Stories about Feature from November, 2013
The Birth of Russia's Hackerspace Movement
neuron hackerspace in Moscow is leading the hackerspace movement in Russia. We spoke with neuron's founder about the possibilities for building community and innovation through hackerspaces, while also acting as a link to the country's past.
Africa's Technological Potential: the Next Frontier?
As Africa becomes the next frontier for digital development, we take a look a some recent initiatives to explore the way new technologies are developing across the continent.
Brazil: Citizen Journalism for Small Town Change
Amigos de Januária, a grantee project of Rising Voices in 2011, is a group of citizen journalists and activists who continue applying digital tools they used in a single workshop two years ago, to amplify local voices talking about change.
The Amp #1 (Formerly the Roundup)
The Rising Voices Roundup is now THE AMP! Still bi-weekly, still full of great opportunities and blog summaries, still what you want to be reading every other week....
Mapping for Niger Profile: Ali Douka Mahaman
Meet one of the participants in the Mapping for Niger project, Mahaman, who has gone from an early life of odd jobs to a masters' student in geography, using Open Street Map to help document his local community. "Technology" says Mahaman, "allows us to instantly discover horizons which our imaginations had never thought possible."
We Take the Internet With Us, Wherever We Go
Recently presented with a satellite broadband terminal, Rising Voices will now be able to take the Internet into regions with little or no connectivity, opening up new opportunities and possibilities to teach and share online.
Transitions Online: Supporting Independent Journalism in Eastern Europe
Transitions (TOL) is a Prague-based media development organization working to strengthen the professionalism, independence and impact of the news media and civil society organizations in the post-communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Tweets2Rue: Making Homeless Connections
Because no one is better situated to speak about the problems of the homeless than the homeless themselves, a new project enables five of them to tweet their concerns, and their hopes, and their daily lives.
Mapping for Niger Profile: Abdou Salam
Meet geography student Abdou Salam, one of the participants in the Mapping for Niger project. With the project, he's gone back to his hometown to map the major coordinates of the area and put them online with Open Street Map.
The Toolbox: 16 New Ways for Story-making
Are you a visual person (and do you want to tell your story that way)? Or do you need to be alerted the next time a report comes out on the president of Moldova? Here are some new tools to help you research your next story, and new platforms (like timelines and interactive images) for easily and clearly presenting information.
#teachtheweb: Encouraging Web Literacy Around the World
The Mozilla Foundation is creating teaching resources to increase web literacy. Laura Hilliger, one of their team, says that learning how to code and understanding the internet, even without a good internet connection, is a key part of education today.
How to Amplify the Voices of Marginalized Communities in Brazil
The youth from quilombos at Ilha de Maré are publishing news stories with their mobile phones and giving voice to the needs and concerns of their communities. Recently, a group from the Porto dos Cavalos community participated in the workshop: “Vojo Brazil: amplifying Quilombola voices through mobile phones”.
Surprising Expansion: One Workshop Unexpectedly Goes Global
What happens when you put your local workshop course online? You might end up with global participants...