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  • How to amplify the voices of marginalized communities in Brazil | MIT Center for Civic Media
    they witness in their communities Vojo enables them to reach bloggers and media outlets outside Ilha de Maré The initiative a pilot project aims to spread to other traditional communities in Brazil that have little or no internet access for instance communities in remote rural areas indigenous groups landless workers and other disenfranchised groups alienated from the information society Vojo enables everyone to create and update a blog even whether she he does not have computer or internet access The tool allows the user to post audio stories from mobile phones and even public telephones It is also possible to post photos and video from cell phones The idea is to help the youth to become tech savvy and connect their communities to a social network that can increase the awareness to their social cultural and political demands in the Brazilian media ecosystem The project has the support of the MIT Center for Civic Media a well known center of excellence in the relationship between technology and civic engagement Nowadays one of the main challenges Brazil faces is the integration of a historically marginalized population They still do not have access to basic rights and technologies With Vojo communities all around the country will be able to publish their stories even in remote places They will be able to voice their views and demands to the Brazilian government and society says Paulo Rogério Nunes executive director of Mídia Étnica Institute For the past eight years the Mídia Étnica Institute has conducted projects in the fields of communication and diversity In addition it is responsible for many actions related to community communication and citizen journalism e g our portal Correio Nagô Practical experience After the training around 20 girls and boys from quilombola communities in Ilha de Maré used Vojo to

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  • Alexandre Goncalves's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    of the main cities across the country In São Paulo they were 60 000 In Rio around 100 000 These have been the biggest demonstrations since the impeachment of Brazilian president Fernando Collor de Mello in 1992 after a corruption scandal Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about What is going on in Brazil The Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet Submitted by Alexandre Goncalves on January 18 2013 5 30pm In the following interview I speak with Carlos Souza vice coordinator of the Center for Technology Society at the Getulio Vargas Foundation s Law School in Rio de Janeiro His center has been a key player in the efforts to pass the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet in the Brazilian National Congress During our conversation Dr Souza pinpointed the main lobbies that still prevent the approval of the bill Considering the bill s proposals and many diverse proponents one can see that ground breaking certainly suffices as an accurate description for the document First it promotes a civil regulatory framework that precedes any criminal framework challenging the Latin American trend of creating internet regulations just to please the copyright lobby or the telecoms Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about The Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet The Economist on internet activism Submitted by Alexandre Goncalves on January 7 2013 2 44pm From the defeat of Hollywood sponsored Stop Online Piracy Act SOPA to the flop of International Telecommunication Union s crafty treaty 2012 frustrated many government and company attempts to meddle with the internet In its first 2013 edition The Economist presents an interesting balance of what it calls a big year for online activists The British magazine poses a thought provoking question are we witnessing the rise of

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexandre-goncalves (2016-04-29)
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  • What is going on in Brazil? | MIT Center for Civic Media
    the impeachment of Brazilian president Fernando Collor de Mello in 1992 after a corruption scandal In a typically postmodern appropriation the soundtrack of an ad for the automotive industry Fiat has virtually become the anthem of the demonstrations The lyrics celebrate the World Cup in Brazil and invite people to leave their homes because the greatest bleachers is the street That advertising campaign s hashtag vemprarua or cometothestreet in the English translation became the hashtag for the demonstrations in Twitter The Wall Street Journal has already called Brazil the social media capital of the universe due to the hyper social culture of the expanding middle class that is increasingly going online Actually social networks played an important role during the demonstrations A friend of mine who works for an important newspaper published in Twitter You idiots do not understand that the world has changed We have mobiles and social networks now It will be more difficult for you to deceive us To some extent he s right The following picture had an enormous impact in social networks It was taken by Diego Zanchetta one of my colleagues at the Estado de S Paulo newspaper The girl in the photo is also a journalist Her name is Giuliana Vallone and she works for Folha de S Paulo Her eye was injured by a rubber bullet while she was covering the Thursday demonstrations I attended Tuesday s protests at Avenida Paulista in São Paulo Some things I noticed The vast majority of demonstrators are not poor workers They are young high school and college students The agenda of the protests has become more comprehensive and heterogeneous The demonstrations have brought together people who advocate reducing bus fares the nationalization of the public transport service the impeachment of the governor of São Paulo

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexandre-goncalves/what-is-going-on-in-brazil (2016-04-29)
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  • The Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet | MIT Center for Civic Media
    The Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet Submitted by Alexandre Goncalves on January 18 2013 5 30pm In the following interview I speak with Carlos Souza vice coordinator of the Center for Technology Society at the Getulio Vargas Foundation s Law School in Rio de Janeiro His center has been a key player in the efforts to pass the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet in the Brazilian National Congress During our conversation Dr Souza pinpointed the main lobbies that still prevent the approval of the bill Considering the bill s proposals and many diverse proponents one can see that ground breaking certainly suffices as an accurate description for the document First it promotes a civil regulatory framework that precedes any criminal framework challenging the Latin American trend of creating internet regulations just to please the copyright lobby or the telecoms Furthermore it was drafted by a collaborative process that stands as an example of public scrutiny and transparency entrepreneurs academics NGOs experts and all sorts of individuals were able to interact through a Website sending suggestions and criticisms later incorporated into the bill An English version can be read here In my last post I wrote about The

