Public Control of Cell Phones: A Discussion at Blue Stockings

A discussion about the politics of cell phone use - from the exploitation involved in the mining of coltan (an essential mineral used in consumer electronics) to the domination of phone companies.


This discussion took place at Bluestockings, during the event "Independent Media, Technology, and Self-Determination Struggles in Nigeria" on March 27, 2011. 

Emem Okon of Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Center in the Niger Delta and Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters will speak to the role of communications technology in struggles against political corruption and oil exploitation in Nigeria. Jamie McClelland of MayFirst/PeopleLink will address the changing role of communications technology in the internationalization of such struggles, and lead a discussion on what is to be done to seize this moment. This is the third of a series of reportbacks form the fourth IMC-Africa Convergence, held last month in Dakar, Senegal. Facilitated by Amy Dalton and Nicole Hummel.

More information about the panelists and the event can be found at