BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, July 21 2014
While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless. Read More
BY Rebecca Chao | Thursday, July 17 2014
The United Nations World Food Program has rolled out an electronic food program for Syrian refugees, giving them control over what they eat and allowing them to inject that money back into their host country's economy. Read More
BY the engine room | Thursday, July 17 2014
Update July 17, 5PM CET<
School of Data, Peer to Peer University and Open Tech School organized a world-cafe' style workshop to share their experiences in designing and conducting training processes, online and offline. The areas covered were:
- How to organise tech and data workshops
- Building effective curriculum and accreditation
- Type of education activities: a blended offline, online
- Designing passion driven communities
BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, July 16 2014
In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.Read More
BY the engine room | Wednesday, July 16 2014
During OKFest, our reporters will ask Festival participants five questions about the state of the Open knowledge movement:
- What’s the most interesting project you have seen at OKFest?
- What should be open?
- What should not be open?
- In your opinion, what has opening knowledge accomplished?
- What’s next for the open knowledge movement?
This post collects all the flash interviews: read on for insights into open knowledge from the deep end.Read More
BY the engine room | Tuesday, July 15 2014
OKFest 2014 will be the biggest Open Knowledge event yet. And with over a hundred sessions and 1000 participants, it promises to capture 360 view of the state of things in the open data movement. The engine room will be liveblogging the event, conducting flash interviews, surfing sessions for insights, and sitting down with a few open knowledge projects to learn more about the state of the art and evolution of the open data movement. We will be updating this space with pictures and other media, session aha’s, and trends we see throughout the event.Read More
BY Rebecca Chao | Thursday, July 10 2014
Orkut, Google’s social network platform once beloved in Brazil, will soon shutter with Facebook taking its place. Mark Zuckerberg's social network currently not only operates but also dominates in every time zone, making it at this point in time, an empire upon which the sun literally never sets. Read More
BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, July 8 2014
You probably work for “The Man.” If not you, then someone close to you does, and even if you have no friends or family, your government is almost certainly doing business with him. Wouldn't it be nice to know a bit more about the so-called “Man”? Thanks to the massive open data project OpenCorporates, you now can, and they are intensifying their data opening efforts with #FlashHacks, a crowdscraping campaign launched today. The campaign goal is to release 10 million data points on the companies you work for, work with, buy from, sell to, and deal with in tangible and intangible ways every day, and all in just 10 days.Read More
BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, July 7 2014
For more than a month now, Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, the global Wikimedia community site, has hosted a little experiment in digital democracy. Carl Miller, co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos-UK, and Wikimedia UK's Stevie Benton wanted to see whether the mechanisms that govern Wikipedia could be applied to political policy. The opportunity to do so arose when the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced the Commission on Digital Democracy, an investigation into how digital technology can be used to improve democratic processes, and solicited comments from the public.Read More
BY Antonella Napolitano and Rebecca Chao | Monday, July 7 2014
The UK wants to increase surveillance; Russia demands Google, Facebook and Twitter open local offices and hand over user data; Tunisians debate on social media whether to boycott the next election; and much more. Read More