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People's Radio - now with sound!

A radio channel made of ‘spoken tweets’ - short voice messages. Anyone can call a free-number - record a message and it'll be played on the People’s Radio. Citizens will be able to hear what's occurring in neighbouring communities and data gathered

Hi, I've just put together a sound sequence with some visuals - check it out! 


INTRODUCTION

Sometimes, during crisis times it is hard for people access information - either because i.e the internet has been cut off, or TV and radio is controlled by oppressors. Especially people in remote areas might feel isolated and unable to communicate with people in other areas and receive or provide sometimes vital information.


People’s radio is build on the inspiration Speak-to-Tweet, a service developed during the Egypt uprising in 2011, where the government cut off the internet. Because the protests were mainly organised via social media, Speak-to-tweet allowed people to call a number and record a message that would be tweeted on their behalf.


Online services like Twitter, allow the masses to be heard and is often the first place where news is picked up, but many people do not have access to the internet and therefore aren’t heard. People’s Radio addresses this by using stable technologies such as landlines and mobile phones and radios (both highly prevalent throughout Africa)


HOW IT WORKS


People’s Radio is a channel made up mainly of ‘spoken tweets’ - so short voice messages. Anyone can call a free-number - record a message and it will be played on the People’s Radio. Citizens will be able to hear what was occurring in neighbouring communities, told by their neighbours themselves - by tuning into their local People’s Radio channel.


People’s Radio is location specific, so different regions might have different channels. If a person witnesses something worrying, it is obviously best to first call for help, but sometimes that help isn’t available, and getting information out there might save people in the neighbouring communities and alert NGO’s.


Leaving a spoken tweet is anonymous and people are in control of what they share, making the service safe to use for anyone. Telling stories of i.e police corruption is hard to do if you don’t remain anonymous, and you can’t exactly go to the police, so People’s Radio would be an alternative.



WHAT’S ON THE RADIO

Building on the ‘ENABLER CARDS”(/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/enabler-cards/) , various pre-recorded “enabling messages” will be played throughout each hour. These will empower listeners to provide relevant information, as well as educate them on various subjects such as health and safety during crisis times. Hopefully, these messages will set the tone for the station, and people will strive to be as fair and informative as possible to make it work


During peaceful times....

There obviously isn’t always things to alert others about, and during peaceful times People’s Radio will naturally transform to an local, participatory station with casual news and hopefully knowledge sharing. Enabling messages will still be there, but perhaps of with a wider topic range



WHEN YOU CALL...

- the free number, you’re asked whether your message is an alert or casual

If you say alert questions are asked in order to verify information - such as where, when and what happened. (/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/how-to-get-relevant-information-and-verify-it-with-low-cost-technology/) This will make it easier to verify information and filter out the noise for the moderator. Alerts will be given priority over casual messages, perhaps depending on their severity.


If you’re recording a casual message, you’ll be encouraged to keep it informative and fair, and be thanked for sharing your knowledge with the community. To keep the radio positive, do’s rather than don’ts are stressed (so, we’re giving people good ideas rather than bad)


There have been many questions regarding the relevance of the content, and I suppose it comes down to how you build and nurture the community around People’s Radio. In the testing phase, it would be great to involve people from different communities who would then go back and become ambassadors for the project, encouraging friends and neighbours to use it in a constructive way.

Also, to keep information flowing, there will be a time limit to each voice message. This will have to be tested. I suspect that a short time limit of i.e 20-30 seconds will make callers more concise, just like you have to be concise when tweeting in less that 140 characters. What do you think= 

MODERATION

Further curation could be tested using

A - a team of moderators who filter out and alert i.e NGO if they see a trend of violence

B - Filtering using voice recognition tools and identify key words and phrases associated with spam or propaganda

Some moderation is necessary to keep information relevant, however you always run the risk of moderators safety being at risk or having subjective motives. Training and guidance would be a good idea, and because all data is gathered online, it would be possible for other parties to check that the filtering is fair.


DATA

People’s Radio will generate lots of voice clips and therefore lots of data. Plenty of data is good, but only if you find ways of mapping and analysing it. All the data of people’s radio should be open source - as it is anonymous it won’t impose a threat to the callers.

The data could be linked with both Crisis Tracker and Raise a Red Flag and multiple instances of worrying key words could alert NGO’s and governments of atrocity.

/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/raise-a-red-flag/ and /open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/crisistracker-real-time-social-media-curation/




ROBUST TECHNOLOGIES

I’m don’t have the technical know-how to build or draw out a technical prototype People’s Radio to work.


"How can we get messages to the single transmission source without relying on the infrastructures controlled by aggressive regimes, and; second, how do we ensure sustainable coverage of a radio network's infrastructure when it will likely become a quick target?" Richard Brion

(the following information are excerpts from comments below, mainly based on Richard Brion knowledge of communication systems) Have a look at Richards concept P.A.C.T here  /open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/pirate-communications/
 

One of the first actions taken by hostile forces is to isolate the population by disabling all forms of communication with the outside world. Simple signal jammers can disable landlines and cutting off power supply to grids containing mobile towers and radio towers is another simple tactic used. More destructive forms can include destroying transmission towers.

With regards to traceability, towers are visibly and so are broadcast antennas. Stationary transmissions are easily triangulated to find the source which can place lives at risk.

One solution could be using pirate communication technologies like wireless access drones, HPCP or Pirate Boxtes to give off grid access to the internet and voice communications, allowing for existing mobile phone to still communicate even if the cellular radio or communication towers are destroyed or disabled.


Chris S linked us up with their repurposed device that could be used to send twitter-like messages to People's Radio. It would allow victims without cell phone coverage or internet to have their voices heard. Here's a link to the concept: /open/usaid-humanity-united/inspiration/re-purpose-the-cospas-sarsat-distress-beacon-satellite-constellation-2/


Again - I don’t really understand how these technologies work, so if anyone is up for helping out or drawing a technical plan or flow chart, that would be amazing.

Hannan Hakim has local radio station in Bangalore. They liked the idea and said it can be done and moderated for filtering out spam + the enabler messages can also be easily executed



BETA TESTING

People’s Radio is suitable for lots of testing, to come up with the most useful approach in providing people with a voice and a relevant channel of information.

Local people and Aid workers could be involved in this with great benefit and help grow a constructive, enlightening community around People’s Radio.


The automatic spam-filter (filtering out common words used in spam or propaganda messages) would also need to be developed and tested over time.


Also Mike iDiaz idea could be tested:

1. Assign a number to each voice tweet

2. Block numbers that post false info with the actual tweet. (if enough people say "block #345", the system identifies and blocks the number.)

3. numbers that are confirmed to provide accurate information could be given more authority and even be repeated multiple times.

