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Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… African countries more people have a mobile phone than a bank account. In technologically advanced Kenya, over 50% of the population now owns a mobile. A friend of mine who used to live in Mali told me that many young people there would rather go hungry than go without SMS.

In the West, all the money and media attention goes to smartphones – see the hyperactive press coverage of Nokia’s recent deal with Microsoft. However, while citizens of London and New York are obsessed with the …

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From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs: Bringing digital work to the developing world

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… other microwork distributors, Samasource and MobileWorks, have workers in countries such as Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines. Workers access the tasks from computers in Internet cafés and offices, and earn income in the form of cash, bank deposits and gift cards. In these low- to medium-developed countries, digital microwork seems to be having a real economic impact.

Least-developed countries would have the most to gain from tapping into this source of digital export income. …

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Crowdsourcing the slums: a breath of fresh air?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… PhD student Mark Iliffe has been doing his best to do something about this in the slums of Kenya and Tanzania, using – you guessed it – crowdsourcing.

How do you say “where’s the WC?”

Mark’s scheme, The Tandale Mapping Project, aims to map sanitation services in the fast-growing, chronically under-resourced urban slums of Dar es Salaam. Armed only with integrity, an OpenStreetMap interface and (presumably) a really good Swahili dictionary, Mark’s team crowdsourced …

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Crowdsourcing Crime Part I: The Good Guys

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… report crime, but to analyze data and form online neighborhood watch groups in local areas.

In Kenya – one of the most tech-savvy African nations – a project called Hatari allows the citizens of Nairobi to submit reports and locations of crime and corruption to a website via text, tweet or web form. It’s built on the celebrated Ushahidi platform and founders are working with backers to get a short code that’ll make texting reports free.

If you live in Seattle or Atlanta then …


Live Aid – giving the crowd more feedback

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… The explosion in mobile phone usage across Africa over the last decade, that now sees Kenya as the world leader in money transfer by mobile phone may allow crowdsourcing-based solutions to help remedy both of these problems.

One such solution is the employment opportunities offered by crowdsourcing companies such as txteagle and samasource, bypassing of the need for investment traditionally required for job creation.

Another, yet to be fully explored possibility is using …

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