Transparency is hard to come by in the bureaucratic process of land rights in Ukraine. Deriban.net, a crowdsourced web site, was launched to give individuals, journalists, and legal advocates a way to track and report violations of land rights and usage. Watch Crowdsourcing Land Rights in Ukraine to understand the problem and the project. Read more »
In Indonesia, rural farmers and environmental advocates are using mobiles to report, connect, and raise awareness of their issues. Two videos show how networks of citizens can mobilize through communication and collaborate with local media outlets to change the practices of palm oil corporations, which dominate industry in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Read more »
In October 2010, Armenian schoolchildren documented numerous cases of physical abuse at the hands of teachers using the cameras on their mobile phones. However, as Armenian journalist Seda Muradyan noted in her 2011 Knight Fellowship presentation at Stanford University, few people saw the videos until six months or even a year after they were shot, when they were uploaded online and swiftly went viral. Read more »
At the culmination of the Take Back the Tech! Training, a collaborative international campaign that unites and empowers women to utilize information and communication technologies, Internews will showcase the digital stories produced by young Afghan women at a screening on March 8th.
The four-day training enables participants to use ICT platforms for advocacy to end gender-based discrimination. Twelve young Afghan activists from five provinces will attend the training and produce digital stories. Read more »
Using ideas and input solicited from the public, the camp’s participants worked on digital solutions as varied as citizen media monitoring groups and apps for streaming traffic updates to monitoring produce prices via SMS. The event attracted dozens of twitter followers who requested similar events are conducted in the future. Read more »
Over the course of three days, Afghan developers, students and entrepreneurs utilized mobile and internet technology to create practical solutions to issues facing their country at the first-ever Kabul Innovation Lab. Read more »