Video Post: Voices Across the Digital Divide Presentation March 9, 2012

This is a video Arjun recorded while in Indonesia with Internews to replicate the CGNet Swara experiment for RuaiTV in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. RuaiTV are supported locally by AirPutih and Harry Surjadi who is a Knight International Journalism Fellow working with the International Center for Journalists. Like this:Like Loading…

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Video Post: How to alter an MP3’s bitrate for publishing on Swara March 9, 2012

In this video we show how to alter an MP3’s bit rate (frequency), so that it plays correctly over the Swara IVR. The Swara IVR system uses the Asterisk PBX system to interface with the GSM/Landline networks. In our pilot, we have found best results with sound recorded at 8000 KHz. Like this:Like Loading…

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Opening-Image Voices Across the Digital Divide — Using Audio Portals to Connect Communities February 3, 2012

Human beings are the only species on earth with the ability to communicate complex ideas through language. Speaking and listening have been the basis of human society since people started living in communities. In fact, the words “community” and “communication” share a common etymology. Read more… Like this:Like Loading…

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Swicnews Swara in Indonesia December 3, 2011

Note: This article draws on several comparisons between India and Indonesia in terms of connectivity and chinese culture. As more replications of the Swara technology happen across the developing world, I hope to draw a baseline that is shared by many countries. Ever since the CGNet Swara pilot in Chhattisgarh (India) went viral, we’ve been […]

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