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Weekly Wire: the Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

Will Killing Google Reader Increase Global Censorship?

“After Google unceremoniously announced it would be killing Reader later this year, much of the outraged response focused on its use in the U.S.

But there's a whole other aspect to the service: for thousands of users around the world, it's one of the few ways they can get around their country's censors.”  READ MORE

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
8 Tips for Effectively Using Social Media for Social Change

“The past few years has seen the critical rise and mass adoption of social media for social change.  As global conversations have escalated around using social networks to reach new audiences and spread philanthropic and charitable messages, questions still remain about how to effectively use social media to achieve measured results in communication strategy.

As an early adopter of social media and as the creator of a year-old 1000+ member influencer network of mothers who use social media and blogging for good I would like to share eight easy social media for social good tips any nonprofit can utilize even in a resource-strapped economy." READ MORE

Open Knowledge Foundation Blog
African Spending-Monitoring the Money in Africa

“The Open Knowledge Foundation, in partnership with the Open Institute in Kenya and the African Media Initiative have submitted a proposal to the Knight News Challenge on Open Government: AfricanSpending – Monitoring the Money. We want to build a platform (leveraging OpenSpending) for journalists and civil society to track public money and mineral wealth across Africa to combat cronyism and corruption.”  READ MORE

Because I am a Girl
World Water Day 2013 roundup

“This Friday is World Water Day. To get you thinking about clean water, we’ve hand-picked five of our favourite posts about water issues for girls in developing countries!”  READ MORE

Crisis Mapping, Neogeography and the Delusion of Democratization

“Professor Muki Haklay kindly shared with me this superb new study in which he questions the alleged democratization effects of Neogeography. As my colleague Andrew Turner explained in 2006, “Neogeography means ‘new geography’ and consists of a set of techniques and tools that fall outside the realm of traditional GIS, Geographic Information Systems. [...] Essentially, Neogeography is about people using and creating their own maps, on their own terms and by combining elements of an existing toolset. Neogeography is about sharing location information with friends & visitors, helping shape context, and conveying under-standing through knowledge of place.” To this end, as Muki writes, “it is routinely argued that the process of producing and using geographical information has been fundamentally democratized.” For example, as my colleague Nigel Snoad argued in 2011, “[...] Google, Microsoft and OpenStreetMap have really demo-cratized mapping.” Other CrisisMappers, including myself, have made similar arguments over the years.”  READ MORE

Bono at TED 2013: Eradicating extreme poverty doesn’t have to be a dream

“On February 26th, Bono spoke at TED to show the progress in the fight against extreme poverty… and what we need to do next. Bono shares the new facts about fighting global poverty: “Forget the rock opera, forget the bombast, my usual tricks. The only thing singing today will be the facts.”

By becoming a “factivist,” we can learn what needs to be done to end extreme poverty within the next generation.”  READ MORE


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