One problem would be time, would people be willing to spend time calling a number to block and verify messages. There’s a risk that only a small group of people are doing it and they become biased curators. Or it could be abused by groups of perpetrators.


Other things might include the tone of voice, languages and general sound of People’s Radio. What do you hear in between messages? How are enabling messages introduced? Are there jingles, and how do you make sure the radio channel doesnt feel repetitive or annoying. In the next few days I will try and make a sound example of what People’s Radio might sound like.





How might your idea be designed to scale and spread to help as many people as possible?
People's Radio could be community specific, but could easily be extended to national and international platforms, granted the language barrier is dealt with. It would be useful to have a team of unbiased people, translating and passing on stories and trends to the international community. - keeping the original voice clips open source.
How might your idea make use of exisiting technology? Has your idea been tried in a different or related context?
Airtime Pro has a similar approach and the guys might have the tech know how - http://wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-12/08/airtime-pro http://bribespot.com records instances of bribes and places them on a map Another example is a service called Hello Peace, a free phone service that lets Israelis and Palestinians talk to one another over the phone - http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/join_the_empathy_revolution/
How could you begin prototyping this idea in a simple way to begin testing and refining it? Who would use your idea and/or who is using it now? Is your idea technically easy medium or hard to implement?
Some aspects of the idea is technically quite straight forward, I think - but to make it robust, more advanced technologies would have to be implemented. I am not sure how to prototype it as of yet, as I don't have the technical skills - but perhaps someone in here has?

Evaluation results

1

How scalable would this idea be across regions and cultures?

Looks like it’d be easy to spread across multiple regions and cultures
This idea could scale but it might need further iteration to make it widely relevant
Seems that this idea would best be suited for a single region/population
2

Would a lot of resources be required to create a pilot for this idea? (think time, capacity, money, etc)

This idea looks easy to pilot with minimal resources being invested
Feels like this idea could take a moderate amount of resources to pilot
Seems like piloting this idea would take a lot of resources
3

How suitable is this idea for various challenges on the ground such as lack of internet or mobile access?

Yep, it feels like it could work easily beyond internet or mobile access
Not so sure – it looks like it would require online or mobile connectivity
This idea definitely seems to rely on internet or mobile access
4

Could this idea put users or others at risk?

Nope, it looks like everyone would be safe
There are some potential concerns, but these could be addressed with further iteration
I can imagine some people being put at risk with this idea
5

Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

This idea rocked my world
I liked it but preferred others
It didn't get me overly excited

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Karoline K

March 12, 2014, 15:04PM
Just testing that I can write a comment..

William Woods

December 10, 2013, 05:17AM
Congratulations. Awesome concept!

Sasha Costanza-Chock

June 06, 2013, 18:46PM
Congratulations Karoline! At the MIT Center for Civic Media, we've built a platform called Vojo that makes it simple to set up groups w/phone numbers where people can call to post. Group creators can easily customize the audio prompts. You could definitely try prototyping people's radio using a vojo group - Check out http://vojo.co. Congrats again!
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Karoline K

June 06, 2013, 20:14PM
Oh wow that's so cool - I'll check it out right away :) Thanks

Nathan Waterhouse

June 06, 2013, 16:52PM
Karoline - big congrats on your excellent idea.
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Karoline K

June 06, 2013, 20:13PM
many thanks nathan :)

Sarah Vigue

May 29, 2013, 07:03AM
People often will think they are giving anonymous info. but to those w/ sneaky and deceptive minds, the potential victim has just given location, accents specific to a set region, personal info, further provoked gossip, hate speech etc....

Meena Kadri

May 29, 2013, 21:20PM
Thanks for pointing out this challenge, Sarah. Do you have any suggestions around strengthening this concept with this in mind? Let's build on such challenges to find opportunities and solutions.

Sarah Vigue

May 30, 2013, 00:49AM
Yeah I was actually thinking that a given group could had a designated person or people to play "administrators" or leadership type roles within this Neighborhood Watch-like group. Leaders could rotate positions that way they are at least temporarily able to feel responsible and empowered to "step up to the plate."

It's not without flaws but a system would eliminate some confusion and looking at this global initiative from the viewpoint of a Neighborhood Watch group allows us the ability to wrap out brains around something exotic and untested. What do Neighborhood Watch groups run into? Problems, surprising resources...?

Meena Kadri

May 30, 2013, 04:51AM
Nice one Sarah – great build and suggestion on exploring the analogy of Neighbourhood Watch group.

Priyanka Kodikal

May 16, 2013, 20:28PM
Karoline, you've done such an amazing job with the video that your concept just shines through! I truly hope your idea gets implemented. Good luck!
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Karoline K

May 19, 2013, 19:31PM
Thanks Priyanka :-)
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Ann Brown

May 24, 2013, 08:24AM
Agreed, I've not been on the platform for a few weeks as I've been snowed under with work - great to see the developments. The sound sequence/video is fantastic. Well done indeed!
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Karoline K

May 15, 2013, 03:20AM
Check out the new sound sequence with bonus visuals :-)
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Hannan Hakim

May 15, 2013, 07:05AM
I LOVE IT !

Meena Kadri

May 15, 2013, 19:27PM
Nice one... certainly brings your idea to life!
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Christophe Billen

May 14, 2013, 09:41AM
Love the weaving of all our concepts together ;-)

Michael Fish

May 13, 2013, 22:06PM
I have a little problem! The point of OpenIDEO is collaboration, but taking other peoples ideas and/or concepts without collaborating does not serve the purpose of this type of platform. Adding a person as part of your virtual team does not constitute collaboration and/or permission to use someone else's idea/concept as your own.

Meena Kadri

May 14, 2013, 05:18AM
Sorry to hear something's not feeling quite right to you on this. We're keen to know more. Would be great if you could hold of our helpdesk by hitting the Support tab on the left side of the page and let us know in more detail what's up.
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Christophe Billen

May 14, 2013, 10:35AM
As long as you reference properly other people's ideas, I don't see any problems. Then it's all about communicating with them by commenting on their concepts for example. So far OpenIdeo has been a great collaborating experience for me and a nice oultlet where your idea can reach people sharing similar concerns. The platform could be improved, of course, maybe by allowing participants to concurrently update a concept (along similar lines as in Google docs), with the main author having the possiblility to accept proposed changes and additions or not. Just an idea...
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Karoline K

May 14, 2013, 11:04AM
I agree, Christophe. I think it's wonderful how our concepts and be weaved together, or elements borrowed. We're all just trying to make create the best possible solutions to end atrocity - if that means mixing up all the concepts then be it. The way I see collaboration is "stealing ideas, together". I admittedly havent had time to engage much with other concepts, but I fully support them and think they're all great and interesting! As regards to platform improvements, I agree - I've found it a bit difficult to engage my virtual team and would like less ownership of the idea, concurrent updates would be a good idea. Or maybe open group messaging (maybe it already exists and I havent found it?)
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Christophe Billen

