Stories from July, 2012
What is the future of online citizen media? In this edition (and the next) you will hear from editors, authors, co-founders and other participants at the 2012 Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Nairobi to discuss the future of how we all work together online.
Find out what happened on the second and final day of 2012's Global Voices Citizen Media Summit.
Around the world, an emerging group of language activists are recognizing that participatory digital media can play a part in engaging and encouraging the next generation of speakers of endangered and indigenous languages. Eddie Avila (Bolivia), Oliver Stegen (Germany/Kenya), Abdoulaye Bah (Guinea) and Boukary Konaté (Mali) discuss the challenges.
Jillian York (Global Voices and Electronic Frontier Foundation) starts off this session by asking participants if they think their government is monitoring their electronic communications. She goes onto explore new trends in technical surveillance and censorship with Rob Faris (Berkman Center for Internet & Society), Ellery Biddle (Center for Democracy & Technology), Afef Abrougui (Global Voices, Tunisia) and Mohamed El Gohary (Global Voices, Egypt).
Gilad Lotan of SocialFlow introduces us to the recently popular world of data visualization and asks if it is actually advancing the stories we are telling? Panelists Tarek Amr (Global Voices, Egypt), Kepha Ngito (Map Kibera), Nathan Matias (MIT Media Lab) and Marek Tuszynski (Tactical Technology Collective) explore some answers.
Participatory health media has been enabling citizens to tell their personal stories about the impact that health issues have had on their lives, but it can also play an important role in collecting and distributing vital information needed in developing countries.
The Global Voices Summit 2012 started with a song today in Nairobi, as award-winning Kenyan artist Atemi took to the stage to welcome the 300 plus attendees to the capital. Find out more about the day's sessions and panels with this overview.
A famous proverb says, “When elephants fight, the grass suffer. When elephants agree, the grass gets eaten.” With that introduction, our moderator Ivan Sigal, notes that corporations run a large portion of our digital publics.
Today, at the biannual Global Voices Citizen Media summit, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd Breaking Borders Award of $10,000 each. Congratulations to Mamfakinch from Morocco and Atlatszo from Hungary.
The Diaspora influence online session exposed various experiences between countries and the need to consider important gaps in communication, worldview, political and economic conditions between various communities of common heritage who strive to work together.