Journalist, editor and online free expression advocate, tracking human rights, digital media, cultures of change and the conflict zeitgeist. Views are my own.
It’s been a while since we last heard news of the
What am I doing?
I am developing a portfolio of online media & advocacy projects on freedom of expression...
Way back in November, as the ideas that lead to the the OpenNews relaunch were starting to be...
What do you propose to do? [20 words]
Daisy-chain data tools into production...
Two weeks ago, I announced the rebranding and retooling of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project. Now it’s time...
It has been exciting to be both a witness to and a participant in the growing movement towards...
“I’m an ex Fleet Street hack, ex war reporter, now media charity fundraiser, free expression activist.
I help colleagues in war zones & dictatorships develop, fund and implement programmes that will advance their free expression rights, in media, the arts and social activism.
We need new tech tools in data mashing, privacy & security, multi-platform digital publishing.
We offer to iteratively test tech as an integral part of our human rights projects.
Developers get prototypes turned into refined products; we get new tools that work right.
I can code, but need help developing the platform that will accommodate the different tools, the APIs to daisy chain them and the testing methodology.
One year start-up project with a soft launch scheduled for October, full launch in April 2014.”
“Trolling is using rhetoric divisively, I do not put a bigger definition on it than that. It can be small or large, important or banal, good or evil. It’s a rhetorical method for fucks’ sake, and it suits me just fine.”
“Tea and fruit in the morning, then four or five hours of solid work, a salad for lunch. A nap, in which my lost loved ones come to me and tell me they’re happy and still love me, a walk through bird-songed woods, followed by several more hours of oxygenated work. Drinks with friends, each more accomplished and interesting than the other, then bed, windows flung open to the soothing pounding of the sea, turning rock over rock, all messages which will fuel the morrow’s pages coming to me in friendly and artful dreams…”
“CPJ does not have a rigid definition of what constitutes journalism. We look at each case in context, examine the person’s work, and make an informed judgment. It’s a process that has worked well until now. If it’s gotten to the point where mainstream journalists in Egypt no longer make a distinction between journalism and activism, then the boundaries are blurring so quickly they may soon become impossible to discern.”
“Modern electronic commerce requires cryptography, and cryptography precludes centralised censorship, even of harmful material. The way to combat gender inequality and sexual exploitation is to increase public awareness and encourage open discussion, not stifle information flows and violate telecommunications privacy.”