Civic engagement on the move: how mobile media can serve the by J. D. Lasica

By J. D. Lasica

Civic Engagement at the Move seems to be at how innovative practitioners are utilizing cellular media to interact electorate to unravel difficulties, bridge adjustments and boost group. cellular media applied sciences offer new instruments for newshounds, govt and nonprofit firms, civic organizers, elected officers, activists and usual voters to notify, to arrive out to others and to impress neighborhood motion on a variety of issues.
Civic Engagement at the Move, written via J.D. Lasica, information the hallmarks of profitable cellular campaigns round civic engagement and offers case reports of a number of winning and rising projects, together with those who got here out of the new Aspen Institute Roundtable on cellular Media and Civic Engagement.
Noted specialists within the box upload their insights on utilizing cellular media, with a listing of “Mobile Advocacy Dos and Don’ts” via Katrin Verclas of MobileActive and “A cellular Media User’s consultant” by way of Jed Alpert, CEO of cellular Commons.

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Deb Levine, executive director and founder of Internet Sexuality Information Services (ISIS), outlined the nonprofit group’s SexINFO project conducted with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In April 2006 SexINFO was launched to provide local youths with 30 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ON THE MOVE information and advice about STDs, HIV, birth control, sexual health services and related topics after an upswing in gonorrhea and chlamydia rates, especially among African-Americans between the ages of 18 and 25.

There is a billion dollar NGO market for innovative applications specific to NGOs that is just waiting to be unleashed,” she said. While the mass media tend to focus on mobile games, ringtones and video clips of celebrities, developers are also working on applications to advance civic goals and humanitarian efforts. Barriers of access Mary Evslin, chairman of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority, raised the issue that residents of rural counties across the nation lack access to both basic and high-speed mobile services.

We're building online communities around artists with the help of mobile devices. We're finding ways that the music industry can benefit financially beyond ringtones and the little plastic discs they sell. org, said many of the nongovernmental organizations she works with still don't know how to incorporate mobile as a part of their overall strategy. “They say, ‘How do I do this? ” Roundtable participants identified three key barriers that stand in the way of mobile’s widespread use in the civic sphere: cost to users, the closed nature of mobile networks and the lack of access to broadband mobile in rural areas.

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