FrontlineSMS turns a laptop or desktop computer and a mobile phone or modem into a two-way group messaging hub. Since it works anywhere there’s a mobile signal, it doesn’t need the internet, a major advantage for grassroots information sharing. The company recently won a Knight Foundation grant to develop mobile tools for journalists.

The group’s new radio product, FrontlineSMS:Radio allows radio stations to interact dynamically with their listening audiences. In addition to providing a two-way communication channel with listeners, the software will capture, organize and represent incoming data live, allowing it to be used by radio presenters in real time.

Watch Sharath Srinivasan, director of Cambridge University’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) speak about the radio project at an event on global poverty and technology.

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