Tag: cell phone

by Melissa Ulbricht

Activists, rights defenders and journalists use mobile devices and communications for reporting, organizing, mobilizing and documenting. Mobile gadgets provide countless benefits — relatively low cost, increased efficiencies, vast reach — but they also present specific risks. Mobile communication is inherently insecure and exposes you to risks that aren’t easy to detect or overcome. SaferMobile is [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

Prabhas Pokharel contributed research and writing to this article Many of today’s mobile phones can capture video footage. This has enabled both trained journalists and citizen reporters to more easily capture footage and images that would have otherwise rarely been seen. The Polk Journalism Award in 2009, for example, was awarded to a video from [...] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

One call can bring news to hundreds in rural villages in India. Gaon Ki Awaaz, which means “Village Voice” in the Avhadi language, sends out twice-daily news calls to subscribers directly over their mobile phones. Launched in December 2009, the project recently expanded to 250 subscribers spread over 20 villages. What Does Gaon Ki Awaaz [...] more »

by Amy Saunderson-Meyer

Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) strategies are viewed in many contemporary business circles as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. BoP refers to the 2.6 billion people who live below the $2 a day breadline and many business strategists argue that if targeted correctly, these consumers can offer businesses access to [...] more »

by Brenda Lynne Burrell

Freedom Fone’s ability to fulfill it’s promise as a must have tool for bridging the digital divide has yet to be determined. Millions of poor people have access to mobile phones, but with tariffs as high as they are in countries like Zimbabwe, experimentation in this field is still costly. And of course, for our [...] more »

by Guy Berger

Most Africans don’t have computers or access to the Internet. Cell phones are a different story. So why aren’t journalism schools around the continent integrating the use of mobile devices fully and squarely into their courses? It’s a question that could also apply in many other places — even in places with access to computers [...] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

In the end, it may be the cell phone that makes the difference in Oscar Grant’s death. Without it, it’s likely that 22-year old father would have been just another anonymous black man who ended up dead after a run in with law enforcement. Instead, as Grant lay face down on the platform of a [...] more »

by Amy Gahran

Mobile media isn’t just the future — it’s the present, big time. Recent research from the Pew Internet and American Life project shows that mobile devices (especially cell phones) are already the can’t-do-without-it media tool of choice for many US demographics, especially among Hispanics and Latin Americans. (Read more analysis of this research, and what [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

How does mainstream media know when to take mobile seriously as a distribution platform? 1) When the New York Times unveils a mobile-to-PC application? The NYT’s new ShiftD application allows you to move its content from one device to the other, insead of having to save and move them separately. A bit of a time [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

According to a just released report by Jupiter Research, only 16% of U.S. subcribers are browsing the mobile web. According to the report, the low uptake is due primarily to lack of interest (73%) and the high cost (47%). Messaging remains the major non-voice mobile activity, with about about one-third of subscribers surveyed having used [...] more »