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An announcement from the Deutsche Welle website about a potentially very useful workshop their journalism school will be running tomorrow:
Are you are journalist? A blogger? A photographer? A media activist? Sign up for the open online “Digital Safety for Journalists” workshop being offered by DW Akademie in the first week of December, 2013. The workshop, which is being held in conjunction with Reporters Without Borders, will give you a better understanding of how to protect your communications and your data.
All over the world, media professionals are increasingly using digital devices such as cameras, recorders, mobile phones and computers to do their reporting. These might make our lives easier, but they also mean we are increasingly being subject to digital surveillance and hacking attacks. This means digital security has become an imperative.
The “Digital Safety for Journalists” workshop kicks off on Monday December 2 at 4 pm Central European Time with a livestreamed panel discussion about the digital dangers facing journalists and media activists. Hear about Bahraini journalist’s Ala’s Shehabi confrontation with high-grade surveillance software and what she now does to protect herself.
Find out from about digital threats from Anna Roth of Tactical Tech, one of world’s leading NGOs working on digital security for activists and dissidents, and learn more about the situation on the ground for journalists from Hauke Gierow from Reporters without Borders.
Or else take part in one (or all) of our daily live online sessions running from Tuesday December 3 to Friday December 6. There are seminars on topics ranging from mobile phone safety and how hackers can attack you computer to surfing the net without being tracked and collaborating security with other journalists.
The open online format emphasizes sharing and interaction. You can ask questions via chat during the live seminars, leave comments on the Digital Safety Google Plus community page or contribute via Etherpad.
Take a look at the Digital Safety for Journalists website for more details about sessions and further information on how to participate. Blog posts and interviews on different aspects of digital security will also appear daily from November 25 through until the end of the workshop.
And don’t forget, onMedia has been publishing posts on digital security for the past year. Here’s what we’ve covered so far.
The second Open Central Asia Book Forum & Literature Festival was held between 7-11th November 2013 in both London and Cambridge. Following on from the first event, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2012, the organisers focused on bringing the works of Central Asian authors and illustrators to the UK to give local audiences a taste of the talent that is emanating from the region.
NewEurasia presents a new contributor: Rustam Rasulov, M.Litt in Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and MA in Political Science from the OSCE Academy in Kyrgyzstan. Now Rustam research on Environmental Security and its links in Central Asia at the Centre on Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
On October 10, 2013 United Nations Security Council extended the mandate of International Security Assistance Force’s presence in Afghanistan throughout the end of 2014 saying “the situation in the country still constitutes a threat to international peace and security”. What happens once ISAF will leave Afghanistan is an open-ended question with unavoidable and unpredictable implications to Central Asia. Interestingly, the degree of a threat emanating from Afghanistan is treated differently by Central Asian leaders.
Almaty: 4-6 November 2013
“Bringing Central Asia’s Culture and History into the Global Market of Journalism”
Central Asia’s largest blogging platform NewEurasia.net invites bloggers and journalists from Almaty to participate in the free workshop, “Bringing Central Asia’s Culture and History into the Global Market of Journalism”. We are inviting professional journalist, amateurs, students, bloggers, and civil society activists.
A conference WINTER: Poetics and Politics that is the concluding conference organized within the framework of the Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale is presently taking place in Almaty (Kazakhstan).
From 28 to 31 August, a cosy exhibition hall of the Artists’ Union of Kyrgyzstan hosted a small but representative and interesting festival of videoart from four Central Asian countries (Turkmenistan being the usual exception). The festival REFORMAT 13 gathered a group of curators, artists and film-makers who to some extent could be regarded as representatives of avant-garde as opposed to mainstream art, but the films shown at the festival demonstrated different degrees of non-conformism. Read the full story »
While Central Asian and national identities are by nature overarching, all-inclusive concepts, the ethnic, religious, class and other categories, although significant in their own right, are usually viewed as fractions of a larger whole. Read the full story »
First of all, the geographical definition of ‘Central Asia’ requires further clarification. The few proposed definitions of the borders of the region can be broadly subdivided into two groups, each bearing its own connotations. The first, which goes back to von Humboldt and is favoured by many scholars outside the region, emphasises its common long-term historical heritage and geographical integrity.
Editor’s note: The first part of the publication
It is not easy to define the logic and the objectives of the Lazy Art events that often edge on the grotesque and absurd. Ulan Japarov, one of the masterminds of the residence, said: ‘Lazy Art is very much like a break between classes at school. We are also doing some tasks, solve problems… with time very few would remember what tasks and what problems, but such breaks help us to become what we are…’
The talents of a young Kazakh singer were recognized, and awarded with high esteem, at the International Festival of Arts ‘Slavianski Bazaar 2013.’
The event, which saw the attendance of many Eurovision stars, was held from July 11th – 15th in Vitebsk, Belarus. esctoday.com tells that 18 concerts were held in total on stage at Vitebsk’s Summer Amphitheater, and those who performed the concerts, came from countries far and wide: Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and more.