Ken Banks is founder of FrontlineSMS, an organisation which seeks to lower the barriers for social change. They produce open source software which enables people with no access to the internet to be connected using basic text message technology. It has been used by an independent news agency in Iraq to update readers, to monitor human rights violations in Zimbabwe and as an emergency helpline for Filipino workers. Banks created the first version of Frontline SMS software in 2005, since then the technology has users in 150 different countries. In 2011 he was awarded the Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest.
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