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July 3, 2012

Visualizing Data at Global Voices

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.

The Internet, SMS, and Participatory Health

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.

July 2, 2012

Giants of the Internet: What Roles and Responsibilities?

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.

The Internet Exposes Tensions and Opportunity Between Nations and their Diasporas

Diasporic communities can now take virtually full part in national political and civic life in their countries of origin, thanks to new media. From the academic and activist perspectives, what are the consequences?

Keeping Endangered Languages Alive Online

Will we all converge on English and Chinese online? Or will technology help sustain our many mother tongues? Eddie Avila, Director of Rising Voices, notes the difference between endangered languages and underrepresented languages. Three of the panelists are working with the latter in African languages.