The local beat in Africa – brought to you by mobile phone

Deze post is alleen beschikbaar in het EngelsIn Africa, according to the International Telecommunication Union, the opportunity for new media developments is mainly on the mobile platform. Mobile phones now outnumber landlines 5-to-1, and 9-to-1 in subsahara Africa. With many of these phones outfitted with cameras and videorecording, this will of course impact the representation of African Cities. Will mobile phone-based citizen journalism play an important part in the way cities, their inhabitants and their stories are represented in the mediascape? The interesting Voices-of-Africa-project thinks it just might, and has started an initiative – working together with Dutch mobile reporting platform – in which reporters use their mobile phone to report in cities (and the countryside) in Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.

Martijn de Waal

Martijn de Waal (1972) is a writer, researcher and strategist, working in the field of digital media and (urban) culture. He is currently a senior researcher at the Play & Civic Media group at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

He has worked with and for various clients and organizations such as The Netherlands Architecture Institute, Open Society Foundation, The Architectural League of New York, Lift@Home, Kitchen Budapest, The Mondriaan Foundation and Dutch Public Broadcasting.

Formerly he was part of the New Media, Public Sphere and Urban Culture research group at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, and connected to the department of mediastudies at the University of Amsterdam. In 2009 he was a visiting scholar at MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media.

His most recent book are The City as Interface. How Digital Media Are Changing the City (NAi010 Publishers, 2014) and De Platformsamenleving (The Platform Society), co-authored with Jose van Dijck en Thomas Poell (Amsterdam University Press, 2016)