Tips and resources for bloggers and online activists

The Rising Voices wiki has a great selection of training guides, tips, online resources and sources of funding for outreach projects that teach the skills of citizen media to new users. In collaboration with Tactical Technology Collective, Rising Voices is also the process of developing a series of multilingual videos and tutorials which explain how … Continue reading Tips and resources for bloggers and online activists

ICT4Peace Facebook Group

The ICT4Peace Foundation has created a group on Facebook to share and exchange information on technology in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation and humanitarian aid. It's also intended to raise awareness on the Foundation's ICT4Peace process. Please join the ICT4Peace Facebook group here - for which you'll need a free Facebook account if you don't already have … Continue reading ICT4Peace Facebook Group

SMS alerts during emergencies – Lessons from Sri Lanka’s tsuanmi alert on 13 September 2007

Schools in Galle, some in Colombo were closed today. The newspaper headlines did not, to the extend that I read them, show any methodical movement of people to higher ground and safe spaces. They showed people who were confused, running away with their belongings and praying in places of worship. The religious may find solace … Continue reading SMS alerts during emergencies – Lessons from Sri Lanka’s tsuanmi alert on 13 September 2007

Mesh networking mobile phones

Swedish company TerraNet has developed the idea using peer-to-peer technology that enables users to speak on its handsets without the need for a mobile phone base station. The technology is designed for remote areas of the countryside or desert where base stations are unfeasible. It is hoping to dramatically improve communications in the developing world. … Continue reading Mesh networking mobile phones

The incipient hypocrisy of Vint Cerf – Google and web censorship

On the one hand, Vint Cerf, a Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, says that it is a mistake to divorce what was seen online from what happens in the real world: "Most of the content on the network is contributed by the users of the internet," he said. "So what we're seeing … Continue reading The incipient hypocrisy of Vint Cerf – Google and web censorship

A conversation with Daniel Stauffacher on ICT4Peace and how it can help conflict resolution

Do you believe that the better use of technology can strengthen peace processes to the extent that there will be more peace 5 years hence than today? Yes indeed. ICTs and in particular web 2.0 will create even more transparency and efficient tools for actors in the field of conflict prevention, mediation, conflict resolution and … Continue reading A conversation with Daniel Stauffacher on ICT4Peace and how it can help conflict resolution

Thoughts on the Microjustice Initiative

Based on what I wrote on Juripax that I first saw at the Liverpool ODR Forum earlier this year, I was contacted by May Britt to comment on a fascinating idea called the Microjustice Initiative. An overview of the initiative is available here. There are some fascinating ideas in it, though I understand that it … Continue reading Thoughts on the Microjustice Initiative

Thoughts on USIP’s civilian military relations guidelines

The United States Institute of Peace along with Interaction recently released a set of Guidelines for Relations between US Armed Forces and Non-Governmental Humanitarian Organisations in Hostile or Potentially Hostile Environments. References in this post require that you download this document.They are well written and comprehensive and a useful addition to the vexed challenges of … Continue reading Thoughts on USIP’s civilian military relations guidelines

Teaching the Internet and Web to forget (and forgive)?

"As humans we have the capacity to remember – and to forget. For millennia remembering was hard, and forgetting easy. By default, we would forget. Digital technology has inverted this. Today, with affordable storage, effortless retrieval and global access remembering has become the default, for us individually and for society as a whole. We store … Continue reading Teaching the Internet and Web to forget (and forgive)?