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Kenyan Media Blackout

It was not until I checked my twitter feed that I realised a raging debate on the self imposed media blackout under the hash tag #mediablackoutke. Several local journalists wrote tweets to protest a ruling made in Kenya’s high court on digital migration. The judge had earlier dismissed the petition by the three leading media houses to delay the migration. In his ruling, he says that the deadline date was obtained through consensus since the three players were also part of the process.  Digital migration refers to the movement of broadcast transmission from analogue signals to digital signals. As per the ITU conference different member countries had to set up deadlines by which they would have the switch over.  It is important to note that Kenya became the second country to switch over to digital television broadcasting in the year 2009.  The deadline to completely cut off the analogue signal in Kenya has been a game of chess since. Every other party trying to checkmate each other.

Buy the change you wish to see in the world

Media has shaped the culture of cancer in the United States, and even more broadly, it has changed the country’s general sense of social responsibility. For my final project for Intro to Civic Media, I want to explore this further.

I am the cure

After someone close to me was diagnosed with breast cancer, I found myself drowning in pink ribbon products—pink t-shirts, pink pens, pink socks, a pink hairdryer.

The sale of pink ribbon products is a form of cause marketing. Breast cancer cause marketing can take many forms, but it is commonly understood to be when a business sells their product and promises to give a portion of the profit to a breast cancer foundation. There are a number of challenges that arise from this practice, one of them being that more and more people are giving to social causes by being a consumer.

"The Economist" on internet activism

From the defeat of Hollywood-sponsored Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) to the flop of International Telecommunication Union’s crafty treaty, 2012 frustrated many government and company attempts to meddle with the internet. In its first 2013 edition, The Economist presents an interesting balance of what it calls “a big year for online activists”. The British magazine poses a thought-provoking question: are we witnessing the rise of a new organic political power like environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s?

The analogy is compelling. In its dawn, the environmental movement was an umbrella term for heterogeneous groups: people concerned about nuclear plants, citizens interested in cleaning a particular river, anti-pesticide activists, and so on. Gradually, such different strands came together and eventually formed a complete political platform with a comprehensive discourse­ that went on to wield legislative and executive power – the green parties in Europe and elsewhere.

"Music is My Hot Hot: A Logic Model Analysis of ZUMIX"


For a recent Civic Media Lunch, we welcomed the co-founder and radio coordinator from ZUMIX, Madeleine Steczynski and Elena Botkin-Levy. ZUMIX is a twenty-year-old East Boston-based nonprofit that builds community through music and the arts. Their core constituency is low-income youth -- picture a Boys and Girls Club filled with kids playing guitars and learning to use mixing boards...

As it happens, a week later, Sujata Singhal of the Harvard Graduate School of Education developed a logic model of ZUMIX for a GSE paper.

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Las "verdades" detras de nuestra informacion

Nuestras noticias, nuestra información, y hasta nuestro entretenimiento, todo pasa por un proceso de creación que determina qué vamos a absorber en nuestras vidas diarias. Tal vez no siempre creamos lo que veamos, escuchamos y leemos, pero la persistencia en la divulgación de esta información hace que sólo estemos expuestos a ciertos tipos de mensajes y valores. Nuestra realidad la experimentamos a través de esta información, porque es eso lo que conocemos del mundo exterior fuera de nuestras propias experiencias (que si las vemos diferentes a lo que nos exponen, las consideramos anomalías sociales), y por eso mismo, estamos limitados a imaginar el mundo, y a nosotros mismos, en base a esta visión de él.

Developing Aago

Here's a quick summary of our progress on Aago, a mobile app for youth media creation and sharing. We are excited to start the fall term with new team members and engaged community partners!

Medios radicales y transformacion social

No hay revolución sin la organización de procesos democráticos que concientizen a que individuos se empoderen para formar comunidades que tomen acción a pequeña y gran escala.

En Desarrollo Organizativo para el Cambio Social: Un Enfoque Integrado para la Transformación Comunitaria, una de las primeras preguntas que hace el estudio es sobre cómo "nuestras organizaciones pueden ser lo suficientemente audaces para alterar las relaciones estructurales fundamentales en la sociedad, y ser lo suficientemente sabias para actuar según los principios de sostenibilidad organizativa y de transformación comunitaria". O sea, ¿cómo va nuestra organización a ayudar a fomentar los movimientos sociales para un cambio radical?

Experiencing the internet in Ireland: An interview with media scholar Deirdre Hynes

I recently presented a paper at the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society in Berlin, Germany. Elected as a graduate scholar to moderate the stream on 'Technology in Community', I had the privilege of meeting academics from around the world (some favorites included Christine Hine, Victoria Armstrong, Kathryn S. Coleman, and Jocelynne Scutt) working on research projects surrounding the use and impact of technologies on a local and global level. One of the presenters whose work I found most interesting was Deirdre Hynes. Originally from Ireland, Ms. Hynes is a senior lecturer in the Department of Information and Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. She teaches courses on digital media production, technology and communication, and the network society; her research interests focus more on the social shaping of technology. I asked her to tell me more about some of her previous research about the domestication of technologies in everyday life.

What got you interested in studying the domestication of technologies?

Money as Media

Seems that Iranian activists are using banknotes to relay messages:
Make sure to check it out and see all the examples of the modified banknotes.

From the post:
'Anti-government activists are not allowed to express themselves in Iranian media, so theses activists have taken their expressions to another high circulation mass-medium, banknotes. The Central Bank of Iran has tried to take these banknotes out of circulation, but there are just too many of them, and gave up. For the activists’ people it’s a way of saying “We are here, and the green movement is going on”.'

Lets see what we get when we analyze this from a data communications perspective:

Open Park: Intro

Collaborative online news production: Introducing Open Park

Now that the spring semester is in full swing, I thought I would write a little Intro about my project for the Center for Future Civic Media [C4FCM] where I work as a Research Assistant, and the ideas and ideals behind it.

For those who are unfamiliar with the project - Phase I, defining the new professional journalistic practice of collaborating with colleagues and competitors on news stories, was conducted in the fall semester. Its results were the subject of my final paper for the C4FCM, as well as for the CMS class 'Media in Cultural Context, which is accessible in the Projects section of this site.
The Projects section also details Phase II, which focuses on refining the functions of an effective model for collective news-reporting by testing in the community what works and what doesn't with concrete real life-based collaborative news-writing experiments.