Tag: sms

by Michael Clarke

On my first trip to Iraq in 2005, I remember being very aware of my security situation. At the time, I had not been to hostile environment training, and when I arrived, the hulking South African ex-special forces Personal Protection Officer who was lucky enough to have been assigned to babysitting me for the next […] more »

by Een Irawan Putra

FrontlineSMS has had a strong connection with environmental issues since our founder had the initial spark of an idea while working on an anti-poaching project in South Africa. We’re delighted to share how Een Irawan Putra of KPC Bogor and the Indonesia Nature Film Society used FrontlineSMS in Indonesia to invite the community to help […] more »

by Sean McDonald

Do you remember when grocery stores didn’t know you were pregnant before your parents? Or when newspapers couldn’t find naked pictures of you by looking through your phone? Boy, those were the days (When did I get this old?). Still, there’s no escaping it. Things are digitizing. Everywhere. Whether you’re registering to vote in Washington […] more »

by Trevor Knoblich

SMS remains the most popular two-way communications platform on the planet. In most cases, it’s inexpensive, casual, and discreet for users. It also represents one of the more profitable features offered by mobile network operators. And while SMS does face an increasingly fractured market, largely from the growth of messaging apps, it’s not going anywhere […] more »

by Trevor Knoblich

Seemingly every major news event worldwide is heightening participation in news. People are eager to share updates and photos of an unfolding news event, ask questions of media outlets, and share important information. But there are two important aspects to this type of participation: 1) people are most interested in sharing news about the community […] more »

by Ken Banks

It’s Social Media Week this week, and in recognition of this and our seventh anniversary next month, we’d like to reflect on the role that social media has played in the history and development of FrontlineSMS. ‘Democratization of Development’ In a recent BBC Future article, I wrote about the “democratization of development.” In it, I […] more »

by Trevor Knoblich

The field of journalism has faced a number of technology-driven changes in the past decade, including the advent of blogs, the generating and sharing of news via social media, and the tentative move by many governments to provide open data. So many elements of news have evolved that many experts think we’re on the verge […] more »

by Amy O'Donnell

I’m going to be honest: When I first joined FrontlineSMS, I had no idea how much goes into the design of software. Every screen, every button and every function has principled thought behind it. Gabriel White, the user experience designer for FrontlineSMS 2 In 2011, we worked alongside Gabriel White, a user experience designer from […] more »

by Anu Sridharan

In our last post on PBS Idea Lab, NextDrop, which informs residents in India via cell phone about the availability of piped water, was trying to scale up in a very short period of time. How did we fare? Well, I think we discovered the first step to winning: Just get good data about yourself. […] more »

by Laura Walker Hudson

Three weeks ago, FrontlineSMS launched its first new full release in more than a year. Now, we’re releasing Version 2.0.2, which includes useful bug fixes and small tweaks to the functionality that make it even easier to use. You can expect regular releases from us from now on, with new features coming out every couple […] more »