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Thursday, September 27, 2007
  Myanmar and digital democracy
On the BBC's Pods and Blogs in a post Burma and the bloggers Chris compares the BBC's frantic hunt for news from Myanmar following the tsunami (cf. Tsunami - Did Burma escape the consequences?) with thoday's wealth of emailed MP3 recorded eyewitness accounts (people use a mobile phone as a recorder), Facebook groups and Youtube videos and blog sites: Sone sea yar, Pyithu-t'oo hmat-dan, Seinkhalote, Mogok Media, Ko Htike , Myanmar Media Ed & Devt Watch , Niknayman
Photo from Seinkhalote
This freedom of information must terrify the Junta! Chris added a fascinating comment by Soe Myint of
Mizzima News saying:
...he fully expected the authorities to turn of net access in an effort to clamp down on communications. But even this may not completely silence the steady flow of information out of the country.

Citizen Journalists in Burma have demonstrated that the exclusion of professional reporters no longer cuts of the flow of news, (though it does guarantee that much of it is produced by people unsympathetic to the administration.)

In a similar vein, a student in the prophets class talking about a recent project on culturally approved slavery in Ghana (he prepared the project for our Integrative Seminar on Slavery Today) went on to describe how he was exploring setting up a partnership with a local congregation in Ghana, like the one his church has with a church in the USA. Such intercontinental partnerships were much more costly and inconvenient two decades ago. Maybe it is time more congregations started to realise that "It's a small world after all!"

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