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  • Knight Study: Broadcasting Still Top Information Source In Emergencies

    Knight Study: Broadcasting Still Top Information Source In Emergencies
    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    New media helped connect in the aid and recovery effort following last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti, but radio remained the most effective communications tool, though it proved even more effective in partnership with some of those new technologies.

    That is according to a just-released report from the Knight Foundation.

  • Next on Google Maps: Hospitals, roads and kiosks of Korogocho slum

    Next on Google Maps: Hospitals, roads and kiosks of Korogocho slum
    Monday, January 10, 2011

    The mapping of Korogocho, an area with about 200,000 people, is meant to make it easier to identify streets, key structures and landmarks that were previously not mapped onto Google Maps.

    “One of the things we spend a lot of time thinking about at Google is how we can make the world’s information more accessible and useful to people all over the globe. This includes providing rich local geographic data because a huge number of search queries have a geographic component,” said Joe Mucheru, Google’s sub-Saharan Africa leader.

  • A travel grant story goes viral on Youtube

    A travel grant story goes viral on Youtube
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    NEW DELHI (AlertNet) - Before this year's floods, Pakistan's air waves were filled with music, dramas, talk shows and cookery programs, but media workers say the devastating disaster is slowly transforming radio broadcasts that are now dedicating time to life-saving humanitarian aid information.

    The July/August floods, which hit over 20 million people in the biggest humanitarian emergency in recent years, have submerged swathes of agricultural land and destroyed thousands of homes and scores of villages from the far north to the deep south.

  • Lifeline radio in Kyrgyzstan

    Lifeline radio in Kyrgyzstan
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    On 10 June 2010, ethnic violence erupted in southern Kyrgyzstan, leading to hundreds of deaths and displacing an estimated 400,000 civilians.

    The Red Cross (ICRC) have described the situation as an "immense crisis". The official death toll from the conflict centred around the cities of Osh and Jalal-Abad currently stands at around 300, but in early July, interim Kyrgyz leader Rosa Otunbayeva said as many as 2,000 people may have died in the rioting.

    Kyrgyzstan itself, along with the international community, was little prepared for the scale of the ensuing destruction of infrastructure and social institutions.

  • In Haiti, cell phones and radios help save lives

    In Haiti, cell phones and radios help save lives
    Monday, January 25, 2010

    In a tiny general store in the northern suburb of Croix-des-Bouquets, Jacques Pierre jams the choke of his Honda generator and cranks it into life. Half a dozen Haitians wait in line to pay 40 gourdes (75 cents) to recharge their cell phones for a quarter of an hour.

    Twelve days after the earthquake, Port-au-Prince has no power grid and no landlines. At night, the only illumination comes from the fires of burning trash and a smattering of lights on the hills of Laboule and Boutilier where the wealthy have generators.

  • Poor countries' media must tackle climate change

    Poor countries' media must tackle climate change
    Friday, August 8, 2008

    When Zhang Ke, a Beijing-based reporter for China Business News, traveled to Liupanshui in 2006, he was surprised to hear the deputy mayor tell visiting inspectors that the city had no coal or chemical plant, and the best air quality in all of Guizhou Province.

    He did some independent checking and found that the city had actually launched a power station project without due process; that there were water pollution hazards, even for drinking water; and that there were more than 30 coking plants emitting lots of pollutants, including greenhouse gases.