Tag: access to information

by Guy Berger

Information access is on the move in Africa. Let me paint you a picture. The person is fictitious, but the process isn’t. Patience Ndlovu, a 24-year-old woman living in Soweto, South Africa, sends an SMS to a cell phone number she has scribbled on a scrap of paper. Her text reads “L,” followed by her [...] more »

by David Sasaki

It is a telling sign that Wikipedia has no entry on media development. Rather, the search results suggest that perhaps you are looking for “ICT for development“. Indeed, what is the future of media development when we’re still unsure about the future of media in general? And, for that matter, where should funders invest their [...] more »

by Guy Berger

Gwen Lister, editor of The Namibian, at the center of a storm User-generated comments, and text messages in particular, are causing umbrage in Namibian government circles. Their unhappiness highlights the historic shift of media away from unidirectional, univocal information. This case underlines the politics entailed when the media becomes a platform for broader communication, which [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

When he’s not toasting escapism, our tireless editor Mark Glaser has been asking why reporting costs so much. I can’t tell you much about investigative reporting (a $400,000 product of which started the conversation), except to say that six figure salaries do add up. But I can tell you that when it comes to local [...] more »

by David Ardia

(Written by Tuna Chatterjee, CMLP Staff Attorney.) It’s March and it’s Sunshine Week. This year, from March 16 – 22, the American Society of Newspaper Editors is holding its annual initiative to raise public consciousness on the need for open government. The name “Sunshine Week” is derived from the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’s [...] more »