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MobileActive: Supporting Social Action Through Mobile Technology

Posted in Reviews, technology by Sarah on December 21, 2009

Image courtesy of MobileActive at

MobileActive is an organization that seeks to bring together research and user experiences of mobile technology to support social action.  As observed on their “about” page:

Mobile phones are proliferating at astounding rates across socio-economic and cultural boundaries, revolutionizing the way we organize ourselves.

With more than 4.5 billion mobile subscriptions in circulation in 2009, they are found in every corner of the world, used by people to communicate with each other, and access and deliver information and services. These trends are highly promising for NGOs and civil society organizations that can now engage people on issues that matter most — through always-on, always-on-hand devices.’s vision is to help organizations make use of the most ubiquitous communications technology in the world with data, tools, and how-to resources; build a network of practitioners and technologists in a supportive community of practice; and highlight and explore the many innovative campaigns and projects — their lessons learned.

The website contains a blog that updates information on a variety of projects, research resources (including an annotated bibliography of print and web resources), and a comprehensive search function.  Many of the issues they cover relate to human rights in its many guises–economic rights, crisis prevention or response, gender rights, environment, etc.    The group also support Citizen Media through mobile devises.

MediaActive has video presence on the web through Vimeo–site that  has a number of social impact videos in general–well worth a search to see what they have.  MobileActive has published two videos to date–both available here.


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  1. Katrin Verclas said, on December 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Hi, Sarah — we actually have a much more comprehensive channel on YouTube with lots of our videos and playlists of many more videos on mobiles in various social development disciplines. You can access all of them here: Thanks!

    All the best,


    • Sarah said, on December 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you for the link and additional information Katrin!

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