"If you were lucky enough to have been virally tipped off to
TXTmob, it became a don't-leave-home-without-it necessity. Pockets
of the city at times resembled mobile-savvy Tokyo, with people
staring into handheld devices for direction, instruction, even
encouragement. A non-SMS-enabled friend started calling every half
hour for updates. On the street, smartphone users appeared to
outnumber the 18-year-old anarchists in black.
"TXTmob was developed by activist group Applied Autonomy for the
Democratic Convention in Boston. I spoke with 'John Henry' (not his
real name), who developed the technology from open source software.
'The whole system runs off an old PC I found in someone's closet,'
he told me..."
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