“Global Changemakers – Cities as Future Labs”

At the recent Latin America-Caribbean Conference at the Foreign Federal Office in Berlin, we facilitated an interactive session titled “Global Changemakers: Cities as Future Labs” for the Global Diplomacy Lab. As founders of BuzzingCities Lab we explored how cities function as future labs for innovative forms of diplomacy and sustainable strategies. Discussions also centred on pain points and success factors of collaborative initiatives between emerging actors, the state and government institutions.

When a shooting takes place in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, an app helps residents understand what’s going on – eyewitnesses can warn others where it is dangerous right now. ‘Fogo Cruzado‘ (crossfire) is a digital platform and an app that uses crowdsourcing to document shooting incidents and map violence. Cities like Rio de Janeiro that are struggling with challenges such as gun violence often develop creative solutions and technologies that can be transferred to other cities and countries.

Three takeaways:

#1 Informal stakeholders play a major role in urban change
Involvement of local, often informal actors in Latin American cities is essential to achieve sustainable transformation and master challenges. Grassroots initiatives such as waste-picker associations, street vendors and local civil rights activists are vital actors of change. Often, local initiatives have already developed solutions, but lack the opportunity to professionalise and reach out to a larger audience. They may also have no access to urban planning and political decision-makers or lack resources. Successful concepts for urban change have to take into account groups such as criminal organisations, i.e. gangs, militias or self-defence groups.

#2 Technology can provide life hacks and push for accountability

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Vienna Session: Online Safety of Women Journalists

Developing solutions to fight gender-based threats against female journalists was the main goal of a session organised by UNESCO, the Bosch Alumni Network and the GDL. GDL member Julia Jaroschewski and GDL Blog editor Mareike Enghusen, both freelance journalists and experienced moderators, facilitated the session. Their session was built on the motivation to tackle challenges such as a masculine culture in newsrooms or the lack of knowledge among the police, media executives and policymakers about online violence against women.

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The event on ‘Online Safety of Women Journalists’ took place within the framework of the OSCE conference ‘Increasing Opportunities for Freedom of Expression and Media Pluralism’. The results of the event will directly influence a new UNESCO initiative addressing the harassment women journalists have to deal with in their daily work.

27 participants with different areas of expertise were brought together by the workshop to find solutions concerning the safety of women journalists online. The methodology consisted of two phases, each characterised by short brainstorming intervals. While the first phase served as a basis to work out potential research questions, the second section was used to develop ideas, ready to be incorporated into the UNESCO study. This unconventional and open format contributed to the positive outcome of the session. Continue reading

Interview bei Breitband: Eine neue Netzöffentlichkeit in Brasilien?

Jair Bolsonaro kündigte „Säuberungen“ für den Fall seines Wahlsieges an. Nun hat er die Präsidentschaftswahlen gewonnen. Bringt er jetzt auch die Kritik in sozialen Netzwerken zum Schweigen? Breitband vom Deutschlandfunk Kultur hat mich zum Onlinewahlkampf und der Zukunft der digitalen Öffentlichkeit in Brasilien interviewt. 

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Der neue brasilianische Präsident Jair Bolsonaro ist ein Politiker, dessen Positionen man durchaus als rechtsradikal beschreiben kann. Continue reading

Im Radio Eins Medienmagazin und RBB Inforadio: Wahlen, digitaler Wahlkampf und die Fakenews-Krise

Nach der ersten Wahlrunde: Hass, Hetze und Fakenews greifen im Wahlkampf um sich. Im Interview im Medienmagazin im RBB Inforadio erklären wir, was gerade in Brasilien passiert.

Im aktuellen Medienmagazin kommentieren wir die Wahlen in Brasilien, die Gründe für den Aufstieg Bolsonaro, und wie die beiden Spitzen-Kandidaten Bolsonaro und Haddad auch im digitalen Wahlkampf einen neuen Kurs im Endspurt einschlagen. In der Sendung wird zudem die Bayernwahl und der Mord an der bulgarischen Journalistin Wiktorija Marinowa analysiert.

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