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News Writing: First Assigment

Now in a 21 century if you need to know something there are a lot of different sources and ways to get information. Internet, Radio, Television – are only one of them. You just need to turn on your computer or TV-set and information from all over the world is yours. You don’t even need to go outside. But let’s imagine that one day you stay without electricity, or you need to know something but internet has no requested information, for example lack of hot water in your house where will you go then?
Of course you can buy a newspaper, call to a special city services or otherwise wait till the electricity will be turn on again.
But is it really only one way to be informed about something? The answer is no. 
In ancient times people didn’t have all this modern privileges, but how did they get important information? The answer is people.
Yes, the answer is very simple. It is about you, me, your friends, friends of friends, neighbours, classmates, relatives and all people that surround you. And if you are a future journalist, you obviously know that. 
And let me tell you about one person. Do you know what the Google is? So, this person is my Google. Her name is Grandma Sara or Baba Sara which means the same but in Russian. She is 86 years old, and she is my neighbour. That woman could be a hero of comics. She is not a usual grandmother who sitting at home, looking through the window and remembering past. No, absolutely no. All day long she helps other old women, what is more amazing, that ‘old women’ are mostly much younger than her. Sometimes she cleans our porch, even though special services do that too. But when people ask her why she is doing that the answer is “I just don’t want to sit at home. I need to do something”. And the most amazing thing about her – she knows everything. Her knowledge is more deeper in history of our house and people who live or lived in it. She can tell you the whole history of my family. Shame on me but I don’t know so much about my family as she does.
But let me remind you about google again. Are all sources and information provided by google reliable? Surely no. Why? Because some information is old and does not reflect the present situation in the world. Something similar happens to grandma’s knowledge. She is 86 and it is obvious that she cannot remember everything exactly the same way as it was. Moreover she cannot remember everything. I think it is absolutely normal for a person of age of 86 to forget something sometimes.
However if you need to know why porch is under construction, or why there is no hot/cold water, the first person who will help you is grandma Sara. Why grandma? She does not have grandchildren. But she cares about other people, and everyone loves her. That is why she is not a “that old woman”. She is our grandmother. And sources of information also:)

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Last New Information Technologies’ post

Hello everybody!
As I understood this is our last post at new information technologies course. And the last assignment, that was given – is, to read this article and to write about liberation technologies using hyper links as Armine Ishkanian did.
First we should recognize what liberation technology is. Liberation technology is any information and communication technology (ICT) that can expand political, social, and economic freedom. We talked a lot about this on our course, we watched videos on TED, where Evgeny Morozov told us his opinion, and we saw another point – Clay Shirky. We read a lot, and I can simply guess that now each of us – hearing such words as “Internet Freedom, Hillary Clinton, Social Network” remember all the work that was done, all new information that we knew studying this course.
I know, that I should write a lot on political point of view, how do social networks took an important place in our lives, that now all people are connecting between each other by their computers, telephones and other…
But to say honestly, everything that come into my head is one of our assignment….our first take-home quiz, where all of us should wrote an example that clearly explain the meaning of social networking.
And now…first that is come in to my mind is that somehow but our group for this semester was really as a little network. Now all of us are following each other in twitter, we are friend in facebook, in vkontakte, we know what rss feeds and google reader is. And maybe I’m too sentimental….but all this time meant to me a lot – I’ve found new friends, and for all this time…I’ve never felt bored.
Sorry, Frederick, that there are not so many links and information about liberation technologies.
But if too think deeply, if not these liberation technologies, if not KIMEP – I would never had a chance to write and to know what it is, the question is what would be if there is no new information technologies course.
Of course I can write …that people now…have opportunities to communicate each other in very fast way, however our freedom in cyber space sometimes is not so, as we may want to feel. Many countries still do not have access even to their mobiles, and we – have no access to some blogs. And that now power and authority of new information and communication technologies for development is increasing. Also I should add that there are a lot of obstacles such as economic development, electricity, political regime that stops technological progress in many countries. However many countries, such as USA tries to give people freedom, to give technological possibilities of current era.
Of course I can write a lot….however….I can’t….even though I understandd that my grade could be much worse….
But everything that I can say now…is thanks…
Thank you, Frederick…for all this time, and that now I spend my time not only in vkontakte, but also in twitter, in google, in facebook and…I like it.
Thank you, guys for being near, thanks that you understood that situation with car crash and that you helped me to catch up all the things that I didn’t knew.
Hope…that I will not get an F , because of this assigment:)
Take care!
Especially, you, Frederick, who visited doctor so many time for last lectures)

