OLD AND NEW MEDIA: A NEW APPROACH? Onnik Krikorian Caucasus Regional Editor, Global Voices http://www.globalvoicesonline.org [email_address] [email_address]
What is Global Voices? Global Voices is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring readers reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with an emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in the mainstream media. Global Voices is translated into more than 20 languages by volunteer translators, who have formed the Lingua project. Additionally, Global Voices has an Advocacy website and network to help people speak out online in places where their voices are censored. We also have an outreach project called Rising Voices to help marginalized communities use citizen media to be heard.
Global Voices Impact Four websites most consistently account for links between countries: YouTube , Wikipedia , the BBC and, a distant fourth, Global Voices Online . The last of these, launched at Harvard University in 2005 […] works to create links between bloggers in different countries, and to find what it calls “bridge bloggers” […] The Economist, 2 September 2010 Working relationships with BBC, Reuters, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, La Stampa and many others. Frequently quoted by CNN, BBC, New York Times, The Economist etc.
Armenia February 2008 presidential election 10 dead, State of Emergency declared Politically polarized blogosphere, USAID focus on alternative resources Azerbaijan Foreign radio stations taken off the air January 2009 Reported huge increase in online activity, especially blogs Georgia August war with Russia Still most activity on forums, now focus on new and social media Internet fastest & cheapest in the region
New Media in Conflict Throughout history, war has affected media, with conflict often creating an information void. In the 21st century, media has begun to affect war more than ever before. Digital media technologies [...] have increased communication and information dissemination in conflict settings [...]. These new tools can be used to foment violence or to foster peace , and it is possible to build communication systems that encourage dialogue and nonviolent political solutions. Ivan Sigal, Global Voices Executive Director, Digital media in conflict-prone societies, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)
Shameless plugs Global Voices Online http://www.globalvoicesonline.org Global Voices Caucasus Conflict Voices http://globalvoicesonline.org/specialcoverage/caucasus-conflict-voices/ Global Voices Advocacy http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/ Rising Voices http://rising.globalvoicesonline.org/ Overcoming Negative Stereotypes in the South Caucasus http://www.oneworld.am/diversity/