May 14, 2013, 12:24PM
Open group messaging is a good idea, but I have not seen it either. This could be implemented as a way to communicate to our respective virtual teams whose members would receive the message while it could also appear as a comment in the sender's concept for example. Cheers

Ron Johnson

May 14, 2013, 14:23PM
After reading your concept along with a few others, what she is getting at is there is at least one concept that you have copied a piece of almost word for word without citing or referencing or involving the original concept's author. Moreover, to the concept regarding collaboration is nothing more than stealing ideas together is not with keeping of the terms of the platform. Specifically, under the FAQ section it clearly states that the concepts are owned by the person(s) originally creating the concepts and they grant a non-exclusive right to the Challenge Host to reuse, mash up, and publish, etc. This does not grant the rights to other collaborators to take pieces of other people's concepts without permission and integrate them into their own concept as their own piece of work. By definition, this ownership of the idea would require the original author to be involved in the collaboration.

Further, in a collaborative environment simply believing that you can exclude the original authors of ideas to better your own discourages and excludes others and these authors from future collaborations, which violates the OPEN IDEO Terms of Use.

When you "steal ideas together" from other people's concepts that have made the prototyping phase you take away from the community's attention to the original concept, which can reduce the community's collaboration to help build out the original concept, which again reduces the overall collaboration and potentially negates the potential benefits that could have been received from further development of the original concept. Overall, the purpose of this platform is two fold, to design innovative solutions to problems in the same manner IDEO does with their commercial clients, and to create this solution to help the challenge host achieve social good, and simply believing collaboration means to steal ideas to make your own better reduces the achievement of the purpose.

Think of it from terms of a university group project. If your group created a solution to the assignment problem based on your idea but then excluded you from the rest of the process and submitted the idea telling the professor and the rest of the world you were not involved, is it right? They were collaborating, so they were simply stealing ideas together to make it better. Would you ever want to work with that group again?

Lastly, this exhibits one of the drawbacks to this platform and highlights shortcomings about its implementation. Each concept in the proto phase essentially ends up being a single group project with its own collaborative team, and if someone decides to steal across projects because it is not explained or moderated, it takes away from that other group in terms of both future collaboration and seeing what could become of the original idea. I believe this is a unique situation that IDEO does not run into when prototyping their own ideas, because, as I recall, when designing a problem solution, they work together as a single team to narrow it down to a few ideas to prototype and break off into groups to finish it. They do not take away group members that are working on one prototype to work on their own by taking the core idea of that group and integrating it into their own and thus resulting in one of the ideas never getting help from the community to finish getting designed. Sure, if they get stuck on a small problem, they go ask the other groups how they resolved it, but they do not completely steal the ideas from each other. The video "The Deep Dive," found on YouTube shows IDEO at work on a shopping cart. You will notice them working together. Remember collaborate means to work jointly, not steal ideas and exclude.
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Karoline K

May 14, 2013, 15:09PM
Hi Ron
I used the term 'stealing ideas' more as a metaphor for collaboration, rather than my actual intentions when I link to different concepts. When you say that "there is at least one concept that you have copied a piece of almost word for word without citing or referencing or involving the original concept's author" - I'm interested in knowing which one? I got really nervous and confused and have just had a read through the concept text. As far is I know, I've linked to the concepts (Enabler messages, crisis tracker, how to get relevant information and verify it with low cost technology, and raise a red flag). Much of the information is directly derived or based on the comments below, in particular Richard Brion who is also cited. The one this I've copied word for word is the reference to the inspiration 'Speak-to-tweet', which I am also the author of. But if there is one I have missed, I'm terribly sorry and will update it with the correct citations, so please let me know. I admit I haven't read the FAQs, but I've always thought that the common goal here was collaboration - it's not a game, there's not a winner - we're just solving problems! There are some cool concepts and some of them link up naturally. Like people's radios data could easily feed into both crisis tracker and raise a red flag, making their concepts stronger, not just mine. Its not stealing and excluding, but linking and including
 

Ron Johnson

May 14, 2013, 16:09PM
You do quote Richard in your project; however, the idea of pirate style communications, specifically, wireless access UAVs, HPCP, and Pirate Boxes are at the core of his concept. Granted, it appears he changed the name from the concept to the prototype phase, but his idea is still in the prototyping phase.

It seems the point I was making was not clear. Yes, the FAQs say that the community is solving problems and that there are no winners, but that doesn't create the option to take the idea plug it in to yours and call it collaboration. Collaboration is working jointly.

Looking at Richard's concept, it appears he put significant work into it, and has received little interaction or feedback from the community. It appears he was posting to himself for the most part when he created new pieces to his concept. For someone to take anyone's ideas and work that they put that much time and effort into it and incorporate it as their own without interacting with them or including them in the process is inconsiderate.

It also reduces overall collaboration that may have resulted in an even stronger concept than either of the two of your ideas alone. For example, in his latest iterations, Richard's idea is about creating a modular system built of low cost communication technologies that provides flexibility of deployment based on a specific area's needs. In thinking about it from this platform position, it seems that the people's radio could be a very useful module of Richard's idea that could be used in countries where it would work well when coupled with the other elements of his platform. However, by taking core pieces of his idea and simply plugging them into yours, this has not been discussed. As a matter of fact, I see few comments in his concept that are anything other than him either stating his updates or asking for feedback from the community. This is what I mean by excluding and discouraging collaboration.

You are right, it is not a competition, it is a way to design ideas and solutions together, which means working with these people. If you go look at some of the other concepts, there are great examples of the authors of separate concepts that saw the benefits of their own concepts to the other person's and started working together and building upon that synergy together.

Final food for thought, OPEN IDEO didn't include the statement about ownership of ideas arbitrarily. There clearly was a reason why they included it along with the statements about licensing of those ideas.
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Karoline K

May 14, 2013, 22:33PM
Hi Ron,
I fully acknowledge and appreciate the knowledge and efforts of Richard - as I've mentioned before I'm not a tech specialist, which is why I've cited him, he has been a fantastic resource from the get-go and also part of the virtual team. I can see that you've recently joined OpenIDEO, and it's great that you're raising these questions about collaboration, there's definitely room for improvement. However, this concept has been developed over time, which the engagement of many people, and whilst I appreciate your concern for Richards sense of inclusion - I don't think it's fair for us to speculate about his feelings.

