Insights

Browse through commentary and analysis on innovations in the Citizen Media toolkit by experts and entrepreneurs.

Kara Andrade - Ashoka Fellow and Founder, HablaCentro

Kara discusses the reducing gap between citizens and journalists and the people's power to craft stories and share them locally and globally on their own terms and in their own language.
 

Juliana Rotich - Co-Founder and Executive Director, Ushahidi

Juliana shares Ushahidi's efforts to develop multimedia tools for sustainable change. She stresses on balancing the development of sophisticated online tools with an effort to apply them at the grassroots level.
 

Katherine Maher - Consultant in Technology for International Development, World Bank

Katherine elaborates on her experience with citizen media networks in the backdrop of information democratization. Among other things she examines how this impacts contemporary society.
 

Sanjana Hattotuwa - Ashoka Fellow and Founding Editor, Groundviews

Sanjana shares the challenges he faces in running Sri Lanka's most liberal online platform on human rights issues and his vision for increasing citizen's participation in story-telling.
 

John Lilly - Partner at Greylock Partners

John discusses the power of technology to change people's lives at the global and multi-local level. He wonders how people can be motivated to find information beyond their comfort zone in order to become better citizens.
 

Ethan Zuckerman - Director of MIT Center for Civic Media and co-founder of Global Voices. Is ranked among Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2011 by Foreign Policy

Ethan observes an increase in supply of information even as the demand for it remains low. Among other things, he raises the challenge of supporting a media that is capable of listening to people's voices.