In September 2006, APC launched a new prize called the Chris Nicol FOSS Prize. It’s meant to encourage projects that make use of innovative free and open source software technologies in their activities. Coordinator Karel Novotny was asked by Brazilian journalist Luisa Gockel why the ordinary user should care about this relatively new F-O-S-S acronym.
I still remember that sad Ramadan evening, when news of massive killings started coming in. It indeed was terrible and horrific to see what media was showing. Huge number of dead bodies, crying children and women, and injured lying with wounds bleeding and no medication. Though the disaster was over in less than a minute but left behind colossal damages, miseries and sufferings for affected people.
Television and radio broadcasts were suspended yesterday, and back in full-swing again. Meanwhile, bloggers have quickly responded by setting up community sites to let the news out.
In most African countries, the governments have tried all means to ensure certain ‘dissident’ voices are not heard. Blogging is a new avenue that such voices can be heard
On the first day of the Digital Citizen’s Indaba in Grahamstown, South Africa, Ethan Zukerman asked: “50 million people blog out of a global population of 6 billion people – not exactly representative is it?”
When we went for dinner at the Settlers Monument on September 12, i was surprised to see the "Women in Black".
The world of technology moves really fast and Highway Africa gives journalists a chance to catch up. The conference has been a great
experience and an eye opener to ideas and experiences in the field of new media and ICTs.
The worst part at the Highway Africa conference is explaining why you are here: "Eh, you see, I’m a blogger!". What the hell does that mean? it’s not a job, it’s not an identity, and it shouldn’t be treated as something soooo exciting.
People use the Highway as a paradigm for the internet, but the African highway tends to ignore the pedestrians who must cross it.
What interested me was to find out whether African journalists have some perception or opinion about Al Jazeera based on views expressed in western media. To my surprise…