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Venezuelans returning to the daily grind after Christmas were in for a shock. While many celebrated the holidays, Chavez took a series of drastic steps to consolidate power. In light of this, 2011 will be an important year for civil society in Venezuela. And looking back at the successes, and failures, made in 2010 might be helpful first step in forming a strategy for the coming months.
As the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti approaches, innovations in mobile technologies are being leveraged to spur recovery and development. A new mobile service developed at MIT enables organizations on the ground to recruit local labor, while two m-banking services launched in the past month hope to make cash payments and transfers safer and more reliable. NGOs are using m-banking in lieu of paper vouchers to improve the efficiency of aid distribution. As these initiatives take off, how could they be applied to other communities following a disaster or in the midst of conflict?
The digital activism digest is a round up of interesting stories related to technology, activism and social entrepreneurship.
In today's post, today Hungary blacked out its online presence to protest a new media law, a good rundown protests in Tunisia from NDI Tech, 2011 trends in mobiles for development from BuildAfrica.org, Google and George Clooney Aim Satellites at Sudan, Become "Anti-Genocide Paparazzi," and more.
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OpenStreetMap is free and editable map regarded as “the most extensive, publicly available, mapping solution in the world." While Google Maps remains a leader in mapping services, the open nature of OpenStreetMap makes it an ideal platform for collaborative projects. Since its maps can be quickly edited and customized, OpenStreetMap is quickly becoming the preferred mapping service to more and more communities and organizations around the world. Learn about how the mapping service has been used on projects in Haiti, the slums of Kenya, and Russia.
The new year in Pakistan could have brought renewed energy to activists pushing for the repeal of the country's strict blasphemy laws. Unfortunately, a politician who has criticized them most vociferously, even visiting a Christian woman who was given the death penalty under the law, holding a press conference with her to call for their repeal, was murdered yesterday by his own security guard.
What repercussions will this assassination have for the work of Pakistani activists?
International blogging community Global Voices has had a great series of blog posts reviewing citizen media, human rights issues, and current events from different regions of the world in 2010. Check out the links after the jump to revisit some of the most popular stories from the past year.
2011 promises to be a year of new products and redesigns from Ushahidi, and the open-source platform for crowdsourcing information recently announced the release of a new product: checkins! Is this just an effort to join the check-in trend or does the new feature offer unique value to the purposes that Ushahidi is often used for, like crisis-mapping, humanitarian relief, election monitoring and even protests?
The digital activism digest is a round up of interesting stories related to technology, activism and social entrepreneurship. In today's post, anti-corruption sentiments in India begin to boil, Geoff Livingston posts some 2011 forecasts for social media and social good, and more. Want to point something out? Send a note to email@example.com or Tweet @aym.
Looking for the perfect mapping tool? Can’t decide whether you should use Google Maps or OpenStreetMap for your project? Both mapping platforms have their benefits and drawbacks - and a lot depends on how you plan on using the map and integrating it into your website. Which map will best suit your needs?