“Making Our Own News” – Sharing Women’s Social Knowledge in Sri Lanka

FrontlineSMS has huge potential as a tool for news-sharing, and this user guest post shows an example of this from a women’s news network in Sri Lanka. By Ananda Galappatti, Minmini News Minmini News is a local SMS news service for women in the Batticaloa District of Eastern Sri Lanka. Batticaloa is the poorest district [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|FrontlineSMS, low cost technology, Sri Lanka, text messaging|

Kio Kit brings mobile learning to Africa

The Kio Kit is a fascinating innovation that provides an integrated mobile learning package for African schools.  This is a compelling examples of what can be done with an inclusive innovation approach that involves users directly in the design process. While the immediate application is targeted to youth, there is clearly lots of potential for [...]

7 Reasons Why Farmers Do Not Use Market Price SMS Text Messages | ICT Works

This is an important reminder from ICT Works that SMS is not a silver bullet solution for all communication problems.  I'll need to have a closer look at the study on which it is based but lest we avoid jumping to a wrong-headed conclusion that SMS has no value to farmers.  Among other things, we don't [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|ICT4D, M4D, research, SMS|

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 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|