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New Media Development Explores Paths Towards Democratic Digital Governance

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Civil society advocates are concerned that governments, security services, and Big Tech may misuse digital technologies to suppress, control, and profit from ordinary people, says Philip Lee, Media Development editor, in the 1/2024 issue of WACC’s quarterly journal. The authors in “Towards Democratic Governance of Digital Society” look at pathways to ensure that such technologies will instead enhance lives and… Read more »

Media Development 2024-1 Online magazine and pdf

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MD 2024/1 Editorial

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26 Feb 2024 MD 2024/1 Editorial Posted at 06:12h in Media Development 2024/1 by Saskia Rowley Over one hundred years of sci-fi books, magazines, TV programmes, and films have made it easier (as Dr Who fans will testify) to believe that aliens from outer space are intent on taking over Earth. In 1938, courtesy of a notorious radio broadcast of… Read more »

Digital platforms versus democratic political discourse: Challenges and the way forward

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26 Feb 2024 Digital platforms versus democratic political discourse: Challenges and the way forward Posted at 06:11h in Media Development 2024/1 by Saskia Rowley Seán Ó Siochrú and Anita Gurumurthy At the turn of this century, many in civil society believed we were witnessing the dawn of a new era for the public sphere, one where the internet could realise… Read more »

To breathe easy and dance light: Embracing revolution with the DisCO Manifesto

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26 Feb 2024 To breathe easy and dance light: Embracing revolution with the DisCO Manifesto Posted at 06:10h in Media Development 2024/1 by Saskia Rowley Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami Long ago, and when we were still tentative in our vocabulary, Dalit women’s collectives in Mysuru – with very little material wherewithal, but the immense largeness of being – taught… Read more »

Reframing AI governance through a political economy lens

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26 Feb 2024 Reframing AI governance through a political economy lens Posted at 06:09h in Media Development 2024/1 by Saskia Rowley IT for Change 2023 While AI is not new to the field of computational science, the release of ChatGPT by Open AI in November 2022 marked a watershed moment. In a short time, the tech sector has rolled out… Read more »

Aligning AI systems with human values

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26 Feb 2024 Aligning AI systems with human values Posted at 06:08h in Media Development 2024/1 by Saskia Rowley Jim McDonnell In the development and deployment of technologies based on AI, how can the voices of civil society organisations be raised against their potential risks and harms, but also for values such as equity, ethics, digital rights, control, choice, and… Read more »

The weaponization of digital communications

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26 Feb 2024 The weaponization of digital communications Posted at 01:00h in Comment by Saskia Rowley Three years after the Myanmar military seized power in a violent coup, the junta is still carrying out brutal attacks against those resisting its authority. It also uses Internet shutdowns, surveillance, and disappearances to hide its atrocities and to maintain its grip on power…. Read more »

Women-led community networks in Costa Rica transmit Indigenous identity to next generations

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“Women from other Cabécar territories have learned about the work done in Kjalabata around the community network composed of Kakabalo and Okamasuei and consider it crucial to scale up what has been done there to have a greater impact of their worldview, their language, their territory,” Camacho says. According to the WACC partner, the project is helping the Association of… Read more »

WACC North America affirms focus on migrant media monitoring, elects new board members

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02 Feb 2024 WACC North America affirms focus on migrant media monitoring, elects new board members At its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, WACC’s North America regional association affirmed work being done to promote migrants’ communication rights and positive narratives about migration, and elected new members to its Regional Executive Committee. Migrant Media Monitoring Project Migration and communication rights was… Read more »