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Despite limited access to technology and poor connectivity, Facebook and Twitter have emerged as popular spaces for civil society groups in Uganda. Activists need to learn how to adapt these tools to their own needs, or they risk being left in the dark.
Slacktivism is a widely used term to describe acts of online activism that are deemed lazy and ineffective. Meta-Activism Project founder Mary Joyce argues that the slacktivism label is problematic and should be replaced with less derogatory terms like micro-activism or digital action.
The Open Society Foundations held a two-part video workshop in Chisinau, Moldova, for advocates working to promote the rights and social inclusion of people with disabilities. The advocates aim to use media to change public opinion about children with intellectual disabilities.
Personal storytelling is a powerful tool that communities advocating for better standards of health can use to communicate their needs.
When reporting on health, does the need to be a part of a growing and popular conversation outweigh the risk of giving air time to bad science?
Social media changes participation in movements, allowing citizens to adapt, inform, or create messages for change. How might public health groups harness such an organic model in their work?
The Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association is a grantee of the Open Society Public Health Program and Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa. Julia Strong, a Volunteer Resource Mobilizer with the association, shares some recent lessons learned about online communication.