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SXSW Interactive 2014

Beyond Connectivity: Sharing News Without The Web

Hans Rosling, professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, recently stated that despite the wide availability of data in the world, there is a significant gap in local access to this knowledge. In this workshop, 3 experts in media development and mobile technology will discuss how information is shared in low-bandwidth environments.The workshop will include case studies; interactive discussion about the sharing of news and information in areas of limited web connectivity; and tips on how to deal with issues of security, trust and safety. Examples include creative, interactive radio broadcasts, training and engagement of citizen journalists via SMS (text messages), and the challenges of maintaining data integrity in regions of high risk reporting. Panelists include an award winning International Knight Foundation fellow from Indonesia, a media safety and security trainer from Guatemala, and a media expert from 2011 Knight News Challenge winners FrontlineSMS.

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  1. How can information be shared in communities without Internet access, or in communities where governments have restricted web access?
  2. How can media outlets collect data from communities that do not have regular Internet access? How do you verify information in low-bandwidth environments?
  3. As natural disasters or government interventions limit web access, what role do radio stations have in acting as nodes of information sharing?
  4. How can citizen journalists act not only as activist reporters, but also as important resources for data collection via mobile technology?
  5. How can journalists, sources, and citizen reporters working in insecure environments protect their data?



Trevor Knoblich, Director, Media Programs, FrontlineSMS

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Content and Distribution
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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