BBC: Coronavirus: The people fighting fakes from their sofas
Social media companies are struggling to contain a wave of coronavirus misinformation. Into the breach have stepped volunteers who are fighting to stop rumours, bad advice and conspiracy theories from going viral.
Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-52149568
Jointly Developed: Guidance on Stigmas Associated with COVID-19
The WHO, UNICEF, and IFRC have created this english and french document about stigmas associated with COVID-19. Access here: https://www.thecompassforsbc.org/sbcc-tools/social-stigma-associated-covid-19-stigmatisation-sociale-associée-au-covid-19
Social Media for Change – Ideas, Tools and Best Practices for Civic Engagement and Elections (The Good Lobby, 2019)
The how-to-guide covers a range of tools, resources and social media best practices to enable political candidates, campaigners, NGOs, social media managers, and citizens to engage more meaningfully in the lead up to the elections and beyond. It is the result of 4 years of experimenting with content creation, working within tech policy and learning from social media veterans. Highlights include:
- 100+ hyperlinks to online resources, tools, and additional reading material drawn from social media
companies and industry veterans.
- Lists of must-have apps for content creation and free alternatives to expensive editing software.
- Overviews on building and leveraging online communities, establishing effective content creation
processes, and a number of other topics.
Click here to download the full guide.
Civic Tech in the Global South : Assessing Technology for the Public Good (World Bank, 2017)
This book is comprised of one study and three field evaluations of civic tech initiatives in developing countries. The study reviews evidence on the use of twenty-three information and communication technology (ICT) platforms designed to amplify citizen voices to improve service delivery. Focusing on empirical studies of initiatives in the global south, the authors highlight both citizen uptake and the degree to which public service providers respond to expressions of citizen voice.
The first evaluation looks at U-report in Uganda, a mobile platform that runs weekly large-scale polls with young Ugandans on a number of issues, ranging from safety to access to education to inflation to early marriage. The following evaluation takes a closer look at MajiVoice, an initiative that allows Kenyan citizens to report, through multiple channels, complaints with regard to water services.
The third evaluation examines the case of Rio Grande do Sul’s participatory budgeting – the world’s largest participatory budgeting system – which allows citizens to participate either online or offline in defining the state’s yearly spending priorities. While the comparative study has a clear focus on the dimension of government responsiveness, the evaluations examine civic technology initiatives using five distinct dimensions, or lenses. The choice of these lenses is the result of an effort bringing together researchers and practitioners to develop an evaluation framework suitable to civic technology initiatives.
Click here to download book.
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