The Tactical Technology Collective, aka Tactical Tech, has been at the forefront of training and promotion of tech tools for not only journalists but also rights advocates all over the planet for well over a decade. How do they do it? What does their work include? Today on the program we have the voices that can help explain it all…
Coming up… a conversation with Allistair Alexander, director of publishing and production (fresh from the Paris Climate Talks), we will also hear from those who use the tools to spark change as part of TT’s Exposing The Invisible film series, Before all that, we begin today by listening to co-founders Marek Tuszynski and Stephanie Hankey, experts from their recent talk at the Elevate Festival in Graz entitled “The Politics of Data in Quantified Society”. Don’t be fooled by the title, this is a conversation that goes beyond the activists and the journalists, today’s program, at its core, comes back to you and me and the devices, apps, and services that we use everyday.
Although there are many examples where social entrepeneurship is just a buzz world or a marketing tool, in Berlin, within the startup world, there is a strong emphasis on running a business that does some good for the world. Spend any time talking to founders and CEO’s of startups in this town and chances are you will hear how they both meet their needs as a business and as a part of a community or society.
Today on the program we explore Social Entrepeneurship done the Berlin way, or running a successful business while making a difference in a community/society. And to do that we bring you two experienced voices, Fabienne Riener of Source Fabric, and Evgeni Kouris of Toywheel and Gamewheel, who will help describe how they see and navigate this combination, in this town, at this particular moment in history.
In 2015 there is no doubt left that journalists and journalism in general, need specialized tools to help them do their work effectively, efficiently, and safely. The problem is that sometimes being a good writer or investigator does not always mean you understand what technology you should or could be using. This gap is one that many individuals who have one foot in journalism and the other in programming are busy trying to bridge. To open up lines of communication and educate journalists on what tools are available while informing those on the technical side about what journalists need.
That, in short, is part of what has inspired today’s guest on the podcast, programmer and data journalist Annabel Church. Her mission, to help make tools for journalists. A quest that brought her all the way from New Zealand to Berlin with some interesting stops along the way. On today’s program we hear from Annabel in the hallway at 31C3, on one of the final days of 2014.