Author Archives: EJC

How A Production Company Faked ‘Instagram Migrant’ Account

September 15th, 2015 | by EJC

An Instagram account purportedly documenting a migrant’s journey from Dakar, Senegal, to Spain began trending earlier this year after the Huffington Post shared a story about it. The account, which was in fact created by a Spanish production company, is emblematic of the hazards that come with taking what we see on social media at face value


How Can Hyperlapse Videography Be Used For Human Rights?

September 8th, 2015 | by EJC

Hyperlapse is a videography approach that combines timelapse with motion, often with a first-person perspective – so that in a matter of seconds we can find ourselves scooting through space and time. Sam Gregory looks at how it could be used for human rights reporting


4 Low-Tech Solutions For Communications In Emergencies

August 28th, 2015 | by EJC

Innovation, in the humanitarian realm, is about finding sustainable and dignified solutions to the most pressing issues that affect the wellbeing of people affected by conflict, man-made or natural disasters, diseases, and food insecurity. However, in rapid-onset or complex emergencies, some of the infrastructure that is needed to implement ‘high-tech’ solutions is non-existent.


Challenges For Media Development In Liberia

August 21st, 2015 | by EJC

Ken Harper, director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at Syracuse University in the United States, has spent seven years working on media development in Liberia. In this audio interview, he explains his personal journey from the United States to Liberia, where he learnt about its culture, resilience and drive to rebuild a fairer society after the civil war partly through better, more powerful journalism


City Of Oakland’s Real-Time Crime Map Advances Transparency

August 14th, 2015 | by EJC

The City of Oakland, California, has taken a step toward offering citizens open access to public data by launching the Oakland Police Department Calls for Service application. Built using geographic information system technology on the Esri ArcGIS platform, the web app provides real-time crime data using an interactive map available from both OPD and city websites



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