The Blog — Mobile
Android, the open-source mobile operating system developed by Google, is quickly becoming the smartphone of choice for activists. It’s growing in popularity around the world, recently becoming the number two smartphone in the world behind Nokia’s Symbian operating system and outranks the iPhone in the U.S. Here are 5 reasons why Android should be on any activist's radar.
Much of the world has been able to follow what's happening in Egypt through firsthand reporting by citizens using photos, YouTube videos, Tweets, and blog postings to share their stories. A handful of Egyptians have taken it one step further by broadcasting live video from their mobile phones using the Bambuser app. Unlike video sharing services YouTube and Vimeo, where users must first record videos and then take the time to upload them to the platform, all a person needs to use Bambuser is a mobile phone with a camera and a free account to share a live feed with viewers around the world.
Check out our latest how to guides for more securely using mobile phones and email for activism. The first guide, How To Use Your Mobile Phone Securely and Safely for Activism, shares simple steps you can follow to ensure that you are taking the necessary precautions when using a mobile phone. The range of tips offered in this guide run from the practical (use a password lock on your phone) to the more technical (use services like CryptoSMS and Hushmail to securely send texts and emails). In the second guide, How To Use Gmail More Securely, we offer a number of ways to make sure that you are using Google’s webmail service more securely. While there are a number of good webmail services and email clients out there, this guide solely focuses on Gmail since it’s one of the most popular services available and we frequently come across activists using it.
Massive anti-government demonstrations took place all across Egypt yesterday, with many on the ground turning to social networking tools to share instructions and news about police actions, their personal safety, and location information. Access to sites like Twitter and Facebook have been sporadically blocked inside Egypt and tech-savvy protesters are turning to proxies to access the platforms. Keep checking back here for the latest updates.
Creating a podcast is a great way to record and share an interview, speech, or your own thoughts. Yet there are a number of challenges that come with trying to create a great podcast: the need for good audio equipment, locating a reliable podcasting host, and learning how to use an audio editor. Fortunately, there's a new free tool called Cinch that lets you record a podcast from your computer or mobile phone, upload it to the web, and share it on Cinch’s site, as well as with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. Check out our latest how-to guide for creating a podcast with Cinch.
As the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti approaches, innovations in mobile technologies are being leveraged to spur recovery and development. A new mobile service developed at MIT enables organizations on the ground to recruit local labor, while two m-banking services launched in the past month hope to make cash payments and transfers safer and more reliable. NGOs are using m-banking in lieu of paper vouchers to improve the efficiency of aid distribution. As these initiatives take off, how could they be applied to other communities following a disaster or in the midst of conflict?
As 2010 winds down, critics and bloggers are clamoring to publish year-end reviews and reflections and to offer predictions about what will come in 2011. We’ve rounded up some of the top predictions for the coming year and how they could impact the realm of digital activism. What does 2011 hold in store for users' privacy, web censorship, mobile phone use, and cybersecurity?
QR codes are cropping up everywhere: on billboards and signs, in magazine advertisements, and as decals on shop windows. So just what are they? Should you be integrating them into your cause's campaign? Our latest how-to guide takes you through the steps to create a QR codes and integrate it into a cause marketing campaign.