Tag: brazil

by Vitor Baptista

This post was co-written by Neil Ashton, writer for the Open Knowledge Foundation’s School of Data blog. How can Brazilians participate in the allocation of public spending to ensure that it is used to construct a free, fair and sustainable society? With this question, Open Knowledge Foundation Brasil and the Brazilian NGO INESC (Institute of [...] more »

by Matt Stempeck

ROFLCon returned recently to MIT, bringing together the things and people who are famous on the Internet. Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and co-founder of the citizen journalist network Global Voices, was the moderator. He’s probably best known for the Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism. There [...] more »

by Bobby Schweizer

Our teams at Georgia Tech and UC Santa Cruz have been working on an authoring tool that helps journalists quickly create bite-sized newsgames. The Cartoonist has been the working title for the tool because our intention is to create games akin to editorial cartoons, in terms of the amount of information being conveyed and the [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

Late last year, Stalin K., my partner in the Knight-funded project Video Volunteers, and I were seated in the video laboratory of VCU.br in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We were joined by nine of VV’s new Brazilian Video Fellows. We were there to conduct a workshop about entrepreneurship in the creative field of video. The purpose [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

Almost undoubtedly, Brazil is the country with the largest public investment in community arts and culture. There are dozens of groups teaching video, hip-hop, graffiti, circus arts, carnival-related arts and digital media to youth from the favelas. In Rio alone, we visited five groups doing community arts, and between them we calculated there were roughly [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

Video Volunteers recently started a new program in Brazil that is focused on using video as a way for young people from favelas to earn a living. Starting a project in a new country has been an interesting, but also challenging, process. When I started VV in 2003, we did a few projects in countries [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

During our month in Brazil working on our new project VCU.br, my partner Stalin and I met with more than a dozen different community media groups. Every meeting was too short, with us starting off by explaining why we had called them and explaining our work, and then them explaining theirs, and then a brief [...] more »

by Corinne Ramey

In the favelas, or slums, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, unnamed streets meander through the hillsides. There are hospitals, coffee shops and restaurants, none of which appear on a map. Mail carriers struggle to deliver letters to homes without addresses. A new project by Rede Jovem, a Brazilian non-profit that loosely translates to “Youth Net,” [...] more »