Tag: text messaging

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 Amy Saunderson-Meyer

Does the dramatic uptake of new media tools such as mobile applications, digital media, blogging, social networking and video activism mean that citizens, citizen groups and service organizations have the power to challenge the state and mobilize political change? This is a question that I’ll be pondering along with my fellow participants at the New […] more »

by Harry Dugmore

There are no magic wands in the digital transition. Everything has to be built slowly and surely, as with legacy media. And failure is as likely, maybe even more likely, than in the analog world. But you have to keep trying because cell phones, the first true mass digital channel in Africa, are getting faster […] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

Many news organizations use SMS to send out news alerts, but the Namibian, a daily paper in Namibia, has set up pages in its print edition and on its website to publish text-message letters to the editor submitted by readers. The Namibian is an independent newspaper with newsstand sales of 27,000 a day (with an […] more »

by Ellen Hume

One of the graduate students working with our Center for Future Civic Media at MIT was offended by the New York City “See Something, Say Something” Mass Transit Authority’s anti-terrorism campaign. Alyssa Wright felt it had an unhealthy impact on her city, encouraging people to look at each other with heightened suspicion. She read in […] more »