Salam Pax• Iraqi blogger.• Chronicled his life 2002- 2004 – details of Iraq war, anti- Saddam (would have been punishable by death).
“I try to dispel theimage that Muslimsand Arabs suffer from -mostly by our owndoing I have to say - inthe rest of the world. Iam no missionary anddon’t want to be. I runseveral internetwebsites that aregeared to do just that,create a betterunderstanding thatwe’re not all nuts hell-bent on worlddestruction.”
Mahmood’s den• Started in Bahrain, April 2003.• Political activist – blogs about (and criticises ) Bahraini government.• Currently facing legal action.
African Eye• Set up to promote HIV awareness. (as well as hepatitis and education).• Aims to increase education, improve quality of life and decrease mortality.
ZOLA & THE NAILHOUSE• Internet-> traditional media, then mutual reinforcement• When media coverage was shut down, there was so much on the internet the ban was ineffectual
Zola and the Nailhouse• Chinese blogger – one of the first citizen journalists.• ‘The Nailhouse’ is a house a woman wouldn’t move out of (property developers)– focussed on the issues when no- one was reporting on – aim to raise awareness and help.
Global Voices Online• International community – reports on blogs and citizen media from around the world, aim to translate and share.• Function in many, varied regions – world- wide news coverage. (500 countries).• 121 different languages.
Oh my news• South Korean online news website – “every citizen is a reporter”.• Founder is considered the founder of citizen journalism.• High Alexa rank (7,129) – shows importance in Korea.
127 million people 130 million people2nd largest world economy 54th largest world economy12582 CNN.com stories 937 CNN stories(Data courtesy Ethan Zuckerman http://ethanzuckerman.com/)
Obstacles to a truly Global Conversation:• ATTENTION: The caring problem. What people need to know vs. what they enjoy knowing and talking about.• LANGUAGE: The internet is becoming more multi-lingual… translation requires effort.• ACCESS: The people whose voices we most need to hear are the ones who are least able to speak out online. (Internet 40x more expensive for Africans than Americans!)• CENSORSHIP: Roughly 40 national governments now censor their Internet. (For more info see OpenNet.net)