Messaging apps https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/13667/all en Media (R)evolutions: Social media and communication tools under assault? https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/media-revolutions-social-media-and-communication-tools-under-assault <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> <span>New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: </span><a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span>People, Spaces, Deliberation</span></a><span> brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.</span></h4> According to the latest “<a href="https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/freedom-net-2016" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Freedom on the Net </a>” report “In a new trend, governments increasingly target messaging and voice communication apps such as <a href="https://www.whatsapp.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WhatsApp</a> and <a href="https://telegram.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Telegram</a>.” Annual report of the <a href="https://freedomhouse.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Freedom House</a>, it tracks improvements and declines in governments’ policies and practices. This year the report covered 65 countries.  <br /><br /> While <a href="https://www.facebook.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a> have long been targeted by governments, silencing messaging apps is somewhat new.<br /><br /> Messaging apps have become an integral part of peoples’ lives, enabling millions of them to communicate with their friends and family much easier, faster, and cheaper. If messaging apps are so helpful in connecting people, why do governments target them so much? One of the main reasons is <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/technology/personaltech/encryption-privacy.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">encryption</a>! In addition to low, or often no cost associated with them, messaging apps also offer a sense of security not often available in other modes of communication. Many messaging apps, like WhatsApp, use encryption. Encryption ensures that messages are secured and encrypted, making it harder, if not impossible, for governments, to monitor content.<br />   <div> <img alt="" height="613" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/fotn_2016_social_media_accounts_blocked-white-background_820px.jpg" title="Image by Freedom House" width="820" /></div> <p> <span>Source: <a href="https://freedomhouse.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Freedom House</a></span></p> </div></div></div> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:33:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7589 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Media (R)evolutions: The world of messaging apps https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/media-revolutions-world-messaging-apps <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> <span>New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: </span><a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span>People, Spaces, Deliberation</span></a><span> brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.</span></h4> The number of people using messaging apps continues to rise. In fact, traditional global telecoms are scrambling to compete and maintain relevance. In some parts of the world messaging apps have become the most used apps overall.<br /><br /> According to data (using Android App Data: April 2016) from <a href="https://www.similarweb.com/blog/worldwide-messaging-apps" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Similar Web </a>out of 187 countries examined, <a href="https://www.whatsapp.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WhatsApp</a> was the most popular messaging app, becoming the global leader by claiming the top spot in 109 countries. <a href="https://www.globalwebindex.net/blog/3-in-4-whatsappers-use-the-service-daily" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Findings</a> from <a href="https://www.globalwebindex.net/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Web Index</a> (GWI) suggest that 3 in 4 WhatsApp users use the service daily, helping this messaging app claim the title for the highest usage frequency of all the messaging apps tracked by GWI. Although Facebook <a href="https://www.messenger.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Messenger</a> came in second place, <a href="https://www.similarweb.com/blog/worldwide-messaging-apps" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">claiming 49 countries</a>, it remains to be one of the most powerful <a href="https://www.naspers.com/ventures/news/messaging-apps-king-makers-in-the-emerging-world" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">platforms</a> for companies to reach their customers. Third in line was <a href="https://www.viber.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Viber</a>, with 10 countries. <a href="https://line.me/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">LINE</a> messaging app took fourth place.<br />   <div> <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/by_similarweb.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="614" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/by_similarweb.jpg" title="Data by SimilarWeb" width="483" /></a></div> <p> <span>Source: </span><a href="https://www.similarweb.com/blog/worldwide-messaging-apps" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span>SimilarWeb</span></a><span> </span><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7574 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Blog post of the month: Six lessons I learnt while trying to reach 10 million women in India with life-saving health information https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/blog-post-month-six-lessons-i-learnt-while-trying-reach-10-million-women-india-life-saving-health <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <div style="margin:0px; padding:0px; border:0px currentColor; vertical-align:baseline"> <h4> Each month People, Spaces, Deliberation shares the blog post that generated the most interest and discussion. In March 2016, the featured blog post is "<a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/six-lessons-i-learnt-while-trying-reach-10-million-women-india-life-saving-health-information" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Six lessons I learnt while trying to reach 10 million women in India with life-saving health information</a>" by Priyanka Dutt.</h4> <p> <img alt="Kilkari mobile messaging" height="186" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/kilari1.jpg" style="padding:2px; border:1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align:bottom; max-width:none; float:left" title=" BBC Media Action" width="280" />Last month, the Government of India launched a nationwide mobile health (mHealth) program designed by BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity. The aim - to train 1 million community health workers and help nearly 10 million new and expecting mothers in India make healthier choices and lead longer, healthier lives.<br />  <br /><em>Mobile Academy</em> is an anytime, anywhere audio training course, delivered via mobile phone, designed to refresh the knowledge and strengthen the communication skills of community health workers. The objective is to enable the nation’s nearly one million health workers to more effectively persuade families to lead healthier lives.<br />  <br /><em>Kilkari</em>  (a baby’s gurgle) service delivers free, weekly, time-appropriate audio messages about pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare directly to the mobile phones of mothers and other family members from the second trimester of pregnancy until the child is one year old.<br /><br /> These services were originally <a href="https://www.rethink1000days.org/2013/08/lifeline-in-bihar/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">designed for use in Bihar </a>in North India, where BBC Media Action, in partnership with the state government works to improve demand for health services, improve social norms and impact health outcomes for mothers and children. <a href="https://www.rethink1000days.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Read more</a>.<br /><br /><em>Mobile Academy</em> and <em>Kilkari</em> leverage the massive penetration of mobile phones to reach the most marginalized, hardest-to-reach communities in India. These are communities where getting pregnant and having babies can be 24 times more life-threatening than giving birth in the United Kingdom!<br />  <br /> The statistics are pretty stark. Globally, every five minutes, three women die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, while 60 others will be left with debilitating injuries. Of these deaths, India accounts for the greatest number of women dying – over 150 every day. But we know how many of these health risks that pregnant women and their newborns face are preventable.<br /></div></div></div> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:52:00 +0000 BBC Media Action 7356 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Six lessons I learnt while trying to reach 10 million women in India with life-saving health information https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/six-lessons-i-learnt-while-trying-reach-10-million-women-india-life-saving-health-information <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h4> Priyanka Dutt shares what she has learned while implementing a mobile health program for women in India.</h4> <p> <img alt="Kilkari mobile messaging" height="186" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/kilari1.jpg" style="float:left" title=" BBC Media Action" width="280" />Last month, the Government of India launched a nationwide mobile health (mHealth) program designed by BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity. The aim - to train 1 million community health workers and help nearly 10 million new and expecting mothers in India make healthier choices and lead longer, healthier lives.<br />  <br /><em>Mobile Academy</em> is an anytime, anywhere audio training course, delivered via mobile phone, designed to refresh the knowledge and strengthen the communication skills of community health workers. The objective is to enable the nation’s nearly one million health workers to more effectively persuade families to lead healthier lives.<br />  <br /><em>Kilkari</em>  (a baby’s gurgle) service delivers free, weekly, time-appropriate audio messages about pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare directly to the mobile phones of mothers and other family members from the second trimester of pregnancy until the child is one year old.<br /><br /> These services were originally <a href="https://www.rethink1000days.org/2013/08/lifeline-in-bihar/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">designed for use in Bihar </a>in North India, where BBC Media Action, in partnership with the state government works to improve demand for health services, improve social norms and impact health outcomes for mothers and children. <a href="https://www.rethink1000days.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Read more</a>.<br /><br /><em>Mobile Academy</em> and <em>Kilkari</em> leverage the massive penetration of mobile phones to reach the most marginalized, hardest-to-reach communities in India. These are communities where getting pregnant and having babies can be 24 times more life-threatening than giving birth in the United Kingdom!<br />  <br /> The statistics are pretty stark. Globally, every five minutes, three women die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, while 60 others will be left with debilitating injuries. Of these deaths, India accounts for the greatest number of women dying – over 150 every day. But we know how many of these health risks that pregnant women and their newborns face are preventable.<br /><br /></div></div></div> Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:39:00 +0000 BBC Media Action 7332 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Media (R)evolutions: Messaging apps are the future of social media https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/media-revolutions-messaging-apps-are-future-social-media <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: <a href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">People, Spaces, Deliberation</a> brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.<br /><br /> Social mobile messaging apps are one of the most popular and fastest growing applications for mobile devices. Around <a href="https://www.telecompaper.com/news/over-60-of-brazilians-reduce-sms-use-due-to-apps--1015474" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">90 percent of Brazilians</a> who own smartphones or feature phones use messaging apps, <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10568395/Instant-messaging-overtakes-texting-in-the-UK.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">160 billion</a> instant messages were sent in 2013 in the U.K., and an estimated <a href="https://businessetc.thejournal.ie/sms-messaging-falls-1262017-Jan2014/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">50 billion</a> instant messages were sent each day in 2014.  <br /><br /><a href="https://www.forrester.com/Messaging+Apps+Mobile+Becomes+The+New+Face+Of+Social/fulltext/-/E-RES116204" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Forrester</a> has even predicted messaging apps to be the “new social media”.  Many messaging apps are bypassing social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter as top-performing social platforms, and this is especially true in Asia where <a href="https://www.wechat.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WeChat</a> is popular in China, <a href="https://line.me/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Line</a> in Japan and <a href="https://www.kakao.com/talk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kakao Talk</a> in South Korea. These messaging apps are more socially-centric and offer services beyond traditional communication including media sharing, timelines, public accounts, news and information services, gaming, payment, location services, and other functions. Outside of Asia, <a href="https://www.whatsapp.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WhatsApp</a> remains the most widely known in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Germany, India, and Indonesia; and <a href="https://www.viber.com/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Viber</a> is a strong competitor worldwide. Collectively, these apps possess a massive global audience-base, although no single platform has achieved true global scale.<br /><br /><img alt="Global reach of social mobile messaging apps" height="796" src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/nz4q1jo.jpg" title="" width="620" /><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:20:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7023 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere