Exploring the Truth /en/taxonomy/term/76/all en About "Exploring the Truth" /en/about-exploring-truth <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p>Exploring the Truth looks at how data and evidence are used to monitor corruption and violence, and demand accountability.</p><p>There are, as we've always suspected, many facets to the 'Truth', and now more than ever activists and advocates are revealing what these facets are. There is a sense of dismantling the elaborate concoctions of 'official versions' by reclaiming the way in which stories themselves are told. This reclaiming lies in the increased use of data and evidence in journalism, advocacy and activism by everyday people; sometimes at great risk.</p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 16:10:14 +0000 faith 119 at https://informationactivism.org We're watching each other: citizens monitor the public /en/were-watching-each-other-citizens-monitor-public <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div> </div><div><img src="/media/files/u13/watchingeachotherFB3004.jpg" width="250" height="188" style="float: left;" />Advances in information technology have allowed us new ways of both revealing ourselves and watching others. Take the humble webcam, for example. It first entered the US commercial market in 1994. Now, most new notebooks and netbooks have one pre-installed. A webcam is seen as a positive development, praised for enabling realtime face-to-face communication.</div></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:09:19 +0000 faith 112 at https://informationactivism.org We're watching them: citizens monitor the state /en/were-watching-them-citizens-monitor-state <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img src="/media/files/u13/we%27re_watching_themHK1404.jpg" width="256" height="170" style="float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" />Since 1998, a group of people in Canada have been going out to shopping malls every Christmas Eve and taking photographs of the security cameras on 24-hour duty. </p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:08:42 +0000 faith 111 at https://informationactivism.org They're watching us: states take up digital surveillance /en/theyre-watching-us-states-take-digital-surveillance <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img src="/media/files/u13/spyfiles.jpg" width="250" height="166" style="float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" /></p><p>In his ironically-titled book 'Surveillance Studies: An Overview', David Lyon talks about how the  modern nation state has the concept of surveillance built right into it by virtue of its bureaucracy and capitalist forms of production. </p></div></div></div> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 14:07:49 +0000 faith 110 at https://informationactivism.org Documenting the Egyptian uprising: #IamJan25 /en/documenting-egyptian-uprising-iamjan25 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img src="/media/files/u13/IamJan25.png" width="250" height="229" style="float: left;" />One image can tell a powerful story.  But what about thousands of images, each documenting the same event from the perspective of individual eyewitnesses?</p><p>The website <a href="http://www.iamjan25.com/" target="_blank">Iamjan25.com</a> collects images and videos captured by demonstrators in Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands of Egyptians gathered on 25 January 2011 to protest against the regime of then-president Hosni Mubarak. </p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:25:02 +0000 niko 81 at https://informationactivism.org Bradley Manning, collateral murder and the rise of data journalism /en/bradley-manning-collateral-murder-and-rise-data-journalism <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p style="font-style: normal;"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5rXPrfnU3G0" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe>“If you had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day, 7 days a week for 8+ months, what would you do?”<br />                                                                                                                                                                          --Bradley Manning</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:29:25 +0000 niko 44 at https://informationactivism.org Kazeboon fights state media lies in Egypt with grassroots screenings /en/kazeboon-fights-state-media-lies-egypt-grassroots-screenings <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sVlnfWozZeU" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="206"></iframe></p><p>A woman is being dragged along the street, kicked by military officers. Her head has fallen back and her abaya ripped open, exposing an electric blue bra. It is an image that has been seen around the world - a potent symbol for the turmoil Egypt faces post-revolution, and evidence that the transition government was sanctioning violence.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:28:30 +0000 niko 43 at https://informationactivism.org The Blank Noise Project, India /en/blank-noise-project-india <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/41843101" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="166"></iframe></p><p>The idea that the way a woman dresses can invite sexual harassment or rape is a familiar one. It is used in court and in the media to undermine survivors' allegations, and by perpetrators themselves to justify their actions.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:27:45 +0000 niko 42 at https://informationactivism.org Tunisian presidential plane-spotting /en/tunisian-presidential-plane-spotting <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/41787192" frameborder="0" align="left" width="250" height="141"></iframe></p><p>Sometimes the data you need for your campaign can be found in unlikely places. </p><p>'Planespotters' track and photograph planes all over the world and share their data online. It is a personal passion many pursue for pleasure and entertainment which has grown into a global community; helped by sites like Airliners.net, which provide spaces for amateur plane enthusiasts to post their photos. </p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:25:11 +0000 niko 39 at https://informationactivism.org Visit Gaza: A virtual tour of life in the strip /en/visit-gaza-virtual-tour-life-strip <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div> </div><div><img src="/media/files/u13/visitgaza1004_HK04-1_html_9eedbaf_0.png" width="250" style="float: left;" />The 360 square metre Gaza Strip, bordered by Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea, forms part of the occupied Palestinian territory.</div></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:22:24 +0000 niko 37 at https://informationactivism.org Balloon Mapping: documenting the Gulf Coast oil spill and student protests in Chile /en/balloon-mapping-documenting-gulf-coast-oil-spill-and-student-protests-chile <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <p><img src="/media/files/u13/6206204173_7bc715faa4_b_0.jpg" alt="Balloon Mapping in New York by beelaineo (Flickr)" title="Balloon Mapping by beelaineo (Flickr)" width="250" height="282" style="float: left;" />When activists are talking but no-one is listening, hard evidence is often needed to back up the words and demand attention. But that evidence can be difficult to find and verify, and sometimes it falls on the activists themselves to create the documentation they so desperately need. <br /></p></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:21:28 +0000 niko 36 at https://informationactivism.org Open Data: What is it? So What? /en/open-data-what-it-so-what <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> <div> </div><div><img src="/media/files/u13/opendatarepository-final20120413-web.png" width="250" height="179" style="float: left;" /><em>Excerpted from Tactical Tech's Data &amp; Design How-To: '<a href="http://drawingbynumbers.org/data-design-basics/note-3-opening-open-data" target="_blank">Opening Open Data</a>.'</em></div><div> </div><div>Data seems more abundant these days. Governments and international institutions are publishing more of it, and a growing collection of initiatives around the world are making it more useful to citizens.</div></div></div></div> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:16:26 +0000 niko 34 at https://informationactivism.org