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Today is World Aids Day, a day where individuals and organisations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. Mobile phones are increasinly playing a key role in combatting HIV/AIDS, providing public education and information services, patient monitoring and support, data collection, emergency medical services, and even educational games. We have written much on this topic, of immense importance to the world where there are now more than 33 million people living with the disease, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Throughout the day, we’ll feature a few projects that use or have used mobile technology in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment that stand out.
Evgeny Morozov is spending a year as an Open Society Institute fellow, working through some of his ideas about cybernationalism and cyberwarfare, and organizing events to discuss the future of the Internet at OSI. The first of these events was a presentation by Columbia University and Berkman Center researcher John Kelly and a panel discussion on the role of the blogosphere in closed societies.
FrontlineSMS is the first text messaging system created exclusively to address the lack of communication tools that many developing country grassroots NGOs face. By leveraging computers and mobile phones, FrontlineSMS enables instantaneous two-way communication on a large scale.Find more videos like this on FrontlineSMS
There are more than a billion people in 120 developing countries have no record of their existence. Without documentation, these uncounted poor are unable to access public health care, register to vote, open a bank account, or obtain credit and other essential services. Mobile Metrix is a social enterprise, using mobile technology to document the ‘invisible’ poor linking overlooked communities to important resources. Learn more in an interview with Mobile Metrix Founder and CEO Melanie Edwards.
‘We pursue a grassroots, bottom up approach’ says Edwards ‘Our solution lies in employing the community in assessing their own needs then distributing critical products and services to meet these needs’
Tactical Technology Collective has just released “Mobiles in-a-Box”, a collection of tools, tactics, how-to guides, and case studies designed to help advocacy organizations use mobile technology in their work. Included are sections on conducting surveys and petitions, mobile fundraising, creating a mobile website, setting up an SMS hub, and more.
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