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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Mobile Phones and Activism

A week ago I attended an activist conference in Toronto, focused on how to utilize mobile phones for civic engagement, social justice, and human rights work around the world. It was quite a gathering, and you can see the full information on it here: http://www.mobileactive.org

As part of the event a declaration was written. Here is the "SMS" 160 character version:

"Mobile phones serve Communication. Communication serves Humanity. Humanity should serve Humanity. Mobile phones: tech 4 people changing the world."

You can read the complete and amazing declaration, in which we declare that communications technology is a right derived from the inalienable right of freedom expression, and make other bold statements.

SFT can and should make use of mobile technology more. From sending simple text messages reminders out to get people to come to rallys, coordinating large teams of people during actions, or creating our own propaganda through ringtones.

Here's some links to get you started:
Getting Started "Gutter-tech Guide to SMS": http://www.mobileactive.org/wiki/index.php?title=Guttertech_Guide_to_SMS
TXTMob - free service for setting up SMS/test message mailing lists: http://txtmob.com/


  • At 2:18 PM, Blogger cold mtn said…

    Cool, so I went to txtmob to create an SFT group just to see how it would work. But then, we would need to get lots of people to go sign up themselves. Is there yet any way to take a list of cell #s - in a spreadsheet or whatever - and hit a whole group at once with one message (write it once, load in the list of #s and hit send once)?

  • At 6:05 PM, Blogger natdefreitas said…

    TXTMob is designed to require the person receiving the message to "opt-in". The issue is that people pay for these messages to their phones, and not everyone wants to receive them.

    There are other systems out there that cost money, but do allow you to do "blasts".

    The simple answer is this:
    1) Go to the "Guttertech" guide above and find the email domains for each carrier.

    2) Find out the carrier of each phone you want to send to.

    3) Use your email program to send out the messages

    For instance, to send a text message to me, all you need to do is send en email to 9173490170@tmomail.net with tmomail.net being the email address for T-Mobile customers.


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