Session 2 (Part 2): Outreach — Cont’d

Summary: A continuation of Session 2

Georgia makes an announcement that a form is being passed around to be filled out by Sami about a Tunisia prison map. Neha asks Ben some questions, Fred you told us about 5 areas, is it more efficient to go to universities and talk to students? Fred answers that central asia is a mountanous region, of the 25 trips next year, 10-15 will be at universities because they have reliable internet connections. Other 10 will be with journalism centres there etc. Universities also have lots of enthusiastic young people.

(IMAGE:Georgia, Rebeeca & Ethan involved in a panel disucssion. PHOTO CREDIT: Jace)

Neha asks, “Did your outreach involve explaining just blogging? or also tackle internet connectivity / access issues?

Ben’s answers that the standard program talks of whats a blog, blogosphere … then privacy issues, freedom of speech etc.

Into the outreach session and Parmesh shahani is talking about the fact that to take over control of means of production; the kinds of stories that come out are v different form what msm reports; we hjust have to look into researching and finding. Adil mentions that whoever just said it’s about voice was right on the money. The same question the media development community dealt with for 20 years; the ict comunity dealt with for less time.

The question of “how is this relevant to me?” is posed. In India, with the Swamiinathan Foundation, there are lots of parallel issues going on. Journalists are encouraged to paty that intermeidary role; the poor and marginalized aren’t going to want to make a 5-min short film; they don’t have access to the literacy or tools to make that kind of content.


But the people who do have access partly have that responsiblity; they are conctent creators trying to effec their communities, countries. I’d say bloggers have the same responsibility; they have a similar disconnect. I think Jose from Brazil might want to mmentionsomething that came up the other day regarding the minstry of culture, to pilot fontent creation among young peope in Brazil.

Rebecca poases a few questions at this point: I’m curious to hear people’s views about who is doing the outreach: to what extent do we feel that is really meaningful and effectie, when people so foreing and outside their daily lives produce these tools? To what extent odes outreach need to happen not only from people in the community’s own countyr, but even local comunity leaders? To what extent does outreach from outsiders really work? not just foreigners, but for urban areas going into rural areas? How do you bridge that? how local does oe have to get wit houtreach? how tailrored does one have to make solutions? What problems would people like to solve through media-type solutions? how do we use techonloogy to solve problems, whatever they are?

Question : if you have something like the $100 laptop, and more and more people will come into blogging, readin other thigns – the most important hing about it is reading other blogs; what is happening other spaces.

Not that everyone should blog; everyone should know what is happening in other communties. people will come into blogging… and one more thing, project going into india itself, isn’t Baramathi. it has around 100 pages; technology — you can use these technologies to spread more ridges, more townships, etc. Obviously blogging not far away.

(PHOTO CREDIT: Jace)

Adil says: Somehow either through the internet or telephone conversations, or even people in those countries coming out, letting them know how to blog.

Mirdula says: the eperience I had teeaching my sonds through primary schol; I had kids around 9, 10; the youngest was 9, starting to creat their own blogs. so what there is a real need for is actual pepole to go around to schools.

Adil says: This is of course London; a deveoped country. but the awareness of what technology is, is pitiful. I’ve had kids in m yclass barely know how to use the edit menu.

Shivam Vij, a journalist for Teleka, a main stream news paper in India, says: The delhi government demolished some slums to build a highway; nanda.freeplus.net It had a hindi version; some people translated it into languages for them. This is the first time you would see peopoe living in slums; quickly demolished. it’s not self-defeating, a unique eperience. Certainly if you empower people with technology,allowing them to express themselves, modernized pepole can bring perspectives to decisions.

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