobile phone service to pro-democracy supporters, activists, and some foreign journalists, Sri Lanka mobiles used as a disruptive rumour and propaganda mill ...also in... Egypt Belarus Thailand
Ukraine Albania China Mobiles and protests Iran Crisis! Some thoughts... (international political kind) personal is political... and powerful the technologies exist... the question is how to use them... dignity Resources WEBSITES

Wireless technology for social change - http://bit.ly/1ozhp
The Promise of Ubiquity - http://bit.ly/4mK2b
mHealth for Development - http://bit.ly/G8V8i
social, physical and tech barriers KACE market data *see 'mHealth for Development' p7
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