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

BarCamp Central Asia 2011. Volunteer Diary


“Everything is simple, “No ties”. Speak openly and freely. We are all equal: the celebrity Web, and those who are just learning. That is why we are not a traditional conference, where you want to go to sleep. Waiting to share experiences, learn new things, share contacts and simple, with the good company of professionals We are not a conference!”
That is what said about BarCamp Central Asia 2011- the fourth educational [not] a conference for New Media specialists and everyone who is connected to the Internet and web development at http://barcampkz.net/

Every word that is said below is absolute true. I was working on BarCamp as a volunteer from http://www.internews.kz/. I have never participated in BarCamp, but I participated in many other conferences and to say honestly the difference that was noticed is enormous. First is an atmosphere. I never felt that I was a volunteer, even sitting near professionals you feel yourself equal to them. Nobody tried to show that he knew more, everybody tried to share their knowledges. And if you had some question you might be sure know that each would be answered.

Me, Julia and Assel was working together. First assignment that was given to us was:
1. Take pictures
2. Transmit them on computer
3. Process them
4. Download them to Facebook.

All of us enjoyed first assignment. There were a lot of interesting people, and what is more important we feel ourselves as real photo reporters. There was only one instruction: photos should be interesting and impressive. And we did it, searching and catching the most interesting faces and emotions of participants.

First problem that we face to was access to Internet. I do not know how many people were using Internet, but obviously Coffemania could not provide Internet to thousands of people in one time.
Our coordinators from newreporter had usb-modems that unfortunately could work only on their computers, so most of the work that somehow was related to Internet and downloads was done by them.
Second problem was shortage of sockets. All of us charge our computers in queue. However it didn’t spoiled anything and we continued our work.

Second assignment was to go on session that we have chosen before, and then write a short summary about it.
My session was MusePaper. What is it? Two young, but enthusiastic musician Alex Kravtsov and Misha Actaev from the group Fixxed, submitted an Internet project on promotion of underground groups. Their purpose – to help new artists to record tracks and share them in Internet. The main goal of MusePaper project –to become a service where you will have opportunity listen to the music, buy it, to share with other users.
The session was very short but interesting, in the end Alex and Misha gave us a chance to listen to their music. It was very nice. A few days later I saw Alex near UIB, we met each other as very good friends. For myself I noticed that BarCamp makes people closer.

While I was on MusePaper session Julia was watching KJournal.kz presentation and Assel was on presentation of new web portal http://www.khabar.kz .After that we met each other and gave all written material to our coordinators. They put it at http://newreporter.org/ , and wrote some twits. Our coordinators show how professionals do their job – fast and efficient. In minutes, all information was simply accessible for Internet users. What about us –we were free till the next session in our schedule.

I had a video camera, and as we were free in our imagination, first that came into my mind was to go along BarCamp and ask people different strange and maybe stupid questions. And what surprised all of us it turned up in very interesting way, firstly people where shy, but then they started to ask us questions too, and one participant even join our “ media adventure”. However all that fun came to an end and we continued our work.

Assel and Julia went to their session and I and one of authors of http://newreporter.org/– Andrei went to KAZNET Media session about Iphone Apps in Kazakhstan. Today in AppStore you can find apps Bnews.kz, Vesti.kz, and the last one – Newsbox. Mostly session was about Newsbox application. Its price is 99 cents, creation of it took six weeks and as KAZNET Media said for creation of next application they will need much less time approximately two weeks.

It was our last assignments, then coordinators said that we are free to go and that it was interesting to work with us and asked to come next day. Unfortunately, no one of us had time. However both sides: as we as coordinators were very happy to work with each other. It was interesting experiment for them and good experience for us.

BarCamp joins people. Now I have 10 more followers on twitter, new friend – Assel and Julia, and suggestion to practice in newreporter again.

I can say thanks to BarCamp and KIMEP that give such opportunities for young journalists.

Here you can find article about this experiment : http://newreporter.org/barcamp-ca-2011-poslevkusie/#more-8792

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Morozov-Shirky. Different points of view.


If you were asked is Internet free what would be your answer? Would you say that Internet is a free space for any person with opportunity to say what he or she thinks about?
Or would you rather say that Internet is an information vacuum that in hidden, veiled ways says to people what to think about?
If this question was asked Evgeny Morozov and Clay Shirky… Let first try to predict logically what their answers would be.
Evgeny Morozov is blogger and researcher whose works mostly reflects one issue – political effects of the Internet. His point of view on Internet freedom is usually pessimistic and skeptic. Most of his works are united with one common idea that mostly Internet is a control lever for authoritarians that gives opportunity to spread their dictatorship rather than landscape for free-thinking people that based on full democracy.
Clay Shirky is a writer and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His works relate to many issues on Internet. And of course issue about Internet freedom also was not left unattended.. “Communicative freedom is good for political freedom” said Shirky in his work “The Political Power of Social Media”. He see Internet as a tool for spreading democracy.

