Mobile Voices is a storytelling platform for immigrants in Los Angeles to create and publish stories about their community directly from cell phones. Mobile Voices breaks new ground, allowing those without computer access greater participation in the digital public sphere. We are developing handset applications to capture and publish multimedia stories directly from phones; customizing Drupal, the popular open source content management system, for mobile content publishing; and training immigrants in LA to use this storytelling system.
The project currently is a collaboration between the Annenberg School for Communication (ASC) at the University of Southern California and the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA), a nonprofit serving low-income Latino immigrants in LA. We have received funding from the Annenberg Program on Online Communities (APOC) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)