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Safety on the Line – A new report by the BBG and Freedom House on Mobile…

The US Broadcasting Board of Governors and the US organization Freedom House recently collaborated on a new study on mobile safety in 12 countries. The study, Safety on the Line: Exposing the myth of mobile security (PDF), sets out to investigate two distinct areas: 1. Testing of specific mobile applications (with a strong focus on circumvention tech) vis a vis their security and usability; and 2. a very small survey of users in 12 countries about their use and security challenges of mobile telephony.The BBG, as the parent of news outlets such as the Voice of America and Voice of Asia, is, of course, keenly interested in delivering content to various countries without a free media, so the report emphasizes circumvention tools and barriers to online content, and focuses on countries of particular interest to the BBG. The study is peculiar.

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Mobile Security Survival Toolkit for Activists

MobileActive’s SaferMobile projectis running two trainings at the Internet at Liberty conference on mobile security with colleagues from IWPR, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and UC Berkeley. We’ll be demoing common mobile threats and provide hands-on tips on how to better protect yourself. We put together a set of resources in a ‘mobile security survival kit’ for activists and journalists with practical tips and advice. They are all online at SaferMobile.org but we are also compiling here in a Primer Toolkit on Mobile Security.

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A Voice For The Voiceless: Peer-to-Peer Mobile Phone Networks For A…

Author: Ranganathan, Kavitha, Ankur Sarin Publication Type: Report/White paper Publication Date: May 2011 Publisher/Journal: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Publication language: English Abstract: We propose a new application for mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs) – community radio. We argue how MANETS help overcome important limitations in how community radio is currently operationalized. We identify critical design elements for a MANET based community radio service and propose a broad architecture for the same. We then investigate a most critical issue – the choice of the network wide broadcast protocol for the audio content. We identify desired characteristics of a community radio broadcasting service

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Mobile Security for Journalist – The Essential SaferMobile Survival Guide

The newMobile Security Survival Guide for Journalistsfrom SaferMobilehelps you better understand the risks inherent in the use of mobile technology. It also discusses tactics you can use to protect yourself.As someone working with sensitive information, mobile communications are inherently insecure and expose journalists and citizen reporters working in sensitive environments to risks that are not easy to detect or overcome. This guide is designed to help you navigate these challenges.We outline the risks and offer tips to help mitigate them. SaferMobile’sprimary goal is to help you make better decisions about using your mobile phone as a journalist, rights defender, or activist.SaferMobileis a project of MobileActive.org.TheMobile Security Survival Guideis written with the workflow of a journalist in mind and covers Mobile Network Basics, Prepping for Assignment, Reporting with your Phone, Filing the Story, and considering for Social Media use on your phone.Check it out.There is much more atSaferMobile- resources, apps, and training materials to make you and your mobile communications more secure. final_sm_logo.jpg Featured?: Yes Featured on homepage?: Yes

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The Mobile Phone as a Megafone: Immigrants Telling Stories in Their Own…

Every Saturday, a group of Queens, New York residents gathers to learn how to use mobile technology to tell their stories. Megafone, a mobile-based citizen media project, provides an outlet for groups that are often not covered by traditional media organizations. In Queens, a group of Chinese immigrants use Megafone to document their daily lives and experiences in New York City.Antoni Abad, the founder and director of Megafone, started in 2003 when camera phones first started appearing on the market. He realized that having a low-cost, portable documentation tool would create new opportunities for capturing every-day life – especially for marginalized communities that either are portrayed negatively in the media or aren’t covered at all.Built on the Open Data Kit platform, Megafone content is directly uploaded from mobile devices to the Megafone website. The project has been in operation since 2004 in a number of countries, each time focusing on a marginalized group such as Roma in France, disabled people in Barcelona, or taxi drivers in Mexico

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Activist Media from the Frontlines: Mobile, Strategic, and Much More Than…

In Syria, activists and citizen journalists fill a media void and strategically inform the global conversation on the uprising by capturing and sharing their own footage. They are organized, trained, smart, strategic, and promote media – much of it mobile – with a purpose.Mass demonstrations and continued state violence continue in Syria. Authorities are largely banning foreign reporters and have arrested Syrian journalists and bloggers. Outside of the country, news outlets report on the major events there citing “Syrian activists” as the source of information.

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Sat Phone Insecurity, Sneaky Apps, and SMS Campaigns: News Mashup!

The MobileActive News Round Up is a collection of news stories and trends that are shaking up the mobile industry. If you’d like to get this content earlier and delivered right to your inbox, sign up for the MobileActive Newsletter.Click through to read about reaching multi-lingual audiences with an SMS campaign, new research on the efficacy of mobile tools for health work, SIM card registration requirements in Ghana, and much, much more.Mobile TrendsDoes branchless banking reach the poor and the unbanked? CGAP investigates new evidence on how mobile banking is being used by poor individuals.A study from Kenya looks at how citizens currently interact with the government, and how mobile tools could affect service delivery and government participation.If you’re sending an SMS campaign to a multi-lingual audience, you need to know about accents and accented characters. Sending a text with accents or different characters means you may have to adjust the length of your message, so choose carefully.If you read a right-to-left language, Twitter is now much more accessible. Thanks to help from 13,000 volunteers, Twitter is now available in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu.What’s going on with the African tech scene?

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Newest Case Study from the Toolkit: Mobile Media Lessons from Afghanistan

A lot is happening right now with media development in Afghanistan (and no one seems to be writing about it.) For instance, a project between iMedia Associates and Media Support Partnership Afghanistan (MSPA) aims to enhance the interactivity and access of audio news programs via mobile phone. Users call in to a local short code, hang up, then receive a call back and can navigate and listen to top news stories, in Pashto, via an integrated voice response (IVR) system.

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I-Call

I-Call is an awareness raising tool for the community level, which has been developed by the Austrian eLearning company common sense eLearning consultants. I-Call utilizes simple GSM voice technology to disseminate information and messages to the public on various issues geared towards behavior and attitude change.

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NO to SOPA and PIPA

We here at MobileActive believe that it is critical to protest and raise awareness of detrimental pending legislation in the United States: House Bill 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Legislation such as SOPA and PIPA directly

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Closing the Gap in Indigenous Australia with Mobile Journalism: New from…

In a crisp, 6-minute mobile video, Gerald Yawulkpuy introduces the local news from his community. Welcome to Ramo News – all the news from Ramingining. My name is Gerald Yawulkpuy, good evening.

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Using SMS for Stories from Somalia: New on the Mobile Media Toolkit!

In the Horn of Africa, Somalia makes headlines but often only because of drought, famine, crisis, and insecurity. Al Jazeera recently launched Somalia Speaks to help amplify stories from people and their everyday lives in the region – all via SMS.

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Happy 2012! The MobileActive Year in Review

Welcome to a very mobile 2012! Last year mobiles were at the forefront of protests, citizen journalism, disaster recovery and relief, environmental issues, and more –

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2011 Year In Review – The Year of Mobile

new years.png In 2011, the world population crossed the seven billion mark and the number of mobile subscriptions surpassed six billion. As mobile phones have become part of everyday life around the world, MobileActive.org celebrates the New Year by looking at all the ways mobiles have been used in social change and development work. MobileActive.org launched two new initiatives this year, The

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