Ethan Zuckerman

I'm an activist, blogger and geek, living in Western Massachusetts and working as director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. I previously worked as a research fellow at the Berkman Center. As co-founder of Global Voices, I'm interested in ways that citizen's media can address longstanding biases in the news media. Before working at the Berkman, I helped found Geekcorps, a non-profit organization that shipped geeks to the developing world to run Internet technology trainings. Prior to that, I was part of the team that founded Tripod, one of the early online community companies. When not blogging, researching or making trouble, I help out with Worldchanging, Open Society Institute's Information Program and other fun technology and development projects. My personal blog is “My Heart's in Accra…”

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A note for users behind ISP firewalls

  13 July 2005

Our friend Isaac Mao lets us know that the https://globalvoicesonline.org domain name may not be accessible for our users within China. Our address at Harvard – http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices appears to work within China, and we encourage anyone who is having difficulty accessing our site to try both domain names – both...

Zaid Hassan's response to the London bombings

  8 July 2005

Our friend Zaid Hassan – one of the folks behind the Pioneers of Change social entrepreneurship project – posts his reflections as a Londoner and a Muslim on the July 7th bombings: At the mosque this afternoon there were two police-women standing outside, in fluorescent bright yellow-jackets. One was quite...

Global Voices meets the Mainstream Media

  5 July 2005

Global Voices bloggers are showing up everywhere in the mainstream media these days! American Public Media's syndicated radio show, “Future Tense”, focuses on our project today. You can listen to the show online (in RealAudio) or, if you're in the US or Canada, tune in for the show. (Future Tense...

African Blog Roundup

  4 July 2005

Debates over the relevance of Live 8 have kept the African blogosphere jumping this weekend. Andrew Heavens of Meskel Square is amazed that “you can't open a British newspaper (or in my case website) at the moment without reading someone's views on Africa”. Onyango Oloo of Kenya Democracy Project has...

More Africans – and Afrophiles – on Live8

  1 July 2005

Imnakoya, a Nigerian living in Minnesota and blogging at Grandiose Parlor wishes fellow African bloggers would seize the opporunities presented by Live8: “…many Africans are not in unison on this matter either- critisicm abound over the Blogoshere among African bloggers, and this is fine. However, Live8 will generate a more...

Clark Boyd interviews Sokari Ekine

  30 June 2005

Our friend Clark Boyd – podcaster and reporter for BBC/WGBH's The World – has a great audio profile of our friend Sokari Ekine, creator of the excellent Black Looks blog. Travelling in rural Spain, Clark gets to visit Sokari at home at her farm in Velez-Blanco and chat with her...

Roundup: Africans on Live 8

  29 June 2005

Our friends at Technorati are working with the organizers of the Live 8 concerts to call attention to bloggers writing about the concerts and fundraising efforts. The tagline on their special site for the event reads, “We don't want your money, we want your voice!” Technorati is urging bloggers to...

Global Voices, Global Dinners

  27 June 2005

While it's been great fun to virtually meet people around the world through their blogs, it's always more fun to meet people in person. Especially when food is involved. So we're starting a series of “Global Voices Blogger Dinners”, to be held whenever those of us working on Global Voices...

New Features on the Global Voices site

  16 June 2005

You may have noticed that we've made a few small changes to the Global Voices side – we hope they help you use the site more effectively (and, in one case, we hope that they'll encourage you to help us out as well.) There's now a search box on the...

Interview with Alaa Adb El Fateh in Cairo

Alaa Abd El Fateh is an Egyptian blogger, open source advocate and democracy activist. Along with his wife, Manal, he maintains “Manal and Alaa's Bit Bucket”, a site hosts their blogs and the blogs of several Egyptian free speech and pro-democracy organizations. They also maintain an Egyptian blog aggregator. Alaa...

Translations, and a new, shorter URL

  9 June 2005

The Global Voices Manifesto – a statement of our basic principles and beliefs, authored collaboratively by many of the people who joined us at the first Global Voices conference in December 2004 – is now available online in ten languages: Arabic, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Swahili,...

Andrew Heavens blogs the violence in Ethiopia

  9 June 2005

A few weeks back, the elections in Ethiopia looked like a great victory for supporters of increased openness and democratization. Reporting on the apparent increase of the opposition from 12 seats to 174 in the 547-seat parliament, Abraham McLaughlin wrote in the Christian Science Monitor: The campaign included surprising signs...

Skypecast #2 with Sokari Ekine

  3 June 2005

Sokari Ekine – aka “Owukori” – is one of the best known and most widely-read bloggers focused on Africa. Writing from her home in Andalucia, Spain, her two blogs – Black Looks and Afrotecnik – cover stories from all over the continent, with a special focus on women's issues and...

Wednesday Global Blog Roundup

  1 June 2005

Central Asia and the Caucuses Nathan at Registan has photos from the Supreme Court building in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where hundreds of people have stormed the structure to oust protesters who've occupied the building since April. (The protesters were demanding the ouster of all officials appointed by former president Akayev.) Afghan...

Monday World Blog Roundup

30 May 2005

It's Memorial Day in the US today, a day dedicated to remembrance of those killed and injured in military conflicts – similar to Remembrance Day in Commonweath Countries, France and Belgium. With that in mind, we begin the day's roundup with a selection of posts from Milbloggers – bloggers who...

Skypecast: Indian blogger Dina Mehta

  30 May 2005

We're proud to launch the Global Voices Skypecast series with an interview with ethnographer and blogger Dina Mehta, in Mumbai (or is it Bombay?), India. Dina and I talk about the factors that led her to become a blogger, the Indian version of the “bloggers versus journalists debate, and her...

Frederick Noronha on Blogger Certification in India

  24 May 2005

Indian Journalist Frederick Noronha has shared an article with us about speculation that the Indian government might start accrediting bloggers. Thanks, Frederick! BLOGGERS, GET GOING — OR GETTING INCORPORATED — IN INDIA? From Frederick Noronha GOA, India, May 23: Bloggers might wait for official recognition elsewhere in the globe, but...

Tuesday World Blog Roundup

24 May 2005

Africa Brian at Black Star Journal worries that UN relief efforts are “damned if they do, damned if they don't”. Emeka of Timbuktu Chronicles points us to companies exploring m-banking, banking services delivered through cellphones. Ethiopundit feels “a profound degree of distrust and disgust with the ruling party” and wonders...

Second draft of Anonymous Blogging Guide

  19 May 2005

I posted, some weeks back, the first draft of a technical guide to anonymous blogging. I've gotten great feedback from folks all over the world and have just posted a second draft of the guide on the Global Voices wiki, inviting collaborators to help me improve it. If you're interested...

Help us decide who to interview!

  19 May 2005

We've recently solved a couple of long-standing technical problems and we should be able to start doing “Skypecasts” – podcasts of interviews conducted over Skype – in the next couple of weeks. As we get ready to start broadcasting, we're wondering who to talk to first. What do you –...

Monday World Blog Roundup

16 May 2005

Africa: Timbuktu Chronicles has a review of George Ayittey's Africa Unchained Brian of Black Star Journal has a history lesson on the role of Liberia in Guinea's civil strife, and the hard time the country is having in getting aid to war ravaged areas. Chippla thinks it's absurd that an...

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