Contested Mobilities

Contested Mobilities explores relationships between mobile communications technology, protest movements, and the spaces they inhabit. Working closely with activist groups, we investigate the co-evolution of technology and protest tactics, with particular emphasis on the conditions and processes through which activist groups become technology innovators.

Our current project is Dialup Radio, a telephone-based independent media service that provides an easy-to-use means of distributing radio-style audio content via mobile phone networks.

The service has been developed in collaboration with human rights and civil society activists in sub-Saharan Africa where it will be used for pro-democracy and public-health programming and to foster communication between urban organizations and underserved rural constituencies.

Previous work focused on TXTmob, an sms broadcast service developed for North American protest movements.

Tad Hirsch , PhD Candidate, Smart Cities, Media Lab