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Middle East & North Africa

DIY radio - building a radio out of an MP3 reader

On 2012 Internews started a pilot project in the MENA region to attempt to see whether it was possible to create some sort of DIY radio using existing equipment easily available in a normal store or supermarket. The underlying ideas was to see if, in case of emergency, it is possible for people to create and build by themselves a transmitter to be used to provide important information to the local population.

Tech Camp Morocco and Tech Camp Zanzibar: less Tech and more Camp!

TechCamp is a program created under Secretary Clinton’s Civil Society (CS) 2.0 initiative as an effort to galvanize the technology community to assist civil society organizations across the globe. TechCamp aims to provide capabilities, resources and assistance to enable organizations to harness the latest ICT advances and technologies to foster their digital capacity.

In Introducing Civil Society 2.0, Secretary Clinton stated:

Trust not their presents

If you found a USB flash drive on the sidewalk in front of work, what would you do with it? Would you take it in to work and ask around to find out if it belongs to someone? What if it had important files on it? Shouldn't you open it and find out?  Should you keep it for yourself?

Why Flame malware matters

Graphic from OpenDNS blog post: Unique insight into Flame malware

Usually when you find a virus on your computer you probably think of it as something you have to fix, but beyond that you don't really give it too much attention. You don't really think to yourself that the virus has anything to do with you. How would you feel if the virus were not only meant for you but also designed to specifically get to your personal or work-related information?

Infographic Collections

Infographics, visual representations of often complex information, are increasingly appearing across our media landscape. The history of visual communications dates back to pre-historic times. Cave paintings and rock art are not merely decorative, and are considered  stories that have relevance to the local peoples of the time. Today's infographics also tell stories. Interactivity is built in to some, but most are highly designed, incorporating elements like depict statistical type information so audiences can quickly comprehend the 'story'.

Research explores the use of citizen journalism by mainstream media during the Arab Spring

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In recent years new media has enabled the rise of citizen journalism, creating an alternative source of information for the public and complicating the ethical code for traditional media as they incorporate social media sources into their own reporting. Citizen journalists have played an active role in the Arab revolutions by collecting, curating and disseminating first-hand accounts of revolutionary activity, often in areas where mainstream media does not have access.

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