Browsing the "Democracy" Tag

Israel, Gaza, War & Data – The Art Of Personalizing Propaganda

September 1st, 2014 | by EJC

As we construct our online profiles based on what we already know, what we’re interested in, and what we’re recommended, social networks are perfectly designed to reinforce our existing beliefs. Gilad Lotan examines how this influences the coverage we are exposed to of the 2014 Gaza conflict.


Monitorial Citizenship: Projects And Tools

August 26th, 2014 | by EJC

Election monitoring projects have been successful in policing blatant election fraud through citizen and third-party election monitoring, but the outcomes of these elections are not always closely related to a politician’s performance. The MIT Center for Civic Media looks at ways to extend monitoring activities beyond election cycles, using it as a tool for ongoing feedback and dialogue between elected officials and their constituents


Media Freedom On Hold In South Sudan Because Of Civil War

August 7th, 2014 | by EJC

On the third anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, Reporters Without Borders has assessed the current state of freedom of information and its dashed aspirations in the world’s youngest state, which has been riven by civil war since mid-December


The US-AID Cuban Twitter Affair: Social Media As The Fifth Estate

June 13th, 2014 | by EJC

Earlier this year, The Associated Press revealed that USAID had built a social media network based on text messaging that allowed Cubans to access information that would be otherwise filtered by the regime and freely communicate on an independent platform. Daniela Guzman looks at how social media applications have exploded as new effective tools aginst anti-corruption


Central Africa’s Crisis Is Testing Local, Independent Media

April 14th, 2014 | by EJC

Locally sustained media outlets have taken root across Africa following bitter conflicts. But when political tensions tip into spiraling violence, as they have in South Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR), these news organizations have emerged as a bastion for lifesaving information


Propping Up Professional Journalism In Times Of Transition

January 28th, 2014 | by EJC

Stimulating meaningful debate; conveying complex information and opposing opinions; uncovering corruption and abuse of power. Journalists have no shortage of professional obligations. But can they really be expected to live up to them in the face of violent, political transition



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