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Weekly Global Readings: Creativity

BY Lisa Goldman and Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, January 23 2013

This week's theme is "creativity," whether it be photos of graffiti by Syrian anti-regime activists or a social media platform that fosters creativity and collaboration between young Indians.

Kenya is poised to launch a platform to host open access academic content. Hadithi will launch on January 24. (via Global Voices).

Shekhar Kapur, the director of Elizabeth: The Golden Age, teamed up with Indian musician A.R. Rahman (composer of the score for Slum Dog Millionaire) to create a social network platform that fosters creativity and collaboration. Qyuki ("because" in Hindi) targets Indians aged 18-35.

Syria's bloody civil war rages on, but some of the youthful opponents to the regime continue to use creative non-violent tactics. Global Voices posted a photo series of political graffiti spotted around Syria.

During the last elections in Uganda, the government tried to suppress political activity by blocking mobile text messages. In response, a new platform called Abiyama transforms SIM cards into storage devices that can be passed around. The platform won the Knight News Challenge: Mobile. TechPresident has more on this story.

News Briefs

RSS Feed today >

First POST: Scary Monsters

Facebook opens up about its experiments on tweaking voting behavior; breaking news in the FCC net neutrality battle; getting hard data on civic tech's impact on political efficacy; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: System-Gaming

Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Gimme Shelter

The link between intimate partner violence and surveillance tech; the operational security set-up that connected Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden; how Senate Dems are counting on tech to hold their majority; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Tribes

Edward Snowden on the Internet's impact on political polarization; trying to discern Hillary Clinton's position on NSA reform; why Microsoft is bullish on civic tech; and much, much more GO

monday >

First POST: Inventions

How voter data-sharing among GOP heavyweights is still lagging; why Facebook's News Feed scares news publishers; Google's ties to the State Department; and much, much more. GO

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