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.
I am working with a friend from London’s ICT4D community on a project which uses fun, creativity and smarts to fight electronics obsolescence. We are working to bring online and offline communities coming together. Our motto: “repair, don’t despair!”
The bailouts are not for the people of Greece, Ireland and Portugal, who are bearing the brunt of austerity measures. There is a democratic deficit and growing pent-up frustration in these countries, and few outlets for those who would like to create alternatives.
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.