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Coconet: Singing about global issues and COVID-19 with the Marapu community
Coconet: Singing about global issues and COVID-19 with the Marapu community 29 May 2020 Fendi Widianto and Joseph Lamont for Coconet

Amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, health recommendations need to be conveyed to communities in remote areas that are separated both by distance and by the minority languages they speak. One medium that can be used to convey public messages is through song.

Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet"
Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet" 28 May 2020 Anjali Vajre for Gram Marg Rural Broadband

Anjali Vajre shares a personal account of how the connectivity enabled by the Gram Marg Rural Broadband project has changed her life and how she would like to use the skills she has gained to empower other women in her village.

Who run the Instagram Live? Girls!
Who run the Instagram Live? Girls! 27 May 2020 Joshua Muyiwa for GenderIT

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays during the bubonic plague, and now women and queer artists are using the internet and social media to open up spaces for marginalised communities and bodies.

DEF: Chronology of rumours and misinformation during COVID-19
DEF: Chronology of rumours and misinformation during COVID-19 20 May 2020 Anoushka Jha and Osama Manzar

This research from the DEF tries to understand the chronology of events that started rumours, fake news and misinformation about COVID-19 that spread across India.

Body and Data: Common myths and misinformation about COVID-19 in Nepal
Body and Data: Common myths and misinformation about COVID-19 in Nepal 19 May 2020 Neha Gauchan for Body & Data

Body & Data asked their followers on social media to answer some questions about misinformation circulating in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Networks Stories: Creating songs with children in an Indonesian indigenous village
Community Networks Stories: Creating songs with children in an Indonesian indigenous village 18 May 2020 Common Room

As part of the digital storytelling workshops held with residents of Kampung Kasepuhan Ciptagelar, Indonesia, Common Room also facilitated music and songwriting workshops with the local children. to improve their ability to express themselves through music in a simple way.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective? 14 May 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at the recommendations that emerged from the research.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses concern over safety of journalists covering COVID-19 health crisis
Media Matters for Democracy expresses concern over safety of journalists covering COVID-19 health crisis 12 May 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy is deeply concerned about reports of journalists in Pakistan forced to cover the COVID-19 public health crisis without adequate protective measures and safety precautions.

EngageMedia: Opposing the shutdown of Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN
EngageMedia: Opposing the shutdown of Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN 12 May 2020 Sara Pacia for EngageMedia

The last time a network was forced to stop broadcasting was during martial law under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. At a time when credible sources of news and information are needed more than ever, the shutdown is seen as a blatant attack on freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

EngageMedia: Shooting COVID-19 in Manila
EngageMedia: Shooting COVID-19 in Manila 11 May 2020 King Catoy for EngageMedia

See how videojournalists in the Philippines are responding to the pandemic in this video from EngageMedia.

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