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexandre-goncalves/the-brazilian-civil-rights-framework-for-the-internet (2016-04-29)
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  • "The Economist" on internet activism | MIT Center for Civic Media
    sponsored Stop Online Piracy Act SOPA to the flop of International Telecommunication Union s crafty treaty 2012 frustrated many government and company attempts to meddle with the internet In its first 2013 edition The Economist presents an interesting balance of what it calls a big year for online activists The British magazine poses a thought provoking question are we witnessing the rise of a new organic political power like environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s The analogy is compelling In its dawn the environmental movement was an umbrella term for heterogeneous groups people concerned about nuclear plants citizens interested in cleaning a particular river anti pesticide activists and so on Gradually such different strands came together and eventually formed a complete political platform with a comprehensive discourse that went on to wield legislative and executive power the green parties in Europe and elsewhere We can also observe myriad interests in the digital universe open source supporters online privacy advocates governmental transparency enthusiasts etc The question is will they converge to a common project able per se to attain and exert political power The Economist s tentative answer is no And it suggests two reasons First internet issues hold smaller public appeal than environmental ones the former can hardly claim that the future of Earth is at stake Second the shrink of the so called pirate parties in Europe exposed the limitations of such a project So what is the purpose of digital activism For The Economist it is to act as an operational wing for other causes Coincidentally the cover issue of the last MIT Tech Review offers a good example of the ancillary use of digital warfare Big data will save politics we come to know in the somewhat messianic headline The issue offers an interview with the omnipresent

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alex-goncalves/the-economist-on-internet-activism (2016-04-29)
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  • Vojo at the Boston Brazilian Independence Day Festival | MIT Center for Civic Media
    at the Boston Brazilian Independence Day Festival Submitted by Alexandre Goncalves on September 18 2012 12 02pm Last week Becky Sasha and I went to the Brazilian Independence Day Festival in Boston a lot of Brazilian food music and dance I have been in the US since August after joining the CMS Program as a Master s student and the Center of Civic Media as a research assistant It was amazing to hear Brazilian Pop Music again and clap along the Capoeira rhythm In Brazil I had been working as a Science reporter for O Estado de S Paulo since 2007 Before that I was a computer programmer The Brazilian Festival was also my first experience with the Vojo platform my main research focus from now on We helped two community based organizations Brazilian Women s Group and Vida Verde Cooperative in documenting the festival with no frills mobile phones It was very exciting and the results can be seen in the Vojo website We talked to other groups in the Brazilian community The Brazilian Immigrant Center already has a group at Vojo Now it is engaged in a campaign advocating the right of immigrants without full legal status to own a driver s license in Massachusetts It is a good opportunity to think about how media actions can increase the visibility of a civic campaign The Communications Coordinator of the Massachusetts Alliance for Portuguese Speakers Renan Leahy showed interest in the Vojo platform The organization provides health and human services for the immigrants since 1970 We are going to meet sometime in the next month Jehozadak Pereira producer at 650 AM the Brazilian radio in the Boston area invited us to an interview We will tell the listeners how to use Vojo Last but not least through Anselmo Cassiano

