Vroom: mobile education for Syrian youth

Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, more than 3.7 million Syrian children have been born in Syria, and have either stayed in their country or fled as refugees. They’ve been raised in a region rife with conflict, forced to grow up in an environment where the only constant is instability. Military… Continue reading Vroom: mobile education for Syrian youth

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

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

Online media from the front lines

In today’s digital world, even front lines are online. Nowhere has this been truer than in Syria, where groups from all political stand points use online platforms to document human rights violations, spread propaganda and chronicle the realities of life in conflict. The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) works as an independent organization documenting… Continue reading Online media from the front lines

How 3D printing is helping humanity

Four months after a deadly earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015 and killed nearly 9,000 people, Andrew Lamb, an engineer with the non-profit NGO Field Ready, sat in the back of an SUV in a small Nepalese city and watched his 3D printer produce a plastic cylinder. The piece was designed to be used as… Continue reading How 3D printing is helping humanity