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SMS Uprising

Mobile Activism in Africa

SMS Uprising by Sokari Ekine
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Providing a unique insight into how activists and social change advocates are addressing Africa's many challenges from within, this collection of essays by those engaged in using mobile phone technologies for social change provides an analysis of the socioeconomic, political, and media contexts faced by activists in Africa today. The articles address a broad range of issuesincluding inequalities in access to technology based on gender and rural and urban usageand it offers practical examples of how activists are using mobile technology to organize and document their experiences. An overview of the lessons learned in making effective use of mobile phone technologies without any of the romanticism so often associated with the use of new technologies for social change is given. Examples are shared in a way that makes them easy to replicate, hoping to lead to greater reflection about the real potential and limitations of mobile technologies. Contributors include Ken Banks, Nathan Eagle, Anil Naidoo, Berna Ngolobe, and Juliana Rotich.
Pambazuka Press; January 2010
172 pages; ISBN 9780857490124
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Title: SMS Uprising
Author: Sokari Ekine