SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa

SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa

Edited by Sokari Ekine


Introduction ix
Sokari Ekine

Part I: The context

1 Economics and power within the African telecommunications industry 2
Nathan Eagle

2 Mobile activism in Africa: future trends and software developments 17
Christian Kreutz

3 Social mobile: empowering the many or the few? 32
Ken Banks

4 Mobiles in-a-box: developing a toolkit with grassroots human rights advocates 40
Tanya Notley and Becky Faith

Part II: Mobile democracy: SMS case studies

5 Fahamu: using cell phones in an activist campaign 56
Redante Asuncion-Reed

6 The UmNyango project: using SMS for political participation in rural KwaZulu Natal 71
Anil Naidoo

7 Kubatana in Zimbabwe: mobile phones for advocacy 86
Amanda Atwood

8 Women in Uganda: mobile activism for networking and advocacy 105
Berna Ngolobe

9 Mobile telephony: closing the gap 116
Christiana Charles-Iyoha

10 Digitally networked technology in Kenya's 2007–08 post-election crisis 124
Joshua Goldstein and Juliana Rotich

11 Using mobile phones for monitoring human rights violations in the DRC 138
Bukeni Waruzi