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  • SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa

    SMS Uprising is a collection of essays that provides practical examples of how mobile technology is providing new ways for activists in Africa to organise and strive for social change.

  • Ushahidi and the Power of Crowdsourcing

    At the end of 2007, a political and humanitarian crisis erupted in Kenya due to suspicions that incumbent presidential candidate Mwai Kibaki had rigged the recent elections. A few days into the crisis, a group of Kenyans in Nairobi launched Ushahidi, a website to map violence “based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phone”.

  • Mobile-First in Africa: How Mobile Phones are Changing Health Care in Africa

    This mobile explosion in Africa is having a far larger impact than merely connecting people, it is creating a very large, low-cost distributed sensor network that has the potential to completely transform global health care. This article will explore the fight against malaria, counterfeit drug detection, grade stock-out prevention, and health education.

  • Mobile-First in Africa: Education, Birth Registration, Banking

    In little over a decade, Africa has gone from being a region where it is hard to find power lines, fixed-line telecom infrastructure, and personal computers, to being the second most mobile connected continent, where about 15% of the billion inhabitants owns a cell phone. This is opening the way to innovative applications of mobile technologies in different fields.

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