(CP-Africa) – The following report was published earlier in 2008 by Firoze Manji, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Pan-African website, Pambazuka News and Fahamu. Read the excerpts below/download the full 8 paged report. What do you think? Share your thoughts.
“Mobile Activism or Mobile Hype?” by Firoze Manji
Every time a new technology comes along, everyone swears it will bring about social progress. All kinds of amazing qualities are attributed to the technology. Those living in poverty – especially in Africa – are the justificationfor investment and spending huge amounts. We haveseen this with the supposed values of the green revolutionproposed by the Gates and Rockefeller Foundations (eventhough most of us suspect that Alliance for a GreenRevolution in Africa (AGRA) is but a Trojan horse for theentry for the use of genetically modified technologies).In addition, we have seen this with mobile phones. Whatwould people do without the poor in Africa to justifytheir latest ventures!