Thus we can predict that Shirky’s answer would be “Internet is the opportunity to say what are you thinking about” while Morozov would say “Internet is an information vacuum that in hidden, veiled ways says to people what to think about”

But of course we cannot leave aside the place where both of them were born and lived for some time.
If Evgeny Morozov was born and lived in Belarus – post Soviet countries with heavy after-taste of dictatorship. Clay Shirky was born in United States – place where dreams come true and wind of democracy envelops Statue of Liberty.
We can face the same differences if we ask two children: one from USA and other from Africa one simple question “What do you want?”, It is obvious which one will answer “iPad” and who will say “food”.
Different people-different opinions. And the more people you ask the more different opinions you will find out. So only you can decide for yourself whose point of view is closer to you – Morozov’s or Shirky’s or you have your own opinion, which is mixed and separate with both.
However till I have opportunity to share my opinion in Internet – it will be free in my opinion. But now when I have no access to my blog on viewy.ru and blogspot.com ….so, it is a little bit another story 🙂

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Internet Freedom

Now you are watching blog, it was your independent choice. If you don’t like it – you can immidiately leave it and find out something more interesting. You are abe to make any choice. It can be called freedom.
Me – who are blogging here, choosed exactly this domain, of course independently from other people, and now I can post any kind of information that i want to. It calls freedom too.
Everything is simple and logical – everybody do everything that he or she wants.
But where is a line that divides freedom of speech from dangerous information?

As any place in reality – Internet also has its rules and laws, but if any government has concrete laws and rights everythig that can we see in Internet is something blurred and ucertain.

On the 21th of January In Washington DC in the Newseum US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on Internet freedom. She touched a lot of issues, but the most important is is what is internet freedom and where it boundaries lies?

“As it stands, Americans can consider information presented by foreign governments. We do not block your attempts to communicate with the people in the United States… In North Korea, for example, the government has tried to completely isolate its citizens from outside opinions.”- Hillary Clinton said.

It is a good US policy if to remember how Kazakhstan government blocked access to livejournal for its citizens, just because of some political reasons.

However to remeber case with WikiLeaks – US government was not so happy about it. Nobody wants to open it’s secrets. But isn’t it contradicts with Hillary words that UC “all people have the right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

That’s why Internet Freedom – is two words that in my opinion means only one – you can do anything you want untill someone powerfull will not decide to stop it. And if some words shouldn’t be said – it will not.
Even though Internet is virtual reality, it is very similiar to real life, with politics, business, science and simple ethics. Internet it is just a reflection of a real life, that made by real people.
And if there is some question about Internet Freedom, i think it is better to look on real World. Even those example with North Korea – it is just showed us – if you live in country with strict rules in real life, you should be ready to face with the same difficulties in virtual reality.

And only thing that i can say in conclusion – your decision is only under your responsibility. No matter – if you want to post your opinion about government, or arrange a meeting. Result will be the same.

See more at: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/01/135519.htm

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Watch this

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives a speech on Internet freedom

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Law and Borders.The Rise of Law in Cyberspace

“Cyberspace has no territorially – based boundaries”
Author states that cyberspace has no territorially – based boundaries. However article was written in 1996 when Internet just appeared, and many things changed since that time. Undoubtedly cyberspace has no so strict boundaries and laws as countries do, however to look deeper – we can find out that now your geographical connection define what possibilities do you have as Internet user or not. Nowadays if you want to register on some web-cites or social networks, you need to send a message to have a code and access for registering and for that you of course need to indicate country where do you live and mobile operator that you use.
For Instance if you are the owner of any apple product and use apple store you can face with some difficulties if you are not a citizen of the US. Citizens of post-soviet countries, who want to use apple store need to act illegally: register as a US citizen, use any US address that they are able to find, then they can download free content but if they want to actually buy something, they have to use redeem cards or US gift debet card.
That is how people should break the law if they want to be valuable users of some products – they should act illegally as in cyberspace as in real life.
Thus we can see that now cyberspaces have boundaries too, and even though they are not so obvious – they are exists. Unfortunately this boundaries concern mostly undeveloped countries.

Full information:
http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/468/389

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized