The danger of censorship

On this blog we’ve discussed how online social media platforms spread extremist propaganda. We’ve also discussed how groups fighting the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are using these same platforms in hopes of reporting realities on the ground while skirting government controlled media in the region. Now these competing factions have hit a… Continue reading The danger of censorship

James Foley Award and World Press Photo Instagram

This week has been full of good news, and I wanted to share with everyone a couple of things that have happened. I am honored to be receiving the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting, from the Online News Association. Andy Carvin, the committee chair and Social Media Editor at the Associated Press wrote these… Continue reading James Foley Award and World Press Photo Instagram

Apps Aiding Women in Saudi Arabia

Being a woman in Saudi Arabia means that independence is practically non-existent. But smartphone apps and the innovators behind them are taking steps to change that. Know Your Rights is an app created by Saudi lawyer Nasreen Issa, released earlier this summer. The Saudi Arabian law system can be difficult to maneuver, especially for women… Continue reading Apps Aiding Women in Saudi Arabia

Preserving Historical Images in the Middle East

Protecting historical documentation of life and artifacts from the Middle East is monumental, especially at a time when conflict threatens the region’s relics. That’s why we’re highlighting The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI). MEPPI was established to not only recover and restore antique photographs, but also to train  individuals so that preservation can happen… Continue reading Preserving Historical Images in the Middle East

New Zealand’s refugees – an interactive to make you get involved

Together We Make A Nation is trying to bring the conversation about refugees in New Zealand to the forefront. The project is an impressive interactive site built to show the lives of four women from different parts of  the world who have made New Zealand their home. The interactive invites you to follow the stories… Continue reading New Zealand’s refugees – an interactive to make you get involved