In Turkey, on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, the olive is ubiquitous. “It is the most basic food item that you can find in every single household that is consumed by every person, every single day,” explains Nejat Dinç of Greenpeace Turkey. “It’s a very symbolic fruit.” Turkey is the world’s second largest producer of table olives and fourth largest producer of olive oil. UNESCO even protects the Mediterranean diet as cultural heritage, including the role of olives and their oil. Olives are also central to people’s lives in the Turkish village of Yırca. It is there that the...Read More
Author: Jason Tashea
You and your organisation may not think much about digital security unless you have dealt with a security breach or threat. We’ve written recently about how you can use threat modeling and a wide range of online privacy tools to help protect yourself, your colleagues and data. However, tools, threat models and individual awareness are just ingredients in the security recipe. Almost every conversation we had with NGO staff and security experts came around to one common element: a strong organisational security culture. Getting to a strong security culture is more amorphous than deploying a new tool. Digital security is about education...Read More
In just the past month, we’ve read stories about how Canadian police are tracking environmental activists, the Mexican government is monitoring journalists and activists, and US security agencies are peering into the communications of Black Lives Matter activists. Every day brings more examples of entities and governments around the world violating privacy and putting the security of activists and campaigners at risk. But there seems to be a tool for every online privacy breach and we’re going to dive into encryption, passwords, and how to secure your data, phone and messaging as you work in an insecure world. You may want to catch up on your threat...Read More
For his day job, Norman Shamas is the director of curriculum and pedagogy at an organization that helps people better use and understand technology. In his off-hours, he’s a rabble-rouser. Based in Washington D.C., Shamas was an active organizer of the Michael Brown protests that confronted police violence. He and his colleagues organized the protests on Twitter with the hashtag #DCFerguson. “People that use social media for organizing… should probably be aware that governments and potential adversaries monitor Twitter to have a leg up on any tactic and action,” warns Shamas. “The police were following #DCFerguson [on Twitter]; by...Read More
Kosovo is considered the most polluted country in Europe. UNICEF’s Kosovo Innovation Lab is organising local youth to collect pollution data and advocate for a cleaner Kosovo. The replicable citizen science project, Science for Change, is also using open data to engage more people in supporting, encouraging, and holding accountable Kosovo’s institutions when it comes to air quality monitoring and transparency.
The advocacy work in Kosovo is intended to build off of successful campaigns from around the world. The training took examples from an anti-fracking campaign in Pennsylvania, the Extreme Citizen Science Research Group in London, and the Greenpeace Palm oil campaign. The youth were also trained on open source technologies like ghost wipes and diffusion tubes from Smart Citizen. These technologies used democratize the data collection process by being low cost, easy to use, and come with a visualization API that makes the data accessible.Read More