Category Archives: Global Voices

Civic Disobedience and the Arab Spring

I spent the past two days in Cambridge, primarily around MIT, and almost exclusively talking about the “Arab Spring” and what we’ve learned about social media and protest in authoritarian states. Early Wednesday morning, the MIT Museum hosted a “soapbox” … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and bloggers, Developing world, Global Voices, Human Rights, Media | 7 Comments

US National Science Foundation blocks Global Voices Advocacy website

A few days ago, the folks at Global Voices got email from a friend of ours who was working at the National Science Foundation. He was trying to read an article that Jacob Applebaum had posted to Global Voices Advocacy, … Continue reading

Posted in Global Voices, Human Rights | 21 Comments

Angry birds, dictatorial pigs, satirical Russians

There’s a new, must-watch online video, “The Three Big Pigs”, that uses the wonderfully addictive mobile game Angry Birds to comment on political change in the Middle East… and American involvement in that change. It was featured today on online … Continue reading

Posted in Global Voices, Just for fun | 13 Comments

Watching Bahrain through a friend’s eyes, heartbroken

Like anyone else trying to keep track of the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, the protests in Libya, Bahrain, Iran, Yemen and elsewhere, a pivotal election in Uganda, the ongoing collapse of the Ivory Coast, I’m feeling a little behind, … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and bloggers, Global Voices, Human Rights | 7 Comments

Goodbye, Mubarak: Hope, Fear and Mahir Çağrı

First, Mabrook to all my Egyptian friends on their success in ousting Mubarak and to my Tunisian friends for proving that peaceful protest can lead to real change. Three brief reflections on what comes next: – While there’s been extensive … Continue reading

Posted in Global Voices, Human Rights, Media | 11 Comments

Tunisia, Egypt, Gabon? Our responsibility to witness

2011 has been a remarkable year for rapid political change. Spurred on by Mohamed Bouazizi’s desperate self-immolation, protests in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid spread throughout the nation and ultimately accomplished the unthinkable: they forced the end of … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Global Voices, Human Rights, Media | 36 Comments

A reflection on Tunisia

This week started for me with a huge event in my family’s life – after six years of study, my wife was ordained with a rabbi, and our family celebrated with her in Colorado. It ended joyfully as well, as … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Global Voices, Human Rights | 4 Comments

What if Tunisia had a revolution, but nobody watched?

On December 17, a 26 year old Tunisian man named Mohamed Bouazizi reached the end of his rope. An unemployed university graduate, Bouazizi had become a seller of fruits and vegetables in the southern Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid. When … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and bloggers, Developing world, Global Voices, Human Rights, Media | 61 Comments

Shortcuts in the social graph

I gave a talk on Monday in Salzburg, Austria that expanded slightly on my TED Global talk about imaginary cosmopolitanism. The audience in Salzburg included American, African and European media development experts, and I made the case that groups concerned … Continue reading

Posted in Global Voices, ideas, Media | 11 Comments

Airplanes, Faith and Latent Networks

Earlier this week, I met with Evan Paul, a smart urban planner just out of a master’s program at MIT. He’s working with colleagues on a new idea – “Global Planning Partners”, a nonprofit intended to help urban planners in … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Global Voices, ICT4D | 13 Comments