photo from dili, east timor used with cc license from Flickr user United Nations Photo, by martine perret

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.

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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.  

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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!”

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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.

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Taken in Majune, Mozambique. August 2007.

| accompanying on/offline communities
| seeking common languages
| prototyping alternatives

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