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August 30 2010

Nicaragua: The Result of the 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media

By Rodrigo Penalba · Translated by Silvia Viñas · View original post [es]

Image from Flickr user Jorge Mejía Peralta, jorgemejia, used an Attribution 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license.

The 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media (2.0 Encuentro de Blogs & Nuevos Medios [es]) took place on the 12 and 13 of August, in Managua, Nicaragua, increasing the value of blogs and new media as citizen spaces for social participation in the country. The event was made possible with support from the Cultural Center of Spain in Nicaragua (Centro Cultural de España de Nicaragua [es]).

During its first edition [es] in 2009, the meeting focused on traditional and print media and writers that were migrating toward an online platform. In its second edition, 2010, creators of “native” web content were invited, from independent bloggers to corporations, social activists and even political organizations.

The meeting included guests from Guatemala (Stephanie Falla, from Maestros del Web [es] and 120Segundos.com [es] ), Renata Avila (lead of Creative Commons Guatemala, Global Voices author, also involved in other digital experiences), Cristian Cambronero (from FusilDeChispas.com [es], National Journalism Prize for Costa Rica 2010), Monica Brenes (University of Costa Rica, project La Carpio en Linea [es]), Marcela Alfaro (from Cocoa Interactive [es]), and several Nicaraguan bloggers from different backgrounds, locations and with distinct purposes for the Internet.

The meeting generated a lot of coverage from the local Twitter community (more information can be found on the site twittnic.com) which voted [es] for the tag #nicablogs10, and followed the event weeks before it began. On traditional media, like magazine Confidencial, the event was covered through various articles on web editions, later listed on the event's official blog [es], including interviews with the creators of the projects La Carpio En Linea [es], 120Segundos.com [es], Group Todo por la costa caribe [es] (Everything for the Caribbean Coast), and even video coverage for an outlet that is essentially a print weekly:

Rodney Dávila, collaborating with Confidencial.com.ni [es], wrote:

Conversar de blogs es trastocar temas sobre la diversidad, desarrollo cultural, participación e incidencia ciudadana, producción de contenido para nuevos medios, innovadores usos en aplicaciones móviles. Temáticas que fueron abordadas en el 2.0 Encuentro de Blogs & Nuevos Medios, que se llevó a cabo recientemente en la Universidad Centroamericana.

Talking about blogs means touching on subjects about diversity, cultural development, participation and citizen influence, content production for new media, innovative uses in mobile applications. Topics that were discussed in the 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media [es], which recently took place in the Central American University.

Maricela Kauffman, historian for Turkulka.net [es], wrote for the project's blog:

El 2.0 encuentro de blogs & nuevos medios demostró que la cibercultura es también una “buena práctica” local; una oportunidad, una plataforma donde las sociedades centroamericanas están promoviendo proyectos innovadores, apropiándose de nuevas tecnologías, difundiendo el conocimiento local en el mundo urbano. Bienvenidos los nuevos espacios en donde “la transparencia es la nueva objetividad” (David Weinberger). — Desde la Galaxia Gutenberg a la Galaxia Internet; la transparencia es el objetivo

The 2.0 Meeting of blogs and new media showed that cyberculture is also a local “good practice”; an opportunity, a platform where Central American societies are promoting innovative projects, appropriating new technologies, spreading local knowledge in an urban world. Welcome the new spaces where “transparency is the new objectivity” (David Weinberger).From the Gutenberg Galaxy to the Internet Galaxy; transparency is the objective [es]

Emila Persola in his presentation [es] placed an emphasis on the impact of blogs in our context:

En ese sentido, yo no creo haber superado aún la idea romántica de tener un blog y considero que en términos generales aún no se supera tampoco en el país. Y no se supera no solo por una falta aún necesaria de conectividad, sino también porque aún falta un compromiso de los blogueros por desarrollar, por un lado, una disciplina de publicación y por otro, aprender a contrarrestar a las coyunturas locales.

In that sense, I don't think I have gotten over the romantic idea of having a blog and I think that in general my country has still not gotten over the idea either. And we have not overcome the idea not only because of a lack in connectivity, but also because we still lack a compromise from bloggers to develop, on the one hand, a publishing discipline and on the other, learn to counteract local situations.

Javier Barrera, from 1001medios.es, created a podcast episode dedicated to “the small corners of the Internet.” You can download the podcast, in Spanish, here. In the same post Javier reviews the participating blogs and bloggers [es].

