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Beyond Connectivity: Sharing News without the Web

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Hans Rosling, professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, recently stated that despite the wide availability of data in the world, there is a significant gap in local access to this …

Hans Rosling, professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, recently stated that despite the wide availability of data in the world, there is a significant gap in local access to this knowledge. In this panel, experts in media development and mobile technology will discuss how information is shared in low-bandwidth environments. The panel will include case studies, interactive discussion about the sharing of news and information in areas of limited web connectivity, and tips on how to deal with issues of security, trust and safety. Examples include creative, interactive radio broadcasts; training and engagement of citizen journalists via SMS; and the challenges of maintaining data integrity in regions of high risk reporting. The session will end with a discussion of trending issues related to connectivity, such as offline participation in social media and the emergence of sensor networks.

http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP25082

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  • 1. SHARINGNEWSWITHOUTTHEWEB @newmaya @elizatalks Kara Andrade Eliza Anyangwe Trevor Knoblich Sean McDonald @mobiletrevor @FrontlineSMS #new s4all Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 2. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Trevor Knoblich Online News Association trevor@journalists.org @mobiletrevor Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 3. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Lack of connectivity @mobiletrevor Image: courtesy Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 4. Beyond Connectivity #news4all BaltimoreBroadband data for major US urban areas Baltimore @mobiletrevor Image: courtesy Investigative Reporting Workshop Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 5. Beyond Connectivity #news4all MiamiBroadband data for major US urban areas Detroit/Wayne County @mobiletrevor Image: courtesy Investigative Reporting Workshop Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 6. Beyond Connectivity #news4all New OrleansBroadband data for major US urban areas Miami @mobiletrevor Image: courtesy Investigative Reporting Workshop Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 7. Beyond Connectivity #news4all New OrleansBroadband data for major US urban areas New Orleans @mobiletrevor Image: courtesy Investigative Reporting Workshop Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 8. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Why is this important? @mobiletrevor Image: via Wikimedia Commons, Federal Highway Administration - MUTCD, Public Domain Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 9. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Why is this important? @mobiletrevor Image: Dan McKay, Flickr, "Dano" under CC License. www.flickr.com/photos/mukluk/241256203 Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 10. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Why is this important? “We need a malaria epidemic in the blogging community!” – Bill Gates, Wired, April 2013 @mobiletrevor Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 11. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Why is this important? “Either that or we need people who have seen the malaria epidemic to start blogging. Seriously, we have two communities that don’t intersect with each other.” – Bill Gates, Wired, April 2013 @mobiletrevor Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 12. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Why is this important? Image: courtesy Social Flow. www.socialflow.com @mobiletrevor Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 13. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Kara Andrade HablaCentro Infomatics NFP kara@hablacentro.com @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 14. Beyond Connectivity #news4all HablaCentro.com @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 15. Beyond Connectivity #news4all We focused on • Training and Strategy • Tools for enhancing civic participation • Help people access information and economic opportunities @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 16. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Need for information @newmaya Photo: Eric Heather Haddox Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 17. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Need for information @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 18. Beyond Connectivity #news4all People find ways to get the information they need @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 19. Beyond Connectivity #news4all People find ways to get the information they need @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 20. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Other times they use radio The National Movement of Radio Stations in Guatemala - with 168 radio stations and 1600 volunteers - uses cellphones to air local broadcasts in their own indigenous languages. @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 21. Beyond Connectivity #news4all And you never know who is listening @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 22. Beyond Connectivity #news4all And you never know who is listening @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 23. Beyond Connectivity #news4all So you always meet people where they’re at @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 24. Beyond Connectivity #news4all The digital divide The concept of the digital divide has its origins in the idea of information “haves” and information “have-nots.” This is the belief that as we move into an information society, information becomes more significant in people’s lives and a lack of access can disadvantage citizens as much as any other resource. @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 25. Beyond Connectivity #news4all What can cause this digital divide? • New technologies are often limited in their availability and local communities may develop their own solutions to gain access to them • The “digital divide” metaphor focuses on treating people as passive recipients rather than active users engaging with technology @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 26. Beyond Connectivity #news4all What is access? Digital access was originally defined as the possession of physical access to the equipment required for an internet connection: a cable connection of some description (usually a telephone line) and the appropriate terminal devices (usually a modem and computer). @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 27. Beyond Connectivity #news4all What is access? • The cost of purchasing a computer and subscribing to an internet connection has meant universal access has not been achieved as quickly • Achieving physical access does not equate to crossing all the boundaries of the digital divide @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 28. Beyond Connectivity #news4all @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 29. Beyond Connectivity #news4all @newmaya A more finely expressed model of connectivity must be considered Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 30. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Lessons Learned @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 31. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Build community • Bringing citizens online as part of a community, rather than individuals, is a more effective and sustainable method of enabling individuals to cross the digital divide and stay across the divide • An individual is more likely to cross the divide and stay across as part of a community • The community can offer support, and brings with it social needs and purposes @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 32. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Develop a bottom-up approach Developing a bottom-up networked community project based within an existing community of locality, where there is already a significant level of social interaction, is more likely to succeed than implementing a top-down networked community project into an arbitrarily selected community. @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 33. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Enhance participation Appropriate social software can enhance participation within, and the sustainability and evolution of, a networked community. @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 34. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Websites run locally @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 35. Beyond Connectivity #news4all And now how do they work? • Regional citizen information websites in Latin America • Run by volunteers who share information and tools, and own the websites within each country • Contributors share and discuss information in various languages, including local indigenous languages • Contributions can be anonymous • Anyone can contribute via website, email and cellphone @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 36. Beyond Connectivity #news4all HablaCentro gateway We’ve created apps that help people organize and inform themselves. @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 37. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Nebaj election We used it this year for an election in Nebaj, Guatemala. @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 38. Beyond Connectivity #news4all And it all started with one woman Introducing Matilde Terraza. @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 39. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Strategy is important • Audience to reach or connect to? • With what goal or objective? • How do you reach that audience to achieve your objective? • What technology or tools will you use? • What to consider a success? Short-term/long-term @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 40. Beyond Connectivity #news4all How it works We used it this year for an election in Nebaj, Guatemala. @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 41. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Reports from Nebaj @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 42. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Community-Requested Tools @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 43. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Localized citizen journalism websites • Contributions are anonymous by default • Localized language support • Built-in messaging between contributors • Editorial flow • Customized modules • Multi-website flow • Integration with HC Messaging CMSwww.hablaguate.com @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 44. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Simple Blog • Efficient, lightweight blogging platform that natively comes with extensive language support • Designed for developing & low bandwidth countries • Tightly integrated with Facebook and Twitter • Full support for collaborative translations of all content www.simpleblog.sundelof.com @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 45. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Simple Election • Available in Kaqchikel, Spanish and English • Integrates with YouTube to allow submission of videos in your native language • Native support for text message submissions www.github.com/eriksundelof @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 46. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Simple Conference • Support for Kaqchikel, Spanish and English • Native support for text messages • Calendar of Participants and speakers • Presentations and tracks • Complete donation flow and registration payments via Paypalwww.github.com/eriksundelof @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 47. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Tell them technology is made of people @newmaya Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 48. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Sean McDonald Social Impact Lab sean@frontlinesms.com @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 49. Beyond Connectivity #news4all SMS as a platform This year, the GSMA predicts there will be 6.9 billion mobile phone connections in the world. SMS works on all of them. Recent estimates suggest that the world sends more than 300,000 text messages per second, or more than 9.4 trillion messages a year. Image: Chris Jordan ©2008 @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 50. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Device ownership Image: Pew Research Center @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 51. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Unique mobile subscribers @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 52. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Dumb assumptions about smartphones Image: Pew Research Center @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 53. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Tools with the face of a clown @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 54. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Bigger jobs deserve better tools @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 55. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Journalism in(ter)action @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 56. Beyond Connectivity #news4all @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 57. Beyond Connectivity #news4all We’re big in Archipelagos @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 58. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Citizen Journalism(?) @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 59. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Citizen Journalism(?) @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 60. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Citizen Journalism(?) @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 61. Beyond Connectivity #news4all West Kalimantan • 160 citizen journalists trained • 600 subscribers • 150 high-rank local government officers and police officers @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 62. Beyond Connectivity #news4all West Kalimantan After three days of flooding, a main road became unusable. @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 63. Beyond Connectivity #news4all West Kalimantan After a few text message reports, the Government fixed it. @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 64. Beyond Connectivity #news4all West Kalimantan • 136 Students • 3 Classes @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 65. Beyond Connectivity #news4all West Kalimantan • 1 New School @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 66. Beyond Connectivity #news4all West Kalimantan “Before we were using Mandau to protest the oil palm company, now we are using cell phones.” @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 67. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Interaction by design @FrontlineSMS Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 68. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Eliza Anyangwe Guardian Global Development Professionals Network eliza.anyangwe@theguardian.com @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 69. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Open means offline Going beyond connectivity at the Guardian @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 70. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Our unique community @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 71. Beyond Connectivity #news4all 2011: The Guardian goes “digital first” @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 72. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Open journalism: “the mind, body and soul” of Guardian journalism @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 73. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Open journalism: “the mind, body and soul” of Guardian journalism @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 74. Beyond Connectivity #news4all 2014: digital first becomes mobile first In January mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) accounted for 47% of the Guardian's monthly browsers vs. 39% a year ago. However, on Saturdays and Sundays mobile devices now account for the majority of unique browsers on the Guardian sites: 55%. And even more staggering: mobile devices are an absolute majority every day of the week when it comes to traffic referred to the Guardian. @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 75. Beyond Connectivity #news4all But this all still depends on connectivity... @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 76. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Events • The Guardian Open Weekend • Masterclasses where we teach digital journalism skills • Activate London, NY, India... and now Jo’burg • Roundtable discussions @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 77. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Guardian Weekly The compact weekly digest of Guardian and Observer highlights plus articles and features from the Washington Post and Le Monde. @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 78. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Food for thought • The not so distant future: 2016 • Mobile devices outnumber PC devices 4:1 • Time spent on mobile vs. PC 3:1 @elizatalks Wednesday, March 12, 14
  • 79. Beyond Connectivity #news4all Thank you @newmaya @elizatalks @mobiletrevor @FrontlineSMS Kara Andrade Eliza Anyangwe Trevor Knoblich Sean McDonald #news4all Wednesday, March 12, 14