The mobile platform is a central piece of the new media infrastructure. Mobile phones are critical to revolutions in the Middle East and advocacy campaigns in the United States, and they are the way people connect with one another and access information across the globe. As the consumption and production of information – as well as participation in culture and in the future of the news – continue to rely on access to open broadband data connections and a new generation of smartphones, one thing is clear: Most users haven’t thought about the political nature of Internet-enabled smartphones.

I’m super excited to be on this panel at next month’s National Conference for Media Reform. I’ll be joined by Jed Alpert, Garlin Gilchrist, Jamilah King and Katrin Verclas.