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.
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
November 4th, 2014 | by EJC
Researchers from the University of North Texas (UNT) have demonstrated an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of supplying Wi-Fi to disaster-struck areas with a range of up to 5 km (3.1 miles). Nick Lavars shows how these figures represent a marked improvement on existing solutions and could lead to new forms of wireless communication
October 20th, 2014 | by EJC
China is ramping up its internet censorship program, as pro-democracy protests sweep Hong Kong. It’s blocked Instagram for the first time, and is censoring results on the country’s largest search engine, Baidu, more than ever before
September 12th, 2014 | by EJC
Rumors have existed in society for a long time, however, the rise of information communication technology, the popularization of the internet, and the emergence of social networking services have increased rumor diffusion potential to an unprecedented level. Ran Liu looks at online rumors in the Chinese context
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.
July 17th, 2014 | by EJC
Does press freedom promote democracy or the other way round? Martin Scott considers the influence of the media
June 23rd, 2014 | by EJC
If anything newsworthy happens at a remote location, the photos used are mostly taken by local correspondents. Sailendra Kharel examines photojournalism in Nepal and its role in the storytelling process.
June 19th, 2014 | by EJC
On 13 February 2014, Mt Kelud in Indonesia erupted, forcing the evacuation of 100.000 people. Sofiarti Dyah Anggunia and Larastri Kumaralalita explain how the local community used ICT and social media as disaster management tools
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