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”...think ahead a couple years to when mobile devices at least as advanced as the current iPhone are as ubiquitous as cell phones. This makes physical environments potentially dense with information, [whether through particular function-specific channels, socially salient tags, aggregative filtering, or some combination thereof]... political information can be embedded in a place without requiring a bunch of people with placards to spend their day marching around in front of a shop…”
Using 100 recycled cell phones and a donated laptop running a copy of FrontlineSMS, Josh Nesbit (mobilesinmalawi.blogspot.com) implemented an SMS-based communications network was implemented for a rural hospital and its volunteer community health workers in Namitete, Malawi. In six months, the SMS program has saved 2100 hours of follow-up time and over $3,000 in motorbike fuel, processed nearly 1,400 patient updates via SMS and treated 230 new patients.
In his forthcoming panel at SXSW 2009, Jon Lebowky will talk about “using digital technology and social media to accelerate sustainability, which is about doing more with less, and using materials “cradle to cradle.” In the next economy the emphasis shifts from resource extraction and labor to knowledge and engineering, mediated by social/collaborative technologies. This is a futurist discussion…”
A new project in South Africa leveraging mobile technologies as tools for public engagement to inform about and fight HIV/AIDS.
The goal of the Next Billion Network, founded and run at MIT, is to “deploy innovative mobile technologies that help people reduce friction in their local markets from the bottom up.” The Network manages point projects through an academic program and through partnerships to capitalize on increased adoption of mobile technologies in developing regions.
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