Rising Voices editor, radio features producer, photographer. Interests include storytelling, the politics behind photography, and terrariums. Originally from New York, she is currently based in Paris, France. Tweets @zigzagrailroad and on soundcloud as “midden productions”
Latest posts by Laura Morris from March, 2013
VOA Launches Experimental Digital Broadcasts via Shortwave
VOA Radiogram is sending digital messages across traditional shortwave frequencies. With a broadcast originating from North Carolina (USA), the transmission last week reached as far as Australia. This technology - simple and inexpensive - could be especially useful in times when the internet is not available, such as emergencies or under repressive regimes.
Get Online Week 2013: Europe's Digital Empowerment Campaign
This week is “Get Online Week”, a push to teach new digital skills to those with limited exposure to the Internet. The program this year tries to address Europe's rising unemployment, and especially focusing on young people, teaching and training them in new skills.
Programming Possibilities: Writing Code in Arabic
"قلب (Alb) tries to expand the digital conversation to consider more people. The fact that every modern programming language is in English is an idea that has shocked even the most veteran computer scientists. It's just not something you think about." An interview with the programmer Ramsey Nasser, creator of قلب (Alb), and a response from Tarek Amr.
The iLabs: Letting Context Drive Development
The iLabs recognize that a focus on local interpretation over foreign “experts” brings in local knowledge of what does and doesn't work – extending their impacts beyond the life of a single project: "We believe that the most efficient programs and technologies are developed flexibly, with a base in the active participation of the communities they serve..."