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by Craig Heath
The phone industry's move to open source operating systems is an opportunity for concerned individuals to implement functionality that the phone manufacturers and network operators can't or won't do themselves and touch the lives of millions of people. This presentation will cover specific opportunities for enhancing phone users' security and privacy, redressing the balance of power between individuals and faceless organisations.
Symbian, the world's leading smartphone operating system, went open source in Feburary 2010. The open source codebase is now governed by the non-profit Symbian Foundation, whose mission is to build a community around the Symbian Platform. To help accomplish this, Symbian Foundation launched a community project to build a smartphone with cheap off-the-shelf components running the latest version of Symbian. We call this the Wild Ducks Project and this is the story of how the project went from idea to the product you can play with here today. We will discuss how we engaged the community to help us achieve this goal, what worked and what didn't, and how the Wild Ducks Project will spur innovation in the smartphone market.
Also in this slot:
Why Doesn't Your Site Work On My Phone? - Terence Eden
People Power in Your Pocket - Craig Heath
by Terence Eden
Too many people think mobile == iPhone app. If you want to reach the masses, you need a mass medium. There are more phones with internet connections than there are PCs. Smart phones reach only a tiny percentage of the UK population. Young people in particular often don't have access to a private computer - but they do have phones. Making your site mobile means more than developing an Android App - it means making it accessible to everyone - everywhere. This talk will show you *why* you should make mobile sites and *how* to go about doing it with the minimum of fuss.
FrontlineSMS is free, open-source software that turns a mobile phone or modem and a computer into a two-way messaging device, allowing you to interact cheaply with anyone with a phone. It's being used all over the developing world for anything from rural health services to election monitoring to human rights campaigning - but how can it be used in the UK to bridge the digital divide and reach disconnected, or mobile-oriented groups like the homeless, women experiencing domestic violence, or young people?
11th September 2010