Here’s an article that explains more about what Joy Mayer did during her Reynolds Journalism Institute fellowship and is extending it into her work at the Missourian.
LibreBus to roam South America
The LibreBus Project was born last year in Central America aiming to foster a new dialogue among open-software communities scattered throughout the region, in order for them to share relevant experiences and amplify their networks. The touring bus roamed through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, making constant stops to also chat with locals about open software and freedom of expression, among other topics. Here is a documentary video of the whole journey.
Now, the second edition of the project is about to take place in South America: 5000 miles in 5 weeks, following a route that starts in southern Chile and then goes on to Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. This time, the producers revamped the core concepts of the project and the one on Freedom of Expression specifically caught our attention:
The massive incorporation of ICTs into civic life has permitted an expansion and enhancement of the possibilities for people to turn themselves into producers and broadcasters of information. At this moment, we exercise our freedom of expression across multiple virtual media, such as blogs and social networking sites, and we also use numerous virtual tools to coordinate and organize plans and strategies for activism. Nonetheless, we can see that our freedom of expression on the internet is constantly under threat, whether from corporate interests which want to interfere with network neutrality, or various laws which –under the pretext of cybersecurity, or crackdowns on piracy or pedophilia– seek to exercise control and record every citizen’s activities on the network.
Bonus: You can follow all day-to-day activities of @librebus on Twitter.
Image: LibreBus 2012 logo, via LibreBus.
FJP: Love this project. — Michael
This is super cool to see… mainly because I had a chance to brainstorm the idea of an engagement bus back during a workshop led by Joy Mayer in May 2011. Check out some of the details Joy presented last year.