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Mobile phones as weapons

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

1 February 2008 10:13

Having posted a couple of items recently on the potential for mobile phones to help African development, it's worth also pointing out the downside (in this case, in Kenya), from a blog called What an African Woman Thinks (via Andrew Sullivan):

What makes these subversive messages spread by mobile phone most sinister though, is the ability to select for audience. It is one thing to broadcast subversive messages on Radio as was the case in Rwanda, and is alarmingly the case with some vernacular radio stations in Kenya. It is an entirely different thing to send these messages to a carefully selected list of people on your contact list who will in turn send them on to their own select list of people so that the message spreads like a virus but catches only people who answer to certain ‘characteristics.’