Iraqis blog to bypass politicians, media

In Iraq, news and information is filtered through government and/or media. But, according to a BBC report, some 70 Iraqis are writing blogs that allow them to issue uncensored reports on their daily lives.

One blogger, a mother of three and manager at a Baghdad water plant, initially shared her hopes for a better life based on the U.S. invasion, but time has changed her views. “Fighting, explosion, killing and blood everyday,” she said. “You are not safe, and everything is confusing you. Everything is sad, because you’re scared about your sons, your family, your job, everything.”

Ali Fadhil, a Baghdad medical resident, says, ““I was… Read More »

One internal use for wikis

I spent some time on the phone this morning with a plant manager, part of an intranet project I’m working on. We were discussing possible uses for an intranet at the several factories he manages. He was enthusiastic about the potential for kiosks on the shop floor as a means for factory workers to look up processes.

That got me thinking. Of course, how-to’s for the factory floor are standard content on many intranets, notably in the automotive world. But who creates these documents? It’s not likely that the blue-collar workers on the factory floor are the authors. Probably it’s some technical writers who’s never actually done the work… Read More »

Monitoring buzz through blogs

Michael Bazeley of the San Jose Mercury News does a nice job of pulling together a number of blog-related news items into a single piece that summarizes organizational awareness of how they can use the blogging phenomenon to their advantage.

First, using products like Blabble, they can monitor what people are saying about their products. Blogpulse from Intelliseek also performs market intelligence based on comments in blogs, allowing marketers to get a sense of what the public thinks. This intelligence allows companies to figure out what questions to ask in subsequent focus groups.

Another impact of blogs, according to the article:… Read More »

A political version of Slashdot was the original blog. Before the term was first uttered, Slashdot was a place where anybody could open a topic on something to do with technology and others could comment. The software that makes it work has been freely available for others to use. In many ways, Slashdot (motto: “News for nerds. Stuff that matters.”) paved the way for today’s blogosphere.

Today, has opened an adjunct community dedicated to the discussion of politics. “With the US Presidential Election coming up, we’ve had a lot of story submissions that we would like to post, but they don’t fit very well on the Slashdot main page,” writes… Read More »

Participatory employee communications

The Northwest Voice is the epitome of participatory journalism. As reported in EContent, this newspaper—both print and online—is produced entirely from voluntary contributions submitted by residents living in Northwest Bakersfield, California. Today, Steve Rubel reports on an IBM effort to determine how quickly vandalism on Wikipedia is identified and corrected. The result: pages are restored to their accurate state in about five minutes.

Th Wikipedia and the Northwest Voice are two examples of participatory communication in which the audience is also the author. In the case of the Bakersfield newspaper, people living on the ground… Read More »

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