In Indonesia, rural farmers and environmental advocates are using mobiles to report, connect, and raise awareness of their issues. Two videos show how networks of citizens can mobilize through communication and collaborate with local media outlets to change the practices of palm oil corporations, which dominate industry in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Read more »
Over the course of three days, Afghan developers, students and entrepreneurs utilized mobile and internet technology to create practical solutions to issues facing their country at the first-ever Kabul Innovation Lab. Read more »
Last week's Kabul Innovation Lab brought together ICT experts and entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan to try to develop solutions to address social problems and develop technological solutions. ICT consultant and coordinator Javed Hamdard, and Roya Mahboob, head of the company Afghan Citadel Software, talk to Gareth about the sorts of things they looked at, and the successes and challenges facing the ICT sector in Afghanistan.
Last week I wrote about a Silicon Valley-type of technology “hackathon” in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. It was the Kabul Innovation Lab that was organized by Internews with the input of INSY Group. I caught up with Rachel Maher from Internews Kabul who gave me some post-event highlights and thoughts. Read more »
Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. Hostile conditions for journalists not only limit media freedom, they also threaten international development efforts and the strength of civil society in general. Together with Internews, an international media development organization, we at Development Seed mapped the conditions on the ground that journalists face in an effort to highlight the issue and better inform journalists on the situation in Afghanistan. Read more »
The interactive map -- which highlights cases of harassment, beatings, kidnappings and other dangers, including murder – was just released by Nai, a media development organization based in Kabul. Nai collected the data on the 266 security incidents recorded (so far). Read more »
Last week, Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, a 25-year old stringer for the BBC, was killed in a suicide bomb attack in southern Afghanistan. Khpulwak’s death, as the many that came before it, is a tragedy and a reminder of the violence and danger journalists covering Afghanistan routinely face. Read more »
Available at data.nai.org.af, the reports were compiled by Nai, an Afghan media development and vocational education agency, and displayed visually though a partnership with Development Seed, a US based communications agency with a focus on geographic mapping. Read more »