Mobile For Kazakhstan

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I gave this presentation to audiences of working journalists and journalism students in Kazakhstan. While the traditional wired internet connectivity rates there may never catch up to the Western world, the adoption of wireless technology has been tremendous. Thus, I tried to prepare the media workers there to think about all the ways they can publish stories, photos and videos on the mobile platform.


  • 1. The newsroom in your pocket
    Covering breaking news with a mobile phone

2. Singularity
The computer in your cellphone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful and about a hundred thousand times smaller than the one at MIT in 1965. What used to fit in a building now fits in your pocket.
What fits in your pocket now will fit inside a blood cell in 25 years.
--Futurist Ray Kurzweil
3. Some stats
27 Cellphones per second.
Babies per second

  • Most successful big media company in the world

5. Very forward-thinking 6. Aggressive approach to new technologySchibsted Fast Bear toMarket
7. FasterThan TV
VG.nohadthe video 6 hoursbeforethe TV newschannelscouldgettheir video tothestation, ingested, edited, v/o, etc.
8. Organizing Chaos
Many voices
Getting material to office
9. New Ways to Find Sources
Students wrote of their experiences
Way to find friends of witnesses, victims
10. Not Always Reliable
Rumor: Indian govt asking Twitter to be shut down because it was being used by terrorists to track cops
Reality: rumor spread by high school junior in Boston
11. 12. Shelby Star
13. Reuters
14. Hierarchical Information Flow
How often, and under what conditions, do you interact with your readers?
15. Wildfires Urgent Need for Info
16. Iran: Twitter + Mobile + Facebook
Hamed is an Iranian refugee living in the Netherlands, and it was from there that he posted the death of 27-year-old NedaSalehiAfghaSoltani.
"I am no hero," Hamedsaid. "The real hero is my friend who risked his life making the video."
Facebook friend
A Facebook friend, that is. Hamed has never met the author of the film except on the social networking site.
17. Readers Do It Themselves
18. 19. For the Code Geeks