Brazil: Digital Varjão – Cultural Hotspot in Action

Jose Murilo Junior describes the “cultural hotspot” workshop of Digital Varjão, which encourages young people in Varjão do Torto – a low income informal settlement in the outskirts of Brasília – to use open source software to express themselves creatively and share their day to day experiences online. You can see a slideshow of the workshop and examples of works done by the children.

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  • […] Jose Murilo Junior offers an alternative view from Brazil’s Cultural Hotspots program, in which he says that, rather than making the kids participating in the project follow a set of resources on blogging, the project leaders encouraged the kids to customise the tools they wanted to use. Whether this might lead some of that content to be left out of global conversations because the platform it’s produced on doesn’t integrate with global content aggregators, as Jen Brea observes about some West African Francophone blogs, might be addressed by Ben Paarmann’s call for services like popular global tools like WordPress to roll out in more local languages, such as Russian. […]

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