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Blogging Positively: Live Chat about HIV/AIDS on December 3

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, Citizen Media, Development, Digital Activism, Health, Announcements

Rising Voices [1] and Global Voices [2] are holding a live online chat for bloggers and activists on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (3pm Nairobi time) on how to use citizen media to help improve awareness and information about the AIDS epidemic. The chat will be facilitated by Kenyan bloggers Serina Kalande [3] and Daudi Were [4].

Everyone is welcome.

Local Times: New York 07:00 | Buenos Aires 10:00 | London 12:00 | Johannesburg, Beirut 14:00 | Nairobi, Moscow 15:00 | New Delhi 17:30 | Tokyo 21:00 | Hong Kong 20:00 | Sydney 23:00

Chatroom: http://www.worknets.org/chat/ [5]

Login instructions: Click on the link above and login using your name. Then select the room you want to join by clicking enter. Once in the room, select a font color on the left side of the screen, and join the chat.

The chat will start out focusing on two Rising Voices grantee projects, REPACTED [6] in Nakuru, Kenya and AIDS Rights Congo [7] based in Brazzaville. We will learn how both organizations have implemented blogging and video outreach programs to spread awareness about their initiatives in AIDS prevention and advocating for the rights of HIV-positive individuals.

Other discussion topics include: What are the factors to weigh when HIV-positive bloggers go public about their status? How can blogging support networks form online? What about online forums? What are other new media tools, such as mapping mashups, that can be used effectively?

If there are other topics that you would like to discuss during the chat, please add comments below.