This App Lets Activists Pass around Information when the Government is watching

Posted on: March 28th, 2013

During the last election in Uganda, the government suppressed text messages about voting. Abayima is a new service that helps mitigate this problem by using SIM cards as communication devices. Cell phones are more than just convenient communications tools; in an emergency, they can also serve as storage devices, logging data that can be passed along to others. Abayima, one of eight winners of the Knight News Challenge: Mobile, has created an app that transforms mobile phone SIM cards into storage devices that can be passed around in crises. It’s not terribly convenient, but it’s way better than no information at all.
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