Open, Accountable, Appropriate: The Monday Round-Up
Submitted by ashaw on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 11:32
- Discussion continued about the growing trend of Internet censorship, with troubling new reports coming out of Tibet, Iran, Tunisia, and Kazakhstan.
- Google has followed Twitter's lead, instituting country-specific censorship on their Blogger platform.
- Hughuette Labelle spoke about the relationship between transparency and accountability, while UNDP looked at how social media is being used to fight corruption.
- The World Bank released a draft publication about the role crowdsourcing has in developing better governance. Patrick Meier has a good discussion of the findings on his blog.
- In Kenya, Twitter is being used to help fight crime.
- Open Data has potential to empower people with information, and can help avoid information asymmetries. Tunisian politicans are using social media to help keep government open.
- Radio continues to be an important medium for sharing information, as a new community radio station in Bangladesh is proving. But social media also has a role in keeping radio alive in today's world.
- Koert Debeuf looks at the transition of Twitter as Egypt moves from revolution to democracy.
- Technology helps enhance human capacity, but people must have the skills to use technology effectively. Technology also needs to be appropriate, which can often mean low-tech. (We write about this a lot.)
- Africa's future continues to focus on mobile devices, including the often-overlooked feature phone.
- SMSinAction is a great site mapping as many SMS-based projects around the world as it can.
- This blog by CJ Cornell asks whether bloggers can be considered journalists.
- Courtney Radsch tells the story of women using social media during the revolutions in Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt.
- DDOS attacks have increased nearly 2000% in the last three years.
- Microsoft is using maps to tell local stories. Linda Raftree is telling the local stories behind the maps.
- UNDP has launched the first issue of the new Southern Innovator Magazine.
- Global Pulse has this great article on 'data philanthropy.'
- Google has launched a new 'Solve for X' think tank to take on global problems in innovative ways.
We're also looking forward to next week's Social Media Week events, happening all around the world.