skip to content

Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


1st February 2010

SMS Uprising: How mobiles are changing the public sphere in Africa

A seminar discussion with the editor of (Sokari Ekine) and a contributor to (Ken Banks) a new edited book – SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa (Fahamu, 2009) – which is the first of its kind to explore how and the extent to which new communications technologies are changing public action in Africa, and the impact of this on governance and people’s well-being.

Sokari Ekine is an activist with a multidisciplinary background in technology, education and human rights. She is the author of the blogBlack Looks.

Ken Banks is the founder of and the developer of FrontlineSMS. He specialises in the application of mobile technology for positive social and environmental change in the developing world and previously lived and worked throughout Africa for 16 years.