Archive for December, 2010

Are you an ‘online colonialist’?

December 22, 2010

“We are building ties in the digital world, but what kind of ties are they?”
Freelance journalist, Erik Alsgaard, reports about this interesting discussion led by Ethan  Zuckerman, a senior researcher at Harvard University, in a recent  webinar sponsored by WACC North America.
I found the article pretty interesting and a challenge too on how we perceive the world today through online media.  Read it here…

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Cell phones transforming Africa!

December 19, 2010

The use of cell phones in some countries in Africa is transforming the continent in a remarkable way.  In Kenya, for example, M-Pesa, the popular mobile phone money transfer system is probably a world first! Xan Rice reporting for the The Guardian, Tuesday 20 March 2007 observed that M-Pesa, (mobile money) service is expected to revolutionise banking in a country where more than 80% of people are excluded from the formal financial sector. (Read his article here....) MIT researcher Nathan Eagle says “Kenya has some mobile phone services that are years ahead of what we have right now,”(Read article by Janko Roettgers here...) and recently BBC reported How text messages can help fight malaria as a pilot scheme in Nigeria and Ghana aimed at determining genuine medicines through text messages kicks off. (BBC 14 December 2010). These are just a few examples of how cell phones innovations are transforming Africa.

Social media is indeed instantaneous!

December 17, 2010

This morning a street car rammed on a van right in front of our office, I immediately took several photos with my camcorder and iPhone, wired them to Toronto Star, and within minutes they published the story and my photo on their website. I shared it on  Facebook and Twitter and now on my blog!  New media is simply phenomenal!!

(See the article here…)

The incident reminded me of Árni  Daníelsson’s keynote address to Toronto based Ecumenical communicators where he asserted that  “communicators have no choice but to use social media as means of instant and responsive interaction with their audiences” (Read an article about his presentation here… )

Africa Uses Tech to Shine a Light on Genocide

December 13, 2010

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A colleague – member of Toronto based Ecumenical Communicators group – shared this interesting article from ReadWriteWeb about how social media is being used in Africa thanks to Ushahidi and other ICT platforms.

Ushahidi, is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. It was effectively used in mapping reports related to the infamous 2007 presidential elections chaos in Kenya. Check out their website here…


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