The Blog — Mobile
Short codes are shorter versions of telephone numbers that provide increased functionality with SMS. They typically provide automated services to people who text them. One advantage of short codes is that organizations can charge special rates for texting to a short code. For example, the American Red Cross charges users five dollars to text “GIVE” to 24357, which is an extremely convenient donation method for supporters. Short codes can also be free to text to, which is used to encourage interaction between and organization and the community. For example, an organization can mass message members and ask for a vote on a decision. Community members can text their votes for free, allowing an organization to easily get feedback from supporters.
Sourla Wa Bas is an iPhone and iPad app that gives users accurate information about activities of the Syrian opposition.
We want to create a comprehensive library of all video documenting protests and violence agaisnt civilians in Syria. Check out what we already have, and send us what we are missing.
Protest4, an app designed to allow non-violent protestors to connect and organize, launched last week and has already acquired a significant user base amongst political activists in Pakistan.
Activists, rights defenders, and journalists use mobile devices and communications for reporting, organizing, mobilizing, and documenting. Mobiles provide countless benefits -- relatively low cost, increased efficiencies, vast reach -- but they also present specific risks to rights defenders and activists. Additionally, information about other mobile uses, such as your photos or video, your data, the Internet sites you visit from your phone, and your physical location, are stored on your device and often logged by your mobile network.
MobileActive provides a detailed resource for browsing the web anonymously on your mobile phone.
WITNESS has created a toolkit for human rights defenders and social change activists interested in using video to strengthen their advocacy campaigns.
MobileActive, an organization who works to connect people, organizations, and resources using mobile technology for social change, has released a new guide for using Facebook safely and effectively on your mobile phone.
In 2009 fed up Syrian mobile customers used Facebook and blogs to organize a boycott of Syrian mobile telecoms. To learn more about how they did it, read our full case study.
Impact BBDO and LBC have begun a campaign called "Cheyef 7alak" to "to track, capture, and report" irresponsible drivers in Lebanon. The campaign features short, commercial style clips that demonstrate how people are violating traffic laws in Lebanaon. The campaign has its own website as well as a facebook page and YouTube channel and it already has 17,000 'likes' on Facebook, indicating its popularity and potential.