Mobile Voices (VozMob) is a platform for immigrant and/or low-wage workers in Los Angeles to create stories about their lives and communities directly from cell phones. VozMob appropriates technology to create power in our communities and achieve greater participation in the digital public sphere.
Mobile Voices initially began out of a collaboration between the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California (ASC&J) and the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA).
From 2008 to 2010 Drupal developers, IDEPSCA’s Popular Communication team (a team of Day Laborers and Household workers), IDEPSCA staff, University of Southern California researchers, media activists, and volunteers worked together to design the system, analyze stories, develop shared knowledge, and create training materials.
The Popular Communication Team has been volunteering for IDEPSCA for many years and takes their role of writing their own history very seriously, thus they continue to meet with IDEPSCA staff and other volunteers to strengthen the project and are active popular communicators. VozMob exemplifies Paulo Freire’s saying of “… No one knows it all; no one is ignorant of everything. We all know something; we are all ignorant of something” with that premise we worked together and successfully created this project.
A special thanks to the Popular Communication team, the group of Day Laborers and Household Workers who since 2008 have committed their time to make this project a success and who continue to lead this project.
Currently VozMob has a structure governed by Affiliates that consist of organizations and groups who are active in sharing their stories through this platform. Our active decision-making affiliates consist of IDEPSCA and the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN). LACAN has been active on VozMob.net since 2009 and have contributed greatly to the development of the project.
New affiliates who are pending training and or capacity to become active are:
Media Mobilizing Project (MMP)
Youth Justice Coalition (YJC)
Unidad Latina en Accion (ULA)
Media Literacy Project (MLP)
Conexion Comunitaria (Conexion)
For more information on the affiliation process please visit our affiliation process http://vozmob.net/en/participation. If you are a community based organization, group, and/or collecive interested in setting up a space on vozmob.net, please look at http://vozmob.net/en/participation.
VozMob Content Management System
The VozMob content management system is a customized version of Drupal, the popular free and open source software. The software continues its development at (http://drupal.org/project/vozmob).
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Vozmob has received support from many individuals, institutions, and foundations. For more about our supporters see http://vozmob.net/en/supporters.