From the category archives:

Participatory Media

All the World’s a Stage – even if our (social media) Audiences are often Invisible

May 2, 2012

Tweet Came across this blog post – Klout, Big Data and Opting Out  by Fred McClimans via @gautamghosh and liked this quote, among other things: “There’s nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.” Rod Serling.  I tweeted it, and @rajeshlalwani responds: Rajesh’s quote immediately made me think of Shakespeare and [...]

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Me? Free. You? Not!!

August 14, 2010

Tweet And still, it’s Independence Day in India tomorrow. (Today is Pakistan’s Independence Day – reaching out to all those devastated by the Pakistan floods.). Our media is full of the obligatory ‘cliched’ thoughts on freedom – corruption, poor governance, terrorism, naxalism, separatism, communalism, overpopulation, poverty etc et etc – ably supported by commercialization of the weekend, with [...]

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10 Tactics – Turning Information into Action

April 29, 2010

Tweet This is a post that’s long overdue, since the time the film was released! I was spurred to write it this morning, as I’m quite excited to be on a panel discussion at the screening of Tactical Tech’s film called 10 Tactics – Turning Information into Action. The screening is at the Conference Room [...]

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Roundtable on Information Access, Public Initiatives and Civil Society Engagement

June 24, 2009

Tweet Last week, I attended the Round Table on Assessing the Efficacy of Information and Communication Technologies for Public Initiatives, hosted by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Bangalore, on 17 June 2009, in collaboration with the Liberty Institute, New Delhi. The discussion was really interesting, and I do hope it is the start [...]

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India Elections’09 2.0: did online campaigns & social media work?

May 19, 2009

Tweet The verdict is out. An article at Business Standard (link shared with me by @aparnaray who writes Newsmericks and who encouraged me to blog my thoughts) called Impassive Indians reveals findings from a study conducted by IMRB International on the impact of the political campaigns on youth in India. What’s evident from this study [...]

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Informed …. go Vote!

April 7, 2009

Tweet Sampad Swain points to this Election Page from Google which is an interesting mashup on the Lok Sabha 2009 Elections, in partnership with a bunch of organizations and groups like the Association For Democratic Reforms, HT Media, Indicus Analytics, Janaagraha Centre For Citizenship and Democracy (the Jaago Re folks), Liberty Institute, PRS Legislative Research [...]

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Because I believe in citizen media

December 22, 2008

Tweet If you do too, don’t hesitate to click the button below, this December.

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Are we asking the right questions?

December 3, 2008

Tweet A whole lot of questions are being asked about whether the Twitter #mumbai feed was citizen journalism or not. Many ‘sides’ are emerging in this debate. I found this post (thru’ a tweet by @MaryHodder) which asks How Should Journalists Use Twitter? I’m not so sure it’s the right question to be asking … [...]

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Info Activism Camp in Bangalore

November 7, 2008

Tweet Tactical Tech and Aspiration are organizing a week-long event in Bangalore, India in February 2009 – The Info-Activism Camp. Deadline for applications has been extended to Nov 8th. The Info Activism camp (http://www.informationactivism.org), to be held in Bangalore, India from February 19th to 25th, helps advocates to make the best use of information, communication [...]

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Digital Media and Learning Competition 2008

September 25, 2008

Tweet Beth Kanter is helping spread the word, and forwarded this email to me – it’s a competition for participatory learning.   They’ve opened up the competition to international applicants, including India.  If there are any bloggers and networkers in India (and other countries mentioned) who reach the nonprofits and educators who are using social media [...]

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Web-based volunteer efforts around Hurricane Gustav

August 31, 2008

Tweet Volunteers on the world wide web are getting ready to help as Hurricane Gustav gathers fury heading towards the Northern Gulf Coast. I was alerted to this through tweets by Andy Carvin, (@acarvin) who’s coordinating these efforts: * Gustav Information Center is up * Follow live updates on Gustav at Twitter – search for [...]

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Phweet – Sweet!

July 30, 2008

Tweet I was on the first Phweet call!  Voice call over Twitter and with many folks at one time. Conversation contained within a URL. Really worth staying up late to actually experience it. It was fantastic – 7 of us from 3 different continents all chatting as if we were in the same room.  A PhweetParty! [...]

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Benazir Bhutto Assassination

December 27, 2007

Tweet I’m tweeting reactions from India as reported on English TV news channels around Benazir Bhutto’s brazen assassination. Follow the updates here, if you’re interested. Updates so far: – Musharraf says political parties should be united against terrorists. Feeling here … how convenient blaming terrorists. 7 minutes ago – Musharraf on TV now: This is [...]

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The difference between journalists and bloggers …..

November 21, 2007

Tweet … according to Clyde Bentley, who’s guest-blogging at Mark Fraser’s MediaShift is .. Comments. Here’s the quiz of the day for 21st Century Journalism 101: What makes news critics howl, able reporters swoon and strong editors weep? (Hint: The great unwashed and untutored of the blogosphere consider them pure manna.) If I could squeeze [...]

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