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Despite huge advances in new communication technologies and the widening reach of the internet, few mediums have survived the tectonic shifts in current media landscapes the way radio has. Not only has radio remained culturally significant in the developed world, it continues to transform the way information is shared with remote and marginalised communities on the other side of the digital divide.

This is why, on the 13th of February, we celebrate for the first time World Radio Day

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There is a slight inaccuracy in the name "Somalia Speaks" given to the Al-Jazeera initiative that is collecting and publishing unheard "voices" from inside Somalia. Mainly, that there is nothing "spoken" about it. In other words, the project is unilaterally dependant on respondents sending SMS text messages.

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Please upgrade to the latest version of Freedom Fone - v2.S. A download of the v2.S iso will be available from www.freedomfone.org from February 07, 2012.

Note that support for v2.0 will cease end June 2012.

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Over the last week a team of dedicated individuals from across the globe gathered to partake in our epic Freedom Fone BookSprint 2011. We are proud to announce the result of our efforts - our new book: Freedom Fone. If you'd like a hard copy, order online from Lulu.com.

How was this done? Well, lets just say it was a miracle.

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LIRNEasia together with one of Sri Lanka's biggest NGO's, Sarvodaya have successfully completed a feasibility study that looks at integrating Freedom Fone with Sahana's Disaster Management System

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Old hopes are still alive in some quarters that Information Technologies (IT) are the magic bullet for development and social change. This sentiment has been most obvious amongst commentators who suggest that the successes of the 2011 Arab Spring were built upon new media in the form of Twitter and Facebook. Hard working grassroots activists in Egypt and Tunisia have been quick to challenge these assumptions.

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Wow, it’s hot in Dar, and this is winter in Tanzania. My ankles are swollen and it helps to sleep with a fan on at night. The city seems to be booming...buildings are going up in the city centre, bill boards compete for consumer shillings and the morning rush hour(s) is a force to be reckoned with. The most prominent products for sale are mobile related services – Tigo, Airtel (previously Zain) and Vodacom compete through vibrant advertising for a share of this lucrative market. Thanks to the competition, call and SMS costs have become very affordable in Tanzania.

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During an epidemic, the people most vulnerable to infection are poor and illiterate, living in congested areas where sanitation is inadequate.

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