The Earth Intelligence Network's

"Mobile Intelligence for Mobile Democracy Initiative"

USAID Mobile Technology Project 2008
This page is dedicated to this USAID contest
(press release)
(Deadline is November 28, 2008)
This page is in the process of being refined

Project Overview:

"Public Intelligence in the Public Interest" is the goal. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, The Earth Intelligence Network desires to provide the public with resources to empower now and in the future.

Just as military campaigns cannot succeed without “good intelligence,” democracy must consist of an informed public whose aware of what exists and what might be possible.

Text messaging and call centers fed from persons of expertise and persons with world wide web access can provide quick and powerful doses of valuable content to anywhere in the world where a telecommunications signal is broad-casted.

Developing mobile intelligence distribution systems throughout the world can be a new standard of becoming aware of areas of interest and concern in order to more swiftly and effectively solve pressing problems as well as preventing future problems.

SMS can be used on any mobile device. We do not want to focus on 'smartphones' which most people in the world do not have, and most future mobile users in poverty/in the 'under-developed' parts of the world will not be owning a smartphone as their first phones.



Key Ideas with International Consequences:

+Extending the $100 laptop per child idea to the mobile world by partnering with developers of a $10 phone, supplying users with mobile-intelligence that lead to capabilities for mobile-democracy, leading to developments that are currently unattainable

+Providing USAID with resources related to mobile development internationally http://www.mobileafrica.net/a99.htm

+Developing pre-installed custom-tailored public intelligence resources to obtain specific local SMS reports on crimes, high accident rate areas, health rating of foods in neighborhoods, water availability, public restrooms, public spaces, parks, etc

+Subscription SMS

+Partnering with people from:
http://www.handheldlearning2008.com
http://www.themda.org
http://www.textually.org
http://www.mobileafrica.net

http://everyblock.com
$10 phone manufacturers
http://www.tracfone-orders.com/bpdirect/tracfone/PhoneDetails.do?action=view&productVariantExtensionId=2233068
& http://www.winafrique.com/index.html


+New Media COLLAB with 'traditional' Media (radio, TV, zines) to publicize online and mobile campaigns
+Mobile USAID ideas for international development through the convergence of old media and new media to form strategic need-feedback and micro-resource-finding and experimentation with "mobile democracy."

+Web hub updating mobile and old media collabs & zipcode mapping

+Mobile phone + intel-resource giveaway contest

+Finding projects overlooked and under-funded that are critical to regional dev such as http://www.globalwaterchallenge.org

+Strategic Micro-Resource-Finding & Supplying

+Make sure this doesn't happen with chairty campaigns
http://www.textually.org/textually/archives/2007/03/015263.htm
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/andrew_mwenda_takes_a_new_look_at_africa.html

+http://blog.twittervotereport.com

+Solar power kits [Kenya and in slum(s)] for portable devices
http://www.scidev.net/en/sub-suharan-africa/features/solar-power-takes-off-in-kenya.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4001061.stm

+ On another level, far beyond recharging small electronic devices, in Ndelle, Senegal (western Africa),
solar and mobile technology are converging, using 100 percent solar power to expand mobile phone services into rural areas
[Reported by the France-based telecom company called Orange on November 8, 2008 http://www.orange.com/en_EN/press/press_releases/cp081107uk.html] This is their 200th solar power mobile relay station in the world

+Nigeria = http://www.thisisnollywood.com as a distribution network to present mobile and
alternative energy projects expanding potential in various regions

+AID related = http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/andrew_mwenda_takes_a_new_look_at_africa.html

+In Saudi Arabia, mobile phones with cameras are banned
http://www.textually.org/picturephoning/archives/2005/04/007950.htm

+Start a free and subscription-based custom-tailored intel/info service through text
messaging customized to the requests users make. Not just services like these:
http://www.chacha.com
http://www.google.com/goog411
http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/default/sms/index.html
http://pingie.com/beta/index.php

+Suggestions are sent to users as to what's available for them to subscribe to that is local and international. This service is the SMS world wide web for low-end phone models that do not require a complex operating system to receive valuable content such as the proposed $20 phones (Though Tracfone.com already has $10-$15 phones)
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/12/technology/wireless13.php

+Collaborate with radio stations and TV shows who have communities more in mind who are open to receiving txt messages about needs, problems, ideas/proposals

+Have a web site connected to radio stations and others where txt messages are posted related to prioritized needs and proposals to solve problems. Post online a "who has the answer" challenge where international and local requests are met.