Rafael Chacón, Interactivity Senior Producer for BBC Mundo, presented via Skype about how BBC Mundo uses social networks to spread and find stories and sources:

Ahora ustedes también participan en la generación de noticias, pero además llegan a ellas de forma distinta: sus amigos las recomiendan y las comparten en las redes sociales, hablan de ellas en sus blogs personales.

Now you also participate in generating news, but also you reach news in a different way: your friends recommend them and share them on social networks, you talk about them in your personal blogs.

The comments from his presentation are now part of a post on his editor blog in “Un (BBC) Mundo Más Social [es]” (A More Social BBC Mundo).

Conexiones [es], a new blog dedicated to investigative journalism, covered the event:

Iniciativas de cómo incidir en la sociedad a través de blogs y nuevos medios alternativos en la web, crear participación entre la comunidad desde esos espacios, generar contenido y conocimiento, fueron los temas expuestos hoy en el auditorio Xavier Gorostiaga de la Universidad Centroamericana (UCA)… Decenas de personas, interesadas en desarrollar blogs y nuevos medios a través de la web 2.0, estuvieron atentos a la ponencia de nicaragüenses y centroamericanos sobre el desarrollo de sus blogs y el impacto que han logrado con éstos. La actividad es organizada por la Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) y el Centro Cultural de España en Nicaragua (CCEN).

Initiatives on how to influence society through blogs and new alternative media on the web, create participation in the community through these spaces, generate content and knowledge, were the subjects presented today in the auditorium Xavier Gorostiaga in the Central American University (UCA)….Dozens of people, interested in developing blogs and new media through the web 2.0 were attentive to the presentations by Nicaraguans and Central Americans about the development of their blogs and the impact they have made with them. The activity was organized by the Central American University (UCA) and the Cultural Center of Spain in Nicaragua (CCEN)

Blogger Emila Persola was interviewed [es] by local newspaper El Nuevo Diario because of the 2.0 Meeting:

No hay que dar tregua. Hay que contribuir más bien a criticar esa idiosincrasia del nicaragüense, pues en el fondo no es digna de admiración. Somos un pueblo muy intolerante, desafortunadamente esperanzado más en las bendiciones o maldiciones que provengan del cielo, que en preocuparnos por encontrar una conciencia capaz de superar nuestro atraso económico, social, político y hasta espiritual.

One must not “let up.” One must contribute to criticize the Nicaraguan idiosyncrasy, because after all it is not admirable. We are a very tolerant people, unfortunately more hopeful about the blessings or curses that come from heaven, than about worrying for finding a conscience capable of overcoming our economic, social, political and even spiritual delay.

Other media that covered the event include the European Press Agency [es], the Enlace Académico Centroamerican [es], the Tulum Magazine [es] from Guatemala, and El 19 Digital [es].

Image from Flickr user Jorge Mejía Peralta, jorgemejia, used an Attribution 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license

On Flickr there is a set of images dedicated to the 2.0 Meeting, with pictures under a Creative Commons license, courtesy of Jorge Mejía. The images from this post come from the same set.

Maestros Del Web after the 2.0 Meeting created a “Guía para organizar en 5 pasos un evento de tecnología e internet,” (Guide to organize a technology and Internet event in 5 steps) where part of the process of the event's organization was taken into consideration. Like previously mentioned, Maestros del Web participated in the event, represented by Stephanie Falla. The guide includes these points, among others:

El curador o equipo organizador … debe plantear un conjunto de ideas claras para transmitir en el transcurso del mismo:

The curator or organizing team … should come up with clear ideas to share during the event

No se trata de llenar un auditorio de gente que habla una después de otra, sino crear un discurso que entre en la gente, en los participantes, en los otros expositores, y en los medios de comunicación que cubran el evento.

It's not about filling up an auditorium of people that talk one after the other, but rather creating discourse among the people, the participants, the presenters, and the media that is covering the event.

Rodrigo (Peñalba) agrega que el discurso se va creando desde como se agrupan los temas de los expositores, sea una charla técnica, una charla de una experiencia de trabajo, o una conferencia con preguntas y respuestas o si es una sesión de vídeo charlas:

Rodrigo (Peñalba) adds that the discourse is created when the presentation subjects are grouped, be it in a technical speech, a speech about a work experience, or a conference with questions and answers or a session of video talks.

Que cada expositor entienda lo que se le esta pidiendo exponer y de como calza en el programa en general. De ese modo puede preparar el enfoque de su participación acorde a la idea básica general que fijamos para diseñar el evento.

Each presenter must understand what they are being asked to present on and how it fits with the general program. This way they can prepare the focus of their presentation according to the basic general idea that we set to design the event.

