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

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

  1. Yoshiko says:

    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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