Meena Kadri

May 14, 2013, 22:39PM
Hi guys – lively discussion here, isn't it? :^) Although we provide some tips and features around collaboration, OpenIDEO isn't too prescriptive about how it should play out and our community have embraced it in various ways. We've had many cases of OpenIDEATORS showing attribution in the way that Karoline has – with merely a link back to the original concept – while others have engaged in more comprehensive collaborations. So far both avenues seem to have been widely accepted by our community. However in this case, given that some here are concerned about the Richard's P.A.C.T. concept, Karoline – perhaps you'd like to reach out to him there and check in to see how he's feeling about it all and make a decision together about whether and how his concept might be included here.

Meanwhile – given there's been a lot of discussion about OpenIDEO collaboration in general on this post, we'd suggest that folks take this up on our User Forums. The Feature Suggestions forum: http://bit.ly/oi-ff serves as a place to discuss issues about the way OpenIDEO works and might work in the future. We'd love to hear your thoughts.
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Karoline K

May 14, 2013, 22:57PM
Lively indeed! - will check with Richard, and also check out the forum at some point. Thanks Meena :-)
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Chris S

May 15, 2013, 02:31AM
Keep your chin up, Karoline! I support you on this one. I lean more towards your interpretation of informal collaboration. I feel you have acted in good faith.

With that said, well-written and well-argued, Ron!
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Christophe Billen

May 15, 2013, 08:24AM
Same here Karoline. Solidarity with those contributing in a meaningful way.

David Laskarzewski

May 09, 2013, 16:55PM
Hi folks. I came across a simple yet useful technology, called BRCK, that's being developed in Africa. Billed as "Your backup generator to the Internet," it's just a bit of knowledge that the prototypers may find useful: http://ventureburn.com/2013/05/brck-ushahidis-kickstarter-project-designed-to-fix-africas-internet-issues/
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Hannan Hakim

May 07, 2013, 20:11PM
Super idea !

Ok i would like to speak about, Moderation of what goes on air definitely is an issue - but i dont think this should be a factor for not implementing such a system - this product not only will help generate information flow from all over the state / region / country - but also help neighboring villages evacuate or prepare for what could hit them in the next few hours.

Say for example Village 'A is getting attacked - Sam, a local villager manages to get to a phone where he calls the number to send the voice tweet - completely hypothetical situation but you see the situation Sam is under at this point ? he is scared, probably hurt and trying to send a voice tweet from which help does not come immediately. But if he does tweet then the surrounding villages B' and C' are warned and can take necessary precautions and hep may arrive soon.
Sam will only be able to report this if he survives the attack - i doubt a human being will be under any consciousness to make a voice tweet while being attacked.

In guess one of the biggest challenges in this idea is not the moderation as much as it is about how accessible and easy it is to send the voice tweet.

As far as the over all idea goes i sold !
And i am not a technical expert but i can try help in prototyping this idea.
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Karoline K

May 07, 2013, 22:01PM
Hi Hannan - yes please, would be great to have you on board with prototyping. I haven't had much time as of yet, but will work on it tomorrow. I suppose if you're in an emergency, the best thing would be to call for help, but if a community has been cut off or ie the police is corrupt, people's radio would be a good alternative to get the word out. The way you do it, is to call a (free) number and record your message, max a minute or so long (not sure what the time limit should be, what are your thoughts?)
Was thinking about having "enabling" messages (like those on the enable cards, check concept) come in between people's messages. i.e an explanation of how to give accurate, relevant information, - what to do in an emergency, plus other tips. Regarding sorting out 'noise' - there will probably always be a bit off spam, but with the enabling messages in between we must also trust that people will use it in a way they find meaningful. In peace times for instance, I see no problem in someone announcing their yard sale or wedding celebrations.
How do you suggest we approach prototyping? Im also not a tech expert, but I'll create some scenarios tomorrow and explain the idea better with sound and image..

Meena Kadri

May 07, 2013, 22:57PM
Loving the addition of periodic enabling messages, Karoline – fab build!
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Hannan Hakim

May 08, 2013, 09:20AM
Ok on the limit factor - i agree with you about 60 seconds is sufficient and also help stop a lot of spam coming on the air, you will definitely be avoiding people advertising for minutes at a a stretch during peace time.
Enabling messages is awesome - i think that concept is probably being given justice if used here.
As far as prototyping is concerned i think you can lay down a system map of the entire product - and see what we can plan out.
To have a PLAN for prototyping is important ! :)
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Karoline K

May 08, 2013, 12:05PM
Great, map coming up this afternoon!

Meena Kadri

May 08, 2013, 22:06PM
Looking forward to it, Karoline. Tip: you might want to consider updating the title of your idea as you make significant updates. e.g. People's Radio V2 or People's Radio: Updated! or People's Radio: May 9 Update or People's Radio: Check the New Awesomeness :^) You get the idea – any way that you can signal to folks that there's exciting new stuff to check out.
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Karoline K

May 08, 2013, 22:20PM
Great tip, thanks Meena!
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Hannan Hakim

May 09, 2013, 07:23AM
Ok Karoline - from your map we understand all that needs to get put into the proto flowchart.

Where we can start is to first verify if all the points mentioned in the chart are catered to with a solution (backing them up with relevant data) and illustrate a flowchart of the same - because to manually test this we will need a lot of things such as a radio channel & moderation equipment which i honestly am lost about.

So see this is what is already figured out - calling to the station for precisely one minute and getting that minute moderated is completely possible - but may require human moderation.
Using pirate communication is something i have no clue about so im reading about it. I think there shouldn't be much of a challenge using alternate communication technology.

Have you thought about what level of prototyping we wish to achieve ?
and absolutely any idea how we can start ? i can start collecting material and data and speak to a local radio station in my city in 'Bangalore' and see if we can try a few test runs on their show in the night or something like that. what are your thoughts ?
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Karoline K

May 09, 2013, 08:34AM
hey Hannan, I really like your optimism - it's really inspiring and I'm ready to prototype!
It would be absolutely fantastic if you could speak to your local radio station - explain the concept and see what they say. If they'd be up for test running it in the night that would be incredible, but let's see what they say. Either way if you could document it with images/video/ text that would be great.
As with the flow chart, I'd be able to do a simple - user journey flowchart but also lack technical know-how to do a complex one with the moderation equiptment etc. I'm going to update the description today and ask for help.
What I can, and plan to do, is some storytelling :) I'm going to write a scenario where someone makes good use of Peoples Radio, illustrate it and hopefully later do a moving image piece with voice over and examples of how the radio might sound
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Hannan Hakim

May 13, 2013, 18:17PM
Ok i dint manage to convince the radio station heads to get a trial run - but they all said the idea is good - it can be done and moderated for filtering out spam + the enabler message idea can also be easily executed.
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Karoline K

May 14, 2013, 11:07AM
Hi, that's cool - thanks for getting in touch with them. I just received an email today about a local radio station project, that's about to be launched in the community where I live, so in a couple of months I might be able to test the idea myself. Hoping to have time to upload an audio example of the People's Radio, but stuck at uni library writing an essay all day. I'll write faster! Do you have any suggestions to enabling messages, or scenarios where Peoples Radio would be useful in ending atrocity?
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Karoline K