+Give away one mobile phone & minutes plan each month (Nokia?) to those who submit a paragraph that proves they should be chosen to receive a phone and phone service. Those chosen also receive an SMS subscription of custom information sent to that person based on the interests and reasons they sent us in order to be chosen to receive the phone. The phone would also come with a print directory of services (and their own online directory web-space?) accessible via phone that would also list websites and books related to that person's present-day pursuits and future aspirations.

+Start an online mapping of needs, ideas/proposal for problem-solving utilizing the Google-Earth Outreach service http://earth.google.com/outreach/index.html and work with people starting with something like this http://benfry.com/zipdecode

+Zipcode wikis that receive zipcode based mobile text messageshttp://www.fcw.com/online/news/154139-1.html?topic=egovernment (http://www.rocwiki.org) are not examples, but they are clues to what might become.

+Work with http://danoo.com in
American communities starting with SF & NYC to converge mobile SMS with their media screens.

+Using health mapping like this http://healthmap.org/en to target regions with mobile devices where perhaps using SMS to send short reports can help the accuracy tracking and resolving health problems and getting treatments to locations more efficiently.

+On the issue of not just mobile phones but "mobile domes" (http://elumenati.com), entering a village/town/city in an under-developed region and giving them an incredible show that says "help is on the way" by showing particular problem-solving projects that locals can give feedback on and give phones + phone service out at these events.

+In developed regions where the ipod is pervasive, offering videos, audio, and text files on problems to be solved, innovations/various proposals, and encouraging mainstream websites for TV shows, radio, magazines, etc to post the ipod downloads starting with Apple's website.

+Start a campaign to advertise the above mentioned mobile services by utilizing Google's non-profit free ad grant http://www.google.com/grants

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The links I've posted below cover both the "developed" & "under-developed" regions of the world for mobile device use/developments. The Android link is to show that emerging possibilities for developed world users.The British links are examples of the possible convergence of people using mobile phones to call-in to people with internet access + government information becoming more accessible and the implications of creating a citizens intelligence system.

Newest winners in the Google-Android open source mobile development
http://code.google.com/android/adc_gallery



Kenya's mobile revolution parts 1 & 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQTS8Hel1vk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRjpHUnxaq8



Haiti mobile revolution
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmU2Jm98M9s


Kenya money via mobile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8prEmIGCz0


$20 mobile phone India/Nokia
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/12/technology/wireless13.php
http://www.cellphonebeat.com/entry/spice-mobile-unveils-20-people-s-phone


Tracfone has $15 mobile phones (And they claim less than $10)
http://www.tracfone.com/phones.jsp?task=phones&subTask=allPhones
$10 mobile phone by http://www.citris-uc.org
http://www.eetasia.com/ART_8800460666_499488_NT_a37f3014.HTM



British-focused projects that fit together (public internet + public info converging gov & citizen systems)
http://directionless.info
http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk



MISC.

India poverty/non-bank account map
http://www.technologyreview.com/business/21533/page5


Hyperlinking reality w/phones
http://www.technologyreview.com/Biztech/17807


Mobile services
http://www.janchipchase.com/blog/archives/2008/04/street_hacks_ha_1.html



Geovector's 3-d search
http://www.geovector.com/press/3Dsearch.html



Google-Earth on iPhone
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/10/google-earth-co.html
http://www.telecomweb.com/international


Africa dev w/Swedish help
http://www.infodev.org/en/Event.278.html



Wind power mobile towers
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6353741.stm



Mobile SMS updates on crime just as RSS feeds can be received from
http://oakland.crimespotting.org



SMS Crime alerts Singapore
http://www.smartmobs.com/2005/11/14/singapores-sms-crime-advisory-alerthttp://www.spf.gov.sg/crimeprevention/crimesms_index.htm
http://mobileactive.org/sms_crime
http://www.textually.org/textually/archives/cat_sms_used_by_the_police.htm



Mobile data assoc.
http://www.themda.org
http://www.handheldlearning2008.com/


Solar to Wind powered mobile phone towers in Nambia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6353741.stm



SMS broadcasting
http://broadtexter.com



Other Namibia mention with Safaricom & WinAfrique
http://sciencex2.org/en/node/1878

Clean and mobile (clean energy to power mobile telecommunications)
http://www.teleclick.ca/2008/11/wireless-carriers-to-harness-solar-energy-in-mobile-network-expansion/



Jason Liszkiewicz 2008
Earth Intelligence Network

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