The participants

The blogs and projects that presented in the event are the following:

To summarize what each of these blogs do would merit writing several post summarizing the work of each of them and the many other blogs that could not be presented on during the event's official program. We invite you to visit all of them; the participation of these bloggers is what made the Meeting a success. We hope to see you there next year!

Disclaimer: Rodrigo Penalba was a Coordinador for the event.

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Bahrain: Back to Ranting

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July 31 2010

Nicaragua: 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media in Managua

By Rodrigo Penalba · Translated by Silvia Viñas · View original post [es]

Flyer for Event 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media

Experts in digital communities will come together for the 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media (in Spanish, ”2.0 Encuentro de Blogs & Nuevos Medios”) which will take place on August 12 and 13 at the Central American University (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua. The activity is a practical assessment of web tendencies and the power these alternative ways of communication have to influence public and private spheres.

The gathering [es] will include the participation of experts from Central America, Colombia and Venezuela, who will give lectures, workshops and more. The main subjects will be: New Media and Cultural Diversity and Development; Citizen Participation and Advocacy; Content Production for New Media; New Scenarios: mobile applications, new uses and methods, perspectives on the future.

“It is a culturally enriching experience, but it also involves a proposal to emphasize that web activity is not only a novelty, but also a learning method that generates real debate that may influence public opinion,” comments David Ruíz López-Prisuelos, Coordinator at Spain Cultural Center in Nicaragua (Centro Cultural de España en Nicaragua, CCEN).

To help visualize the lectures, the event will begin with a panel discussion about the use of these tools. The panel includes La Carpio Online Project (”Proyecto La Carpio en Línea”) [es]” from Costa Rica, Everything for the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua (”Todo por la Costa Caribe de Nicaragua”) [es] from Facebook and Another World is possible (”Otro mundo es posible”) [es]: Organization and action of Nicaraguan social movements on the web. An interesting element will be the use of an open microphone for bloggers to share their experiences.

“It is an activity to discuss the current state of mass media and the tendencies toward other formats that range from micro-blogging to podcasting, and how the media is adapting to various uses and needs that range from basic social organizing to its use in large companies,” says Rodrigo Peñalba [es], an author for Global Voices, a specialist in cultural production in new media and CCEN's special guest to help organize the event.

During the second day, journalist Cristian Cambronero [es] from Costa Rica, Global Voices author Renata Ávila from Guatemala and Yuliana Isabel Paniagua [es] from Global Voices' project “Hiperbarrio” in Colombia will present on experiences in citizen participation on the web. There will also be a teleconference from the BBC in London, workshops on content creation and a conversation with Nicaraguan bloggers Emila Persola [es]Freddy Quezada [es]Space for Alternative Communication and Sexual Diversity (Espacio de Comunicación Alternativa por la Diversidad Sexual [es]), and Fabio Buitrago [es], who will talk about video-blogging as a channel for environmental education and action.

The lecture series will conclude with a presentation about new tendencies on the increasingly common use of blogs and new media by business corporations,  and with case studies on the management of social networks in the world of advertising. The event will be open to the public until full capacity is reached, giving priority to those who register on the official blog where news and updates will be posted.  For more information visit El encuentro de blogs [es], and also the program [es] and list of Confirmed Presenters [es].

July 22 2010

Azerbaijan: Amnesty International campaign for convicted bloggers

By Onnik Krikorian

Having already recently marked the first anniversary of their initial detention, Amnesty International urges supporters worldwide to lobby the government in Azerbaijan to ensure that imprisoned video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli receive a fair appeal hearing in the coming months.

July 16 2010

Bahrain: Blogger Meet up?

By Amira Al Hussaini

Bahraini blogger Mohammed Al Maskati appeals on Twitter: “Bahrain's bloggers of yesterday, tweeps of today.. You are now officially missed.. We should get together sometime for old time's sake.. Eh?”

July 14 2010

Côte d'Ivoire:3 Journalists Including Théophile Kouamouo Arrested for Posting Classified Documents on Coffee and Cocoa

By Lova Rakotomalala

Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) reports that three journalists were arrested on July 13th in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire for publishing classified documents regarding coffee and cocoa production [Fr]. Among them is Théophile Kouamouo, the founder of Abidjan Blog Camps, a Rising Voices project grantee. Here is a petition to show support for Kouamouo [Fr].

