Stories about Tools from March, 2013
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.
The Indigenous University of Venezuela (UIV) is well known for its cultural diversity, bringing together students from many indigenous communities. On campus, one might hear a number of indigenous languages spoken by the students. Here are some examples of these languages uploaded to Rising Voices' Soundcloud account that were recorded during our workshops held at the UIV.
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..."