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Saskatoon launches a mobile app for youth street outreach

Youth in Saskatoon have a new means to report incidents affecting them on the street.  The IAMNOT4SALE.ca website and mobile app is a new initiative of the street outreach organization EGADZ, with additional funding from other organizations. The website describes the app's features: When in difficult situations it can be hard to ask for help. [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|low cost technology, Mobile apps, Outreach Support, text messaging, youth|

CRTC reviewing next-generation 9-1-1 services – Canada News Centre

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is announcing a public consultation on next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) emergency services. NG 9-1-1 is a term used to describe more technologically advanced 9-1-1 services. Source: CRTC reviewing next-generation 9-1-1 services - Canada News Centre

By | April 12th, 2016|CRTC, mobile phone, safety|

CRTC seeks comments regarding the participation of wireless service providers in the National Public Alerting System – Canada News Centre

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is inviting comments on the participation of wireless service providers in Canada's National Public Alerting System. Source: CRTC seeks comments regarding the participation of wireless service providers in the National Public Alerting System - Canada News Centre

By | April 12th, 2016|CRTC, emergency alerting, mobile phone|

Swap a smoke for an SMS?

A recent review (Sept. 2015) in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment looked at a series of 13 controlled studies done on the efficacy of SMS to help people with smoking cessation programs.  The literature review concluded with some interesting findings: Smoking quit rates for the text messaging intervention group were 36% higher compared to the control group [...]

By | April 6th, 2016|harm reduction, health promotion, SMS|

Using SMS to engage youth in Boston

For youth, SMS is a familiar and heavily used communication channel.  Textit's blog recently reported a story on how the City of Boston is using SMS with its Youth Engagement and Employment (YEE) initiative. Textit reports that YEE is using a combination of keywords and short messages with embedded links to connect youth to programming and [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|community development, SMS|