• National Geographic’s Camera Phone Book Could be worth checking out…. Plus it’s got a photo essay on Williamsburg shot with cellphone camera. http://www.cellular-news.com/story/22645.php “By combining photography with communications, [the camera phone] has the potential to become the most influential kind of camera,” writes Baldridge. “It offers innovative functions that let you use images to communicate with others, link up with […] Sameer Padania June 26, 2007
  • Opinions on the Cellphone Videos from the Virginia Tech Massacre Steve Safran of Lost Remote writes: I like it whenever I come upon contrarian points of view. And newassignment.net has a doozy. Steve Fox writes about Virginia Tech student Jamal Albarghouti’s cellphone video of the shooting at Virginia Tech. Here are some of his thoughts: As everyone steps up to applaud the “citizen journalism” that […] WITNESS April 23, 2007
  • Mobile Advocacy: Still Bleeding Edge for Most Non-Profits… … good thing we’re not squeamish. Katrin Verclas of NTEN and MobileActive fame writes on the NTEN blog: • Mobile phones should be used as part of an integrated campaign. As sexy as mobile marketing and campaigning is, it can’t yet stand by itself. • Texting campaigns, especially with short codes on a professionally run […] Sameer Padania February 14, 2007
  • Social Media – the Tipping Point for Mobile Video? Here are the figures from TVWeek: The potential for social networking on phones is huge. MySpace, the biggest social networking site on the Web, now commands nearly 5 percent of all Internet visits. Audience measurement firm Hitwise reports that one of every 17 Internet visits is to a social networking site, with MySpace commanding 81 […] WITNESS February 14, 2007
  • BBC’s Hot Mobile Trends The 3GSM World Congress is happening in Barcelona this week, and the BBC is covering it. They’ve also put together a list of some companies to keep track of in the coming year. Not surprisingly, there are a number of companies offering services for user generate content producers. UK based, YoSpace has created See Me […] WITNESS February 12, 2007
  • Mobile Phone Video Exposes Abuse in Russia http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6319439.stm WITNESS February 2, 2007
  • Txt Power tells public to take pics of election fraud in the Philippines CAPITALIZING on the popularity of camera-equip cellphones, a consumer watchdog group on Monday appealed to the populace to lend their hand in ensuring a credible and honest election this May by taking photographs of any violation of election laws using their phones. Read more at The Sun In a country where political sms messages are […] WITNESS January 31, 2007
  • Rural Women to Report Human Rights Violations Against Them Using Mobile Phones The UmNyango Project will use SMS technology for rural women and men to access information to and report incidences of violence against women and children, as well as violations of women¹s right to land. This initiative will be tested out in Dondotha, KwaDlangezwa, KwaGcwensa, Limehill and Muden, and if successful, will be rolled out on […] Sameer Padania December 18, 2006
  • Cellphones in Iraq There was an interesting article in today’s New York Times about how important cellphones are in Iraq, not just for communication, but as a tool for self expression. Iraqis use their cellphones to pass around viral videos that poke fun at the Iraqi government, the US military, and energy shortages among other things. Here’s how […] WITNESS August 9, 2006
  • Reporting from the field via mobile phone Last week, Bryan and I had a call with Erik Sundelof, a fellow of the Reuters Digital Vision Program at Stanford University in California. Erik had set up a test page for WITNESS on his inTheFieldOnline.net site. After a short registration process,users can send images, video and text straight from a cell phone. It was […] Sameer Padania August 4, 2006
  • Secure Mobile Phone Looking around to see what sort of things exist to help keep mobile uploading of video secure, I ran across this article from OhGizmo about a GSM phone that uses 1024 bit Diffie-Helman encryption. I don’t know anything about encryption protocol, but it sure sounds impressive. While this phone doesn’t protect the user’s identity it […] WITNESS August 1, 2006