July 07 2010

Azerbaijan: Imprisoned video blogging youth activists remembered

By Onnik Krikorian

Support Adnan and Emin remembers the plight of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, two video blogging youth activists who were detained a year ago tomorrow in Baku, Azerbaijan. Eventually sentenced to 2 and 2.5 years in prison, Amnesty International considers the two men to be prisoners of conscience while other organizations such as the Presidency of the European Union, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have condemned the verdict. The blog hopes that other bloggers worldwide will mark tomorrow's anniversary by placing banners or making posts on their sites.

July 05 2010

Kuwait: All About Mohammed Aljasem's Case

By Amira Al Hussaini

Kuwaiti journalist and blogger Mohammed Aljasem was released on bail after spending 48 days behind bars for allegedly defaming Kuwaiti Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah. Supporters have set up this blog, in Arabic and English, to update readers on the case.

May 21 2010

Saudi Arabia: Al Farhan Returns to Blogging

By Amira Al Hussaini

The Fouad is Free banner from www.alfarhan.org/

Popular Saudi blogger Fuad Al Farhan is back to blogging - to the delight of the blogging community.

Al Farhan stopped blogging for the second time after his arrest on December 10, 2007. Although no official charges were pressed, he was held in solitary confinement, and finally released on April 26, 2008. Prior to this, he had also stopped blogging for a period of time, after government officials warned him to “tone down” his commentary (see source above) - making this his third debut into the world of blogging.

Upon his return to blogging, Al Farhan, who is outspoken in favour of political reform in the Kingdom, writes a post entitled: Blogging..the Best Option, which opens up a debate on the merits and disadvantages of micro-blogging and social networks.

In this post, he says:

كتبت مسبقاً 25 سبباً تجعلنا ندخل عالم التدوين (لماذا ندون؟)
ولازالت وستبقى أسباب قوية وقائمة وصحيحة من وجهة نظري. بعد أكثر من سنتين
من الانقطاع عن التدوين قررت العودة مرة ثالثة لهذا الفضاء الجميل الذي لم
أنقطع عن متابعته يوماً.
I had previously written 25 reasons why we blog and those reasons, in my opinion, are still strong and valid. After two years of not blogging, I have decided to return to this lovely space, which I have never stopped following, for the third time.

Al Farhan then discusses the different social media tools he was using while away from his blog. About Facebook, he writes:

جربت الفيسبوك فترة طويلة وأعجبني كما أعجب المليون ونصف سعودي المسجلين فيه، وأبرز ميزاته هي:

  • سرعة التعرف والتواصل مع الأصدقاء
  • سرعة وكثافة مشاركة المحتويات مع الأصدقاء
  • قوة وفعالية التخطيط والتجمع والعمل الجماعي
  • الراحة من الهم التقني والفني (جميع صفحات مستخدمي الفيسبوك نفس الشيء وتختلف في المحتويات فقط)
  • متعة الترفيه
I tried Facebook for a long period of time, just like the 1.5 million Saudis registered in it and its main characteristics are:

The speed at which you get to know and communicate with friends
The speed and intensity of participation from friends
The strength and effectiveness of planning, gathering and group work
Not bothering with the technical and technological details (all the Facebook user pages are the same and differ in content only)
The entertainment factor

But everything has its down side - and here are Facebook's, in Al Farhan's words:

ولكن في النهاية وجدت أن سلبياته أكثر من إيجابياته بالنسبة لي ومنها:
* إدمان الفيسبوك ظاهرة معروفة وكنت أحد ممن أصيب بهذا الإدمان حتى عطلت حسابي هناك
* تعويد المرء على كتابة جمل قصيرة تعليقاً على ما يشاركه من محتويات وأخبار لاتوفي بشرح الرأي والفكرة بشكل كامل مما يؤدي في أحيان كثيرة لسوء وقصر فهم المتلقي
* كثافة الجدل الفكري السلبي (وليس الإيجابي المطلوب)
* الترفيه يطغى على الفيسبوك بشكل واضح والإضافة الثقافية فيه أقل بكثير من التدوين
However, I now realise that its side effects are more than its benefits for me:
Getting addicted to Facebook is a well known phenomenon and I was one of those who suffered from this addiction until I suspended by account there
Getting used to writing short and concise sentences in response to comments on links to news and opinions does not enable us to explain ourselves thoroughly - often leading to misunderstandings
A lot of the intellectual arguments are negative (and not the positive ones we need)
Entertainment is huge component of Facebook, and this is evident, and its cultural component is much less than in blogging

Another medium Al Farhan toyed with during his hiatus from blogging was Twitter, where he is still actively tweeting away. He writes:

