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Swara Goes Live in Andhra and Jharkhand
Jun 12th, 2012 by admin

Swara is going hyperlocal! Over May and June this year, we have deployed two replications of CGNet Swara, one in Andhra Pradesh and one in Jharkhand.

This brings the total number of Swara deployments (the ones we know about at least) to 7.

Swara AP or Andhra Swara is deployed in Vishakhapatnam at the Samata offices. After the deployment we also did a training workshop for users in partnership with volunteers from DHAN foundation, SITARA and AID India. The venue was a community temple in Teslapur village. Trainees attended from the neighbouring blocks including Indraveli, Utnoor and Asifabad.

 

Swara JH or Jharkhand Swara is deployed at Solidarity Center in Ranchi. This one is a truly democratic platform…even the hardware is set up by coalition!

While Solidarity Center has volunteered to provide the physical space, electricity and a backup network connection, the SIM card was contributed by the Adiwasi Women’s Network and the broadband datacard came from Safdar.

The training workshop at Bagaicha in Ranchi had a whopping 55 participants…very fortunately, we also had 7 trainers!

 

 

Swara Session at the SRUTI Saathi Sammelan in Maangaon, Maharashtra
Apr 6th, 2012 by admin

Earlier this year (Feb) we were invited to the SRUTI Saathi Sammelan to talk about how to use communication and technology (including but not limited to Swara) to participate in democracy.

We took along a portable Swara IVR server and did a day long session with the participants. The SRUTI folks were kind enough to give us a mention on their website AND take some pictures.

The pictures are here:

Re-posting from the SRUTI website

CGNet Swara has been pioneering citizen journalism from the most marginalized tribal regions in India since 2004. After almost two decades of working in mainstream media, former BBC journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary decided to dedicate his energy towards finding a more democratic medium that wouldn’t exclude the 80 million tribals in the country, a majority of whom do not speak the national language.

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Video Post: Voices Across the Digital Divide Presentation
Mar 9th, 2012 by admin

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.

Easy Hajj Demo using Swara and FrontlineSMS wins Kabul Innovation Lab
Feb 19th, 2012 by admin

The Kabul Innovation Lab (Jan 23-26) in Kabul was a rare privilege for me to attend. I was invited to the event by Internews, with whom I have been engaging since deploying Swara at RuaiTV in Pontianak, Indonesia.

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Swara goes “hyperlocal” at Jan Swasthya Sahyog, Ganiyari, Chhattisgarh
Feb 4th, 2012 by admin

Earlier this month I turned on the first of what I hope will be many “hyperlocal” deployments of the Swara platform at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in Ganiyari village, just outside Bilaspur in Chhatisgarh (Central India).The platform will be used by the community health workers associated with JSS, to record health related information from the field using their mobile phones.
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Swara in Indonesia
Dec 3rd, 2011 by Arjun Venkatraman

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 looking to replicate the Swara platform and citizen journalism model in other parts of the world. So when Sam De Silva of Internews contacted me about setting up an installation in Indonesia, I jumped at the opportunity.
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