New Media’s recurrent topics: 3 things I’ve learned so far

From digital optimism and campaigns for social change to online censorship, anxious activists and digital abuse, my brain has been on a spin for the last few weeks during our course on ICT4D and new media. I can´t say I´m a quick thinker. I go from one thought to another, …

7 tips for ComDevers blogging for researchers

There’s a subtle tension between communication and research teams. Researchers want to uphold the integrity of their research, while comms people focus on the audience. We always reach a compromise, but all too often it’s comms who give way first. Not wishing to antagonise researchers, here are my seven tips …

In solidarity with Yemen’s social media activists

Today is Hisham Al-Omeisy’s 63rd day of unlawful imprisonment. No charge, no access to a lawyer, no access to his family. The peaceful activist committed no crime. #FreeHisham. Yemen is an extremely dangerous place to be an activist or a journalist. The intimidation and forced disappearance of journalists and activists is increasing, on both sides of the conflict.

‘If you can´t handle the Internet, fuck off, whore’

Women and girls around the world regularly face various forms of digital abuse. Online harassment, cyberstalking, rape threats, blackmail and hate speech are used to silence women who raise their voices or ‘dare’ to challenge the ‘norm’. And ‘revenge porn’ is on the rise too. This type of online violence against …