Andrew Rasiej, founder and publisher of Personal Democracy Media and producer of the Personal Democracy Forum, discuss how technology and new media are affecting the political landscape, and in particular, how they are shaping the 2012 Election. In the video below, Rasiej was introduced by Julia Kohn, Interim Director of the Public Policy Program at Hunter College. The conversation and public Q&A was led by Professor Andrew Lund, Director of the Integrated Media Arts (IMA) Program at Hunter College.
Andrew Rasiej Founder of Personal Democracy Media
Andrew Lund Director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program at Hunter College
- Personal Democracy Media
Personal Democracy Media is an independent media company focused on the intersection of politics and technology, that has produced the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference since 2004 and publishes the award-winning news site, techPresident.com. ~ via personaldemocracy.com
'Ushahidi, which means "testimony" in Swahili, is a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the name "Ushahidi" has come to represent the people behind the "Ushahidi Platform". Ushahidi has its roots in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The original website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phones. This website had 45,000 users in Kenya, and was the catalyst for us realizing there was a need for a platform based on it, which could be used by others around the world.
Since early 2008 Ushahidi has grown from an ad hoc group of volunteers to a focused organization. Their current team is comprised of individuals with a wide span of experience ranging from human rights work to software development. They also built a strong team of volunteer developers primarily in Africa, but also Europe, South America and the U.S.' ~ via Ushahidi.com (mentioned by Andrew Rasiej in his presentation)