SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa by Ken Banks, Nathan Eagle, Juliana Rotich, Christiana

By Ken Banks, Nathan Eagle, Juliana Rotich, Christiana Charles-Iyoha, Anil Naidoo, Berna Twanza Ngolobe, Christian Kreutz, Redante Asuncion-Reed, Amanda Atwood, Sokari Ekine

Offering a distinct perception into how activists and social swap advocates are addressing Africa's many demanding situations from inside of, this number of essays through these engaged in utilizing cellular phone applied sciences for social switch offers an research of the socioeconomic, political, and media contexts confronted by way of activists in Africa this present day. The articles deal with a vast diversity of issues—including inequalities in entry to expertise according to gender and rural and concrete usage—and it bargains useful examples of the way activists are utilizing cellular expertise to arrange and rfile their reports. an outline of the teachings discovered in making powerful use of cellular phone applied sciences with none of the romanticism so frequently linked to using new applied sciences for social switch is given. Examples are shared in a manner that makes them effortless to duplicate, hoping to guide to bigger mirrored image in regards to the actual strength and barriers of cellular applied sciences. individuals contain Ken Banks, Nathan Eagle, Anil Naidoo, Berna Ngolobe, and Juliana Rotich.

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1982) To Dwell Among Friends: Personal Networks in Town and City, Chicago, Il, University of Chicago Press. 7. Calabrese, F. and Ratti, C. (2006) ‘Real time Rome’, Networks and Communication Studies – Official Journal of the IGU’s Geography of Information Society Commission, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 247–58. Acknowledgments This work is in large part due to interviews with individuals within Africa’s telecommunications industry. 16 2 Mobile activism in Africa: future trends and software developments Christian Kreutz Introduction The mobile phone will be a strategic tool for communication, col‑ laboration, coordination and collective action with four particular‑ ly promising trends for mobile activism.

In mobile terms, using the technology to enhance basic com‑ munications is a classic ‘low-hanging fruit’. After all, that’s what mobile phones do, and communication is fundamental to all NGO activities, particularly those working in the kinds of infra‑ structure-challenged environments often found in the developing world. Despite this, there are few tools available that take advan‑ tage of one of the most prolific mobile communication channels available to grassroots NGOs – the text message (or SMS).

G. mobile web) features continues to decrease, this cycle will eventually end – hopefully sooner rather than later. Government: telco diplomacy The telecommunications industry has presented an opportunity for foreign governments to increase their presence in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the guise of companies such as ZTE and Huawei, the Chinese government can take over a country’s entire telecom‑ munications industry, as in Ethiopia. A government-run operator such as the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) coupled with a monopoly equipment vendor leads to a pricing structure with airtime rates comparable to those in Africa over a decade ago.

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