From a Voice in the Wilderness to the Wisdom of Crowds: Citizen Journalism, Nonprofit Organizations and Social Change featuring Ethan Zuckerman speaking at the NetSquared Conference 2006.
They used to say that freedom of the press belonged to those who could own presses, but today the words "we are the media" are a common cry from an emerging corps of citizen journalists. What's a social change organization to do in this changing media landscape?
Citizen journalists have played an important role in the rise and fall of politicians and media icons around the world. Traditional media faces declining distribution and runs stories about "the attack of the blogs". From neighborhood controversies to events of international proportion, news coverage and analysis of the world today is coming from unconventional quarters in the form of writing, photography, video and voice, published online and consumed around the world.
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Ethan Zuckerman is an activist, blogger and geek, living in Western Massachusetts and working in Cambridge as a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He is co-founder of Global Voices, a project designed to feature citizen-created media from around the world. His research focuses on ways that citizens' media can address longstanding biases in the news media.
Before working at the Berkman Center, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a non-profit organization that shipped geeks to the developing world to work with technology entrepreneurs and community internet projects. Prior to that, he was part of the team that founded Tripod.com, one of the early online community companies. When not blogging, researching or making trouble, he chairs the board of directors of Worldchanging.com, sites on the board of Open Society Institute's Information Program and works on a variety of fun tecnology and development projects. His blog is at www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog, and Global Voices is globalvoicesonline.org.