The hard work of a living democracy does not end when the votes are tallied and...– President Barack Obama, Statement on Zambia’s Elections
globalvoices: A conversation about the reports...
American aid and economic development in Pakistan and Afghanistan have been...– Ahmed Rashid, in today’s New York Times (via nohelmet)
Latin America’s Social Networking Market Sees 88... →
emergentfutures: In June 2011, 114.5 million people in Latin America visited a social networking site, representing 96.0 percent of the entire online population in the region. In the past year, the social networking audience in Latin America has increased 16 percent while the total time spent on social networking sites has increased 88 percent. Key findings highlighted in the report...
Egypt: How To Ensure Free And Fair Elections?
Yesterday in this space we discussed the upcoming elections in Egypt, and the need for international observers to work alongside local organizations to ensure the fairness and accuracy of the polls. International and local observers working together would allow reports of fraud, intimidation, and other improprieties to be more easily verified, increasing the legitimacy of the observation...
[C]hanges in technology and society have made the lines between private citizen...– Judge Kermit Lipez, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in a ruling in favor of Simon Glik, a Massachusetts man arrested for videotaping police officers with his cell phone as they detained another man. Glik was accused of illegal wiretapping, aiding the escape of a prisoner and disturbing...
Egypt's Military Junta to Announce Election Dates... →
Reuters reports: Egypt will start parliamentary elections on November 21, Al Arabiya Television and the Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Saturday, the country’s first vote since a popular uprising toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February after 30 years of autocratic rule. Al-Ahram quoted Egypt’s election commission head, Abdel Moez Ibrahim, as saying voting for the lower house, the...
The Thing About Journalism →
danpatterson: The audience must trust that the journalist does not have an agenda and is not brining an agenda to the conversation (read: medium of publication). No one is perfectly objective and no one is without conflict. Compromised reporting is an ambiguous beat. However: a compromised reporter or editor can leverage access to relationships, information, and events that the public cannot...
Liberia Media Center and IREX Liberia provide... →
Via @IREXmedia: Media outlets based in Montserrado county have benefitted from 50 laptops and 50 smart phones, as part of the “Strengthened Media for Transparent Elections” initiative being implemented by the Liberia Media Center and IREX-Liberia. An unprecedented 35 owners, managers and Editors–in-Chief of media institutions converged at the LMC office in Jallah’s Town where they signed a...
How to Crowdsource Crisis Response? →
Patrick Meier at iRevolution offers some potential best practices for crowdsourcing responses to crises: On the humanitarian side, the American Red Cross has begun to leverage their trained volunteers to manage responses to the organization’s official Facebook page, for example. With some good foundational guideposts and training tools, they should be able to scale this solution. In some ways,...
National Protests Return To Iraq →
Via Musings on Iraq, we see that the Arab Spring, widespread uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, continue in Iraq. On September 9, 2011, protests occurred throughout Iraq for the first time in over six months. There were events in ten cities across nine of Iraq’s eighteen provinces, including Baghdad, Qadisiyah, Babil, Basra, Diyala, Anbar, Muthanna, Maysan, and Najaf. It was...