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

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

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. […]

Using Phones and Mobile Devices Securely

Using Phones and Mobile Devices Securely

[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 […]

Interview: The Sudanese Civil Society and its Digital Security Challenges

Interview: The Sudanese Civil Society and its Digital Security Challenges

[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 […]

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

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

[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 […]

How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

[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, […]


Crowdsourcing: Definitions and Practical Uses (Part I)

Posted: August 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm   /   Crisismapping

In the next couple of blog posts we will be introducing you to the basic concepts of crowdsourcing with an emphasis on crisismapping. This will […]

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Some Useful Social Media Applications

Posted: July 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Below are applications that can boost your social media experience. Some of them work with a number of  social media platforms such as, twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, […]

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Measuring Impact: social media analytics and real-time tracking of online campaigns

Posted: July 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Private sector enterprises, governments and nonprofits are starting to realize that their interactions on social media platforms generates a lot of useful data. This data […]

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Why do I need Twitter if I have Facebook? Social Graph Vs Interest Graph

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm   /   Guide, Guide, Guide

Many of you might be thinking, “why should I bother with twitter when I have Facebook”?  Here we will tell you why, and point out […]

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What Sudanese Activists are Learning from Campaigns for Political Detainees

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm

The success of the campaign to free Nuba Mountains’ political detainee, Jalila Khamis was not unique. The experience of Sudan’s civil society and youth movements who […]

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Lessons from the Digital Campaign for Nuba Mountains Detainee Jalila Khamis

Posted: July 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm   /   Case Studies, Case Studies, Case Studies

Between mid-March 2012 and January 2013, Jalila Khamis (a teacher and mother of five) was Sudan’s most prominent female political detainee from the Nuba Mountains. […]

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Citizen Journalism During Iran’s “Green Revolution”

Posted: July 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

[Image: A supporter of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi during riots in Tehran on June 13, 2009. OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images] If there was one event […]

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Interview with Sudanese Cartoonist Khalid Al Baih

Posted: July 9, 2014 at 10:46 am   /   Featured, Featured, Featured, Interviews

Khalid Al Baih is best known for his political satire cartoons (dubbed Khartoons), which are one of the freshest and most talented artistic commentaries on Sudanese and Middle Eastern politics; mostly circulated on the internet and social media platforms. Khalid shot to prominence in 2011 at the height of the revolutions in the Arab world often referred to as the “Arab Spring”. His political cartoons resonated with protesters in Tahrir square, predicted the evolution of the protest movement in the region and thoroughly followed the events in the region, including in his native Sudan. To reach a global audience Khalid mainly used social media platforms such as facebook, twitter, tumblr, flicker and instagram.

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A Brief Introduction to Twitter

Posted: July 8, 2014 at 9:25 pm   /   Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, Twitter

Many of you have asked us about Twitter, hence this post is dedicated to demystifying Twitter in the hope that more of you will soon be active […]

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How to Organize a Social Media Advocacy Campaign

Posted: July 7, 2014 at 9:20 am   /   النشاط الرقمي, النشاط الرقمي, النشاط الرقمي

In this post we will take you through a step-by-step interactive presentation on how to organize a successful social media advocacy campaign. You can follow those […]

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