Oil slick reporting through mobiles

The potential of Oil Reporter, a new mobile application from Crisis Commons, goes far beyond its intended application to monitor the fallout of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf Coast. In a blog post written four years ago (Content without wires), I hinted at the potential for meaningful peacebuilding through similar applications, running on smartphones … Continue reading Oil slick reporting through mobiles

Using mobiles to teach English

Developing Telecoms has a very interesting story on how in Bangladesh, mobiles are being used by the BBC to teach English. Mobile users in Bangladesh have accessed more than 1 million English lessons using a new service, BBC Janala (‘Window’), which is promising to transform the way people learn language through m-technology in the developing … Continue reading Using mobiles to teach English

Mobiles, new media and citizen journalism in Kashmir

Photo credit: BBC World Service Kashmir has, according to a new BBC World Service documentary, the highest rate of mobile phone usage per capita in India although services were only introduced in 2003. As the BBC reporter points out, without mobile phone services there would be no cyber resistance. And there’s the irony, for it … Continue reading Mobiles, new media and citizen journalism in Kashmir

The internet through mobiles: ODR solutions must follow?

Four years when Melissa and I published our paper on An Asian Perspective on Online Mediation, we were sort of mavericks in the Online Dispute Resolution community for even harbouring the thought that mobiles would dominate the field in less than a decade. The resistance from the ancien régime was expected – hundreds of thousands … Continue reading The internet through mobiles: ODR solutions must follow?

From community radio to Internet radio, mobiles and narrow-casting: New models for enduring needs

For more images of Saru Praja radio and the training we conducted, click here. In May this year, a colleague and I went to Nissankamallapura, Pollonnaruwa to strengthen online journalism capacities of a group trained in community radio production and had a decent production studio conveniently adjacent to an ICTA Nenasala. This groups was very … Continue reading From community radio to Internet radio, mobiles and narrow-casting: New models for enduring needs

On the banning of mobiles from schools

Lirneasia pretty much sums up all the nonsense here. This latest ban, which has no basis in law, comes hot on the heels of the government ordering ISPs to block several porn websites, the Child Protection Authority banning the “hosting” of porn on mobiles, and the sickeningly subservient attitudes of mobile phone companies to appease a … Continue reading On the banning of mobiles from schools

Layar: Augmented reality through mobiles in Amsterdam

Layar is one of the most visually impressive and powerful applications I have seen to date using a mobile. As noted on Download Squad, “Layar uses the camera and location-based services of your mobile device — Android devices only, so far — and overlays information on the camera image. This is flying-car level tech, the … Continue reading Layar: Augmented reality through mobiles in Amsterdam

Google Latitude: Real time location awareness through mobiles

At the time I last wrote about the potential of location aware web / mobile mashups and services, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence disallowed the sale of GPS enabled mobile phones. That seems to have changed in the past month. Airtel and Dialog both sport the Blackberry Bold, which has in built GPS, and Dialog’s … Continue reading Google Latitude: Real time location awareness through mobiles

Mobiles to dominate Internet access by 2020?

From Network World, By 2020, mobile phones will be the primary Internet devices for most people in the world, according to a panel of experts, who also predict that Web technologies will probably not lead to increased social tolerance. “The mobile phone – now with significant computing power – [will be] the primary Internet connection … Continue reading Mobiles to dominate Internet access by 2020?

Obama, the web, the Internet and mobiles

One of the many ways that the election of Barack Obama as president has echoed that of John F. Kennedy is his use of a new medium that will forever change politics. For Mr. Kennedy, it was television. For Mr. Obama, it is the Internet. How Obama’s Internet Campaign Changed Politics, Claire Cain Miller, NY … Continue reading Obama, the web, the Internet and mobiles