November 13, 2013, 10:44AM
Hi Hannan
Hope you're well :) Just wanted to reach out to you about an opportunity from Humanity United. They've got a small grants opportunity from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, a pool designed to facilitate innovation and scale in humanitarian and emergency assistance worldwide. The small grants given would range up to £20,000 (or approx. US$32,000).
I'm still in school, and unable to take People's Radio further, but you or anyone you know are very welcome to. You can read more about the fund and application process here http://bit.ly/17T9Nzf
Cheers, Karoline

Jakob Rogstadius

May 02, 2013, 06:20AM
Interesting concept and interesting discussions, but I have a question. In my native Sweden (and I presume in many other places) there have for as long as I can remember been public debate programs on national radio where anyone can call in to speak about issues they feel are of great importance. Each caller gets a few minutes to present their opinion, and the program host acts as a moderator who asks clarifying questions and cuts people off when the point has been made. Without this moderating function, the system would not work, as there are more callers and more opinions than there is airtime.

If the intent is indeed to have a single live audio stream, rather than multiple parallel conversations as on social media, then the issue of moderation would have to be addressed. Who picks what goes on air?
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Karoline K

May 04, 2013, 16:46PM
This is definitely the main challenge with this concept - being able to filter without censoring. Perhaps a group of people in each village / neighbourhood would act as moderators - and call in once a day with a breakdown of relevant local news or stories (or as often as necessary)
The non censorship of a stream of voices is both the beauty and the downfall of this idea.. Do you have any ideas of how to overcome this?
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Claudio

May 04, 2013, 19:12PM
In Italy Radio Radicale in two occasions (protesting against government fund cuts) opened their microphones to everybody without any moderation. Each time this "experiment" lasted a few weeks. Well, in both cases in a matter of hours all the discussions became insults between different group of people (with the occasional "please stop the insults and profit from this occasion"). Moderation IS necessary. Moderation however must not become censorship, but for this is necessary that clear rules about who, how, how long, on what subjects to speak are defined, made public and applied.

Augusto Alves de Carvalho

April 24, 2013, 16:59PM
In areas that people can use this technology can be good. in this type of area, sorry to say, but they don't know how to use toilet. How can they became to understand or text in tweeter?

Meena Kadri

April 30, 2013, 21:55PM
Here at OpenIDEO we tend to view challenges as opportunities. Perhaps the issue you highlight might be overcome by a social media version of the Signalling Schools idea? http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/signalling-schools/ Or maybe other folks here have solution-focused thoughts on this issue?

Jason Maude

April 23, 2013, 22:21PM
One attack that the speak to tweet service would have to defend itself against is a couple of anonymous sources flooding the airwaves with bogus messages. Since any individual could text in without identifying themselves, it is possible for a couple of individuals to text in a barrage of fake tweets. Is there any way of identifying whether an individual mobile phone is being used multiple times? Or if an individual has brought multiple mobiles and is using them all to send fake messages?

OpenIDEO

April 23, 2013, 21:30PM
Congrats on being shortlisted for our Atrocity Prevention Challenge, Karoline!

Our challenge sponsors love the idea of giving people who can’t write or who may not have mobile phone access a way to call in and turn it into a quickly digestible form of information. As you go forward, consider how you might separate the noise from the signal. Often hotlines are a place for lonely people to speak into the void – how might we get the valuable information out of everything else? Also, what do you think about translation for some of the less used dialects in the world? Finally, how might we think about what specific type of information that users can send along that is most helpful?

Read more on how to get involved with prototyping and refinement: http://bit.ly/oi_refine And here's some tips on prototyping specifically for this challenge: http://bit.ly/endatrocity-proto Ready, steady, refine!
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Christophe Billen

April 23, 2013, 19:19PM
Hi there.Congrats on having your concept shortlisted and thank you for incorporating much of my comments into your post. Most happy to further collaborate at People's radio. I have some more thoughts on assessing credibility of information and reliability of sources that I will develop in my concept over the next few days. I'll link you back to it as soon as I'm done. Also you might wish to look into Arjan Enabler's cards, Jacob's CrisisTracker and Annie's Thread, all equally short listed, as these might very much complement your idea (which you might already have done ;-)). Looking forward on more cooperation and such a people's radio/platform coming to life. Christophe
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Krista Hendry

April 16, 2013, 21:20PM
Hi Karoline,
I really like this idea. In fact, would love it if it could be a data stream potentially into the W.I.N.S. concept we've posted. I know of technologies quite good at taking voice and producing text. Automated content analysis could then be used to tag the data as to issues. As several have said, we have also found radio to be an extremely important source so if this went forward we would be very interested in how we can integrate our ideas. Also, looking at Christophe's comment below regarding a platform, I think there are some great potential areas of collaboration with your idea and those from others commenting here.
Our initial concept is at http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/worldwide-information-network-system/
Maybe we can get some of these ideas linked up? There are several challenges of course in all of these, but as a group we've got a better chance of recognizing and addressing them.
Thank you, Krista
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:49PM
Hi Krista, I've updated the concept discription with a link to your concept - how would we go about linking up some of these ideas? I suppose we'll see what happens in the next phases. I'm new in here so I'm not entirely sure, but it should definitely be possible.
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Christophe Billen

April 15, 2013, 21:39PM
Hi Karoline,
I like the idea, in particular the fact that the info is being broadcasted, and is thereby shared with interested communities.

If you would allow me, a few questions come to mind, however:
- How do we make sure people use this service to provide us with relevant information? As you mention yourself, people can basically say anything, so pollution (propaganda, irrelevant info, fake info, etc.) is a risk.
- How do we make sense of all this uploaded voices? Can we easily convert voices to text and subsequently try to extract relevant concepts and issues automatically? Lot's of data is good, but if it cannot be presented in a digestible format for analysis, it will be hard to assess its relevance and verify it against other pieces of information.

As an analyst from profession, I need, among other things, to be able to verify the reliability of a source and the credibility of information, hence the need to get this information structured in some ways, which is what I proposed to do here using SMS(http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/how-to-get-relevant-information-and-verify-it-with-low-cost-technology/ and have a look at the process proposed process here http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/how-to-get-relevant-information-and-verify-it-with-low-cost-technology/gallery/relevant-and-verified-infomation-v1-billen-290313-1.pdf/)

But maybe there is a way to do this over the phone and combining it with speak to tweet as well by having people answering a series of questions. They could for example hit the # button after answering a question and automatically be asked the next question. For example:
what happened - please describe,
where did it happen - please provide a precise location (address if possible)
when did it happen - please provide a date and time
who he is responsible - please describe who is responsible
etc... These should of course be accessible in multiple languages, and tuned to the hard to reach area in question.

