I'm sitting in a hotel room in Menlo Park, California, swimming in a pool of creative content - and you should definitely dip a toe in the water... Rik Panganiban, a good friend of WITNESS, has posted a fascinating list of machinima with a social purpose here:
A brief post on a busy day for Blog Action Day, to highlight the video aspects of it, which we hope to see grow next year. And here's their list of 88 things you can do to alleviate poverty - to which I would add one... Read one of these three posts:
While we're on the subject of Demos, they've also released reports on privacy in a society filled with technology and surveillance, and on the new politics of personal information. Peter Bradwell, who wrote the latter, "is starting a new project looking at how the public can drive personal information policy and shape how identity technologies work.
Our colleagues Sam Gregory and Bukeni Waruzi are at the AIDS Conference in Mexico City this week, and they drew our attention to some short interviews and videos coming out via CHAMP's AIDS2008.com site, including these videos:
Here, Cameron Lefevre documents an action with the message "The US Fails On AIDS":
UPDATE (30 July 2008): The Guardian newspaper has just released a video looking in more depth at the Shooting Back project here.
How does ballot-stealing in Zimbabwe work? British newspaper the Guardian smuggled a camera to a Zimbabwean prison officer in the run-up to the recent election run-off in Zimbabwe to find out.
Shepherd Yuda records secretly as he and his colleagues are forced to vote for Robert Mugabe as one of his lieutenants watches.
Rising Voices, the grassroots outreach arm of Global Voices, has just announced its newest round of grantees at the GV Summit in Budapest.
The six selected grantees represent the most innovative applications of citizen media tools like blogs, podcasts, and online video to help further the advocacy goals of public health organizations, and to empower the communities they work with.
I'm in a packed Budapest conference room, at the the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit. Today's sessions focus on practical tools and measures that networks of activists can take to counteract global censorship efforts.
There are 16 million refugees and 51 million internally displaced people worldwide, according to the UNHCR's latest figures [pdf].