This is a link to a whitepaper I wrote this last year on “The Mobile Revolution Revisited, in the lead up to the 2012 election for NDN. Simon Rosenberg, the head of NDN described it at the time:
“For many years now the team at NDN/NPI has been making an argument that a new politics was emerging in the United States and around the world. We’ve argued that this new politics was being driven by three big changes – rapid advances in media and technology, profound changes in demography, and a new global governing agenda driven by the extraordinary changes brought about by early 21st century globalization. We predicted that, taken together, these developments would bring about a 21st century politics vastly different from that which we witnessed in the 20th century. The events of recent years – Barack Obama’s people-driven campaign in 2008; the Iranian Uprising in 2009; the visionary speech by Secretary Clinton in 2010 on the “freedom to connect;” and of course the Arab Spring which began in 2011 and continues today. All of these events, along with recent waves of protest in Putin’s Russia all suggest that true change is in the air, something new is afoot throughout the world, an old era is ending and a new one, full of possibility, is being born.
Of all the papers, events, thinkers and articles on this subject, few have been as influential to us in assembling this vision as Tim Chamber’s path-breaking paper on the coming age of mobile. When he wrote this paper for us back in 2006, it opened our eyes, powerfully, to how this nascent internet age, characterized at that time by the Dean campaign and the rise of progressive bloggers here in the US, was about to give way to something much more ubiquitous and powerful – the age of mobile. Much of what Tim anticipated then has come to pass and we’re proud that NDN/NPI has been one of the first and most consistent voices on the significance of this technology.”