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Supporting global media networks and enabling journalists to cover the environment more effectively.

Thinking about a Data Revolution (3/3)

Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities: Part 3 of 3

The Data Revolution and the Importance of Information Ecosystems

Tackling the assumptions that shape the “big/open data” narrative takes courage. Does “open” or “big” data actually make a meaningful difference in the lives of the most vulnerable? Do these terms genuinely influence what people think and consequently guide how they might act? Who knows? Regardless, we need the means to start asking these questions.

Thinking about a Data Revolution (2/3)

Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities: Part 2 of 3

Towards Inclusion: The Need for Human-Centered Design Approaches

It might seem logical that the majority of data-centric conversations start and end with technical discussions of raw data. In practice, however, raw data isn’t truly that useful to most individuals. It’s only when we use data that it transforms into knowledge, informs decisions and truly makes an impact. It is, therefore, the how, why and where data are and could be used that matters most.

The Listening Post Expands to Coastal Communities in Louisiana

The Listening Post project, a civic media initiative that began last summer in New Orleans, is launching a second phase in late February. The expansion is thanks to a generous grant from the Louisiana-based Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Family Foundation.

The project is a collaboration between WWNO, the public radio station in New Orleans, and was initially funded by the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning.

Environmental Sensor Journalism: the start

These days, it seems like data is all around us. But for many journalists, especially those working in developing countries, coverage of sensitive environmental issues is severely constrained by a lack of accessible information. What’s more, reliable information is difficult to collect in certain ecosystems, such as the Amazon rainforest or Ganges Delta, that are in constant flux.

Deriban.Net Uses Crowdsourced Mapping to Expose Land Violations in Ukraine

The problem

According to the Ukrainian constitution, every citizen is entitled to own a piece of land. The process through which to claim land is a basic one. All a person has to do is find a piece that isn’t being used and ask the government to give it to them. Once this request is submitted the government has 30 days to make a decision. While this process might be plausible in rural areas of the country, in popular places the law is highly disregarded and abused. Land to the people!

“The land belongs to the people.” This is not political slogan but rather the motto of Deriban, an online project in Ukraine that emerged from the Internews Social Innovation Camp held in the summer of 2011. In Ukraine, as in many other post-soviet countries, land distribution among citizens is often plagued by corruption and other legal violations.  But using crowdsourcing tools, civic activists are now able to send reports about violations to the Deriban platform for publication.


Mesh-Casting News in the Port Harcourt Waterfronts

The Internews-sponsored Mesh-Casting pilot project is unique in the field of mesh technology in that it is free and open source, making it widely accessible. The Mesh pilot project builds on the work of the Serval Project, which has pioneered the development of open source software to create autonomous mesh-based voice and data networks among Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones.


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