Berto Jongman: Citizens in Brazil Take Over Their Story

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

How social media gives new voice to Brazil’s protests

Street protests continue to rock Brazil and, frustrated by mainstream media coverage, a new group of citizen journalists is using digital tools to tell a different side of the story

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But the battles are not just being waged on the street. Angered by what they see as a misrepresentation of the issues by traditional media, new independent media collectives and networks have emerged over the past year. Armed with smartphones, digital cameras, and apps such as Twitcasting and Twitcam that allow them to broadcast live online, they are presenting their own version of events. Some of them are reaching a huge audience across the country and are now looking to expand their reach internationally.

One such group is the Mídia Ninja, a self-styled loose collective of citizen journalists, which first emerged during last summer’s protests. They are keen to present an alternative narrative to the mainstream media by reporting live from the frontline.

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Apr 28

Owl: Autonomous Internet First Step – Android Unleashed

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

Now owners of Android phones can connect to each other without an internet connection thanks to Serval Mesh app

Serval Mesh, full mesh darknet, quietly released for Android
“You set up your phone, I set up my phone, it connects them directly, so no infrastructure is needed. It can also relay calls, so if you can get a connection to bob and I can get a connection to bob, we can both talk even though we can’t get a connection directly to each other.”

Serval Project
“Serval is revolutionary, free, open-source software under development for mobile telephones, letting them communicate even in the absence of phone towers and other supporting infrastructure.”

Serval Android App page
“So with using your existing number, and not requiring Internet Access, our software is making the best of what you have, whether in a disaster or emergency situation, or where poor economies or regional & location restrictions can mean zero infrastructure, we enable communication using just existing mobile phones. Our software is :

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Jan 29

Yoda: Ten Ways Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Got Crowd? BE the Force!

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

Fabio Sergio, FastCodeDesign, 20 December 2012

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1.  Continuous learning
2.  Educational leap-frogging
3.  A new crop of older life-long learners and educators
4.  Breaking gender boundaries, reducing physical burdens
5.  A new literacy emerges: software literacy
6.  Education’s long tail
7.  Teachers and pupils trade roles
8.  Synergies with mobile banking and mobile health initiatives
9.  New opportunities for tradtional educational institutions
10.  A revolution leading to customized education

Phi Beta Iota:  Entire article strongly recommended.  We would have added “just enough, just in time learning” but find the over-all list compelling.

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Dec 20

Mini-Me: Do-It-Yourself Cell Phones – A Tipping Point for Humanity

Who? Mini-Me?

Huh?

Open-Source Phone Pushes The Boundaries Of DIY Tech

Tired of high cost mobile phones? Feel guilty that while you’ve got a paper thin phone, it’s hard to recycle elements are destroying the planet ? Turns out, you don’t need Samsung or LG to stay in touch with those you love.

David A. Mellis, from MITs High-Low Tech group, has created a DIY mobile phone out of easily obtained electronic parts and a little bit of plywood. It may not have the internet connectivity or giant touchscreen of your current mobile phone, but it’s a completely self-made, operational phone, which means it’s low impact and free from the constraints of mass production.

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According to Mellis, the initial prototype combines a custom electronic circuit board with a laser-cut plywood and veneer enclosure. The phone accepts a standard SIM card and works with any GSM provider. Cellular connectivity is provided by the SM5100B GSM Module, available from SparkFun Electronics. The display may only be about 1.8″ across, but it does offer color images. Currently, the software supports voice calls, but the folks at High-Low Tech say SMS and other functionality could be added with the same hardware. Altogether the prototype contains about $150 in parts.

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“By creating and sharing open-source designs for the phone’s circuit board and case, we hope to encourage a proliferation of personalized and diverse mobile phones,” say the designers. Want to give it a try? The source code, circuit design files (Eagle), and case design files (Inkscape) are hosted in the damellis/cellphone repository on GitHub.

Phi Beta Iota:  Combined with OpenBTS and Open Spectrum, this puts the stake in the heart of both governments and corporations seeking to create scarcity instead of infinite access.

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Jul 31

16-17 August 2012 London The Global Summit (Occupyish)

The Global Summit 2012
In the new global economy, innovation happens in diverse sectors.
The Global Summit is where it all comes together.
As the Olympics come to a close (on August 12), we’ll begin linking social innovators with the teams and technologies they need to create rippling social and economic impact. Be part of it!

The Global Summit 2012 Biennial Meeting :: Aug 16 & 17, 2012

*Main Venue Address:  200 Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, London EC1A 4HD

*Benefit soiree August 15 held off-site (private location TBA).

Time & Dates:

  • Daily Registration, AM Tea & Danish – 8-9am
  • Thursday August 16th – Program Begins (Sharp Start) 9am – 9pm
  • Friday August 17th – Program 9am – 6pm

Delegate registration includes:

  • 2 days of hands on solutions in action with other thought-leaders
  • 2 Full Meals (Sustainable Vegan Cuisine) per day August 16 & 17
  • 3 breaks per day, with tea and snacks
  • Special Workshops and networking events
  • Access to collaboration & networking software
  • Full training in 7 Stages to Sustainability (at Summit and online)

Summit Home Page

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Jul 27

SmartPlanet: Glasses provide live language translation

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Glasses provide live language translation

Here’s the scene: you’re traveling, and you walk into a little restaurant and the menu is entirely in a language you don’t understand, without pictures. You’ve got a couple of choices. You can leave, and try to find a place with English translations. You can try to hack your way through a conversation with the waiter, who also doesn’t speak your language. Or, you can point randomly at the menu and live with the consequences.

Well, in the future there will be another, better, answer. Live, realtime translation built into your glasses. Enter: Project Glass. British hacker and DIYer Will Powell has built a pair of glasses that can (albeit roughly) project a translation of your conversation onto your glasses. Here’s what it looks like:

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Jul 27

Patrick Meier: Evaluating the Impact of SMS on Behavior Change

Patrick Meier

Evaluating the Impact of SMS on Behavior Change

The purpose of PeaceTXT is to use mobile messaging (SMS) to catalyze behavior change vis-a-vis peace and conflict issues for the purposes of violence prevention. You can read more about our pilot project in Kenya here. We’re hoping to go live next month with some initial trials. In the meantime, we’ve been busy doing research to develop an appropriate monitoring and evaluation strategy. As is often the case in this new innovative initiatives, we have to look to other fields for insights, which is why my colleague Peter van der Windt recently shared this peer-reviewed study entitled: “Mobile Phone Technologies Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment in a Resource-Limited Setting: A Randomized Con-trolled Trial of Text Message Reminders.”

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Jul 26