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alex-goncalves/vojo-at-the-boston-brazilian-independence-day-festival (2016-04-29)
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  • Media Lab Conversations Series: Challenges in the Fight Against Ebola | MIT Center for Civic Media
    that it s easier for people to volunteer We need to make sure that people are paid and compensated because it s costly to have people away from work for a long time Unlike in Haiti where people can come down for a few days and help and then go back this requires much more training Most of the people we are working with and training now however are in country in Sierra Leone and Liberia David Thanks for the insights on research I m interested in two things the technologies we currently have that are being used and deployed and improving education There are incomplete data sets that may be inaccurate and there s no real space and oversight for the dissemination of resources to manage the outbreak How can we understand how the resources are actually helping We can t map to the health outcomes People are doing work in their own silos I don t think there s a coordinated effort For example when the government ordered the lockdown there were many NGOs saying it was a bad idea There didn t seem to be much coordination The education system and infrastructure is also broken We need to provide quality education for people today to help build up other kinds of infrastructure David plays a clip of a math lesson from Sierra Leone on the radio I think you see the point it s painful to listen to We need to think of technologies that would make it easy for school going children to learn from home This is the first chance we have make use of new technologies that could have an impact on education Joi It s hard to imagine this happening in the U S because the care is so good and the infrastructure is in place We need to start thinking about how to reach the places that are hard to get to where the infrastructure is not that good because that is where people are really being affected Ophelia The key thing is that building systems takes a long time The advantage of working in one place for a very long time is that you can see the gains Not losing heart and not being distracted is key Things that took PIH 20 years to build they d be able to build much more quickly with their current infrastructure and team Megan PIH has realized they can t address emergencies or medical care without addressing broader social issues So David s point about education is well taken One of our approaches is to provide jobs to people who have been sick as well as education We do a lot of education at a higher level than at high school Our approach to research is that it must be connected to capacity building We must use it as an opportunity to train local researchers We can t bring those systems about without making the investment Joi As we think about what we might do about Ebola at the Media Lab should we focus on emergency help or capacity building Is it one or the other Megan We can t just focus on capacity building If we have a choice between two facilities either a tent hospital or a more enduring facility it s important to think about what will have a more lasting impact If it s going to have the same impact we want to keep in mind what s going to be the longer term approach David As we see hackathons in Boston and NYC ignore what the word means we need to see them in Sierra Leone Where you re given the space and the opportunity to problem solve Where the people involved are learning not just how to use potential solutions but how to hack it and make it themselves Ophelia It s a little bit like the argument around treatment and prevention of HIV It s a little bit of a temptation to say Let s do one or the other But you have to do both Joi Sometimes we use the word co design to describe our approach when we design research we send students and faculty and we try to work with processes and materials that are there It helps you get better designs and people are more likely to adopt the designs if they feel that they are part of the solutions I wonder if this methodology would work A lot of times we sit here in Cambridge and design something but it doesn t work because the parts aren t available elsewhere for example Is there an opportunity to do something like this Megan Absolutely A lot of physicians have died The people to be asking What do you actually need are the people in those places today Ophelia The piece not to forget is that there needs to be delivery in this Through any kind of discovery and development however great a new vaccine is making sure it can get to a hundred percent of the population is a key piece of this Here the delivery systems are so good but elsewhere we d need to able to use community health workers to help disseminate a vaccine for example We need to make sure that we do work together because PPE devices are available to be fully used and there are great need for better tools Joi David you ve been working with a lot of young people in Sierra Leone Do you think there s a way to involve those folks in designing things so that we re not just sitting here guessing David If you design in situ thinking about distribution is very different With Global Minimum we work with young people to engage in creative thinking processes We re doing a project called Hack at Home for students who are staying home We re thinking about the way that the media portrays Sierra Leone and Ebola In our first challenge

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexishope/media-lab-conversations-series-challenges-in-the-fight-against-ebola (2016-04-29)
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  • alexishope's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    JavaScript Developer Monitorial Citizenship Projects and Tools Submitted by alexishope on July 25 2014 12 14am Post by Chelsea Barabas Rahul Bhargava Heather Craig Alexis Hope Jude Mwenda Here at Civic we have been thinking about ways to promote civic engagement in the periods between elections through monitorial democracy We ve noticed that in many places around the world we have achieved open fair and bad elections In democracies we usually describe elections as one of our primary mechanisms for holding elected officials accountable If your mayor promises to improve roads and fails you can elect someone new the next cycle Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Monitorial Citizenship Projects and Tools Putting Users First Submitted by alexishope on June 24 2014 2 18pm Livebloggers Rahul Bhargava Heather Craig Alexis Hope Putting Users First The civic sector has struggled to adjust to the digital age How do we better prioritize the user in civics and journalism over our own assumptions What cultural fiscal and technological changes do we need to make to build organizations equipped to best serve users in the digital age How can legacy organizations shift from doing the lord s work to focusing on the users needs Participants John Bracken Knight Foundation Emi Kolawole Stanford d school Kristen Titus Live Notes Ethan introduces this session as both a conversation and a design exercise He notes that a major question that may have popped up in our minds during the previous sessions is Who are the users How do we build tools that they will want to use and this session will help us think about those question Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Putting Users First AS220 Creating a just and uncensored forum for the arts Submitted by alexishope on June 12 2014 1 14pm Show up and do the hard things first Bert Crenca founder and artistic director of AS220 advised after spending a few hours showing us the fruits of his organization s 30 year effort to create an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts AS220 strives to create a world where all people can realize their full creative potential and the organization s history and practice reflects this vision Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about AS220 Creating a just and uncensored forum for the arts Workshop Stories from Minas Gerais Brazil Submitted by alexishope on February 17 2014 3 36pm A few weeks ago part of the Civic Media team traveled to Brazil to facilitate a set of workshops in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte a city in the state of Minas Gerais to explore how citizen monitoring might be useful in holding elected officials accountable for promises they make about infrastructure These workshops were part of our ongoing design process to create a mobile phone tool that will support citizen monitoring and data collection related to political promises Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Workshop Stories

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