ICTs for Development

April 30, 2008

Report on mobile phones and social change

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoushrima @ 11:25 am
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some of you may have already seen this, but I just stumbled upon and thought I’d share. A recent report published by Vodafone and the UN Foundation on mobile phone use by NGOs and other activists…

From the UNF website:
“This second publication in the series—Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in NGO Mobile Use—examines innovative uses of mobile technology by groups working to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. The report identifies emerging trends in “mobile activism” through 11 case studies, and highlights the results of a global survey of NGO usage of mobile technology.”

Might be a nice summer reading assignment 🙂

Mobile Technology for Social Change

March 30, 2008

The good and the bad

Filed under: Uncategorized — anoushrima @ 10:46 pm
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The good news is I stumbled across another great website on the topic of mobile phones for social change. Similar to MobileActive.org which Prof. Bar had introduced us to a few weeks ago, this one is called ShareIdeas.org. It features case studies and “how to” guides.

The bad news is that even though mobile phones have enormous potential for social change, and development, and reconciling the digital divide, we must be aware of its potentially serious health risks…

The Independent (among most other news outlets today) has the story: “Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take “immediate steps” to reduce exposure to their radiation.”

Yikes.

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