Citizen journalism, activism and education in rural India

February 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

IU Impact: Citizen Journalist Revives Education in Rural India

This is a great piece done by a young citizen journalist in the rural India village of Jharkhand. The village school had been shut done due to the negligence of the hired teacher. Mukesh Rajak, a Community Correspondent, used his own camera and showed the public the horrible conditions for the students and staff. This is a great example of citizen journalism being used the right way. When traditional media can’t/won’t help…activists can gain support from the public using social media tools.

As a result of Rajak’s work, the school was reopened.

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Wireless living: Limited Internet access in North Korea affects country’s development

February 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Wireless living: Limited Internet access in North Korea affects country’s development

Fascinating article by Imana Gunawan about how the lack of Internet and social media can hinder the growth of a nation. North Korea is a closed, secretive society and its lack of Internet access has isolated its citizens from the rest of the world.

Notable comments from the article:

“In 2012, the World Policy Journal rated the DPRK as the most isolated country in the world. The publication used the percentage of individuals connected to the Internet as one of the factors in determining whether a country is isolated.”

“Even though North Korea and South Korea have a similar amount of compulsory school years (10 for North Korea, 12 for South Korea), Sorensen said that North Korean refugees with high school-level education who go to South Korea may not be able to compete academically with South Korean students.”

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