Would love to see this idea develop further. Actually, as others proposed, we should be able to come up with a platform that would allow to gather and verify information from any possible channel of communication available.
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:47PM
Yes, I think questions would be a good idea - I've added your input to the project description along with others. My only concern would be language restrictions and maintaining minimal costs for callers. Excited to see how this idea evolves in the next stages, glad to have you on board

Ursula

April 14, 2013, 06:18AM
Hello Karoline,
This is a great idea! When I started reading it, I recalled the times when there is some natural disaster in my country (Peru). After a strong earthquake or similar event, making phone calls using a mobile is almost impossible because the communication system gets too crowded. Calling from a land line is also tricky, but you have slightly more chances of completing a call. So, what people do, is that they call to the major radio stations and go live reporting to their relatives that they are fine, requesting for help (medicine, shelter, etc.), or providing contact info to get any information about people they can't find. I think that, maybe instead of recording the messages, these could go live. People may be informed through other media that in a case of emergency they can call to a toll-free number were they will have up to 3 mins to deliver their message. In this way you wouldn't need a recording device/service and calls would be aired in a first come first served basis. What do you think?

christine fam

April 05, 2013, 19:06PM
Hi Karoline cool idea.
Perhaps this might be mashed up with the connectors idea? This might be a way to mitigate the false or spam messaging?

http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/focus-on-the-connectors/

I was also thinking about sending out radio kits or instructions for how to develop a signaling platform. There's an inspiration featuring a young boy who built his radio entirely from parts he found. I will link it soon. This would help to create greater reach. This might be a way to grow the network. The objective would be to grow the network.
What you think?

Priyanka Kodikal

April 02, 2013, 03:09AM
Karoline, this is a wonderful idea with a lot of potential. Can't wait to see how this evolves!

OpenIDEO

April 01, 2013, 20:36PM
Congrats on this post being today's onsite Featured Idea!
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Chris S

March 31, 2013, 01:38AM
Hi Karoline - This is a wonderful idea! It may be possible to connect your concept to our idea. This would allow individuals without cell phone and internet access to speak their tweets, too!
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Chris S

March 31, 2013, 01:44AM
Sorry for the spam, Karoline! Here is our link:

http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/people-s-radio/

Our device could be used to send Twitter-like messages to your "Peoples Radio". This would allow victims without cell phones or the internet to have their voice be heard.
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Richard Brion

March 30, 2013, 04:09AM
I like the base of this idea; however, I am curious how we can get around the issue of oppressive regimes disabling and blocking traditional communication devices. Having worked in many of the locations of concern, one of the first actions taken by the hostile forces is to isolate the population by disabling all forms of communication with the outside world, which often includes barring international aid and NGO personnel from the region entirely.

If people cannot call because their mobile networks are disabled, how do they still call the station to provide the message? What can be done to mitigate this issue? Additionally, how can we streamline and reduce the size of radio transmitters? While the receivers can be small, the transmission bases require noticeable towers and are easily traceable.
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Lee Clemmer

April 02, 2013, 02:56AM
Hi Richard, thanks for this comment. I've been thinking about the parameters of the challenge and still have a lot of questions about the nature of these hard-to-access environments that we're thinking about here. It sounds like you've worked in many of these "locations of concern" and shared some pretty interesting insights, namely that communications are disabled and the regions sealed off.

I'm wondering if you could tell us more about the communications that are used and what disabling these looks like. So this concept, for example, relies on landlines. How wide-spread and available are these? How are they disabled? How are mobile networks disabled? Towers destroyed? How is communication ever re-established, if at all? Is it the case then that often people will have mobile phones, but just not a mobile network to connect to?

In regards to the transmission bases: is their size actually a danger to the communities they sit in during hostilities? How are they traceable? One of the inspiration videos shows Invisible Children setting up HF radios in the area around LRA territory. It sounds like they haven't been that effective in practice in your experience, is that right?

I appreciate any insight you can share. Again, thinking about the parameters, I wonder whether the starting point, so to speak, is really communities and peoples with zero technology. From the brief: "How suitable is it for various conditions such as lack of internet or mobile access?" So any insights you share about what is or isn't available technology is very helpful in thinking about what we have to work with for a concept to work.

Arjan Tupan

April 02, 2013, 11:54AM
Great questions, Lee. I was wondering roughly the same. It would indeed be great to get some more insights on this. In a past challenge, there was at one point a live-chat with a team from the challenge sponsors, basically to get some answers like this. Do you think a Q&A session would be helpful for this challenge as well?

Arjan Tupan

April 02, 2013, 11:59AM
By the way, I was also wondering in how far technologies like the Pirate communications (as shared by Richard in his Idea: http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/pirate-communications/ ) or the mobile mesh networks (see this inspiration by karl: http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/pirate-communications/ ) could be helpful. Or maybe the make fm transmitters from scrap inspiration: http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/inspiration/15-year-old-from-sierra-leone-constructs-radio-from-scraps/ .
These would be things that might help people to keep communication lines up and running, but I don't know how detectable they are.
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Richard Brion

April 02, 2013, 14:36PM
Lee, the basic communication means will vary by country; however, there are some commonalities. For example, to many's surprise, mobile phones are highly prevalent throughout Africa. This unfortunately does not mean that infrastructure exists in all of the rural areas to allow for mobile phone communications 100% of the time.

Additionally, there are usually some form of RF stations, and Motorola or other HF or UHF communications as well as internet access. Landlines exist in limited supply because of infrastructure needs and demands, and can be disabled as simply as cutting one major trunk line. Disabling these technologies will take different forms as well depending on who the aggressor is. Simple signal jammers are very effective and can be made with parts found at a Radio Shack. Cutting off the power supply to grids containing mobile towers and radio towers is another effective and simple tactic. More destructive forms can include destroying the transmission towers.

HF and UHF radio transmitters require base stations with antennas coupled with antenna like repeaters in order to facilitate over the horizon communication (OTH). Without these, the man portable transmitters are useless just like a cell phone trying to make a call in an area without cell phone towers.

You specifically mentioned the use of HF transmitters in Uganda. The LRA is not the in power party, so their ability to completely disable the HF infrastructure is more limited. However, in places like Mali, or the DRC where coups occur and the hostile party takes control of the entire system, access to the communications backbone becomes almost as simple as a light switch. Take China's ability to completely turn on/off the internet should they wish. They are also completely capable of disabling international dial out access from cell phones. Anything that is transmitted through an existing infrastructure is an easy target.

Specific to this idea, establishing the necessary antennas and repeaters to utilize RF/HF/UHF radio would require noticeable activity and the support towers are not easily concealed. Think about any broadcast antenna you have seen; how would you conceal it from miles away? Every radio, including the HF ones used in Uganda, must have a radio tower to transmit and receive.

