Author Archives: EJC

Can Data Visualization Make It Easier To Crowdsource Corruption Monitoring?

December 19th, 2014 | by EJC

While anti-corruption advocates have long aimed to improve access to high-quality government budget data, a top-down information exchange is not enough to deter corruption. Justin DeShazor explains how a data visualisation initiative by Transparency International Uganda is helping to bridge information gaps and create productive interactions within civil society


‘Disruptive’ Mobile Plays Well With ‘Older’ Radio

December 16th, 2014 | by EJC

Many of us in developed countries find it annoying when somebody calls and hangs up before you can answer. But in developing countries, “missed calls” are becoming an extremely cost-effective cue for transmitting and obtaining information—without incurring fees for voice calls or text messages


Humanity In The News: An Italian Case Study On How To Tell The Migrant Story

December 12th, 2014 | by EJC

One of the toughest tests of ethical journalism in Europe is the tragic story of migration involving thousands of poverty-stricken men, women and children from Africa and the Middle East – many of them fugitives from war – who risk their lives to make a perilous sea crossing in search of sanctuary on the shores of Italy and Spain


Toxic Information And The Fight Against Ebola

December 10th, 2014 | by EJC

In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, media campaigns about Ebola, scripted by health ministries and international organizations, have been broadcast across FM networks and on the few local television stations. Designed to contribute to public education, the messages have, in some cases, produced the opposite effect


Old Problems Persist Even in Digital Media Era

December 4th, 2014 | by EJC

There was alarming déjà vu at this year's Agenda for Change: Developing Independent Media in the Digital Age in Eurasia conference. Although media platforms were evolving, traditional fears persisted: censorship, propaganda, politicized use of economic and legal pressures. Drusilla Menaker recounts the discussion.


The Data Revolution For Human Development

December 2nd, 2014 | by EJC

Selim Jahan, Director of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, asks what the data revolution means for human development and, in particular, human development reporting


Establishing Social Media Hashtag Standards For Disaster Response

November 24th, 2014 | by EJC

While information scarcity has long characterized our information landscapes, today’s information-scapes are increasingly marked by an overflow of information—Big Data. To this end, encouraging the proactive standardization of hashtags may be one way to reduce this Big Data challenge


The Role Of Social Media In The South Sudan Crisis

November 19th, 2014 | by EJC

A study of social media use during the recent crisis in South Sudan suggests the social media was instrumental in facilitating violence. Peace Direct’s Local Correspondent in South Sudan, Khamis Cosmas, shares the findings of the study


The Story Of Abu Hakam

November 12th, 2014 | by EJC

“Before the revolution, the Syrian people suffered from Al-Assad regime." Now, conflict between numerous groups plagues the country. This is a recount of the revolution through the eyes of Abu Hakam, a fighter in Syria



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