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Foko BarcampNY on Human Rights


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Presentation of the effort of the Foko digital community in Madagascar to document the 2009 Unrest.

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Foko BarcampNY on Human Rights

  1. 1. Use of New Media During the Turmoil in Madagascar by the Foko digital communityPhoto credit: Avylavitra
  2. 2. Background • Origins of the crisis: o Land deal o Closing of TV station o Poverty • Arguments o coup or transfer of power ? o Elected or corrupt government ? • Casualties & Loss o 150 casualties • Human Rights Violations: • Shootings of civilians (both sides) • Repression of protests by force • Vandalism, pillage and act of terror • Repression of freedom of speech Photo credit:
  3. 3. Available Information on the Crisis in the Media • MSM coverage sporadic and lacking in depth • Footage of evident human rights violations unseen or not stated as such in MSM. • Local coverage is increasingly polarized. • Information from internet users: o Scattered, mostly clustered in specific regions especially the capital city. o still too sparse to provide complete
  4. 4. Instances of Violations of Human Rights • Shootings of civilians, deaths: • Feb 7th April 26th
  5. 5. • Excessive Repression: o Intimidation, Restricted Freedom of speech, & arbitrary arrest. Instances of Violations of Human Rights
  6. 6. • Vandalism, Pillage and Arson: Instances of Violations of Human Rights Photo credit:
  7. 7. Documenting the events geographically in real time with FrontlineSMS/Ushahidi platform
  8. 8. Use of Twitter • Use of tag: #Madagascar • US department of State ( used the tag and replies function to stop the rumor in the digital community that the US Embassy gave shelter to former president Ravalomanana •
  9. 9. Lesson Learned • Pool of contributors, although growing, is still too restricted in quantity and geographically. • Lack of contributions due to lack of awareness. • Verifying authenticity of info is still an issue. • Cost of internet use and texting barriers to participation.