As far as traceability goes, first the towers are visible; so, once you see the tower, destroying it or otherwise disabling will take down the network rendering it useless. If, for some reason they could only find the repeaters, disabling these repeaters reduces the distance the transmission can travel. Further, unless someone is using a mobile transmitter, like a Codan vehicle mounted UHF radio, or a Motorola handset, or something manufactured by Harris, stationary transmissions are easily triangulated to find the source, which can place lives at risk. Even if they use the mobile transmitters, all that is needed is to take out or disable the towers.

Lastly, people would be surprised at how prevalent and inexpensive mobile handsets are in numerous countries throughout Africa. Nokia, specifically, has done a tremendous job creating handsets that have mobile internet and wifi capabilities at a cost of about $25. In addition, Kenya, for example, has developed the most sophisticated bank in the world using your mobile device system. People, even in the most rural of areas, are capable of paying vendors with a simple SMS message. Nonetheless, in many places throughout rural Africa, the phones may have intermittent coverage at times, but many people still own them.

Using pirate communication technologies, like wireless access drones, HPCP, or Pirate Boxes to give off grid access to the internet and voice communications, allows for the existing mobile phones to still communicate even if the cellular, radio, or other communication towers are destroyed or otherwise disabled.

The question becomes twofold for this concept: first, how can get messages to the single transmission source without relying on the infrastructures controlled by aggressive regimes, and; second, how do we ensure sustainable coverage of a radio network's infrastructure when it will likely become a quick target?
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Lee Clemmer

April 02, 2013, 14:48PM
Hi Richard, thanks so much for this information! You've given me a lot to think about here. It feels like a solution ought to go in the direction of maintaining mobile connectivity but then also allow for a structured information exchange system, preferably via SMS or voicemail (in case of illiteracy).

Two follow-up questions:
1) If you don't mind my asking, in what capacity did you service in conflict zones?

2) In regards to SMS, what are typical associated costs? I.e. how much is a single outbound SMS? Does an inbound SMS cost anything?

Thanks again for sharing your insights and information, I'll be chewing on this for a bit :)
- Lee
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Richard Brion

April 03, 2013, 21:44PM
Lee,

I apologize for the delay, I am traveling this week. I agree with maintaining connectivity to allow for the free flow of information couple with am information exchange system to facilitate getting the word to the right people. To answer your questions:

1) During my time in the military, I served in a communications and intelligence capacity. Now, I provide consulting services to governmental contractors and commercials businesses looking to establish or improve operations in the developing world, with a significant focus on countries in Africa.

2) SMS costs will vary by country; however, in certain countries like Kenya, SMS and even international rates on calls are extremely inexpensive. For example, with Safaricom you can call the United States for pennies per minute as opposed to the $4+ per minute rate while roaming internationally with Verizon, AT&T, etc.
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:44PM
This is super interesting and detailed, thanks all for taking time to share your knowledge. I've updated the concept description, and tried to highlight key points from your comments. Thanks again!
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:53PM
This is super interesting and detailed, thanks all for taking time to share your knowledge. I've updated the concept description, and tried to highlight key points from your comments. Thanks again!

Lyden Foust

March 29, 2013, 21:48PM
Such a great concept because people can experience shared ownership over the radio station. Great choice using a radio as they are accessible.

Saw another idea on here that might be used to build on this if it trends to an international community.
http://www.bribespot.com/

This company records instances of bribes and places it on a map.

Perhaps peoples radio could feed data into a map to collect & visualize instances of mass violence. Think of the trend data that could be collected from this.
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:37PM
Hi Lyden, thanks for your comment - bribespot is a really cool idea. I've updated the concept description and added your link. Let me know if you have any comments / suggestions
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Claudio

March 29, 2013, 09:36AM
It is certainly a great idea. Radio receivers are cheap, and are everywhere. The greatest issue is that radio is monodirectional. What to do in areas that are hard to reach, without cell phone coverage?
An idea may be to name selected individuals in the area "master of the news" providing them a sat-phone [NOTE: this may be combined with the other concept related to use COSPAR system], and asking them to prepare a sort of "local newspaper" every day to be transmitted by phone and then relayed via radio.
In peace time, this may be a funny local news network, that may be also made more interesting with gamification techniques, providing points and prizes to the best/most voted "masters of the news". A kind of social nework made using radio.
In hard times, it may be easily reconfigured as a powerful alerting and awareness system.
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Karoline K

March 29, 2013, 19:17PM
You've definitely got a point. I think the beauty of this concept is that, like on twitter, everyone has a voice. But only those who are on twitter, and in this case we're missing those without cell phone coverage. It would be great if they had a 'community manager' - who had a sat phone, but I almost think if there is a sat-phone in hard to reach areas - everyone should be allowed to use it. What are you thoughts?
I like the transition potential, from beloved, participatory local radio to serious alerting in crisis times.
Great, you got me thinking. Can I add you to the virtual team?
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Claudio

April 01, 2013, 12:08PM
Sure, I am very pleased to join the virtual team.
Well, having a 'community manager' allows a first level of discrimination, of checking the source.
At the same time there is a very practical reason: sat phones are extremely expensive (both the devices themselves and their usage fee). I don't see any organization able to support a massive distribution of sat phones.
To enlarge usage basis a different, cheaper technology needs to be used. Maybe something creating a ad-hoc, p2p network.

Nathan Maton

April 01, 2013, 15:48PM
Awesome idea, I do agree some type of curation could go a long way to help this idea have higher quality information, even if it was just a person listening just for spam.
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:38PM
I've updated the concept description and added your comment and a section about content curation and relevance. Let me know if you have any comments / suggestions
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Ann Brown

March 28, 2013, 23:32PM
I really like this idea, a lot. Thank you for sharing.

As you say, there are lots of questions to be worked through - but I think there could be something great in this idea.

I was searching around to find something similar, as it seems like such a great idea someone must have already tried it - it seems like these guys may have the tech know how, but a different approach: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-12/08/airtime-pro

My immediate thought with regards tech capacity was how to record messages at volume, and how to replay them when there could be potentially thousands? Maybe the messages are stored and looped for a week... day?

It reminded me of something I watched only today that mentioned a service called Hello Peace, a free phone service that lets Israelis and Palestinians talk to one another over the phone - I will 'build on this post' with more detail as I think its worth mentioning.

