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information ecosystems

Information Ecosystems in Davos

Our information ecosystems research is taking flight in exciting directions, both internally and externally. Within Internews, the Center is contributing to the research design for information ecosystem assessments in additional countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

Launching Information Ecosystems into Internews

Every December, there is a magical week when Internewsers from all around the world descend upon Washington for the Internews Annual Conference (IAC), more affectionately known as the “December Meetings.” It is a time of incredible energy, when program staff from all around the world get to mingle and learn from each other during big group discussions, smaller strategic meetings, and perhaps most importantly, in the hallways of the office, along the lunch buffet line, during coffee breaks, or with a drink in hand at the Holiday Party.

Why Information Ecosystems Matter

Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard of the US on October 22, 2012. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the region, more than 23,000 people were uprooted and forced into temporary shelters and roughly 8.5 million households lost power. The Centers for Disease Control reported a total of 117 hurricane-related deaths, the majority of which occurred in New and New Jersey; the most common cause of death was drowning. Tragically, approximately half of the drowning deaths occurred in flooded homes located in areas under mandatory evacuation.

Information Ecosystems in Transition: A Case Study from Myanmar

Myanmar’s recent relaxing of political, economic, and social restrictions has provided a unique opportunity to conduct research in Myanmar’s ethnic states. This report on Mon State’s information ecosystem is the first in a planned series of studies into the demographic, news media, and information dynamics that characterize Mon State as well as Myanmar’s six other ethnic states—Chin, Kachin, Kayah (Karenni), Kayin (Karen), Rakhine (Arakan), and Shan.

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