2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Beyond Connectivity: Sharing News without the Web

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Hans Rosling, professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, recently stated that despite the wide availability of data in the world, there is a significant gap in local access to this knowledge. In this panel, experts in media development and mobile technology will discuss how information is shared in low-bandwidth environments. The panel will include case studies, interactive discussion about the sharing of news and information in areas of limited web connectivity, and tips on how to deal with issues of security, trust and safety. Examples include creative, interactive radio broadcasts; training and engagement of citizen journalists via SMS; and the challenges of maintaining data integrity in regions of high risk reporting. The session will end with a discussion of trending issues related to connectivity, such as offline participation in social media and the emergence of sensor networks.



Eliza Anyangwe


The Guardian

I'm editor of the Guardian's Global Development Professionals Network, an online community for those who work in the humanitarian and development sectors. The networks are the coalface of the Guardian's 'open journalism' philosophy and part of the new GLabs.

I'm a public speaker on the disruptive influence of the internet and its impact on journalism and on ICT for development. She is one of the organisers of Africa Gathering London, and in 2013 hosted TEDxBrixton. I also guest lecture at University Institute for Modern Languages and Communication in Milan, Italy.

On the 'beyond connectivity' panel discussion with some very intelligent people on 10th March - swing by!


Kara Andrade


HablaCentro LLC/HablaCentro Informatics NFP

Kara Andrade is co-founder of HablaCentro LLC and Not For Profit which develops curriculum to help people in Latin America become more digitally literate and civically engaged; conducts trainings in the use of digital tools to create more informed citizens; and connects collaborators to opportunities so they can sustain themselves economically through informed global citizenship and storytelling.
She is a technology trainer for the U.S. State Department’s eDiplomacy Initiative as well as, for the U.S. Institute of Peace. She leads trainings on storytelling, blogging, digital literacy, communications, community organizing, storyteling strategy and journalism. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters in Journalism and has more than ten years of experience in nonprofit development, public health and community organizing. She has worked as a multimedia producer and photojournalist for Agence France-Presse, Americas Quarterly, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, France 24, Global Post, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, The New York Times and other publications.


Sean Mcdonald


Social Impact Lab

Sean Martin McDonald is the CEO of the Social Impact Lab (SIMLab) - the makers of FrontlineSMS and FrontlineCloud. He is the Founder of FrontlineSMS:Legal and the Capture the Ocean Projects. Sean leads the day-to-day operation, strategic growth, business development, and application of the Frontline toolset. Sean currently serves on the Board of Directors of International Peace Park Expeditions, the Social Impact Lab Foundation, and the Social Impact Lab Community Interest Company. He is an affiliate with Harvard University's Berkman Center and an advisor to UNDP, ECPAT USA, the Law Without Walls Program, TechChange, and Digital Democracy. Sean is a lawyer, barred in New York. He has an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Trevor Knoblich

Digital Dir

Online News Association

Trevor Knoblich works as Digital Director at the Online News Association, where he is responsible for conference programming and identifying emerging tools and technology as they relate to journalism.

He previously worked as Project Director for FrontlineSMS, a 2011 Knight News Challenge winner. There, he focused on building tools for journalists and media outlets around the world to gather, track and share news. He also provides training to news outlets around the world on mobile engagement.

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