I'll think on this one some more, great idea (great image too!)
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Ann Brown

March 28, 2013, 23:49PM
This is a link to where I saw Hello Peace mentioned (an RSA Animate video) http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/join_the_empathy_revolution/ and this is a link to the basic page set up to explain the Hello Peace service http://traubman.igc.org/call-now.htm
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Karoline K

March 29, 2013, 19:13PM
Hi Ann
Thanks for sharing your thoughts - I've added you to the virtual team, hope that's okay. The Airtime-pro is very relevant, I'll try see if I can get in touch with one of the guys and find out how you'd be able to set something like people's radio up. Even if I don't understand all the tech-terms, Ill just pass them on and someone will probably get it ;)
I think looping the messages for a day would be good, but you're right, what if there are thousands? Would one need to filter? How long is each message? And how do we engage those who won't have a voice due to lack of phones/connection? As Claudio suggested in the above comment, it might be worth looking into community radio managers - although I think part of the beauty of this idea is that everyone gets a voice.

I remember hearing about Hello Peace. It's amazing. It made me think, that People's radio might be a way for lost relatives / friends to get in touch with each other during critical times..

Hmm.. Still thinking about it. New to OpenIDEO, so unsure how you go forward with these things, but I guess thinking about it is a start ;)
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Karoline K

March 29, 2013, 19:28PM
Just commenting again to bump you up

Arjan Tupan

March 30, 2013, 09:57AM
Not sure what the 'bumping up' does, but other than that I really like your idea, and how you're opening it up for collaboration. You can always edit your idea, to add the thoughts and builds from others to it, so we can see how it evolves over time.

Arjan Tupan

March 30, 2013, 10:00AM
By the way, if you have suggestions for functionality of the platform (for example: you might want to be able to determine a certain order for comments to your idea), you should share them on the user forums. It's always good for the OpenIDEO team to learn what we users want :).

Arjan Tupan

March 30, 2013, 10:00AM
Sorry: link to the user forum for suggesting functionality: https://openideo.zendesk.com/forums/291908-Feature-Suggestions
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Karoline K

March 30, 2013, 13:14PM
Thanks for the advice Arjan. I'm new in here, so your suggestions are really useful. Will edit the idea and add the things we've discussed in comments
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Ann Brown

April 02, 2013, 20:53PM
Late reply, apologies. Happy to contribute to the virtual team, not entirely sure what that means or involves - I am a newbie too.

Great to see your concept has gained so much support and feedback, Karoline. I'm still reading through the comments...

Meena Kadri

April 02, 2013, 21:01PM
Ann: here's some tips on Virtual Teams – http://bit.ly/oi-teams Bring on the collaboration!
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Ann Brown

April 02, 2013, 21:32PM
That's great, Meena. Thank you.
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:43PM
Hi - I've updated the concept description and added inputs from the comments section. There are so many great insights and discussions going on, I hope I managed to identify key issues. Let me know what you think :)

Meena Kadri

April 21, 2013, 21:47PM
Way to go, Karoline!

Andrew Dickson

March 28, 2013, 01:04AM
Yep, I like it. The speak2tweet service from Egypt occurred to me too, but you've taken it a step further.

It wouldn't be too hard to make a service like this, to play with it, prototype it and see what's is capable of. Who would have thought that Twitter would become what it has?
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Karoline K

March 29, 2013, 19:22PM
Twitter is fantastic, no one can ignore the masses when they get voice.
Do you know how one might go about prototyping this?
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Mike iDiaz

April 01, 2013, 21:10PM
Epic idea, here are some possible solutions to the mentioned obstacles.
1. Assign a number to each tweet
2. What if you could only tweet something once an hour?
3. Block numbers that post false info with the actual tweet. (if enough people say "block #345", the system identifies and blocks the number.)
4. Provide a language key for everyone at two intervals of the day (i.e. shootings in the south = sits) - changing the keys occasionally and distributing it to certain people could reduce false tweets.
5. numbers that are confirmed to provide accurate information could be given more authority and even be repeated multiple times.

still with all these there requires programing, hardware, money, and still leaves room for intrusion, which seems to be the main issue. Just some ideas that come to mind, maybe they inspire other solutions. keep it up!:)
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:39PM
This is a great idea I think. I've updated the concept description and added your suggestion in a section about content curation and relevance. Let me know if you have any comments / suggestions

Jason Maude

March 27, 2013, 21:03PM
I like this idea as it has a wide base of potential contributors. Anyone with access to a land line can send a message and anyone with a radio can listen for one. This makes it hard to subvert by anyone seeking to spread false information. The one fake message will be drowned out by the many correct ones. It also is robust against any one caller or listener in an area being unable to call or listen for whatever reason.
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Karoline K

March 29, 2013, 19:24PM
Exactly!
How would we encourage many people to participate though, so fake messages will be drowned? I suppose if you hear something untrue on the radio, you'd have the urge to call in and say the opposite.

Jason Maude

April 16, 2013, 22:36PM
One possible way of encouraging people to counteract false messages would be to encourage people who naturally listen to the radio often to encourage people to text if they heard something that was untrue. A shopkeeper or stall trader would be the ideal sort of person to do this as they naturally meet a lot of people during their working day and could spread the word if they heard something untrue that needed counteracting.
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Dan Hope

March 27, 2013, 18:13PM
This is a good idea to pursue because most of the parts and pieces are already available. And I truly feel that widely broadcasting these messages is a key to solving the problem. Not only does that make more people aware of the problem, but it lessens the chance that tyrants and gang leaders can stifle a stream of information.
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Karoline K

March 29, 2013, 19:26PM
Yes that's a really good point. How would we overcome the language barriers? Translators? I suppose the callers might speak a variety of languages, so the station itself would be multilingual..

Thu Do

April 02, 2013, 19:44PM
Hi Karoline,

Great concept!

How about once a message gets in the system, you can use voice recognition to transcribe the words, then use translator tools such as Google / Bing Translator to translate them to the right language for each location?

Instructions can also suggest to include #zipcode or #city, giving a chance for the channel to spread across multiple locations and be relevant for each.
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Karoline K

April 21, 2013, 21:40PM
Hi! Both your input are really valuable - Ive added them to an updated concept description - have a look at let me know what you think.

Meena Kadri

March 26, 2013, 22:00PM
Great start Karoline – and we're loving that you're leaving room for the idea to evolve from collaborative input. As conversations progress, you might consider adding contributors to your Virtual Team. Read more: http://bit.ly/oi-teams Looking forward to seeing this idea grow...
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Karoline K

March 29, 2013, 19:28PM
Thanks Meena, I'm new to this and couldnt figure out how to add a virtual team - but I've found it now. I think I could get really into this, openIDEO is fantastic :)

Meena Kadri

April 02, 2013, 20:47PM
Great to have you onboard, Karoline!

Nicolas Picard

March 07, 2014, 18:39PM
Hi Karoline, just stumbled on this other winning idea for another challenge. It seems related to yours http://www.ivrjunction.org/. The challenge information is at http://thetechchallenge.org/winners/communicate.html
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