CGNet Swara

International Center for Journalists

CGNet Swara is a voice-based portal that allows anyone to report and listen to stories of local interest over a phone.

Product description Brand name and product description

CGNet Swara is a voice portal that enables ordinary citizens to report and discuss issues of local interest in Central Gondwana region in India. To use it, they call a phone number using any mobile (or fixed line) phone. Callers are prompted to press “1” to record a new message, and “2” to listen to messages that have already been recorded.

Once a message has been recorded from the field, professional, trained journalists, who access the system using a Web-based interface, review and verify the report. Approved reports are then made available for playback over the phone. The reports also can be accessed on the CGNet Swara website. CGNet Swara was launched as part of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships, a program of the International Center for Journalists.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

CGNet Swara is working in the Central Gondwana region in India. It is a product that can be deployed anywhere.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

CGNet Swara is the distributor/implementer for the solution. They stated they are willing to offer guidance to other organizations that are seeking to establish similar services around the world.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

This is an open-source product.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Conventional radio broadcasting stations, Pocket FMRootio Radio.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Communities with poor press, communication, and information services.

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