Years of working alongside movements in Mozambique and Brazil have given me an appreciation of their importance and complexity. Linking traditional movements — their powerful, sustained, offline organizing — with bloggers, online activists, and hackers is a huge challenge.
Living in East Timor, a far-away, post-colonial place (not my own city which lived its own fraught history), I became fascinated with the gaps in history. What is told? What isn’t told? Amateur oral histories led me to the archives, which led me to ethnography, a form of translation.
I am working with a friend from London’s ICT4D community on a project which uses fun, creativity and smarts to change our relationship with electronics. We are working to bring online and offline communities together. Our motto: “just repair, don’t despair!”
Through my work with Global Voices, I have collaborated with some really inspiring people working to promote citizen voices, people expanding the definitions of media. This is an area where I am constantly learning and working, in quite diverse contexts.