Lift10 Online Communities: The Revolution is Most Definitely Mobilized – Mobiles in Democratic Participation. Debunking Hype and Assessing Reality (Katrin Verclas) [en]

Here are my running notes of the Lift conference in Geneva. This is The Revolution is Most Definitely Mobilized – Mobiles in Democratic Participation. Debunking Hype and Assessing Reality (Katrin Verclas), part of the Online Communities session. May contain errors, omissions, things that aren’t quite right, etc. I do my best but I’m just a human live-blogging machine.

Found other good posts about this session? Link to them in the comments.

Lift10 Katrin Verclas

She’s an activist. Not really techy. 5 billion mobile subscribers in 2010. Wants to debunk some myths about how people participate. Only 1.8 billion people online. *steph-note: not sure about that figure, might have misunderstood.*

The hype cycle, with the trough of disillusionment. How mobiles are being used in political participation. *steph-note: political? I think I’m tired. Examples are about HIV information.*

Lift10 Arm Circumference

*steph-note: OK, that was a series of examples of mobile use for health stuff, and now we’re back to politics.*

Protests in Thailand. “Sousveillance” (citizens recording and denouncing abuses like police brutality). Myth of twittering during iranian demonstrations: the mobile network was cut off!!

Election monitoring is a long-standing practice.

Citizen reporting, unlike election monitoring: stuff people submit via web, Twitter, etc. Source of reports seem to show that Mexican NGOs prefer reporting through web/Twitter rather than SMS.

Budget monitoring. Budget tracking tool you can query by SMS.

Obama campaign: I’m voting because… I don’t want zombies to take over the world!

*steph-note: sorry, the live-blogging machine has clearly broken down here :-(*

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One thought on “Lift10 Online Communities: The Revolution is Most Definitely Mobilized – Mobiles in Democratic Participation. Debunking Hype and Assessing Reality (Katrin Verclas) [en]

  1. Hello Stephe,

    Thanks for recording ALL the sessions at Lift ’10. It’s impressive!!
    I know it’s a lot of work but please rest assured that many people will benefit from your blog posts.

    I’ve enjoyed a speech by Katrin, and wish to thank you again for leaving some photos. These were most important for me, as with them, I finally got a real feel on the way sms works to generate citizens’ reports and a large variety of other information from streets and fields.

    A link below is my 2 cents contribution to your great Lift records –>
    http://en.geneva-kurisaki.net/2010/05/08/power-of-search-engines-lift-10/

    Great to have met you again at Lift!

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