December 7 was Student Day in Iran, a day when students traditionally commemorate the deaths of three Iranian students who were protesting the Shah in 1953. This year, the Student Day protests were especially poignant because they demonstrated that Iran's Green Movement is still very much alive. And, like the post-election protests in June, news about the demonstrations was delivered to the world via tools like Twitter and YouTube.
It's easy to get excited about the potential power of the internet to fight government impunity, curb human rights abuses, and induce democratic reforms in authoritarian states. New Media experts like see enormous potential in social media.
By: Grace Lile, Posted: Oct 21 09
The indispensable folks at American University's Center for Social Media have published a new report: Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in Their Work. The report addresses issues include staging and reenactments, editing, paying subjects, protecting vulnerable or endangered subjects, reusing footage for other purposes, and using archival materials. It finds that while most documentarians consider ethics to be at the heart of what they do, they face considerable challenges due to resource constraints and a lack of standards for confronting ethical dilemmas.
By: karenzusman, Posted: Oct 12 09
TAKE ACTION: Sign this petition and call on the Malaysian government to uphold the rights of Burmese refugees in Malaysia.
UPDATE: Watch livefeeds Mark and Emily steamed this past weekend from a refugee camp in Western Thailand - http://qik.com/ddtv.
Mark Belinsky and Emily Jacobi are Founders and Co-Directors of Digital Democracy (Dd), an organization based in New York which empowers civic engagement through the use of digital technologies. Digital Democracy works with local community-based organizations to create the most effective programming. Presently, Dd is working with Burmese communities in Thailand, India and Bangladesh, as well as the United States.
For the next month Mark and Emily will be working in Thailand to launch two of Digital Democracy's programs: