Journalists will not blog until they receive feedback


Mohamed Nanabhay from Qatar’s Al Jazeera and Vincent Maher from South Africa’s Mail & Guardian argue that the adoption by mainstream media of “social media” is what will reload citizen journalism. This is the note on which the Digital Citizen Indaba conference about blogging came to an end.

VIDEO: "Blogging IS journalism"


‘s a video interview with
Vincent Maher, blogging connoisseur
, recently interviewed by the Zoopy online video team in Grahamstown, South Africa. The Zoopy team is taping all the interventions at this year’s Highway Africa conference and Digital Citizen Indaba, conferences about media and blogging. Vincent Maher from the Mail & Guardian Online has delivered a strong message yesterday. Here is a more toned-down interview, full of nice insights.

Against the grain


I neared the press scrum. Really looked
like some big wig was being interviewed. A South African minister? A popular
news anchor, a role model for the many media students here at the Highway
conference? In the middle of the crowd, gathered on September 10, the
first day of the biggest African conference on media and journalism, was Geoff
. Anyone know him?

Challenges of content within the blogosphere in Africa


The issue of content production and representativeness is important
within African news production. In her presentation at the 2007 Digital
Citizen Indaba conference in Grahamstown on Sunday, the chairperson of
LinuxChix in South Africa, Anna Badimo, highlighted the need for new
approaches in African news production. APC Africa-Women coordinator
Sylvie Niombo explained that content in the mainstream media ignores
lived realities of women. Full article here.

Why I blog


On September 9, we were on the road. The Digital Citizen Indaba (DCI), a one-day event about blogging in Africa got under way. But more than making a diary simply public, discussions started by asking why vloggers, photobloggers and bloggers actually blog.

Online campaign for British care workers shut down. New international campaign springs up to take its place.


The Labourstart campaign to get justice for care workers in London who have had their wages cut and their sick pay removed has had to go international as the employer put pressure on their internet service provider to close down the campaign site.

British carers told their wages will be cut 30%, their hours increased and sick pay disappear


Workers employed in care homes in north London (UK) have been told by their employer — a private company called Fremantle — that their wages are being cut by 30%, their hours are being increased, their sick pay will be a thing of the past, and their pensions are being reduced. Their union, Unison, is calling for an international campaign of support for those workers. This campaign is from LabourStart in the UK.

ICTs, Training help children to access information world

Salamieh Community Telecentre - Syria

ICTs, Training help children to access information world

"Information at your finger tips"

ICTs, under the motto "Information at your finger tips", is a promising programme that would work as bridge for children in (SCT) Salamieh Community Telecentre, to communicate with other children in the world.

It helps enriching them with necessary knowledge station and sense of creativity . It is by far, a way to materialize their dreams and enables them pass the threshold of global horizons.

Salamieh Community Telecentre, through its Communication and Information Sector, is therefore actively assisting children and young people to produce information themselves by supporting children media, and facilitating them create information.

Training was conducted at the Strategic ICT programme for socio-economic development , ReefNet-Syria by Salamieh Community Telecentre – Syria – as part of education programme for children which was developed with the collaboration with the UNDP and the Ministry of Communication and Technology in Syria.

The two-month training period in computer, English and French language was dedicated to help children to access information world. The children were enthusiastic to investigate world of information .

ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh

As we all know, the information or knowledge-based society is no longer a matter of the ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladeshfuture, but a very contemporary urge of the time. In almost all aspects of our life, we need information and knowledge to get our basic needs met, to make decision, to move around, to study, to work, to participate in social, economic and cultural activities. During the recent decades, many countries have laid down their National ICT Plan to keep up with the new trends of international development. Read the full article.

Warning! This is a participatory workshop

KL, Malaysia

Erika Smith, from APC’s women’s programme, blogged live from the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) global trainers exchange, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 23-27 July 2007.

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