جربت تويتر كمنصة للتواصل مع الأصدقاء بديلاً عن الفيسبوك ولازلت نشيطاً فيه
I tried Twitter to stay in touch with friends, instead of Facebook, and am still active there

On Twitter's benefits, he blogs:

  • سرعة وكثافة مشاركة الأصدقاء بالوصلات المثيرة للإهتمام الشخصي مع تعليق قصير
  • سرعة وكثافة تغطية الأحداث والأخبار (كارثة جدة وأمطار الرياض وتأثير
    تويتر فيهما في تداول الأحداث المباشرة بسرعة شديدة قبل ظهورها على
    الإعلام التقليدي)
  • ندرة الجدل الفكري السلبي وتميز المستخدمين بشكل عام بالرقي في التواصل
The speed and intensity of tweets, with interesting links and short comments
The speed and intensity of covering news, like the Jeddah rain catastrophe, the rain in Riyadh and other breaking news faster than they appeared in mainstream media
Very few negative intellectual arguments and most users are very civil in their communication

As for Twitter's disadvantages, Al Farhan says:

  • إدمان تويتر مثل إدمان الفيسبوك وأصبح ظاهرة معروفة ولكن بدرجة أقل من الفيسبوك
  • يبقى اختصار رأيك وفكرتك في 140 حرف هو تحدي دائم، ولذلك تويتر جيد
    للفت الإنتباه لوصلة معينة أو خبر معين ولكن لا يكفي للتعبير عن رأي
    متكامل يحتاج مساحة ومكان أكبر خارج تويتر
  • الصعوبة التقنية في التعامل مع أرشيف التويتات والبحث فيها وفي قائمة الأصدقاء
Getting addicted to Twitter is just like getting addicted to Facebook - but less severe
The fact that you have to limit your opinion to 140 characters continues to remain a challenge, this is why Twitter is important to draw attention to links or certain news. In order to express yourself fully and adequately, you will need a space outside Twitter
There is a technical difficulty in dealing with the Twitter archives and searching for Tweets there and on your contact lists

Al Farhan also writes about his experience with Tumblr, before returning to explain why he is back to blogging:

بعد هذه التجارب، أرى أن التدوين هو المنصة الأفضل لي للتواصل مع العالم
من حولي بما يثير اهتمامي وأحب مشاركة الآخرين فيه. هذا التقييم شخصي ولا
يعني أنه ينطبق على كل شخص. كل شخص يجد أحد هذه الشبكات الإجتماعية تناسبه
أكثر من الأخرى لأسباب شخصية وهي من حقه بكل تأكيد. أعرف أصدقاء لا يخرجون
من عالم الفيسبوك ويكرهون ولا يفهمون تويتر. وأعرف أصدقاء آخرين تعرفوا
على تمبلر وألغوا مدوناتهم. وأعرف أناس يدخلون على تويتر قبل أن يغسلوا
وجوههم عندما يصحون الصباح. يبقى التدوين هو الأقرب لشخصي، ويبقى المدونين والمدونات وبالذات الجيل الأول هم الأقرب لقلبي وهم يعرفون أنفسهم جيداً :)
After all those experiences, I find that blogging is my favourite medium for remaining connected to the world around me in a manner that keeps me interested as I love the involvement of others in it. This is a personal assessment and it doesn't mean that it should apply to everyone else. Every person finds that one of those social networks is more suitable for him than the rest for personal reasons and the choice is certainly his. I know friends who never leave the world of Facebook, and who hate and cannot understand Twitter. I also have friends who abandoned their blogs the minute they discovered Tumblr. And I also know people who access Twitter before they even wash their faces when they wake up in the morning. As for me, blogging remains my personal favourite and bloggers and blogs, particularly the early bloggers, are closest to my heart and they know themselves.

Al Farhan used to previously blog here.

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Saudi Arabia: Someone tried to Hack into my Blog

Saudi blogger Fuad Al Farhan sends out a tweet (Ar) saying that someone tried to hack into his blog and Wordpress sent him an alert for resetting his password.

April 01 2010

Lebanon: Organizing Blogging

Hanibaael posts an article in Arabic in which the blogger gives a short account of the history of blogging in Lebanon and the current attempt to organize Lebanese bloggers into formal group called “Lebloggers”.

March 10 2010

China: Zola's English blog

Well known citizen reporter Zhou Shuguang starts to blog in English as he wants to be more international. Here is his first post.

February 28 2010

January 22 2010

Interview With Popular Indian Bloggers

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