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 their communities and achieve greater participation in the digital public sphere.
Brief business history
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 continued to meet with IDEPSCA staff and other volunteers to strengthen the project and are active popular communicators.
Vozmob has received support from the following generous donors:
Macarthur/HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition
Instructional Telecommunications Fund
Social Science Research Council
Annenberg Innovation Lab
Annenberg Program on Online Communities
Netsquared Mobile Challenge