Conflict & Justice

Cell phones in Zimbabwe

This is an online clearing house for human rights in Zimbabwe. This woman keeps the group's communication going and she says her group realized many more Zimbabweans have a cell phone than email access so the group started looking for ways to utilize cell phones and more specifically text messaging for keeping listeners in communication. They turned to this British expert in communications. He created and released a mobile phone text messaging software in 2005 which helped NGOs pass information along. The program can be downloading from the internet and helps create groups for communicating via text message. The ability to send text messages to a large group fit the human rights organization well, and they used it during the elections to send info about polling station locations and reminders to vote. The group's official says information can also be sent back, which is helpful for her group.

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