Introducing Free Mobile Petitioning With Crowdring

What if people around the world could sign a petition for free using just a regular mobile? This is the simple question that sparked the creation of Crowdring: a tech tool that links petitions to a dedicated local phone number, allowing people to demonstrate their political support by placing missed calls. Traveling around the world, … Continue reading

Innovation Versus Security In Kenya

Kenya is an exciting innovation hub spurring creative projects and pursuing steady progress. How long can this sustain and how will the upcoming elections fare, given the violence of the not-so-distant past? I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Kenya. Aside from seeing old friends, I had the pleasure of meeting with key members … Continue reading

Your Kid’s a Weiner

Watch where you point your finger. Your kid has probably sent or received a sext today. The accusations that led to Anthony Weiner’s resigning were upsetting insofar as this was a teachable moment. Instead it became a media circus. Why not have a larger discussion about the serious issues surrounding privacy and technology? Develop a … Continue reading

Future of mobiles for change

On Wednesday I sent out a tweet asking “What can Nokia do to support & empower people around the world.” I was at an event put on by Nokia, Abundancy Partners and Lovely Day, to discuss ICT for good. To give the event some additional structure, some of us reinterpreted the question. Nokia is one … Continue reading

Armenia’s New Media Landscape

Last week I was in Armenia looking at the current media landscape. It was a pleasure to be back again after I was there for Barcamp Yerevan back in April. It was fun to be back and exploring the media sector in more detail, applying what I learned from the civil society tech brainstorm sessions … Continue reading

Presenting at ITP Social Activism using Mobile Technology class

Back in May I had the pleasure of exploring The Future, also known as NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring Show 2009. Last night I had the pleasure of actually molding it by guest lecturing Nathan Freitas’ Social Activism using Mobile Technology class at ITP with my colleague Emily Jacobi. The topic of our class was … Continue reading

Mobiles Hidden in Monks’ Robes

My colleague Emily wrote  an article about our experiences during the Saffron Uprising and the creation of Digital Democracy. It was published by MobileActive: On Sept. 26, the protests were still going strong. It was 11 am, and Aung Aung Ye was juggling two computers and a mobile phone from his office in Thailand. That … Continue reading

Barcamp Yerevan

I’m always excited to go back to Armenia, my old stomping grounds. Not only did I get the chance to explore new bars with old friends, this time I was coming for Barcamp Yerevan. Many years back, I worked with a documentary film company, Bars Media, producing films and multimedia packages on a variety of subjects, including … Continue reading

Technology for Human Rights

It’s often the case that in places where human rights violations are pervasive that technology access is limited. In certain circumstances this means being limited to a mobile phone. In others, even access to those can be a luxury. Are there other options? I recently had the opportunity to explore the current state of technology … Continue reading