Al Jazeera’s Mobile Strategy

Alongside the Wizrt Days in Bergen, I’ve had the chance to interview Safdar Mustafa, head of mobile section at Al Jazeera.

Mobile technology is transforming broadcaster’s businesses and give them additional ways to produce and broadcast. Like no other media organization Al Jazeera is embracing these new technologies. They experiment and push the limits constantly. On the production side they equip their reporters and documentary filmmakers with newest hard- and software and on the broadcasting edge they provide high quality live streams on their latest mobile apps for the international audience, which is mainly the US.

Safdar Mustafa, head of Al Jazeera mobile technologies, describes in this interview what the challenges are and how to tackle them. He gives us an overview on how Al Jazeera is embedding mobile technology in its broadcasting strategy and what the best devices are.

The Internet of Elsewhere

“The Internet of Elsewhere”, Cyrus Farivar’s book which will be published in April 2011. It is the story of the Internet’s history and effects on four countries around the world: Iran, Estonia, South Korea and Senegal. It describes not only how the Internet came to be in that country, but why its Internet applications make sense given its own political, economic and social context.

In other words: there’s a reason that Skype was invented in Estonia, rather than Silicon Valley. There’s a reason that Iran was the first country in the world to arrest a blogger – back in 2003. There’s a reason that South Korea is the world’s most wired country on the planet, by far. There’s a reason why Senegal may be one of sub-Saharan Africa’s best chances for greater Internet access, and how it still comes up short.

Here is what Cyrus has to say ….