For the strategic use of new media


Our Book on the Strategic Use of New Media is Out!

Posted: December 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm   /   Books

Sawtna is pleased to announce the publication of its Guidebook for the Strategic Use of New Media for Peaceful Social Change, authored by Dalia Haj-Omar. This is a practical guide promoting the strategic use of social media and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) for advocacy and peaceful change in Sudan and beyond. It targets […]

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Using Phones and Mobile Devices Securely

Posted: July 1, 2015 at 11:06 pm

[Image credits: dreams time] This blog post will introduce the concept of end-to-end encryption and will discuss adding an additional level of security to passwords through the use of two-step verification or two-factor authentication. We also discuss basic tips to use mobile devices securely, as well as useful applications that can be downloaded on smartphones for […]

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Interview: The Sudanese Civil Society and its Digital Security Challenges

Posted: June 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm

[Photo curtsey of Abdel-Rahman El-Mahdi] Abdel-Rahman El-Mahdi, is a member of Sudanese civil society and the founder and executive manager of the Sudanese Development Initiative (SUDIA), a non-profit organization specializing in good governance, youth empowerment and the advancement of civil society and media.  Abdel-Rahman talked to us about the challenges the Sudanese civil society faces […]

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Why Digital Security Matters: Global Trends and the Decline of Net Freedoms

Posted: June 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm   /   Digital Security, Digital Security, Digital Security

[Image Source: dreams time] The shadow of Edward Snowden’s revelations It’s not a contested matter any more. Today we are living through the lowest point of optimism when it comes to the transformative power of the internet since it was first created, a little over quarter of a century ago. Perhaps nothing got us closer […]

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How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted: December 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

[Above image is curtesy of Getty images] Most crowdfunding platforms have tips on their websites to help you setup your campaign. However, as mentioned before, crowdfundraising is not a new concept; the internet has just made it more accessible to everyone. Hence some of the traditional tips for fundraising that apply offline also apply online. […]

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Choosing a Crowdfunding Platform

Posted: November 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm   /   Crowdfunding, Crowdfunding, Crowdfunding

Indiegogo vs Kickstarter Indiegogo and Kickstarter are the most popular online crowdfunding platforms, and although at first glance they may look similar there are fundamental differences. Both platforms offer a huge community of users and high credibility; and they require that those initiating a project choose a funding goal as well as a deadline and […]

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Crowdfunding for Countries Under U.S. Sanctions

Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:17 am

It’s important to do your research before embarking on an online crowdfunding campaign. Most crowdfunding platforms have a support desk where you can send questions and ask for help and advice even before you launch your project. This is particularly true of the more reputable, sizable and international crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. […]

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Top Crisis Mapping Challenges and Selected Solutions

Posted: September 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm

To wrap-up our series of blogs on crisis mapping, we’re selecting the top five challenges that face crisismappers globally and presenting some tried and tested solutions to those challenges. This, however, is not a comprehensive list of challenges that crisis mappers have encountered. 1. The challenge of information overload and limited human resources was one of […]

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How Harassmap in Egypt is using Crisismapping to Fight the Sexual Harassment of Women

Posted: August 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Harass Map is an online crowdmapping platform founded in 2010 to address the chronic problem of the sexual harassment of women in Egypt. It is a web-based crowdsourcing platform that collects information from witnesses and victims of sexual harassment, and uses a referral system to support victims; as well as works with community networks on […]

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Expert Interview: Uses and Challenges of Crisismapping in Sudan

Posted: August 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm   /   Crisismapping, Crisismapping, Crisismapping, Interviews, Interviews, Interviews

Helena Puig Larrauri is a peacebuilding practitioner, focusing on the intersection of technology, peacebuilding and conflict prevention. She is a freelance consultant, working with non-governmental organizations and United Nations in conflict and post-conflict countries including Sudan, Libya, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan and Iraq. Helena is also a co-founder of the Standby Task Force , an […]

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