Inequality: Made by Humans

October 16, 2014

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“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” These are the words of the very first article in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Much more need not to be said. I wish […]

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Human Rights and Social Worlds – Online and Offline

October 15, 2014

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Image by Flickr user Martin Krolikowski February 11, 2012 (CC-BY-2.0)

When cyberspace interacts with individuals, networks, and states it no longer remains neutral. It becomes a social, political and private space that requires a constant balancing act of basic human rights – of freedom and privacy. I will explore this further through this these: ’Freedom and privacy on the Internet can be realized based on […]

Images of War and Victims in the Social Media

July 24, 2014

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As citizen journalists, bloggers, tweeps etc., we often celebrate social media and citizen journalism for being open, free, collaborative and uncensored. What we must never compromise though, is the ethical considerations about the people and events we cover. Also when it comes to the images we share. During this last week, harsh images from both […]

Pity for the Poor, or When Do We Get to Hear the Good News?

May 7, 2014

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Communications experts at Danish NGOs are coming to value images like the one above, but those engaged in raising funds often seem stuck in narrative of distress and disaster. Image by Adam Cohn (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

When NGOs communicate, they often go for narratives of distress and disaster instead of showing progress and potential. The result is a distorted and stereotyped view of the world. Read the full post on Global Voices Online

Hopeful Action: An anthropological take on Ushahidi, Digital Activism and Hope

August 18, 2013

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With empirical point of departure in the online platform, Ushahidi, my thesis explores how digital technology has created new premises for activism. The study is based on fieldwork in Egypt, Kenya, and online over the summer and fall of 2011. An audiovisual multimedia product that introduces the field, complements the written thesis. [This blog is re-posted […]

Blog Action Day: Thoughts on Ushahidi and Hope

October 15, 2012

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This blogpost is dedicated to activists using the Ushahidi platform. With this blogpost I wish to open up for an alternative view on successful deployments. It is written as a contribution to Blog Action Day 2012: “The Power of We”.  Intro In the fall of 2011, I was in Cairo, Egypt and Nairobi, Kenya to […]

Blog Action Day 2012 Celebrates ‘The Power of We’

October 9, 2012

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So far, bloggers from 95 countries are ready to type with fast and fit fingers. For one day they will blog about one common theme creating a colorful collection of stories and reflections that will reach a collective audience of millions. On October 15, 2012 – it’s Blog Action Day! (…) Read the full post […]

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