Random Hacks of Kindness

We at Resist are honored to be working with Random Hacks of Kindness to create a data visualization that illuminates the role of labor demand in migration.

We will be working with the RHoK team in Washington, D.C., on June 2-3, 2012.  Find more information at http://www.rhok.org/.

Geo-Bombing: From Global Voices Advocacy

Geo-bombing is one of the techniques that can be employed to enable more effective dissemination of your YouTube videos campaign through Google mapping applications like Google Maps and Google Earth. Now you can watch your geotagged videos inside Google Earth and Google Maps. Any geo-tagged YouTube video will show up when the Youtube layer of Google Earth/Maps is turned on.

Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of this powerful technique.

1- Geo-tagging your video: During the upload process on YouTube you can geo-tag your video with a location.  Once the location has been recorded and the video uploaded it will appear on Google Earth.

2- How to display geo-tagged Youtube videos on Google Earth?  To activate the Google YouTube layer, you have to navigate to the “Layers” menu on the left-hand side of Google Earth. Expanding the “Gallery” node in the layers tree will expose the “Youtube” layer. Once you check the box next to Youtube Layer all the Google YouTube icons appear all over the globe.

Maps for Advocacy: Tactical Tech

“Smog, fast-vanishing forest space, protest marches, human rights abuses and myriad such events and activities need constant attention and backing. Highlighting such issues is no more a herculean task for advocacy groups. Information, communication and digital technologies have smoothened out processes and systems and contain techniques and tools which, if appropriately used, can easily bring about phenomenal change.

Geographical maps are the latest transformation tools that the technological revolution has enabled.

The Darfur project (http://www.ushmm.org/maps/) undertaken by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) where mapping was used to expose a humanitarian crisis in Sudan is a prime example. Combining mapping and rich content, witness testimonies, satellite imagery, data and other information placed on a Google Earth map, the USHMM raised awareness of the reality of incidents in the Sudanese region.

ALTSEAN-Burma, a network of organisations and individuals working to support the movement for human rights and democracy in Burma, also utilised mapping techniques to indicate details of the uprising in 2007. Protest details and ‘hot spots’ for activists (http://www.altsean.org/Photogalleries/ProtestsMap.ghp) were listed on a Google Map and the artful effort acted as an effective eye-opener to target audiences.

Recognising the power of maps, we have published a booklet - Maps for Advocacy - which is an introduction to Geographical Mapping Techniques.

The booklet is an effective guide to using maps in advocacy. The mapping process for advocacy is explained vividly through case studies, descriptions of procedures and methods, a review of data sources as well as a glossary of mapping terminology. Scattered through the booklet are links to websites which afford a glance at a few prolific mapping efforts.

Hosting a map on your website can now become a reality as the guide takes the reader through the specifics of the process. Examples of valuable data sources like youtube, facebook, flickr, socialight etc have been cited along with a brief outline of their mapping features.

The fold-out offers an illustrative sketch of the inside story while the fold-in lists a swift and easy method to create a map.

The purpose of the booklet is to enable advocacy groups explore the potential of maps to effectively send out their message.”

10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action

Info Activism from Tactical Technology Collective on Vimeo.

A project from Tactical Tech (tacticaltech.org), which includes 35 interviews with human rights advocates from around the world and features 10 tactics for turning information into action.

Mapping Global Migration

“Laura Kurgan collaborated with Diller, Scofidio and Renfro, Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin on Exits: a project in two parts, a multi-media installation which was on view at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, France from November 2008 – March 2009 as part of “Elsewhere starts here,” conceptualized by Paul Virilio. The project was part of a larger exhibition, Terre Natale: Stop Eject.

Global populations are unstable and on the move. Unprecedented numbers of migrants are leaving their countries for economic, political and environmental reasons. Exits, a project in two parts was created to quantify and display this increasing global trend. The first part offers an aesthetic reframing of the media’s coverage of global migrations. 48 computers hanging from the gallery ceiling store and display a living archive of news footage, photographs and documentaries about global migration and its causes. The clips are choreographed according to content and a variety of visual parameters, and programmed to move within the grid of screens.”

Terre Natale - Population Shift (Pixel Flock) from Stewdio on Vimeo.

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