Month: September 2008

Feedback from Mobile Chat service

Feedback from Mobile Chat service

Just a quick update on the counselling using MXit. Yesterday was another good day because we had almost 40 conversations in our 2 hour time slot. We’ve received lots of good feedback in the conversations about how helpful this service is and we are hoping that it will make a difference in many lives. Some …

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Reconstructed: The essence of Micro-blogging

Reconstructed: The essence of Micro-blogging

Saturday morning we had an interesting session at CPUT with Rafiq and Gerhard who shared the essence of micro-blogging with the Reconstructed team. Rafiq stated that the following should be considered when using Micro-blogging tools such as twitter: Focus, Consistence, Looking Outward, Look within and Conversation. His slide show is available here. After exposing the …

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300 subscribers and more!!

300 subscribers and more!!

This weekend we broke the 300 subscribers barrier and special thanks to the people at the Burger newspaper. 50 people joined after they’ve placed the article in their newspaper. Thank you for your support. Another milestone is that we’ve already broken the 600 conversations barrier and moving swiftly towards the 1000 conversation mark. Can you …

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Reconstructed project in local news paper "Die Burger"

Reconstructed project in local news paper "Die Burger"

Thanks to an article by Sarietha Engelbrecht (“Dwelmberading op MXit bereik jongmense” [Drug counselling for youth using MXit]) from “Die Burger” an overwhelming response was received from communities. The more we pursue to help others using technology the greater reach we’ll have. If there are parents or family members who are impacted by substance abuse …

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Technology to empower the Digital Citizen

Technology to empower the Digital Citizen

Well today Brent and I arrived back from the Highway Africa and Digital Citizen Indaba 2008 conferences and we learnt so much. Highlights for us was seeing the empowerment of information dissemination coming back to the citizens. With delegates from all across Africa and the world is was encouraging to hear stories and meet our …

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DCI debate: whose citizen journalism is it anyway?

DCI debate: whose citizen journalism is it anyway?

After a day of innovative means to get your story out to your target audience, the DCI today concludes with an interesting debate on whose citizen journalism is it anyway? Dan Gilmore and Matthew Buckland led the debate with interesting views on citizen media and journalism. What does this mean for communities in tension? It …

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DCI 2008 Closing

DCI 2008 Closing

After 2 days listening to the hundreds or thousands conversations at DCI2008 in Grahamstown there is no denying that technology especially mobile technology is changing people’s way of life. The duration of the DCI has brought to life many thoughts of how much part technology is of people’s everyday lives yet not always appropriated and …

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DCI 2008: Morning session

DCI 2008: Morning session

The first session of DCi went very well and so many exciting things happening. The talk by Damaria Senne (“technology to empower the digital citizen”) was inspiring and exactly what we are doing with our project. The presentation on MXit and community blogging by Brent Williams and myself was well received and this is only …

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DCI has started

DCI has started

Highway Africa’s Digital Citizens Indaba kicked off with a bang unlike Bafana Bafana today. The delegates from around the globe gathered in Grahamstown for what I believe could be more than just a conference or indaba this year. The opening reception was well attended and Elvira van Noort and the DCI team are definitely doing …

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