Friday, August 26, 2005

Ethan Zuckerman: the WorldChanging Interview

As part of their 'retro' week, Worldchanging has just reissued this interview with Ethan Zuckerman.

Zuckerman has some very insightful things to say about the blogosphere and its role in the developing world:
"The community of people who blog right now are largely wealthy, white European and American technocrats. The stories that come out of the community and tend to get amplified tend to be stories having to do with having to do with technology and American politics." -EZ
Mea culpa.

(I also like the story of how the people of Ghana ensured that the 2000 election was kept clean!)
"The coping strategy that everyone came up with was fascinating. It basically involved cellphones and talk radio. What happened is guys would go out to polling places with their cellphones, they'd see someone obstructing access to the polls, and then they'd call a talk radio station and describe what was going on. That put enough pressure on the police that they had to show up and investigate. It proved remarkably effective." -EZ
I missed this first time round. So, thankyou Alex for the reminder, and I invite you, dear reader, to not repeat my error.


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