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Twitter used to free foreign journalist in Kyrgyzstan

Twitter used to free foreign journalist in Kyrgyzstan

Nov 15, 2011
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Twitter is a great tool for journalists to use when collecting information, but it can also be a valuable lifeline should they run into any trouble while reporting. A recent story posted by Foreign Policy tells the breathless tale of an American journalist arrested while working in Kyrgyzstan. He had been covering a protest when he was picked up by men claiming to be secret police. Fortunately for him, he was able to phone a friend before being taken away. This is the story of how his friends were able to use Twitter to locate him and start an immediate dialogue with the people in power who could help set him free.

Homepage photo by Alton, Creative Commons licensed.

Mapping genocide

Mapping genocide

Jun 24, 2011
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On June 17, Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina launched an interactive online tool that maps the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, relying on documentary animation, video footage, and narration to provide a new educational model for the interpretation and understanding of the massacre. Read More »

Internet Access a Human Right says UN

Internet Access a Human Right says UN

Jun 13, 2011
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Supposedly inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings and the ongoing debate around online whistleblowing, last week the United Nations sent out a report declaring that internet access is a human right, stating that “the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression.” Read More »

Welcome to Net Prophet

Welcome to Net Prophet

Jun 10, 2011
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Welcome to Net Prophet, a blog produced by Transitions that will be providing updates and analysis on the latest in new media and IT developments across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

For years now, we’ve been reading the fascinating information that our project managers have been sending it from the field for grant reports, and felt it was a pity that only a few donors were privy to such updates. It has also seemed to us that blogs on new media/tech development rarely cover this part of the world, even though a wealth of interesting stuff is happening out there on the ground, with very little press internationally. Read More »

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